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?
Studies have shown that human hair can provide important nutrients to plants.
- Dryer Lint
Lint that isn’t high in synthetic fibers can be composted traditionally or in worm bins.
If they’re wooden, they can be composted. Duh.
- Nail Clippings
Oh come on, like you were going to do something else with them?
- Cotton Balls
Double check the packaging to be sure, but if they’re 100% cotton, they’re 100% compostable.
- Shredded Wool or Cotton Clothing
If it’s too worn to be donated, shred it and donated it to your compost bin.
- Coffee Filters
Toss them right in along with those nitrogen-rich coffee grounds.
- Used Loofahs
Go on and buy a new one.
- Leftover Pasta
If it isn’t going to be eaten, let the compost have it. It’s hungry, so feed it.
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.