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My Home Composting Journey

Composting

I remember as a child my parents had a compost heap at the bottom of the garden. My Mum would wander down there with the vegetable peelings most days. I don’t remember them using the compost lol but I’m sure they did. Over the last few months I have once again become aware of composting. It is becoming part of my journey into reducing the waste our family uses heading to landfill.

The Compost Bin

I bought a compost bin from Cardiff Council. You can get them at the Lamby Way recycling depot or tip, if we’re not being so posh. It only cost a few pounds and it can hold 240 litres; it’s big! So cost isn’t an obstruction to starting to compost at home.

Composting Infographic

I am starting cautious in the hope that it might be successful so I’m limiting what I put into my compost heap until it’s bigger. So, sawdust from the rabbit hutch (urine is apparently a great addition to a compost heap), grass cuttings, non-seeded weeds, leaves (we have lots). From the house; fruit/vegetable peelings, tea bags, crushed egg shells, paper towels, plain cardboard like toilet rolls, scrunched up paper, sugarcane disposable party supplies.

How I’m Doing It

  • Small is key I reckon. I’m ripping paper or shredding it. Ripping up cardboard and the sugarcane party supplies.
  • Old cotton fabric offcuts are cut even smaller.
  • I’m mixing the wetter peelings with cardboard and paper.
  • Moisture. In the middle of a heatwave I’m adding water every week. Not much – maybe it’s not enough I have no idea!
  • Regular turning. Not looking forward to this one!

Why will it take so long to turn into compost though? Patience is not my strong point. Once there’s something to see I might show some photos. A few peelings aren’t very exciting to look at.

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Why Sugarcane Plates?

Why Sugarcane Tableware?

Sugarcane fibres are a natural by-product of extracting the juice from the sugarcane. The waste fibres are usually incinerated but there is an increasing trend to using the fibres to form disposable party supplies. Why do I love sugarcane plates so much?

You can home compost! A domestic compost heap doesn’t reach the high temperatures of a commercial system. This means that some substances labelled as compostable won’t compost properly in a domestic compost heap. A good example is biodegradable plastic or PLA. Although clear PLA glasses are biodegradable they will not degrade successfully in your home compost heap.

Sugarcane (or Bagasse) has similar compostable properties to paper and cardboard. If conditions are right in your heap (not too wet and warm enough) it will completely degrade in months. No more hours spent at the sink washing up or endless loads in the dishwasher. You put it all on the compost heap and use it years later to feed your garden.

Dont forget it isn’t just sugarcane plates but bowls and other tableware supplies too.

At Eco Infinity we are trying to encourage home composting. It reduces the waste collected by your council, enriches your garden and is the most environmentally friendly way of disposing of your waste.