Do you ever consider your day to day impact on the environment? Do you think about things that you could do to change your carbon footprint? Chances are you might really care about the environment and want to make a difference but you don’t know where to begin. One idea to help you start your journey to being more eco-friendly is composting.
According to Natural Living Tips composting is, “a process whereby organic wastes, including food and paper, decompose naturally, resulting in a produce rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming as a soil conditioner, mulch, resurfacing material, or landfill cover.” Composting not only gives nutrients back to the soil and saves water but, it also reduces land fills. With one third of our waste being decomposable, we must make an effort to reduce our contribution to landfills.
Many people are beginning to realize the benefits of composting and it is garnering more attention from large cities to rural farms. At Woodcreek High School in Roseville, California students are participating in the Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge,” where students are given the chance to make a community based sustainable environmental change. Efforts such as this highlight the accessibility and benefit of composting.
Whether you want to make your own pile outdoors or indoors the benefits can be wonderful for the environment. So, what does it take to start your own heap-o-waste? Here are a few composting tips from the website How To Compost.
Number two is an important tip that will definitely be beneficial, stay away from including pet droppings and meat in the compost pile. Instead be sure to include food scraps and yard waste. This tip when combined with tip five, which suggests to turn your pile as much as possible to accelerate the decomposing process, are crucial. As is tip number six, keep your pile damp, but be sure it’s not too wet. These three tips will ensure that your pile decomposes quickly, be sure to check the rest of the tips on the website and leave a comment with any of your own suggestions!