Composting. For the majority of my life, I had no idea what that was or that it was even a thing. My family and I recycled for the most part, separating our plastic from our paper and cardboard, but that was about it. But, now I am living in my first apartment. Since moving in with my roommate, who happens to be an Eco-Rep for UNC Charlotte, she has begun to teach me all about the wonders of living an eco-friendly lifestyle. From all of her lessons on saving our planet, I have learned that composting is one of the best things one can do for the environment. So here are five reasons why you should start composting:
Composting not only limits landfill waste but also reduces emissions.
You would think since that since all of the waste lands on a similar place, such as the soil, it does not matter. Wrong! Once the waste lands in a landfill the oxygen that is needed for the decaying process will not reach it. So throughout this process methane will need release, which contributes to greenhouse gases.
Composting helps create better soil and healthier plants.
Composting allows for a more diverse life in the soil which in turn helps plants grow! Healthy plants are also less vulnerable to pests and weather.
Composting avoids the need for using chemicals.
When you compost, not only does it help the soil and plants through nutrients but it also avoids the need of using fertilizer, which is harmful to our environment and our health.
It’ s basically free to start composting. You may want to use a small container to start, but hey! Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. If you pay for your trash to get removed, it might also end up saving you money since composting reduces greatly what you throw away.
There is nothing stopping you from starting to compost. You can help reduce our carbon footprint in this way if you don’t think straws will do the trick. This practice is very beneficial to our environment. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 25% of our food garbage is made up of food scraps and yard trimmings, which produces over 60 million tons each year. This simple act can certainly help reduce our landfill space.
If you may need some extra motivation to start composting, you can even decorate your composting bin with some personalized art. So let’s compost!