Let your creativity run wild with sustainable recycling and that begins in the kitchen. Next, check out this incredibly fun Pinterest board on all kinds of fun and novel ways to recycle things you might otherwise throw away!
- Rather than filling your trash can with vegetable waste, put it in a ceramic or stainless steel compost bin with filter (pictured above). Your garden will love the fresh nutrients that would have otherwise ended up as landfill. These attractive composting bins look good enough to be an indoor kitchen accessory.
- Check out the Food Cycler Indoor Kitchen Composter by Food Cycle Science. We haven't tried this one but the reviews are generally quite good. They advertise it as easy to use, odorless and environmentally friendly reducing kitchen waste as much as 90% of its original volume. You end with a viable soil amendment in around three hours. It's a little pricey but could be worth the investment especially if you are all about "green living."
- Space saving, triple stacking recycle bins are often color-coded in blue, green and yellow for easy sorting. Some have swing-back lids that stay open as long as you want and securely snap on to the bin when you close them. The bins can also be used for storage, indoors or out. They tend to be made of recycled materials themselves and resist moisture, rust and rot.
- Rubbermaid makes a large, inexpensive under counter "Hidden Recycler" made from polypropylene collecting recyclables out of sight. The bag itself is made from recycled material, is durable and machine washable. It has a large capacity and with a handle, you can grab and take to your supermarket recycling bins.
- And drumroll.... the least expensive option of all... Make just the right amount of food so there are no leftovers. Carefully plan portion sizes for no waste!
Did you know that you can regrow food from kitchen scraps? Here's what Ecotonix has to say about it.
As tiny sprouts of our springtime flowers emerge for another chance at life, we were reminded to look at our kitchen scraps with the same attitude of renewal. Many fruit and vegetable scraps that are deemed inedible or compost-worthy can be directly re-grown into food that is edible, tasty, and nutritious. And the cycle of growing new food from scraps can be repeated over and over again – – allowing you to produce an unending supply of fruits and vegetables from food scraps that you ordinarily might have composted or thrown away.
What are the Benefits of Re-Growing Fruit and Vegetable Scraps?
There are dozens of reasons why re-growing food scraps is beneficial to both you and the environment. For example, regenerating fruit and vegetable scraps means less landfill waste, it supplements your food budget, and it also allows you to grow organic food that you know is healthy and nutritious. Additionally, spawning nourishing food from scraps is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of recycling and an excellent teaching activity to share with your kids.
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