Like everyone who sees Bag It, I’ve been noticing the plastic in my life more. The plastic packaging inside the box that my new rice-cooker (plastic) came in. The individual plastic bags I’m used to putting my produce inside. Bags which then get placed into other plastic bags at the grocery store.
These everyday mounds of plastic could intimidate a person to inaction. But it’s always a good idea to start small. To keep it simple.
Of course, I’ve been trying to use the alternative to plastic suggestions from the site. The most obvious, carrying my own re-usable shopping bags. When I forget these (more often than I like to admit), I ask for paper, which bio-degrades and doesn’t create methane gas when re-used as kitchen garbage bags.
It’s pretty common knowledge that biodegradable materials placed into plastic over time produce methane gas, which contributes to climate change. The most obvious solution is composting. If you can’t keep chickens, that is. I visited friends in Santa Fe this weekend who get their own organic eggs from the chickens out back. The chickens ate our leftover salad and all the waste products from the Chinese dinner we cooked one night. Perfect solution!
But what about those of us who live in apartments or don’t have a lot of back yard space? Can we create a small-space composting option for the 57% of our garbage that is organic? The answer is yes. There seem to be two methods – a container with a well balanced green to brown mix of organic materials or a container with worms. According to my sources, these are both smell-free.
The following websites seem like good resources if you have a small amount of deck space or a basement storage area for the necessary containers.
- All Things Composting
- Small Space Composting
- Garbage Can Composting
- Backyard, Balcony & Apartment Composting
- The Worm Factory
If you have a free city-wide composting program, that is a great solution as well. Denver, Colorado, did away with its free curbside program in March 2010, instead offering residents the option to pay for continued service. Maybe this will prompt Denverites to compost for themselves – limited space no longer being an issue.