Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Composting
You might think that since it comes from soil, food waste can easily decompose in a landfill, but you could not be more mistaken. The time taken for food waste to decompose depends on the type of food.
Apart from the decomposition of food waste, it is a fact that food in landfills decomposes without oxygen, creating methane, a gas 23 percent stronger than greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide. While some of this methane is converted to energy, a lot of it goes into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Have you ever wondered how long the food you throw away will take to decompose?
Roughly 30-40% of the food we bring home is thrown away and ends up in the landfill.
◾ Most vegetables can range from 5 days to 1 month to decompose
◾ Apple core or a banana peel will take +1 month
◾ Orange peel will take +6 months
◾ Pistachio shells 3+ years
◾ Lettuce takes 25 years to decompose!
So, it’s important to not throw food on the side of the road or in nature, as it takes food a whole lot longer than you might think to biodegrade!
At the very least, all food waste should be composted. Composting food waste is easy, and the best way to produce your own high quality, low-cost fertilizer. The Ecofairy Home Composter helps users divert food waste from the landfill, reduce the amount of methane gas generated from organic waste, and decrease carbon emissions and one’s carbon footprint. It has a daily capacity of 11lbs, turning food waste into compost in 24 hours and is perfect for residential use.
At The Eco Fairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.
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