Composting fodder

Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while will be aware that I am a fan of homemade compost. Never mind that the rats are also fans, it is great to be able to turn waste products into something useful without undue effort on my part – except when I’m turning the heap….

I was therefore delighted to have an article through the app, Medium, to read: Compostable Packaging Confusion? by Garden Organic. It’s probably best if you read the article yourself, rather than have me cause you even more confusion. Suffice to say, the consumer will need educating in even more packaging from now on.

Good thing or bad thing?


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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19 Responses to Composting fodder

  1. It is perhaps a good thing, but there is probably more than one could compost, so the point about restricting waste in the first place is sound

  2. Absolutely. I’ve tried composting some of the supposedly compostable packaging but found it took forever to break down – probably better than non-compostable though. But the key point is to reduce or reuse if at all possible. Useful article. thanks

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Interesting Helen, thanks for the link. So far I’ve used very little packaging material in the compost, only some brown cardboard, which worked well, but what I found did not work was egg shells if I did not break them up, or avocado pips. I agree with you and with Derrick – eliminate as much packaging as possible, and restricting waste at source.

  4. Sharon says:

    Much better to reduce packaging at source. Using paper bags in the veg aisle would be a start. Thanks for sharing the article.

  5. Clare Pooley says:

    Very useful, Helen. It is still very complicated though, isn’t it? Until three years ago our local council was really good at recycling and also had one of the high heat composters that would take amongst other things, cooked food waste. With all the cut-backs, they have had to get rid of that composter and they are recycling fewer things.

    • Helen says:

      That’s a real shame. Leeds Council was also collecting food waste from my postcode – not sure if they have discontinued as I started using a bokashi system at home.

  6. mortaltree says:

    I like the idea of compostable packing material. We actually have a landfill within site of our farm which continues to rise above the trees at the horizon year by year. Waste is often on my mind.
    I get my bodycare products from a company called Miessence, which uses packing peanuts made from potato starch. They break down quite well.

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