Compost is decomposed organic matter. The natural process of composting is the recycling of organic material using environmental decomposition. A common misconception is that you can only compost food scraps, however, you can also compost leaves, newspaper, cardboard, sawdust, and fireplace ashes etc. This natural organic matter is nature’s best soil and it is an eco-friendly alternative to fertilizer that has zero cost.

We have to start taking proactive steps to reduce our individual waste. Most landfills in North America are quickly filling up; many have already closed down. The U.S. has filled 77% of its landfills at an alarming rate. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 20-30% of waste is food and yard scraps. If each person in the U.S composted, we could divert over 151 billion pounds of trash per year. Introducing compost into your home can decrease individual waste by as much as 35%.

Compost has many different benefits, not just for plants. It can also have a positive impact on your health. Crops grown in composted soil are rich in amino acids, carbohydrates, essential fats vitamins, enzymes, and fiber, all of which are essential for the human body to function properly. Adding compost to your soil maximizes the nutrition in your food.

Our waste problem is building up faster than we could’ve ever imagined, and nature has given us the solution. Composting allows an individual to create a balance between the amount of personal waste they produce and the amount that they put back into the earth. It gives everyone the opportunity to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.