If you are already or are interested in leading a natural lifestyle, composting is the perfect addition to your routine. You see, composting is not just reserved for the Birkenstock-wearing, granola-eating minded anymore. Composting has been a natural progression in the waste-treatment and healthy-living realms. The reason? Once you get started, you’ll feel good from the inside out. And you can take solace knowing you’re doing something that is good for your home, your body, and the world that sustains us.
Saved energy almost always translates into more money in your pocketbook and less pollution in the environment. It’s a win-win. But despite being an obvious lifestyle choice, many overlook energy-saving solutions such as residential composting. Need some extra motivation? You’re likely to see your energy-savings come to fruition in your water bills, reported an Energy.Gov article. Sending the food down the garbage disposal calls for more waste-processing in water plants, contributing to higher overall water bills. By eliminating the amount of food that goes down the disposal or into the trash bin, you already have a head start. Less processing in water and waste plants also helps utilize fewer waste-treatment resources that otherwise pollute the environment.
Healthy soil is a fundamental element in a healthy garden. Without this foundation, it doesn’t matter how much effort you put forward. What many don’t know is that healthy soil starts below the surface. Composting is a simple way to put depleted nutrients back into the lower layers of the soil, which later trickle to the equally important top layers of soil. Healthy soil, through and through, all depends on a healthy food web. And a healthy food web is more easily attained through nutrient-rich organic matter found in compost.
Plus, once you have a stronger food web, you can save even more money on watering your garden. Better soil requires less watering. “All in all, EPA data shows that soil can retain 16,000 more gallons of water per acre for every 1 percent of organic material,” reported Earth911. As such, you’re bound to save the big bucks on watering your garden.
Producing food from your own garden is one of the easiest ways to enhance your overall health. By eliminating pesticides and other harmful treatment agents from your garden, you’re already off to a healthy start. And composting only makes your produce better. “In addition to a thriving soil food web, the organic matter found in compost introduces vital nutrients to your garden, including macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and micronutrients such as manganese, copper, iron and zinc,” explains Earth 911. Having these new nutrients in your garden allows for easier production of healthier, better-quality food that fuels our bodies.
Composting Creates a Healthier You
When the food and environment that surround us are healthier, our health falls into place with ease. With an array of indoor and outdoor composting systems available for year-round use, there’s no excuse to not get started. You have everything to gain and water usage, pollution, and utility expenses to lose. If you’re considering new avenues to improve your health, make it composting.