Have you jumped on the composting bandwagon?
We’re all in this fight together to try to make our planet a greener, healthier place to live. Composting is one of the many ways that individuals can help make a difference.
It doesn’t matter whether you live in the country or in a tiny apartment in the middle of the big city, you can compost thanks to indoor composting bins that don’t smell or attract bugs!
Even if you already compost, do you know about everything that you can throw in the compost bin?
Check out some surprising compostable items below!
Why Is Composting a Great Idea?
As you know composting helps divert millions of pounds of food scraps and compostables from the landfills every year. This has cut down on millions of pounds of methane emissions that contribute to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
On top of that, composting contributes to a more healthy food chain. Plants grown in compost need fewer herbicides and fertilizers, cutting down considerably on chemical runoff into the water supply.
Of course, if you already compost, you probably already knew these great benefits of composting. But did you know that 60% of household waste is compostable? Maybe you’re not taking full advantage of what you can be composting.
What Can You Add to the Compost Bin?
You’ve probably already been throwing fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells in your compost bin. These are pretty standard compostables. You may even be on board with tossing chopped up toilet paper rolls, cardboard pizza boxes, and brown paper shopping bags.
What else can you throw in there?
- Worn out cotton sheets or bath towels
- Worn out clothes made from natural fibers like cotton, wool, bamboo, hemp, silk, or linen (absolutely NO synthetic fabrics, not even a 1% blend)
- Used matches
- Sour wine, beer, and liquor: party in the compost bin!
- Real wine corks: just chop them up first
You can also toss compostable packaging materials into your compost bin, but you’ve got to be careful with this one. You might think that a “biodegradable” label means that you can throw the item in your compost bin. That isn’t always the case.
Compostable packaging should be clearly marked as “compostable” or “home compostable”. Biodegradable items can be broken down, but typically only in industrial composters that are heated to much higher temperatures than your home unit.
A good example is our compostable bath salt pouches. Many bath product brands use packaging that can’t be composted and contribute to your household landfill waste.
Bathtime salts, on the other hand, uses 100% fully compostable materials for our one-time-use bath salt pouches. Each pouch contains just the right amount of soothing salts to add to your bath. Then, instead of tossing your pouch in the trash, toss it in the compost bin for a zero waste solution!
They are made with materials that meet both European (EU 13432) and American (ASTM D6400) composting standards. What does that mean? They will degrade just like any other compost waste and are certified for both industrial and home composting.
Composting for a Greener Tomorrow
We hope this article has given you a few more ideas of things that you can throw into your compost bin. We throw enough stuff into the landfills, it’s nice to be able to turn our waste into something useful and usable for the planet.
We can't wait for you to start including empty pouches of bathtime salts to your compost bin!