Next time you consider throwing something down the garbage disposal, consider adding it to your compost pile instead. This will reduce the amount of energy and water used over time to operate the garbage disposal. It will also create less strain on your pipes.
There are additional benefits to choosing to compost instead of using the garbage disposal. First off, there are certain items you simply can’t put down the garbage disposal, such as an avocado pit, but you can dispose of in your compost pile. In addition, when food scraps end up getting composted, no methane is produced, and methane is one of the worst greenhouse gases: Methane is 80 times more potent at warming than carbon dioxide. And finally, you can improve soil quality through composting. None of these benefits can occur when simply using the garbage disposal.
If you live in an apartment, composting can be done either on an outdoor balcony or indoors. Two suggested ways to compost are either aerobic composting or vermicomposting. Aerobic composting is where organic matter is decomposed by microorganisms. You will need a decent compost container to get started - check out this blog for step-by-step instructions about how to set it up. Vermicomposting may sound a bit more intimidating because it involves worms, but it doesn’t smell and is quicker than traditional composting, making it a great option for an apartment. Here are some instructions from the EPA about how to set up an indoor vermicompost.
There is so much work to do to heal our planet that it can feel overwhelming to determine where to start. That’s why 7th Generation Advisors launched the Personal Climate Action Center, a new initiative designed to encourage people to take individual action against climate change.
At 7th Generation Advisors we
are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and
clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven
generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet.
Will you join us?