What is Compostable?

May, 30, 2021

I would say that composting is one of best things you can do for the planet. It is a great way to reduce waste and divert organic waste from a landfill where it will decompose anaerobically because of a lack of oxygen. And it will produce greenhouse gases (primarily methane) which accumulate in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. 

Composting, on the other hand, mimics nature’s method of decomposition, allowing organic material to break down very well … and turn into a super nutritional substance that nourishes soil. 

So, if you have just started composting, you’re on your way to making one of the greatest positive impacts on the environment. Congrats! 

Now, besides vegetable and fruit scraps, what else can be composted?

  • Kitchen greens
  • Corn husks and chopped up cobs
  • Fruit pits and seeds
  • Herbs and spices
  • Tea leaves and natural paper teabags — just make sure they are plastic free
  • Coffee grounds
  • Liquid filling from canned fruits and vegetables
  • Crumbs
  • Egg shells
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Unbleached coffee filters
  • Brown paper shopping bags
  • Cardboard food boxes
  • Used paper napkins
  • Cardboard pizza boxes
  • Unbleached parchment paper
  • Unwaxed and unbleached cupcake and muffin paper wrappers
  • Uncoated paper plates
  • Sawdust
  • News papers
  • Grass clippings
  • Chicken poop
  • Toothpicks
  • Decomposable toothbrushes
  • Decomposable dental floss
  • Leaves
  • Pet hair
  • Human hair
  • Dust bunnies
  • Nail clippings
  • Cotton, linen and wool scraps
  • Dryer lint
  • Pencil shavings
  • Junk mail
  • Flowers from flower arrangements
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Christmas trees
  • Bunny, gerbil and hamster bedding and poop (not dog or cat)
  • Feathers

Fredrika Syren

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