I know, I know. I’ve written so many blog posts saying that I’m putting an end to Food Waste Friday (#FoodWasteFriday). But, friend, my new food waste routine is too good not to miss. So good that we had zero food waste this week! Woo hoo! My new routine is so easy that I just had to devote an entire post to it. A mere social media post will not suffice here.
But first, what is Food Waste Friday?
If you are new here, let me catch you up on Food Waste Friday. For years I followed the lead of other eco-minded lifestyle bloggers who shared their food waste on their blog each Friday, a.k.a.- #FoodWasteFriday.
You can get all sorts of details about food waste here.
Food waste is the #1 material sent to landfills.
Landfills account for 20% of all greenhouse gasses emitted in the United States.
As an eco friendly person who recycles and understand that food doesn’t deserve to rot in a landfill forever, I loved participating in Food Waste Friday.
Then I got pregnant with my 3rd kid in 6 years. I got tired and couldn’t keep up with Food Waste Friday.
A year after giving birth to my 3rd son, I took my love for food waste and composting, and opened my own compost company- Naples Compost.
Okay, now you are caught up. Onto the new #FoodWasteFriday routine.
Part of my job now as a professional composter is to play around with different ways to break down food into dirt.
Wait. Do you understand compost? If not, take a break and read this to learn more.
Seriously, I use my free time to learn more about turning scraps into soil. We have two compost tumblers, 2 vermiculture (worm compost bins), and now 2 more bokashi composting bins.
Wait, what is bokashi?
This is what I’m so excited about! Bokashi!
Bokashi is a Japanese word for “fermented organic matter”. It basically consists of fermented enzymes that breaks down food faster. With these fermented bokashi enzymes, you can compost anaerobically (without air) allowing the sealed bin to keep from stinking up an indoor area.
The cool thing about composting with bokashi is that you can compost meat and dairy, foods that are typically banned from normal aerobic (with air) composting.
In English, please!
Well, I’m super excited that I can compost our plate scraps now.
Our household typically composts food prep scraps instead of already cooked food left on our plates. The oils, meats, and dairy aren’t great for our bins so we keep them out.
Now we can compost almost everything we eat.
MEANING, WE HAVE ZERO FOOD THROWN IN THE TRASH THIS WEEK.
This is a first.
Sure, we’ve had weeks where we had no food thrown out from the fridge, but to have no food wasted from our plates is a huge deal. Huge!
Composting is so much fun for the kids
Yes! My kids get so excited to visit our compost bins. As I took this picture, Jackson said, “look Mom, I’m composting”.
Yes, buddy, you are!
He even came back inside to wash his plate.
This is a first. Ever.
So there you have it. Our first week of zero food waste ever.
Be on the lookout for a complete bokashi tutorial on the Naples Compost website soon!
Do you do anything to reduce your food waste in your house?
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