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Bokashi Composting Kit

The Zero Waste movement is gaining popularity as people become aware of ways to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Composting is a positive step towards reducing waste, plus returning valuable nutrients and microbes to the soil in your garden. One study found that every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that could have been composted!

There are many choices available these days to help make composting easy. One product is the Bokashi Composting kit.  Their composting process is simple, and much faster than traditional composting. The key to their process is fermentation that quickly and easily converts food waste into highly productive compost.  And the bins are small enough to be used in an apartment or a small kitchen.

From their web site:

Step 1: Add
Simply add your food waste to the indoor kitchen composter. You can put all food waste into your kitchen composter. Fruit, vegetables, cooked food, meat, dairy, grains and pasta are all fine; basically all food waste.

Step 2: Sprinkle
Next, sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of our premium bokashi bran mixture. Repeat each day until your bokashi bin is full. It will typically take around two weeks to fill your bokashi composter. Once full, seal the lid and let the bin sit for 2 weeks to complete the fermentation process.

Step 3: Bury
Your food scraps have now been transformed into microbe and nutrient-rich pre-compost, and is ready to bury in your garden. You can bury your fermented food waste in your garden, compost pile, or potting containers.

Step 4: Grow
In two weeks the pre-compost will be transformed into the soil web, to the benefit of all plants and soil in the surrounding area. Plant roots will thrive on the newly added bokashi microbes and food waste nutrients. You are then ready to grow your favorite flowers, fruits and vegetables. Watch your garden flourish!

 

Read about Vivian Lin, a New Yorker who started a composting service called Groundcycle. For a small fee, she picks up New Yorkers’ kitchen scraps and yard waste and for a few dollars more, she drops off organic produce.

DID YOU KNOW
In the United States, food waste generates the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as 37 million cars.