Composting has been a big hit in our house!
What’s better than playing the dirt? Making it!
I don’t believe children should finish all the food on their plates. They should stop eating when they are no longer hungry. Promoting a “clean plater” is promoting an over weight adult. At the same time, we also want to teach our children not to waste.
The solution? COMPOST!
They will have fun throwing their scraps in the compost.
They will have even more fun putting the compost in buckets with their little shovels and then adding it to the garden.
Food rotting in landfills contributes to global warming. Landfills are America’s primary source of methane emissions, and the second-largest component of landfills are organic materials. When food decomposes in a landfill, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Furthermore, wet food waste is the main threat to groundwater or stream pollution in the event of a liner leak or large storm.
Financially, wasted food costs America more than $100 billion annually, says the University of Arizona’s Jones. (The USDA’s most recent estimate on the cost of food waste — $96 billion — is 10 years old.) Closer to home, the average four-person household wastes about $600 of food each year. (According to Culinate.com)
We can all do our part in significantly lowering Greenhouse emissions by stsrting our own home composts! Here’s a quick demonstration on how to get started.