Composting is a great way to reduce waste and it’s a pretty easy habit to incorporate into your lifestyle, if you have the room. Composting basically takes any organic matter and over a period of weeks uses a chemical process to break down the material. Fungi and worms help too. This process provides nutrient dense humus to soil; which can often be depleted of phosphorous and, especially when over farming occurs. The compost acting as a natural fertiliser AND pesticide for soil and can be used as soil conditioner, to construct wetlands and as erosion control.
Committing to composting isn’t as hard as you may think. It involves an initial cost the of bucket purchase and a compost bin for your garden, but after that it’s smooth sailing. We just keep a bucket under the sink and chuck teabags, egg shells and essentially everything we don’t eat into it. You wouldn’t even know it was there. It feels pretty good to not throw green waste into the bin and if you have a green-thumb, you will reap double the benefits!