Updated: Mar 4
There are many great reasons to stop chucking those old food scraps in the general waste, and start composting from home.
No matter if your in an urban setting or out on land growing your own food. The benefits and importance of composting stretch large and wide so let us give you the low down.
Composting benefits the environment by recycling organic resources while conserving landfill space. According to statistics from FoodWise, Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase. That's four million tonnes, or roughly 140kg per person of food going to landfill each year. Additionally in NSW, food waste also makes up to 38% of the total rubbish in household garbage bins! We Could be saving a lot of space in our bins and in the ground if we disposed of our food in more effective & responsible ways through composting.
If you have a home garden for food, pleasure or agricultural purposes the benefits increase further:
Composting saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reduce water runoff.
It reduces the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers. Compost provides many benefits. It
adds nutrients and beneficial microbes, holds water, and improves plant growth
provides a supplemental amount of slow-release nutrients
increases soil organic matter
encourages healthy root structure
lightens clay soils and helps sandy soils hold water
attracts and feeds earthworms and other beneficial soil microorganisms
helps balance pH (acidity/alkalinity)
helps control soil erosion
helps protect plants from drought and freezes
decreases use of petrochemical fertilisers
moderates soil temperature and reduces weeds when used as a mulch
The break down of organic product into nutrients for the next generation, is as old as life on earth itself. The beauty is with the developments we are now seeing in bioplastics, with products such as our home compostable EarthMail Packs can be part of this system.
Made from non-GMO corn and other bio products, our EarthMail Packs are certified by leading body, the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA). They have been certified Home Compostable under Australian Standard AS 5810-2010, and once broken down the compost is safe for use in the growth of food products. This sustainable packaging alternative provides an alternative for those in ecommerce sector, who rely heavily on plastic packaging in their distribution process, and all industries that are plagued by fossil fuel based plastics and would like to reduce their contribution to the worlds landfill.