Things You Didn’t Know You Could Compost

If you aren’t already doing your part for the environment in 2020, you need to start thinking about making some big changes. While many of us now recycle without a second thought, there are still people out there who are damaging the environment every single day. One of the most effective ways to reduce food waste and change your habits is to begin composting.

So, what can you compost? Read on to discover some of the things that you can compost – perhaps including some items you didn’t know you could add to your compost bin!

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Cotton Balls

Do you find that you use a lot of cotton balls when you are in the bathroom? These cotton balls can be placed in the compost pile as long as they are made from 100% cotton. On top of that, you can compost your cotton swaps as long as they are also made from 100% cotton. Make sure to avoid adding plastic sticks from these as they cannot be composted.

Coffee Pods

When coffee pods first came to the market, many of us were excited to be able to recreate our favourite coffees. Of course, over time it became evident that coffee pods that could only be used once were not great for the environment. The good news is that you can now invest in compostable coffee pods and enjoy your favourite drinks. Don’t forget to buy the compostable kind to reduce your waste.

Stale Bread

How often do you find that you forget to finish off your bread and it goes stale? This is a nightmare as you can spend a lot of money on bread and wasting it won’t be on your list of priorities. However, if you have a compost pile, you can add your stale bread and not have to worry about putting it in the bin. This also goes for stale tortillas, pitas and tortilla chips so make sure to consider this.

Office Waste

Another thing that you might not know can be composted is waste from your office or home office. Many people think that they need to recycle their paper documents or envelopes, but they can also be added to the compost pile. Just make sure that you take some time to shred your bills and other documents so that this works as effectively as possible.

Used Matches

Did you know that you can compost used matches? If you find yourself lighting a lot of candles in your home and use matches to do so, you might want to think about adding them to the compost pile. This way, you won’t be filling your waste with these.

Pet Hair

Another thing that you might want to think about adding to your compost pile is hair from your pet dog or cats. This is something that can build up when you spend time brushing their fur and you might be tempted to place it in the rubbish bin. However, if you want to make more use of your compost pile, you should add the hair to it. Interestingly, you can also do this with human hair from your own hairbrush.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many more things that you can compost than you might think. If you aren’t already using a compost pile at home, you should consider doing this in the future. Remember that everything on this list can be added to the pile and this is just the beginning of the list. Find out more about what you can safely compost and get to work!

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