April 10, 2013

Kitchen Projects: Composting

Countertop Compost Bins

Do you compost? One of our anticipated spring projects is to get a vegetable & herb garden going so that we can enjoy a summer bounty of fresh produce. We are excited to finally have an outdoor space to put to such a productive use! Our neighbor who is an avid gardener has kindly offered us shared use of his large outdoor composting bin, but we were in need an interim solution (read: odor-free). This past weekend I picked up one of these fun little countertop compost bin (#4!) that is lined with charcoal filters to abate smells.

Need a good reason to start composting? Every year the US generates more than 34 million tons of food waste, of which roughly 33 million tons ends up in landfills or incinerators where its decomposition produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon monoxide. 

Looking to get started with composting? Apartment Therapy has got you covered with an abundance of helpful hints, information, and resources. 

Wait, what can you compost? You can compost more than you would think! For instance, did you know you can compost wine corks, pizza boxes, and even old loofahs?! See here for a list of 75 things you can compost that may never have occurred to you. 

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