Composting 101: Make an Impact on the Environment
Sustainability is one of our key pillars at Kaia Earth. From the jump we have pinpointed ways to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of our business to reduce our impact on the environment.
One way we do this is by creating clean, non-toxic, vegan products using the finest natural ingredients. Packaging is another facet of sustainability; we use minimal packaging and all materials are recyclable. We don’t use any plastic, and our products are packaged in glass jars.
Furthermore, we are committed to educating our customers on the importance of our global responsibility to maintaining a healthy and safe environment, and one way to contribute to sustainability is through composting.
Composting is recycling food and other organic waste and using it as fertilizer for plants. By composting at home, you are helping reduce landfill waste, while simultaneously creating healthy soil, increasing biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing air quality.
Studies have shown that composting also conserves water. In the United States, irrigation systems for agriculture account for roughly 80% of the country’s water use. However, composting helps increase the water-retaining capacities of soil, so less water is needed for plants and food to grow.
To get started, an ideal bin would be 3 cubic feet, and it should be kept in a dry and shady spot. You can likely find an appropriate bin somewhere around the house, whether it’s an old wine crate, a plastic bin or a garbage can.
For the healthiest compost pile, it is best to alternate between “greens” and “browns.” The ideal carbon-to-nitrogen ratio for a home compost is two to four parts brown materials for every one part green materials.
Greens are for nitrogen, which is essential for plant growth and reproduction. Examples of household greens to add to your compost pile include fresh grass clippings, food scraps and coffee grounds.
Browns are for carbon, which acts as a food source for decomposers. Common browns that you can find around the house and yard include dead leaves, branches, twigs and paper.
Oxygen and water are the final key elements to ensure a quick home composting process. To achieve optimal air flow, layer your compost materials. And the compost pile should be as wet as a wrung-out sponge, which will likely be taken care of if you include food in your compost pile.
Note: Kaia Earth is excited to announce that our zero waste products are now available in Rochester at Impact Earth at Eastview Mall. The closest entrance to the shop is Entrance 2.