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On how not to waste food
The topic of wasting food has been resonating through the society for a while. Similar situation as with the plastic pollution. Total weigth of food being wasted is increasing every year. And the solution is not that complicated. It’s juste enough to start at our own back yard.
We already started with purchasing waste compost. We call it Rocket, which is very well-fitting name, because it produces compost with a rocket speed. It takes only 14 days from putting in the fainted fruits and vegetables to the result. This young compost is better to let mature a bit more, but it is perfectly usable after 2 weeks. Rocket capacity is 1750 litres of waste every week, which means that we have opportunity to process a common 240 litres wastebin of organic waste every day!
But there are more other ways of waste re-using. We send a part of it to one animal shelter. Thanks to all of this we have achieved that we do not create any bio-waste that we would have to digest for further processing. We can then save a bit of the environment.
We collaborate with Kokoza, a community service that helps people build community gardens, inspire them to urban cultivation, composting, and eating local foods.
And how can YOU easily contribute?
- Plan your shopping.
- Don’t go shopping when hungry.
- Buy only things you really need. Prefer quality, not quantity.
- Cook from leftovers.
- Store your food right and respect different temperature zones in your fridge.
- Pamper your fridge and keep it absolutely clean.
- Watch best before dates.
- Can your food.
- Freeze your food – cut veggies and store it in reusable plastic bags or in plastic boxes.
- Make compost (not war) – it is easy and you can do it even in a flat. You can buy small, storable and nicely looking compost units.
What belongs to compost?
If you have a garden, you will appreciate the compost. Start by choosing the right place. Those where the compost is not in direct sunlight, will not be exposed to wind and heavy rain. Do not forget about good access to earthworms (can be bought) and other soil organisms. The second step is choosing a suitable composter. You can build it yourself at home.
You can add almost all organic waste from the yard, garden, and house to the compost. The greater the diversity is, the better.
We advice to place twigs and straw on the compost bottom. Thanks to this, air will be fed into the composter and it will not smell. If you add more leaves or grass to the compost, it is good to mix it with a little classic soil to make it easier for the earthworm to work. We compress the compost by bracing at least once or twice.
What to add
Fruit peels (watch for citruses, only in BIO quality) and vegetables, grass and leaves (carefully with walnut leaves), hay, straw, weeds, sawdust, wood chips, drops of herbivorous animals (ie no cats and dogs) bags of coffee, recyclable bags, earmuffs, paper handkerchiefs, walnut shells. You can also add remnants of cooked food – only in small amounts and you also need to mix well with the soil.
What not to add
Glass, plastics, metals, textiles, meat and fish residues, dairy products, chipboard sawdust, dead animals, nuclear weapons etc.
When to use compost
Compost is mature when it gets brown to dark brown, has a crumbly texture and smells like forest soil. If your compost will have the right conditions, it can be used after 8 to 10 weeks. However, it reaches maturity from 7 to 12 months, with a volume of up to half as much.
So hail to the compost!