Most of what you throw in the garbage ends up in one of two places: landfills, where it takes ages to break down, or incinerators, which can cause air pollution. However, there is an easy way to help eliminate up to 24% of what you throw away each year: composting.
The most effective option for managing organic wastes, composting converts natural resources into a soil-like material containing all of the major nutrients plants need to grow.
One family can make a difference. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, home composting can divert about 700 pounds of waste per household back into the soil every year.
Gardeners, take note: Unlike store-bought fertilizer, composting costs next to nothing, and it’s easier to do than ever. The NatureMill Automatic Composter Pro XE is a compact machine that can produce up to 35 pounds of compost a month, while using only as much power as your standard night-light. Made from recycled and recyclable materials, this machine accepts most food scraps.
See all of our green living tips for Earth Week. What are you doing to reduce waste this week?