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7 Simple ways to reduce food waste this Christmas

Reducing food waste this festive season is easier than you think!

Let’s enjoy food, not waste it.

In Australia, we love food. But sometimes we order, cook or buy more than we need, especially during the festive season. This leads to food wastage that ends up in landfill. Approximately 40% of our average household bin is food waste.

Where does food waste go?

The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $36.6 billion each year. 7.6 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill, enough to fill 15,900 Olympic-sized swimming pools. One in five shopping bags ends up in the bin = approx. $4,000 worth of groceries per household each year. We can do better! During this time of gifting and feasting, larger than-normal amounts of food are often wasted. Here are our tips to help you reduce food wastage.

TIP #1. Prepare just enough

Plan your meals, make a shopping list and check it twice. Buy only what you need. Cater for 10-15% less than the number of expected guests. Determine the amount to be cooked with the diners’ appetites and eating habits in mind.

TIP #2. Give with thought

Avoid highly perishable items. Choose food gifts that you know the recipient would enjoy.

TIP #3. Go small

Provide smaller plates for guests to encourage smaller portions, reducing the amount left on plates. This is great for the waste line too as you tend not to eat as excessively.

TIP #4. Make chips crispy again

Keep open packets of nuts and chips in the fridge so they last longer. Chips and nuts that have turned soft can be made crispy again after baking for a few minutes.

TIP #5. Freeze your leftovers in small portions

Divide leftovers into small portions and pack them into airtight containers before freezing them.

TIP #6. Give away excess food from your meals or from hampers

Pack any excess food for your guests, friends or neighbours. Consider sharing or donating excess non-perishables.

Organisations such as Food Bank, Secondbite and Ozharvest only tend to take donations from larger businesses, however, look up your local charities and see if they will accept food donations. It’s a great way to prevent food wastage and help the needy at the same time.

TIP #7. Compost your food waste

Anything that is left over at the end of the day can by conveniently placed in the Bokashi in-kitchen composter to turn into fermented compost matter and nutrient rich fertiliser for your plants and garden. The perfect gift for our Mother Earth!

Gifting to our Mother Earth this Christmas

Let’s be less wasteful this Christmas. 47% of the average household bin is organic waste. Most of that waste can break down naturally in a household compost bin and be turned into a rich and valuable resource for your garden. Consider all the savings that go along with composting – save money, reduce single-use plastic bin bags, reduce trips to the bin, and reduce tonnes of food waste ending up in our landfill.

Choosing to action any or all of the above waste-reducing-tips will be a beautiful gift for our Mother Earth this festive season.

Take a look at the easy and convenient Bokashi Ninja® in-kitchen composting system. Our Ultimate Eco Kit is the ideal gift fo the eco-conscious person this festive season

8 ways to turn your children into happy eco warriors

Here are 8 quick tips to bring out the ‘eco warrior’ in your kids at home

Bokashi Ninja is all for teaching kids the importance of sustainable living at home, so it becomes an everyday part of their life. What we do now affects the health of our planet into the future and our kids play a huge role, just as we do.

Here are some simple eco ninja tips from the Bokashi Ninja tribe to inspire everyday planet-saving habits with your children while at home.

TIP #1. Choose toys to keep

Have your children go through their toy box and wardrobe and empty out what they don’t play with anymore. Have them choose what toys and clothes they will pass on to a child less fortunate than them. This is especially a great thing to do before a child’s birthday and Christmas.

TIP #2. Waste less food

Eat smaller amounts. Food waste going to landfill is the second largest contributor of methane gas in our atmosphere. Food that is leftover, put in the Bokashi Ninja, a worm farm, or compost bin to return back into nature as nutrient-rich compost. Give children the responsibility of popping the food waste in the compost.

TIP #3. Get out in the garden

Encourage children to help in the garden, especially a little herb garden or veggie patch in the backyard. Give them their own plants or veggies to look after, water, fertilise and watch grow. We all receive a little joy when we grow our own veggies.

TIP #4. Drop (recycled paper) flyers for bottles locally

Encourage your children to drop a flyer in their neighbours’ letterbox and collect all the recycled bottles in the street once a week. It’s a way they can make money or even more special would be to have them choose a local wildlife charity that they can donate the money to.

TIP #5. Don’t litter

Teach your children not to litter! If they see rubbish on the ground, and they are supervised and it’s ok, encourage them to pick it up and put it in the rubbish bin. Rubbish left on the ground can lead to disaster for our wildlife and marine life. There is not such thing as ‘AWAY’, when you throw something away, it must go somewhere. The biggest lesson we can teach our children is not to waste in the first place.

TIP #6. Say no to plastic straws

Get kids to say no to plastic straws.

TIP #7. Make it their job to take care of the composting

Give the kids the job each weekend to empty the Bokashi and water the plants.

TIP #8. Teach kids 2nd hand

Instead of throwing things away, always ask what stuff could you use it for. Clothes never go in the rubbish bin, they go to someone who is in need. Show your kids how second-hand goods are better, ie bikes, so you’re not manufacturing more that will end up in landfill.

Happy tipping!

The revolutionary composting solution for apartment living

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.

If you live in an apartment or townhouse, or even a home with little or no backyard, Bokashi Ninja in-kitchen composting enables you to better manage your household food waste.

We seriously don’t want rotting food waste ending up in landfill as it doesn’t break down so well, it takes up space and releases nasty methane gas into our atmosphere, hence a big contributor to global warming.

I am living proof, that as an apartment dweller, you can still compost and dramatically reduce your environnment footprint. And it’s a lot easier than you think! Take a look at Bokashi Ninja® in-kitchen composting system it could be the answer for you too.

Why is composting so awesome for the planet?

Discover why 1000’s of eco ninjas are loving the benefits of bokashi

Phrases like ‘climate crisis’ and ‘climate change’ are all over our media, we can’t escape it, but the real question we find ourselves asking is, “What can I do about it”?

I used to think, well, I’m one person, I can’t make a big difference, but let me tell you, when I learnt about the damage our food waste makes to the environment and discovered the real benefits of putting my food waste back into my soil, I knew that making the change to better manage my food waste was the answer.

By composting we can:

REDUCE single-use plastic bin bags and save $’s, the planet and our marine life

REDUCE the volume of waste we send to landfill. Food waste rotting in landfill creates nasty methane gas, which is 3 times more toxic than car fumes, and is the largest individual contributor to our climate crisis.

RETURN the nutrient-rich fermented goodness from our Bokashi Ninja® back into the soil and plants to make them stronger, more resilient and healthier, as nature intended.

Did you know that our biosphere, the thin layer on our earth where life exists, is such an important part of our existence on this planet.

Why is it so important to start composting now?

The energy we need and the protein we need to build our bodies comes from the living organisms in the biosphere. The organisms on the earth use our waste carbon dioxide to make the oxygen we need to breathe.

Our fragile biosphere is diminishing rapidly due to:

  • Increased population on earth – more and more toxic food waste is going to landfill in plastic bags to rot and leach methane gas into our atmosphere.
  • 5 million tonnes of food waste goes to landfill each year in Australia alone!
  • More and more artificial pesticides and fertilisers are being pumped into our farmland soil
  • We are not returning enough waste (CO2 filled organic toxins) back into the soil to keep it strong as nature intended

    What can we do? It’s simple – we can compost!

    Whether it’s outdoor composting, worm farm or bokashi in-kitchen composting, or a combination, as individuals we can all make a difference to our planet by returning our household food waste to the soil. And it’s easier than you think!


    The changes we make with Bokashi Ninja®

    IMPROVE our soil structure at home by burying our fermented matter in the ground, or putting in an outdoor compost bin to rebuild our soil structure to hold the correct amount of moisture, nutrients and air.

    CREATE our own natural, nutrient-rich fertiliser (bokashi juice) at home so our plants and garden can grow strong, healthy and resilient.

    REDUCE our single plastic bin bag use and toxic food waste going to landfill.

    By joining the Bokashi Ninja® tribe, together, we will be doing our small part to look after this precious planet we call home. Are you with us?

    Supercharge your plants with bokashi goodness

    10 insider tips on using the natural by-products of bokashi composting for your plants and garden that will make your friends, family, and your neighbours green with envy!

    Do you struggle keeping your indoor and outdoor plants looking vibrant and healthy? Are you having trouble keeping those herbs alive on your balcony? Does the thought of using synthetic fertilisers or pesticides on your veggie patch make you cringe? Are you looking for a way to accelerate your outdoor compost bin or give your garden soil a boost.

    Discover how bokashi can be amazing for your garden, whilst benefitting your hip pocket and the planet at the same time.

    Tip #1 – Turning your household food waste into free natural fertiliser

    How does bokashi work?

    Food waste is layered with Bokashi Ninja® Accelerator Spray in a Bokashi Ninja® bucket. Due to the air-tight bucket and the micro-organisms present in the Bokashi Ninja® spray, the waste ferments, creating a safe soil builder and nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants.

    Tip #2 – The two nutrient-rich by-products of bokashi composting

    The first by-product of the bokashi in-kitchen composting system is the bokashi juice, otherwise known as bokashi tea. The concentrated liquid fertiliser is created when food waste ferments. The second by-product is the end product of the bokashi process, the soil enriching fermented matter.

    Tip #3 – The secret ingredients that make bokashi composting so good for your plants?

    The secret is in the combination of the nutrients from fermenting household food scraps (including fruit, veggie scraps, meats, egg shells, tea leaves, coffee grounds, citrus, leftovers, rice, bread etc), and the naturally occurring micro-organisms in the Bokashi Ninja® Accelerant Spray.

    Normally food scraps go into a single use plastic bin bag and out to landfill to rot. This leaches toxic methane gas into our atmosphere, massively attributing to our climate crisis. Instead, by returning food waste to our earth, we are supercharging our soil and gardens, and helping our planet.

    Tip #4 – How much fertilser does a bokashi make

    Within 7-10 days of commencing the bokashi process the juice will start pooling in the base of the bucket. Give the bucket a gentle shake, you can hear the juice inside. It will continue to make juice during the entire 6-8 week process, even if/when you leave the bucket to sit for 2 weeks to finish fermenting. Bokashi can make anything from 1 cup to 1 litre of fertiliser a week, depending on environment, temperature and the type of food scraps in the bucket.

    Tips #5 – How often is the juice to be extracted

    It is recommended that you extract the bokashi juice every 3 to 5 days so the juice doesn’t get too potent. If you leave the juice in the bucket longer than a week it can get quite strong in odour.

    Tip #6 – Diluting the bokashi juice before watering plants

    As bokashi juice is concentrated, it is extremely important to dilute the liquid extract 1:100 before watering your plants and garden – that equates to 2 teaspoons to 1 litre of water.

    Tip #7 – Weekly nutrient dose! – What plants can I fertilise and how often

    You can fertilise your plants weekly with diluted bokashi juice, just as you would normally water your plants weekly. Citrus plants, fruit trees, indoor plants, outdoor plants, orchids, vegetables, herbs. It’s endless. As bokashi fertiliser is a natural fertiliser it can go on virtually any plants all year round. If you have any sensitive plants, try a small amount first.

    Plants struggling for nutrients? You’ll be blown away by the new vibrant growth you’ll see using bokashi fertiliser.
    HINT: be careful with delicate plants such as ferns.

    Tips #8 – Leftover juice. Another hidden benefit!

    Use undiluted bokashi juice as an antibacterial to pour down and clean drains, toilets or septic systems. If you have any leftover each week, it’s safe to pour down the sink.

    Tips #9 – Bokashi fertiliser shelf life

    Bokashi fertiliser does not have a long shelf life, it is recommended that you use it up straight away, or pour any excess down the drain.

    Tips #10 – The incredible soil-enriching fermented matter?

    Once the bokashi process is complete, the food waste has been altered and preserved, similarly to fermented foods. This fermented matter can then be buried into the soil and consumed by soil life, disappearing within a few weeks.

    Worms can be prominent in this environment due to its vermicompost decomposition. All in all, the process adds nutrients and improves soil texture.

    Emptying bokashi matter into an outdoor compost bin can also speed up the outdoor compost process, just balance it up with lots of dry matter.

    Be on your way to a more healthy, vibrant, resilient garden!

    If you are looking to save money, save time, ditch the synthetic fertilisers and pesticides and have the healthiest plants and garden in your street, then the Bokashi Ninja® in-kitchen composting system is the answer.

    It’s an easy and efficient way to start your composting journey or introduce to accelerate your existing outdoor compost bin. Your plants and the planet will thank you for it.

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