10 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Compost

by on February 29, 2012


At UrbanFig it is obvious that we are pretty passionate about composting as a way to help the environment, to less the load on our bloated landfills and to give us an incredible soil amendment that doesn’t cost a thing.  Because I get lots of questions on the topic, I thought I would put together a list of the top ten things that most people are surprised to learn you can compost.  How many did you know about?


  1. Hair
    Studies have shown that human hair can provide important nutrients to plants.
  2. Dryer Lint
    Lint that isn’t high in synthetic fibers can be composted traditionally or in worm bins.
  3. Toothpicks
    If they’re wooden, they can be composted. Duh.
  4. Nail Clippings
    Oh come on, like you were going to do something else with them?
  5. Cotton Balls
    Double check the packaging to be sure, but if they’re 100% cotton, they’re 100% compostable.
  6. Shredded Wool or Cotton Clothing
    If it’s too worn to be donated, shred it and donated it to your compost bin.
  7. Coffee Filters
    Toss them right in along with those nitrogen-rich coffee grounds.
  8. Used Loofahs
    Go on and buy a new one.
  9. Leftover Pasta
    If it isn’t going to be eaten, let the compost have it. It’s hungry, so feed it.
  10. Urine
    Before you go running from the room screaming, you should know that urine is a great source of nitrogen and it can help get your compost brewing.

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