Why You Should Start A Compost Today

We all need to do our part in helping the environment, and composting is a great way to start. Every year, Americans individually produce 1, 642 pounds of waste. Consequently, most of that waste is food.

Starting your own homemade compost is actually pretty easy. First, you need to separate your waste. Initially, start with a green and brown pile. Things like fruit and vegetable scraps, leftovers, egg shells, and coffee grounds will go in your green pile. On the other hand, things such as paper, cotton, sawdust, and dry plants will go in your brown pile. Uniquely, the importance of separating your waste lies within how they effect the compost as a whole.

Your green pile will help the compost create nitrogen, and your brown pile will help the compost create carbon. With this in mind, these two compounds are very important for your compost. The microorganisms not only need them to live but to successfully break down the waste. Generally, try to avoid putting meat, bones, or any kind of any type of animal fat into your compost.

Second, you need to find a suitable container for your compost and a good place to put it! Your compost can be large and somewhere in your backyard, or it can be in a small jar on your kitchen counter. It’s totally up to you. Just be sure that you always have small holes in your container of choice so that air can get it. Also make sure to start your compost with a soil base, and use a lid if necessary. Surely, it will keep unwanted pests out of your compost.

What Can I Use Finished Compost For?

You can use your compost as fertilizer, or as fresh soil to plant with. Keep in mind that a fully decomposed compost can take up to a year, or even more. So, patience is important in this process.

Click here to explore how you can use your compost soil if you don’t have a garden!

What’s The Big Deal?

As mentioned earlier, food waste takes up most of the space in landfills. By decomposing your own food waste on top of any paper, cardboard, wood, or garden waste, you are doing your part to significantly reduce the amount of waste sitting in landfills. By composting, we contribute to healthier plants, healthier air, and a healthier (and cleaner) planet!

If you want to read more eco-friendly content, check out the Ocean Plastic Pollution Crisis article, also on our blog!

Smells like Clean Spirit: Using essential oils to Fight Bacteria

If you think you have an addiction to essential oils, trust us, you are not alone! Not only do they smell amazing, but they are able to do amazing things. That is to say, because of COVID-19, we are all definitely in a time where we have to take extra measures to keep ourselves and our spaces safer than usual. Luckily, there are completely natural ways to do that, and aromatherapy is great at fighting bacteria.

Why Essential Oils

Aromatherapy use promotes physical and psychological well-being. Moreover, it offers an array of other benefits such as natural antibacterial properties. Although there are so many cleaning products to choose from at the store, some of us may seek or more natural solution. Abandoning the toxic chemicals in your household can do wonders for your health. It’s normal that most of us assume that we can trust popular brands. Consequently, the average home contains around 62 toxins that can do major harm to the human body. Regular contact with these toxins have been shown to lead to health issues such as cancer and reproductive harm.

Essential oils have many roles in the world of aromatherapy, and definitely are not limited to diffusers. You can add them to your lotions and bath gels, or even create a spray for the fabrics in your home. Most importantly, essential oils will help fight the bacteria around you while also helping to boost your mood!

antibacterial essential oil cheat sheet for diffusers.
Print out this cheat sheet so that you can always know what essential oils to use to fight bacteria!

Must-have Oils

  • Tea Tree
  • Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

Nature’s Flavors Aromatherapy Diffuser Cocktail

As always, all of our essential oils are natural and chemical free.

showing how to put essential oil into a diffuser
  • Fill up your diffuser with water
  • Add 3 drops of Lavender
  • Then 3 drops of Tea Tree
  • Finally, 2 drops of Eucalyptus

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Cardboard Shreds: Benefits + Uses

If you’ve ever ordered products from us, you may have noticed we use cardboard shreds to package our goods. We stay away from styrofoam packing materials because we understand how detrimental styrofoam can be to our bodies and the environment. We strive to be a clean and green company for our employees, our environment, and you! Before we go over the many ways you can use cardboard shreds, we’d like to discuss its benefits too!

THE BENEFITS

Unlike styrofoam, cardboard is 100% recyclable and biodegradable! The majority of cardboard has the ability to completely degrade in as little as three months. This is environmentally awesome since styrofoam cannot be broken down at all! Styrofoam can only be recycled to make more styrofoam creating a never ending cycle and more harm to our planet. Based on our research, cardboard is a material with one of the least environmental impacts on our planet. When manufactured, emissions and CO2 levels are reduced by 60% compared to other materials. We love protecting our planet!

cardboard shreds can be recycled!

THE USES

Cardboard shreds are not only better for our planet but they can be used in a lot more ways than you might think! 

  • Packaging
    • Cardboard shreds can cushion fragile items making it an ideal packaging product.
    • Using cardboard instead of styrofoam in packaging makes a difference! Consider all the packages that are delivered around the world. Now that’s a lot of packaging. And if every business used cardboard shreds instead of styrofoam, our little planet would thank us!
  • Animal bedding for pets and livestock
    • Cardboard shreds can be comfortable and fun for animals to lay on. It’s the perfect type of bedding! Use it for your cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and more!
  • Fire starters
    • You can stuff cardboard shreds into toilet paper tubes to create a fire starter. It’s great for backyard fire-pits, fireplaces, and camping!
  • Composting
    • Cardboard can be a useful material when gardening because it’s rich in carbon. The carbon helps balance the compost which improves soil quality and suppresses weeds. Learn how to compost cardboard here.

OUR PROCESS

We’ve put together a video where we show you our cardboard shredding process. Happy recycling!

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