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Will You Make a Composting Resolution this New Year?

Happy holidays everyone! I want to start this post by sharing a little story with you. The story is about what happened at my 4th of July party last summer. Read it all the way through if you want to find out why I, your Compost Diva, jumped head first into my own trash can on Independence Day!


Eggshells are a good source of calcium in the pile

About nine months ago, right around springtime, I was asked by Ecotonix to test one of the products they were developing. I took one look at it and instantly knew the product, which is called the “Green Cycler”, was going to be revolutionary! I was so grateful to be selected as a product tester, and I can honestly say this product has changed my life! The Green Cycler is a pre-composter, that is, a highly effective food scrap shredder and recycling system, and it’s designed to sit on your kitchen counter. It’s something that allows you to prepare food and cook meals while easily composting your unused food scraps. I hardly ever use my garbage disposal any longer! I’ve been using the Green Cycler religiously since the day I was given one. And when I say religiously, I really mean it!

I had been happily making compost with my Green Cycler for around month when I decided to invite my friends and family to a 4th of July party to be held at my house. I went a little overboard and ended up inviting 50 people. Whew! That meant I had to prepare a lot of food! Well, my Uncle Bob asked me if I’d like help with cooking for the large crowd. I happily agreed and accepted his offer. Uncle Bob came over on the morning of the 4th and asked me what he should start cooking. I said, “Uncle Bob, I could sure use some help baking a few banana cream pies!” So Uncle Bob started to peel bananas and crack eggs.

banana peels

Banana peels add calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphates, potassium and sodium to your compost

I got distracted and left the kitchen for a while. I had so many things to do with 50 people coming over in just a few hours! When I eventually returned to the kitchen I saw what good ‘ol Uncle Bob had done to those bananas and eggs. He peeled and cracked them all right. He peeled and cracked them right over the garbage can! All those beautiful banana skins and egg shells had become mixed with the un-compostable items in the trash! It looked like a crime scene to me!

Next thing you know, I screamed and I dropped everything I was holding in my hands. I made a bee-line for the garbage. I put my head right in there and started digging. I pulled out each and every banana peel and egg shell I could find and rescued them. I then placed them in the Green Cycler and cranked the shredder. Whew! It was great! I felt like I was a fire cracker on the 4th of July!

After dinner that night, my friends, family, and I all sat around and talked about the benefits of composting and the easiest ways to make compost. We chatted about recycling food, different types of organic materials, and how to use compost. We even joked about how to raise urban chickens by feeding them food scraps. (But I didn’t actually think it was funny, because I DO raise chickens in my urban backyard!

Now that it’s been several months since I was asked to be a Green Cycler product tester, the product is finally going to be available for purchase by every-day consumers! In January 2013 to be exact! You’ll never guess what I got my friends and family for Christmas this year. You really want me to tell you? OK… I got them each their very own Green Cycler. What a great idea (if I don’t say so myself). They’ll arrive a little bit after December 25th, but it will be worth the wait!

Here’s to a great 2013 everyone! Happy New Year! I challenge you to make it your resolution to compost all of your food scraps next year. Find out how easy it is! Learn how to build a compost pile – – and do your part to help the environment!

-Your Compost Diva

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