• Giving back to earth

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    Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

    Moje Ramos-Aquino, Fpm

    I just signed an MOU with the Person Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Foundation to lead in the advocacy for the creation of food forest gardens for their 1,700 member organizations. These are small or limited space edible gardens in offices or in the homes of employees and the community where companies operate. So I am now busy designing a program for one to three days. And then I found many informative materials on composting at home.

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    Sometimes we wait into the late evening hours for the trash collector to come. We are not allowed to dump our trash by the curb any other time. But if you look at the trash bin from houses and eating places, you will find there so many stuffs that aren’t really trash. We dismiss them as “kaning baboy” and readily throw them away. Wait, many of these stuffs have one thing in common: they can be recycled back into the earth. As in, if it came from the soil, chances are that they will soon become soil. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

    This is called composting. Author Kim Barnoin writes: To sum it all up, composting is throwing food and kitchen scraps back into the soil to biograde and produce new life—life in the form of dark, crumbly soil packed with beneficial nutrients that we can use to nurture our crops and reduce our waste. Since yard trimmings and food scraps make up 23 percent of our waste, there isn’t any god reason to divert it for better uses. Compost also helps eat up some of the industrial pollution that we breathe, absolving 99.6 percent of industrial VOCs in contaminated air.

    Also, feeding our plants with compost makes them organic versus chemical fertilizers that are bad for the soil and for us humans who will eventually eat the fruits, flowers or parts of the plant.

    What can we compost? A lot!!!!

    Apple cores
    Beer
    Branches
    Cereal
    Coffee filters
    Coffee grounds
    Crumbs
    Dryer lint
    Egg cartons
    Eggshells
    Grass clippings
    Hair (pet and human)
    Hay and straw
    Herbs and spices
    Jelly, jam or preserves
    Junk mail, shredded
    Leaves
    Matches
    Melted ice cream
    Newspaper (shredded)
    Nutshells
    Oatmeal
    Paper towels, shredded
    Pretzels
    Raw fruit and vegetable peels
    Cardboard and cartons, shredded
    Saltine crackers
    Seaweed and kelp
    Tea bags
    Tothpicks
    Twigs
    Used paper napkins, shredded
    Weeds, leaves only
    Wine and corks
    Wood, shredded
    What should never be added to the compost?
    Meat and meat products
    Milk products
    Cooking oil or grease
    Feces and urine
    Diapers
    Personal products, e.g. tampons, applicators, sanitary napkins, etc.

    Start collecting them now and next column, we’ll talk about the very easy and simple process of composting.

    Feedback to moje629@gmail.com.

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    1. I really do not believe we should compost personal products without ensuring that they do not include plastic. Many of them include plastic which will remain as such in the compost heap. We already see this on our beaches, where it is unsightly and unhygienic.