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Helping developing children develop healthy emotions

Every parent that I have met, or currently know, has a desire to help their child grow to be happy, healthy and successful. A huge part of ensuring that this happen is understanding how to help our children to grow into strong, independent, emotionally available and balanced human beings.

This can be a challenge, especially because so many of us have had to figure it out on our own. It’s not like our parents meant to not teach us what this looks like, but as humanity evolves, each generation has its own needs. Keeping up to date on what the needs of these new generations are can be challenging and one heck of a daunting task.

Helping your child to develop into the best version of themselves is not about letting them run the show or keeping them under our thumbs as much as it is about letting them make their own mistakes and opening lines of communication to help them understand what making different and, hopefully, better decisions can do for them as they navigate life through childhood, adolescence and then, finally, adulthood.

Here are some tips from Steven Stozny, PhD, author of may books and columns on the subject of compassionate parenting (his tips will be in bold):

  • Listen to your children. Learning how to clearly and effectively communicate our needs, wants, and boundaries can create for a very different experience in every phase of maturation.
  • Let solutions to their problems come from the children. Particularly as children begin to mature, learning to make decisions about how to solve the challenges that they face will be a useful tool. Some will argue that the mind that creates a problem can’t typically fix it, but this is, again, where being able to communicate can help for troubleshooting and problem-solving skills in your child
  • Respond to positive emotions as well as negative. One of the beautiful things about being human is that we have the ability to access a full range of emotions. Every one of them has a purpose and it is important to recognize positive emotions as well as the negative in order to reinforce the full range. Emotions are important, it is what we do with them and how we express them that make them good or bad.
  • Openly express affection to your children and to other adults in the family. Enjoy teaching them about healthy expressions of affection and consent. This goes back to the very root of developing healthy boundaries and, in turn, healthy relationships.
  • Learn from them. The juvenile and adolescent brain works differently than the adult brain because it is still a developing place of wonder and amazement. What can we learn from encouraging child-like curiosity in the lives of our children and , maybe, even ourselves!
  • Discipline does not mean punishment. Discipline teaches us to make our beds and do our laundry. It teaches us work ethic and healthy eating habits. Instilling discipline is not about punishment, it’s about fostering success.

For more information on how to foster resourcefulness, responsibility, respect, impulse control, relationship investment, and optimism, feel free to check out more from Dr Stozny at Psychology today in these two links:

Compassionate Parenting

Do’s and Don’ts of Compassionate Parenting

Be well. Be happy. Be love!

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Healthy Summer Fun!

It may have felt like it would never show up, but Summer is upon us!

What that means for us is long days at the beach, hikes in the mountains, family get-togethers, outdoor parties and plenty of fun and sun. On the other side of that, summer can also mean dehydration, sunburn and bug bites. We, at Nest Organics, want to make sure that you are fully armed with everything that you need to make sure that this summer is the best and most fun summer yet! So, here are some tips:

Fruits & Veggies: The ultimate protectors

Make sure that your nutritional practice is balanced and well-rounded. A good general rule-of-thumb is to make sure that every day you are eating fruits and veggies of every color. ROY G. BIV!

Eating raw fruits and veggies is the healthiest and most fun way to make sure that you and your family are getting all of the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and antioxidants to ensure a fun, illness free summer. Instead of grabbing snack packs of chips at the store for family outings, try chopping up some bell peppers and mixing them in with a handful of cherry tomatoes. Not only will you be getting a a full spectrum of nutritional awesomeness but the water content of these happens to be a bit higher so you are creating less of an opportunity for dehydration to sneak up on you. If you are going to be active and need a little extra protein, try bringing a some delicious spinach or dark leafy greens to nibble. PlanetBox makes awesome carrying containers for a little getaway — and it just so happens that you can get them, or any of our other favorite stainless steel carry boxes on our website or in the store.

A couple more tips on fruits and vegetables:

  • Buy local and seasonal – farmers markets are an excellent option
  • Consider food delivery services that will deliver produce boxes to your house as often as you choose, such as Mother Earth Produce
  • Instead of getting dried, dehydrated foods that are high in sugar, consider frozen fruits as a snack option
  • Know this year’s DIRTY DOZEN and definitely buy these items organic
  • Be familiar with the CLEAN 15 and incorporate them into your nutritional practice

Cool Tips to Keeping Hydrated

Dehydration is no joke and can cause lethargy, headaches, nausea and other primary symptoms. More importantly, it can become life threatening with physical maladies like heat stroke. Make sure to stay hydrated. If you have an active family , make sure that you are getting enough electrolytes. Skip the Gatorade and learn how to make Sole (Soh-lay), which is typically made with a blend of pink Himalayan sea salt and distilled or purified water.

Pink Himalayan sea salt boasts 84 – yes, 84! – essential nutrients and minerals that have a full range of effects, depending on how it is administered. Sole is great for electrolytes, detoxification and actually gives the drinker energy. We love to get ours from Asheville Salt Cave. Sole is easy to make and it’s a fun science experiment to do with the kids.

Now, what to keep all this water in?

Have you joined the stainless steel water bottle revolution yet? The Nest Organics family believes in health and hydration and has been through so many water bottles that never made the cut. If you haven’t tried a stainless steel water bottle, we highly recommend them. We have some single walled (from PanetBox) for your every day needs.

So, some additional tips to stay hydrated:

  • Take your body weight and divide it in half. This number is what most experts currently believe you should be drinking in ounces of water a day. This may be more if you are active, have a high salt diet, or drink caffeine. Do your best and tune in to your body. It will tell you what it needs.
  • ALWAYS have a water bottle with you. In high summer heats, dehydration can happen fast.
  • Avoid plastic water bottles that you buy at the grocery store. They are not refillable as the plastic breaks down over time, especially in the heat, and your body will absorb the petroleum compounds used to make plastic. Plus, they’re bad for the environment!
  • Drink before you feel thirsty. By time you feel thirsty, your body is already missing water. Also, drink water before you eat. Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst.
  • If you like to work out or do crazy strenuous stuff outdoors, do it earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. 3 PM is the hottest part of the day when the sun is the most intense.

Summer Sun Protection

Most of us have had the experience of sunburn. It’s uncomfortable and, frankly, not too cute. Aside from the fact that consistent, unprotected sun exposure can make your skin wrinkly and accelerate the aging process of your skin, consistent sunburn can have long term effects like sun poisoning and skin cancer. In the short term, aside from the itchiness and pealing skin, sunburn actually keeps a person from being able to sweat properly which leads to things like sun stroke.

If you are going to be out of doors, keep these things in mind:

  • Wear sunscreen! Nest Organics has offers really awesome organic sunscreen lotions for adults, kids and babies. It’s typically best to apply about 20 minutes before you go out into the sun and, if you are active or swimming, reapply any time you wipe your skin with a rag or come out of the water.
  • If you’re going to be in the sun a lot, consider a hat.
  • Remember to protect the kids in your life. Kids tend to be more fair complected and easier to overexpose to sun. Help them get a good start by ensuring that their skin is well-protected.

Veggies.

Water.

Sun Protection.

 

You got this!

Have a great summer and let us know how we can help!

Nest Organics

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All Hail, Buckwheat Pillows!

Would you be open to having some real talk for a moment? When is the last time that you though about a piece of comfort that you have become accustomed to having, cuddling, and leaning on? When is the last time that you thought about your pillow?

Let’s start with the more palatable part of the conversation – some simple ergonomics. You rely on our pillows to keep alignment in our spine while  you sleep at night (or during the day, if you’re lucky enough to get to nap). It can be the difference between waking up rested or waking up feeling miserable.

It can be heard to tell when it is time to get a new pillow so, here are some simple tests for you. One of the easiest ways to tell if it is time to get a new pillow is to fold it in half. If it springs back to normal, then you’re good. If it stays collapsed or takes a while to re-open, you definitely are going to need to replace it. Do you remember where your pillow came from? If not, it’s definitely time to replace. How does your neck feel when you wake up? Are you feeling stiff or sore? How do your sinuses feel when you wake up? Are you stuffy, scratchy, wheezy, or sniffly? It could be your pillow.

Speaking of which, did you know that after 2 years of owning a traditional pillow that it can double in weight from mold, fungus, and dust mites? As a matter of fact, after only one year of owning a pillow, 10 – 15% of your pillows weight can be attributed to mold and dust mites (we won’t even talk about what the mites are leaving behind – yuck!) Washing your pillow once a week in hot water is a temporary solution to prolong dust mite-free factor but even pillow cases can’t help for the long haul. Pillow cases are only a band aid on a much larger problem.

There’s no need to fret, though! There is an answer! Enter, Buckwheat Pillows!

There are so many benefits to having a buckwheat pillow that it almost seems like a no-brainer to make the switch – even if it is just one pillow at a time!

People that have made the switch to buckwheat pillows have said that they sleep better because of the way that the pillows shape to your needs when you move at night. They say that they smell better, they stay cooler, and, OH YEAH! they are naturally dust mite resistant!

When I add up all of those things, they sound like a much better night of sleep to me. For more info, check out this companion article Traditional Pillows Vs. Buckwheat Pillows – 18 Reasons To Switch.

Then, come on in, give us a call, or check out our organic cotton pillowcases, organic buckwheat hulls, and prefabricated organic buckwheat pillows. I’m sure that making the switch would not be a decision that you would regret!

Rest well to be well!

Peace

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Natural Ways To Clean Your Babies Nursery

Yes, you need to regularly clean your baby’s nursery. However, you don’t want to do more harm than good. Many conventional cleaning supplies have chemicals that are not safe to have around your baby. Try to look towards more natural alternatives to still clean effectively while feeling good about what you are using.

To get you started, we suggest a couple of natural cleaning ingredients you can try that you should already have around the house:

1.) Vinegar

This household staple is a must to have in your cleaning arsenal as it has proven to be a better disinfectant than even bleach. A mixture of water and vinegar is great to use on both furniture and surfaces in the nursery. Adding a bit of baking soda to this mixture is great for cleaning diaper pails.

If you are going to use vinegar, be sure it is food grade.

2.) Lemon

One of the best kept secrets for cleaning is right in the produce aisle! Lemons are antibacterial and antiseptic, basically making them a natural bleach. Clean off the residue from your baby’s sticky fingers by rubbing a lemon on the surface or rinsing it with lemon juice.

3.) Essential Oils

Essential oils are a good option to deodorize and disinfect your baby’s nursery, but only if you buy the right kind. To be sure they are a safe cleanser, choose organic essential oils with no filler oils. Just drop the cold-pressed oil of choice into your vinegar mixture, and your baby’s room will be clean and smell lovely!

Beyond just these three natural alternatives, there are many safe household items you can use to clean, including peroxide and baking soda.

Article Source: https://www.naturepedic.com/blog/2018/03/natural-ways-clean-babys-nursery/

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Many second hand plastic toys could pose a risk to children’s health, study suggests

Science News from research organization

 January 26, 2018

Source: University of Plymouth

Web Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180126085435.htm

The plastic used in many second hand toys could pose a risk to children’s health because it may not meet the most up to date international safety guidelines, according to new research published in Environmental Science and Technology.

Scientists from the University of Plymouth analysed 200 used plastic toys which they found in homes, nurseries and charity shops across the South West of England.

These included cars, trains, construction products, figures and puzzles, with all of them being of a size that could be chewed by young children.

They discovered high concentrations of hazardous elements including antimony, barium, bromine, cadmium, chromium, lead and selenium — which are chronically toxic to children at low levels over an extended period of time — in many building blocks, figures and items of jewellery that were typically either yellow, red or black.

Further tests showed that under simulated stomach conditions (involving extraction in dilute hydrochloric acid) several toys released quantities of bromine, cadmium or lead that exceeded limits set by the European Council’s Toy Safety Directive, with the release of cadmium exceeding its limit value by an order of magnitude in some cases.

The research was led by Dr Andrew Turner, Reader in Environmental Science, who used x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry to analyse the presence of elements within individual toys.

He has previously conducted research which showed that decorated drinking glasses can contain harmful levels of lead and cadmium, and that playground paints should be more closely monitored to reduce potential danger to public health.

“This is the first systematic investigation of hazardous elements in second-hand plastic toys in the UK,” Dr Turner said.” Second hand toys are an attractive option to families because they can be inherited directly from friends or relatives or obtained cheaply and readily from charity stores, flea markets and the internet. But while the Toy Safety Directive applies to new products there is no regulation covering the recycling or re-sale of older toys.

“With the introduction and refinement of the Toy Safety Directive, the plastics industry has had to take steps to eliminate hazardous elements from new toys. However, consumers should be made more aware of the potential risks associated with small, mouthable and brightly coloured old plastic toys or components. Without that, the attractive cost, convenience and recyclability of previously used toys has the potential to create a legacy of chemical contamination for younger children.”

Story Source: Andrew Turner. Concentrations and migratabilities of hazardous elements in second-hand children’s plastic toys. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b04685

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The Truth About Memory Foam

What is Memory Foam? The Benefits and Drawbacks
Written by Liz for the Savvy Rest Mattress Blog, December 13, 2017

What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that was first created by NASA in the 1960’s. It was originally used as padding in helmets and seats, but it soon became popular in the mattress industry because of its ability to mold and conform to the body.
While memory foam is known for its pressure-relieving qualities, there are certain downsides that should be considered when shopping for a mattress.

Is Memory Foam Safe?
There are health risks associated with carcinogens off-gassing from some memory foams. One of those carcinogens is benzene. According to the American Cancer Society, benzene is one of the most commonly used chemicals in the United States, despite its harmful effects. Research and lab studies have proven that benzene can cause cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies benzene as “carcinogenic to humans” because of strong evidence pointing to a correlation between benzene and cancers such as acute lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Benzene isn’t the only harmful chemical lingering in some memory foam mattresses. Naphthalene is also on the list and is mainly known as a moth repellent, which doesn’t sound super warm and cozy.
When you smell a strong, chemical odor as you sleep on memory foam, you’re inhaling toxic volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Though the smell may dissipate over time, that doesn’t mean you’re not still left with potential health consequences down the road. The chemicals in memory foam can be hazardous to your health as time passes.

Does Memory Foam Sleep Cool?
Memory foam is actually known for causing people to “sleep hot.” Why?
Memory foam traps body heat. It is a chemical reaction that makes memory foam move with you as you adjust your sleeping position. So, what makes memory foam so comfortable is in a way what makes it uncomfortable. It’s a double-edged sword.
While you could purchase a gel-infused memory foam mattress that is marketed as a “cooler sleep,” this isn’t the most natural route, and some still find that they’re hot and uncomfortable.
When researching how to cool down a memory foam mattress, I found some odd answers. The general solution was to cover the mattress, whether with a mattress encasement or a topper.
What’s the point of sleeping on memory foam if you have to cover it up in order to get a good night’s rest?
If you want to sleep cool, opt for natural latex. Natural latex does not retain body heat like memory foam, so you’ll sleep much more comfortably.

Benefits of Memory Foam
Since memory foam conforms to the curves of your body, it does allow for pressure point relief, which is especially helpful for those who sleep on their side.
Memory foam is also usually at a lower price point than organic mattresses. However, you may be paying more in the long run. This brings me to our next topic…

Drawbacks of Memory Foam
There are several negatives to choosing a memory foam mattress, the biggest being the health concerns I stated above.
Even if those risks didn’t exist, there is still the issue of comfort. Memory foam may be cozy at first, but memory foam reviews always involve customers saying their mattress has serious dips and sags, that the foam eventually does not bounce back.
These dips can cause body aches and back pain because you’re not getting the support you need. It won’t be long before the mattress needs to be replaced. The result? Money down the drain.

Those are just a few of the many reasons that we sell healthy organic alternatives! We are proud to carry Savvy Rest, Naturepedic and WJ Southard organic mattresses.

Natural Latex Mattresses
Savvy Rest organic mattresses are made with natural latex (your choice of Dunlop and/or Talalay), certified organic wool batting, and certified organic cotton. There’s no gel, no synthetic materials, and no chemical flame retardants. Our extensive list of certifications emphasizes our passion for only offering customers safe mattresses and bedding products.
Our mattresses are also customizable, so you can create the exact mattress for your needs. Your side can even differ from your partner’s, so no one has to compromise. This feature isn’t as prevalent in the memory foam mattress industry. The usual mentality is “one size fits all.”
Our mattresses are meant to last quite a while (most have a 20-year warranty), so you won’t have to worry about purchasing another mattress for a very long time, a process we all know can be overwhelming and frustrating.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog!

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What is a Green Mattress?

Source: What is a Green Mattress? Savvy Rest Blog
Written by Liz, October 16, 2017

What’s the best green mattress?
Environmentalism and an overall concern for our planet have become more and more pressing in recent years. This passion for eco-friendly living has shifted the focus of commercialism and the types of products consumers want to bring into their homes.
While unfortunately not every company out there has changed their perspective, plenty are determined to make a positive impact in whatever way they can, whether through offering organic products or donating portions of profits to environmental organizations.
The term “green” is completely unregulated and therefore misused at times, which is why it’s important to do your homework when shopping. Interpretations of “green” varies, so a product that one person views as “green” may not live up to another person’s standards.
There are several factors to consider when looking specifically at the mattress industry. What materials are being used? Is the product healthy? Is the company doing everything they can to be environmentally friendly?
Below are a few key points to keep in mind when searching for your cozy oasis.
Mattress Certifications
Knowing which certifications a mattress holds and what exactly those certifications mean is critical when mattress shopping.
Mattresses like Savvy Rest’s Serenity, Tranquility, and Unity mattresses are certified organic according to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), one of the most distinguished and recognizable certifications in the industry. Some mattress companies may use certified organic cotton in their casing, but don’t have their entire product certified. We wanted to go the extra mile and offer mattresses that are completely certified.

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Farm Dreams Workshop

Dreaming of starting your own farm?

Check out this great program with the Organic Growers School here in Asheville, NC…

Farm Dreams is an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.

In this one-day, exploratory workshop participants will…
Learn about sustainable farming careers in Western North Carolina.
Discover and assess your resources, skills and farming intentions.
Begin to develop an educational plan toward farming.
Connect with regional training opportunities and support networks.
Prioritize your next steps toward your farming goals.
Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in WNC.
OGS is also offering Homestead Dreams, a day-long program similar to the Farm Dreams, but geared toward homesteaders and folks interested in land-based living. The difference is that Farm Dreams focuses on an enterprise model where income generation is a significant part of the equation.

Interested and want to find out more? Click the link below:

https://organicgrowersschool.org/farmers/farm-dreams/

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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses & Furniture

picture and article source: https://www.naturepedic.com/blog/2017/08/truth-fire-retardants-mattresses/

Everyone has a fear of fire.” These words start the trailer for HBO’s documentary Toxic Hot Seat, a 2013 film exploring the overwhelming presence of flame retardant chemicals in homes, humans, animals, and ecosystems around the globe. How did they get into nearly everything we buy? What are they for, and are they really helping?

You’ll find flame retardants in mattresses, couches, car seats, electronics, and building insulation. On the surface, they seem to make sense. Of course we want to reduce the risk of potential fires. However, flame retardants are a very controversial ingredient used in consumer products because they come with potential health risks.

Toxic flame retardant exposure builds up in the body and has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular disease, cognitive delays, and decreased fertility. Flame retardant chemicals affect people and animals both inside and outside the home. Babies and children are especially at risk due to their still-developing bodies and endocrine systems.

Flame Retardant Legislation

Some states have regulations on the books to ban use of certain flame retardants (see map by Safer States in the link above), and even a federal regulation or two has addressed them. But the trouble comes when manufacturers have the option to simply switch to another chemical that isn’t banned or regulated.

There’s also legislation around flammability standards for products like mattresses, sofas, and other household furnishings. Today’s modern performance materials like polyurethane foam (memory foam included) might feel comfortable, but they are quite flammable. Hence the need for flame retardant chemicals to meet safety standards legislated by the government.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to avoid flame retardants. By using fabrics or components that come pre-treated with flame retardants, it is possible for manufacturers to claim “no flame retardant chemicals added” – even though there are still flame retardant chemicals in the mattress or product.

How to Avoid Flame Retardant Chemicals

By now, you’re probably ready to start reducing your exposure to flame retardant chemicals, and we don’t blame you. The Environmental Working Group has a great resource to help identify common exposures and ways to avoid flame retardant chemicals, including:

– Research baby products before you buy them to make sure you select items made without flame retardants
– Choose new furniture made without flame retardants
– Replace your couch’s foam when you have it reupholstered
– Inspect foam-containing furniture for damage and degradation
– Use a vacuum with a HEPA air filter to trap small particles and contaminants
– Use caution when removing old carpeting
– Choose children’s pajamas made from natural fibers with a snug fit

Of course, you should also know what you’re looking at when it comes to reading product labels. On Naturepedic products, you’ll read that the item meets all federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardant chemicals or chemical flame barriers of any kind.

While this disclaimer is a little wordy, it’s important to us to be completely transparent and take the guesswork out of things. We simply don’t include flame retardants because our products are made with materials that are naturally fire resistant.

The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses

The simple truth is that you spend eight or more hours a day in bed, surrounded by whatever materials are in your mattress. Choosing a mattress made without flame retardants helps you avoid exposure to such chemicals for at least a third of your day. Remember, too, that babies spend up to eighteen hours a day sleeping, so their crib mattress is a crucial component of a safer sleep environment in your home.

The choice is yours!

picture and article source: https://www.naturepedic.com/blog/2017/08/truth-fire-retardants-mattresses/

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5 Reasons Why Composting is the Greenest Thing You Can Do

It’s no secret that keen environmentalists love talking about composting. Here’s five reasons why it’s a key factor for sustainability and features prominently in green debates.

1. Composting reduces landfill waste and incineration, and therefore emissions.

Modern waste management methods are environmental tragedies. Waste lies stagnant in landfill sites where the vital oxygen that is needed to facilitate the decaying process cannot reach it. Landfill material also releases greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change: methane gas escapes during the building process. Incineration leaves some toxic ash waste, and the burning process releases a vast amount of carbon dioxide into our precious atmosphere.

2. Composting reduces dependence on fossil fuels.

Most people buy compost for their own potting needs, however in the words of expert composter John Cossham, ‘Home compost is always superior.’ Commercial methods of composting require the use of oil-reliant machinery and a sped-up method of oxidising organic matter at a high heat to get it to break down quickly. No fungal decomposition is involved in this process. Through the slower and more traditional method of composting at home, there is more assurance that everything has been well-broken down by the fungi and bacteria.

3. Composting is good for the land.

Everything you compost at home becomes a thriving habitat and nutritious fodder for an entire population of bacteria, bugs, worms, fungi and creepy crawlies, and what they leave behind becomes nourishing fodder for you plants. The amount of methane emitted through a well-managed compost heap at home? ZERO.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling, found in ancient woodlands and other natural soils across the world. It uses a natural process that still occurs worldwide to produce rich degraded organic matter, also known as humus. This humus provides channels for air and moisture to get into the soil and other gases to get out, eg respiration gases from fungi and insects. Soils with organic matter in them allow mycorrhiza fungi to form a network between different plants in order to facilitate nutrient exchange, and perhaps even communication exchange — but that’s another topic altogether.

Composting is the active breakdown of foods and other materials through an organic process. The ‘waste’ matter becomes as rich as the nutrients you put into it, and compost made from a variety of ‘waste’ materials usually harbours vital micronutrients. You can test this theory by conducting the following experiment. Pot one plant into garden soil and another plant into garden soil mixed with compost. The outcome? The plant in the partial-compost will grow visibly larger than the purely soil-based one.

4. Composting Helps You to Embrace the Natural Cycle of Life and Decay.

Environmentalism is at times heavily focused on the idea of ‘waste,’ because it is such a key issue to the health of the planet. However, ‘waste’ is a human concept and also a human problem. In nature there is no waste, as every living thing serves a greater purpose than its own lifespan, and contributes to the growth of something else. It’s easy to forget this crucial fact, but when you delve into composting your own ‘waste’ you learn to appreciate the cycle of life which involves decay and new growth in equal measure, and you come to understand that everything has a place in the world.

5. You Can Compost Anything that has Lived or Grown Recently

San Francisco is a city that aims for its citizens to live within their means when it comes to ‘waste’ production. In addition to its high recycling rates, the city can also fine citizens found guilty of throwing food in the rubbish bin. This ordinance was introduced with the understanding that landfill-bound waste could be reduced by up to thirty per cent through instigating composting. However, this figure is dependent on the wide-spread idea – and myth – that many types of waste, including certain types of food, cannot be composted, which is simply not true. In fact, you can compost anything that has lived or grown recently. You can compost anything that hadn’t fossilised, as well as types of latex rubber such as marigold gloves, hot water bottles, and latex condoms. There is endless and conflicting advice regarding which materials should not be composted, but evidence behind the suggested reasons is only theory-based, unclear, or murky at best. Cooked foods are said to attract rats, however this can be avoided by digging the compost bin into the ground, ensuring that it has a well-fitted lid, and- if rats really are a problem- burying food waste under a thin layer of the compost that is already in the bin. Many items of decaying food apparently smell bad when they decay, however this can also be remedied, as compost that smells requires more dry materials, e.g. paper, card or twigs.

Composting requires very little work and resources and it has a huge positive impact on the environment. It creates excellent new resources, and in my experience it can encourage even the most stubborn anti-green individual to take part in making a difference. And that’s why it’s the greenest thing you can do for our planet.

So what are you waiting for?

Article Source:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/5-reasons-why-composting-is-the-greenest-thing-you-can-do/

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