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Today’s Solutions: July 13, 2024

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This composting technique turns food waste into fertilizer in just 24 hours

Composting organic waste is a great way to prevent it from ending up in landfills and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas a lot more potent than CO2. The problem, however, is that in conventional composting conditions, it can take between six and 24 months to turn food scraps into ready-to-use Read More...

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This countertop device turns food scraps into compost

Composting is a great way to generate fresh food for your garden and keep scraps out of the landfill, but if you don’t have a yard or access to green waste pickup services, it can feel impossible to dispose of scraps sustainably. Fortunately, Vitamix has launched a gadget to help.  The new Read More...

5 New Year’s resolutions for

5 New Year’s resolutions for aspiring gardeners

There’s hardly an activity as healthy and rewarding as gardening. Not only does gardening allow you to grow your own food and beautify your yard, it also helps you slow down, live a simpler life, and exercise. If you’re someone who enjoys setting New Year’s resolutions, consider adding Read More...

How to perk up your plants wit

How to perk up your plants with used coffee grounds

Coffee grounds are great for making DIY body scrubs, but did you know they can also help perk up your plants? Just like people, some plants love coffee and others don’t, so here is a guide to help you know which plants benefit from a coffee boost.  Use old coffee grounds The first key is the Read More...

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This eucalyptus-based hoodie can be composted in your garden

Just over a year ago, we wrote about Vollebak, a Dutch clothing startup making T-shirts that you can bury in your backyard once you’re through with them. That’s because the shirts are made entirely out of wood pulp and algae, which breaks down in soil and becomes “worm food” within months. Read More...

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Don’t throw away your banana peels. Do this instead

With bananas being such a delicious and healthy snack, it’s no wonder that people in the US eat as much as 3.2 billion pounds of these tasty treats every year. The problem, however, is that most banana peels are tossed away once the sweet fleshy part is eaten. This not only contributes to the Read More...

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Take your composting to the next level with worm farming

Are you a composter who’s ready to step up your game? If you’re looking to give your garden and the planet even more of a boost, it’s time to start practicing vermiculture, or worm farming.  So what is a worm farm? Worm farms are contained compost spaces where a population of worms feeds Read More...

Bury this shirt once it’s wo

Bury this shirt once it’s worn out. It will become “worm food” in 12 weeks.

A tech-based clothing startup by the name of Vollebak has developed a T-shirt that can either be put in a compost bin or buried in the ground once it’s reached the end of its life. That’s because the shirt is made entirely from wood pulp and algae, which breaks down in soil or in a composter Read More...

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This Polish company uses waste wheat bran to make biodegradable bowls and plates

Isn’t it ridiculous that disposable plastic plates are still being used even though they can take up to 500 years to break down? An innovative Polish company by the name of Biotrem thinks so, which is why they’ve created biodegradable tableware made from compressed wheat bran, a by-product of Read More...

All you can eat

All you can eat

Author Jonathan Bloom offers fresh thinking on how to reduce food waste. Diane Daniel | October 2010 issue Just as Jonathan Bloom and I settle in to talk, a piece of freshly baked chocolate cookie falls out of my hand and onto the floor. We’re sitting on the outside deck at Foster’s Market, an Read More...