When I found out that diverting food waste away from landfill was the most sustainable thing I could do in my home, I knew I had to find a way to compost, even though I live in a townhouse! With no space for an outdoor compost bin I thought, “there must be another way!” and the little researcher in me went to work…
When I discovered the ancient Japanese form of Bokashi in-kitchen composting, I new it was the answer.
Jump ahead two years since I’ve implemented my simple planet-saving habit and I’m proud to say I’ve effectively eliminated 400 single-use plastic bin bags of waste going to landfill in my home!! It feels so good, that’s why I believe the Bokashi in-kitchen system is a great composting option to consider for any sized home including an apartment or townhouse if you’re wanting to be more sustainable!
This clever form of Bokashi home composting uses microorganisms to effectively “pickle” food waste into nutrient-rich fermented matter and fertiliser for your plants and garden. As the Bokashi bin seals airtight and nicely ferments away your daily food scraps it enables the system to be kept conveniently indoors – no nasty odours and no fruit flies. And no daily trips to the wheelie bin!
Now, I must admit, I had one dilemma I had to work out… what to do with the lovely nutrient rich fermented matter once the bucket was full. Easy!
4 WAYS to dispose of your Bokashi waste when you live in an apartment.
If you don’t have a suitable backyard to bury the fermented matter, there are a number of ways to dispose of it.
1. Share with a friend or neighbour
2. Contribute locally by dropping it off at a local community garden (Google community gardens in your area)
3. Visit Sharewaste.com to see if there’s someone local needing compost waste
4. ‘Bin it’ by using one of our fully compostable bin liners and pop it in the general waste bin. One compostable bag of waste a month is far more eco friendly on the environment than 20 plastic bags a month in landfill. You’re still being legendary!
Here’s how this quick and easy in-kitchen solution is saving time, money and our environment.
STOPPING our food waste polluting our planet
We send over 5 million tonnes of food waste to landfill each year in Australia alone. When food waste slowly rots in landfill it leaches toxic chemicals into the ground and produces greenhouse gases including methane gas, 3 times more toxic than car fumes.
REDUCING single use plastic bin bags
Save money and the environment by reducing around 200 single use plastic bin bags a year in your home (based on 4 bags per week).
ELIMINATING the smelling kitchen bin
Tired of having to empty that smelly kitchen bin everyday? Bokashi composting enables kitchen food waste (including veggie scraps, meats, leftovers, rice, pasta, citrus, egg shells, coffee grinds, tea leaves etc) to ferment – eliminating that nasty rotting food odour. NO fruit flies or cockroaches either!
SUPERCHARGING our plants and garden
Bokashi Ninja in-kitchen composting turns food waste into soil-enriching fermented matter and nutrient-rich natural FREE fertiliser for your plants and garden. Happy plants, happy planet!
CHANGING from bin to Bokashi. From waste to create.
Approximately 40% of our household rubbish is food waste.
By recycling, and using the Bokashi Ninja in-kitchen composting system to manage your food waste, instead of your bin, you will dramatically reduce your impact on the environment.
WINNING the war on food waste
Imagine if 500 people reading this joined the Bokashi Ninja composting revolution.
Collectively they will save 4.6 tonnes of waste from going to landfill and cut 7.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the first month, let alone 552 tonnes of waste and 883 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) over the next 10 years*. What an IMPACT!
* Stats taken from article by Jason Bonsey from Compost Revolution.