Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Well, I got a new gadget. I consider it a gift to the environment. I think most of you choose your dinner ingredients carefully whether home grown, farmer's market or the best of the regular market. Then these are prepared carefully, considering the pleasure and life giving healthy qualities that the meal imparts. But how many of us think of the rest of the cycle? Are our food scraps handled in a way that nourishes the earth too?
I've been reading lately about how methane is 72 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period. 85% of America's waste stream is organic waste, which is what produces this gas. In fact, the decomposition of these wastes is the #1 producer of methane gas in the U.S. Some landfills are in fact capturing and selling this gas.
One solution is composting, but I thought composting impractical in a condo setting - imagine vermin attracted to rotting piles on your deck? However, I came across an indoor composter that is automatic, easy to use, and has filtered the air released in the process to eliminate the odor!
It's called the NatureMill (Pro version) and it 'cooks' most of your tablescraps and trimmings into a good-for-the-soil compost. This not only eliminates the methane gas making, it also saves water if you would have sent the things down the garbage disposal, and so too saves gas from the trucks hauling it away if put into your garbage. The compost can be used on indoor plants (with a longer cure), and outdoor plants whether potted or in the ground. My initial mix to start it up included dried flowers, bananas, lettuce that had bolted and browned, egg shells and tea bags to mention a few. I'm looking forward to the first batch a week from Saturday, to return nourishment to the soil without fouling the sky!