Nowadays, it’s getting easier and easier to reduce your carbon footprint through composting. By reducing landfill waste – we are able to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. We are also able to cultivate and return nutrients back to the land. In a world that is so consumed by mass production – our soil is depleted of nutrients, and through composting, we can return organic matter back into the Earth, which is better for the environment as well as growing our own plants and gardens to be healthy and successful plants.
What could stop you? Perhaps a small living space? If you live in a small home or an apartment, composting may seem inaccessible because of your lack of space. I’ve found great tools however to help me accomplish my composting goals.
For this project, I partnered with Alabama Sawyer to create this easy apartment composting guide.
How to Begin Composting in Your Apartment
- Purchase or Make a Composter/Compost Bin
This composter is a great way to utilize space in a clean and small living-conscious way. It is up to you whether you choose to compost with or without worms.
- Purchase a Compost Container
I use the Alabama Sawyer Noaway Countertop Compost Bin. I love their beautiful craftmanship, and the wood looks stunning in my kitchen and compliments my apartment aesthetic beautifully. Because this isn’t your composter, excess ventilation isn’t necessary as your organic matter will be in here short term.
- Prepare Your Compost Container
In order to prep your bin, take strips of paper (newspaper works great) and soak them in water. With half of those strips, coat the bottom of the bin. Pour soil into the bin.
- Add your organic matter
Now that your bin is prepared, you can now begin adding your scraps. Compost consists of anything from fruits, vegetables, peels, paper, tea leaves, egg shells, and coffee grinds and filters. Do not compost man-made materials, animal waste, citrus fruits, meat, or animal products such as bones and dairy.
- Cover with Paper Strips
After every layer of matter, cover with an additional layer of water-soaked paper strips.
- Repeat and Transfer
I like to repeat this a few times, and then transfer the matter to my composter. What changed the game for me wasn’t simply having an accessible, clean, and odor-free composter, but rather, it was having my counter-top compost collector that allowed me to have easy access to containing my scraps before I added them to the composter to fully decay.