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Why Composting Is Important for Your Family & The Environment

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Do you ever feel green?  I do, sometimes.  Like I’m not doing enough.  Did you know that yard waste and food make up the majority of what we throw away?  I had never thought of composting at home. I mean we recycle and toss our garbage, but I honestly thought composting was for people who had large vegetable gardens, or lived on farms. I know — silly me, right?  I had no idea that I could begin tossing scraps and using my yard waste to compost and effectively, thus helping reduce the carbon footprint.

How to start Composting

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Get a Glad Counter Top Composter – It’s not neccessary to compost but I love the Glad Composter. It’s awesome.  It has a sealed lead to help keep everything inside, so I can purge it later.  And you’d be amazed at what can go inside.

Glad Compost Bags with Febreez – These are a must, and I mean a must!  The febreez smells fresh and helps to keep the rotten food smell at bay while you are doing your deed for the environment.

Stuff to Compost – That’s right you have to have something to toss.  How about egg shells?  Or paper towel?  There are items you might not even think would make good for composting but they do.

  • Browns – This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs.
  • Greens – This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.
  • Water – Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important for compost development.

What are the Benefits of Composting

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There are many great reasons to compost that like I said, I never knew.  Composting enriches soil, helps suppress plant pests and diseases, so your beautiful flowers and plants don’t have to suffer.  Composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers which can be harmful to pets and the environment.  Helps to also cut methane emissions from landfills which helps to lower our carbon footprint, and that can’t be bad.  Right?

Don’t Let Those Leaves Get You Down.  Fight back!  You’ll be GLAD You Did.

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It’s super cold now so I’m not sure how you’d do this in the winter, but you can compost in your backyard with a few easy steps. One of the best resources for composting are leaves.  Mmmmm, I had no idea. I mean we are smothered in them now.  They are on the ground, grass, in my gutters, all over the kids bikes.  And no matter how many times I clean-up, rake and bag them.  They just keep coming back.  Just 1 pound of leaves contains twice as many nutrients as manure, and smells a sheep load better.  So imagine what one tree can provide….

Does your family compost?  If so what tips do you have to share?

 

 

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