About two years ago I was watching a documentary about things that can be done to help the environment. Specifically this film spoke about the tremendous amount of food waste that goes into landfills every day. It mentioned that we waste about 40% of the food we produce and that was enough to fill the Rose Bowl everyday.
Even worse was the fact that this stuff sits in landfills and produces methane, which is 20 times more harmful than other greenhouse gases. These figures were pretty daunting and they made me think about what can be done to solve this issue. How can we reduce the amounts of food waste that enters our landfills?
That was the big question and immediately the idea of composting came to mind. The host of the documentary wasn’t too far behind my thinking as she began showing how there were companies that were collecting food wastes on a large scale and then composting them. They were going around to hospitals, restaurants and schools and educating them about reducing food wastes and how they would pick up their food scraps for composting.
It was a win-win situation. The various businesses and institutions were reducing the amounts of garbage that they produced which resulted in lower costs for refuse collection. The company collecting the food scraps was then able to make valuable compost that could be sold to consumers and farmers for use in their gardens.
This was definitely a great solution to one environmental issue that we could control. It also got me thinking about how my family can reduce the amount of food wastes that we throw away every day. I had previously built a compost bin in the corner of our yard the year before. However up until then I only used it for disposing of leaves, garden waste, and hedge clippings. As a family we decided to start putting our food scraps into the compost pile as well. Things like banana peels, vegetable scraps, apple cores, coffee grinds, and other fruit scraps were added religiously to the compost pile. After several weeks we noticed that we were not putting as much garbage out to the curb for pickup. Our compost pile was working great and doing its job. This is how our compost pile looks.
Our small compost pile has at least 500 banana peels, 3 large pumpkins, 200 lemon and lime skins and lots of other fruit and vegetable scraps…all mixed with leaves.
What remained to be seen was if our compost pile would be able to provide enough compost for our gardens. We have a small vegetable garden in our backyard and a larger flower and plant garden in the front. Unfortunately our pile was not producing enough compost to suit our needs. We wanted to supplement our compost needs with an outside source but couldn’t find a brand that we were confident in using. That was until we found EcoScraps Organic Compost at Walmart.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by EcoScraps and Walmart. However, all content presented in this post represents my own opinions
We bought a couple of bags of the EcoScraps Organic Compost and EcoScraps Organic Tomato and Plant food. It was perfect timing for our spring flower and vegetable planting.
My daughter and I worked the EcoScraps Organic Compost into the soil and then planted our flowers and vegetables. The compost was that dark black gold that you want to see in compost. We are looking forward to seeing the positive results in our garden that are sure to come over the next couple of months. We are also happy knowing that we are supporting a company that is making positive contributions towards our environment.
Check out this video to see how EcoScraps collects food waste and composts them into natural and organic garden soils and plant food.
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Did you know that planting Bananas under your garden rows, (6-8 weeks before You plant your seeds) – will slowly feed your plants with potassium throughout the growing season as bananas decompose? I read it in a gardening book from 1910! Cool right? I’m trying it this year! Bananas and perhaps egg shells! (Photo credit Cj / I love my kids blog)