Saving the Earth, One Apple at a Time

Protecting the Earth and the environment can be a lot simpler than many people think it is. You don’t have to run out all of a sudden and buy solar panels and expensive home automation systems to make a positive impact on the earth. One of the easiest and cheapest things that you can do to give back to the Earth is in how you dispose of your fruits and vegetables.

After you’re done eating a dinner that you haven’t completely finished, most people would probably stroll over to their sink or garbage can and slide the rest of the food off of their plate. While this doesn’t necessarily hurt the environment, there is a better way for you to go about helping the environment. You can use some of that food that you’re throwing away to help your property and community.

You know those green beans that you didn’t eat last night? Remember the apple core that you threw in your garbage can? Those are the kinds of foods that you can gather together, and start storing compost. Instead of simply wasting these foods by not eating them and them shipping them off to the landfill in a garbage truck, you can store them in a community or personal compost bin.

If you’re going to start storing compost, there are a couple of things you’ll need to remember. Not every food can be stored there. You’re really looking for foods that are biodegradable. Meat, dairy and normal trash or products that aren’t biodegradable (e.g. plastic, metal, etc.) shouldn’t be stored with your compost, but they should be recycled or put in the garbage. With compost, the goal is to make a new, nutritional fertilizer that will benefit the plants around your home and community.

If your community doesn’t have compost bins, there are a couple of things that you can do to preserve valuable vegetable and fruit waste. You can try to petition the city council to start the program. Your community can gather the waste, make the compost and then sell it. This improves the soil of your city and the city can make a profit off of doing so. It’s a win-win.

Let’s suppose that your city council doesn’t want to involve themselves in a compost program, for whatever reason. There are still things that you can do to make compost and use it on your property. There are plenty of stores that can sell you a compost bin. If you can’t find one near you, look to buy one online or even make your own. When you’re purchasing the product online, look to see what kind of shipping system will be used to send the bin to you. Teach your family which foods you want thrown in the compost bin, fill it, wait for it to biodegrade and become compost; then you can use it to benefit your property.

Properly disposing of your fruits and vegetables is incredibly easy, cheap and gives you a sense of fulfillment, as you do your part to help preserve our planet. Going green is much easier than you think it is, and you can make it all happen with just one apple at a time.

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