Composting. What is it and How Does it Help the Planet?

I’m just gonna cut to the chase, who has the time for fluff and prepping the reader to read when we’ve got a planet to save? Greenhouse gases. They’re driving temperatures up, and they’re seemingly coming from everywhere. One way to reduce your own greenhouse gas emissions is to start composting.

composting is good for the planetWhat is Composting?

Composting is taking your waste, and turning it into dirt. Literally. That banana peel? Compostable. Tea bags? Compostable. In fact, there are more compostable things than you might even realize. About 25% of the trash we throw away in our garbage, is compostable. No biggie right? It’ll just compost in the landfills! No. No, it will not. Infact, there, it’ll produce even more greenhouse gases and further adds to the negative impact we’re having on our planet with our waste. Composting also has what’s called “upstream” benefits. Aka, because you composted and made nutrient rich soil, that can be used on fields instead of fertilizer-which, you guessed it, contributes greatly to our greenhouse emissions.

Okay, but what actually is composting? Well, it’s usually done in a bin. It’s the oxidization (so that’s why it won’t compost in the landfills-it’ll literally suffocate it before it can even begin. Science calls that anaerobic.) of biodegradable waste, usually organic matter. Organic matter being vegetal and fibrous materials. These then degrade into a nutrient rich soil that can be used in a garden, field, or yard. Want to learn more? Hop on our social media and drop us a line, or give us a call. Stay tuned for additional ideas and updates on composting, recycling and more.