How Compost Helps the Environment and Your Wallet

by on December 18, 2011

I am the first to admit that I am more than a little obsessed with compost. From a young age (before I was even growing a garden of my own) I was fascinated with the idea that waste could become a valuable resource and I never understood why more people weren’t equally obsessed.

Hello? Shouldn’t we be excited to learn that by making one small change to our daily routines we could reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills by as much as 25%? Even before I was a teenager I could see the benefit to the environment but I could see even more potential when I was first introduced to the composting process and that’s when I went a little crazy for compost.

The biggest benefit of composting that matters most to anyone growing a garden at home is that you have access to a soil amendment that is better than any commercial fertilizer or soil additive you can buy and best of all, it’s totally free.

Wait. It’s better and it’s free? Why isn’t everyone doing this? Oh, there are tons of excuses, but none of them are very good ones.

When I hear the usual excuses:

  • “Collecting compost scraps is too hard.”
  • “It’s too messy.”
  • “It’s too stinky.”

What I am really hearing is:

  • “I’m lazy.”
  • “I just can’t be bothered.”

The easiest answer to all of the excuses listed above is to use a kitchen compost collection pail. I’ve used dozens of different kitchen compost pails over the years, from commercially available models to plain ol’ lidded buckets. When it comes to the readymade models, my favorite was the  RSVP Bamboo Compost Pail that we sell in the UrbanFig Shop. It is stylish without being too much, and it matches my bamboo butcher’s blocks. If bamboo isn’t your thing, check out the stainless steel or the white stoneware versions.

Countertop pails also:

  • keep odors at bay with a built-in filter
  • make collecting scraps convenient – toss scraps in the pail as you chop veggies
  • add a stylish environmentally friendly statement to your kitchen

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Valentina December 19, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Love this post! And that bamboo container is excellent. I think I’ll get one for the new year!


Carol December 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Thanks Valentina. Composting rocks!


Michael Nolan December 20, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Like I said in the post, I love the bamboo compost pail. I’ve had so many but the bamboo always fit right in and didn’t stand out. The filter works really well too. I use lots of onions and never had an odor issue even when I only empty my compost pail once a week.


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