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The Compost Pile: An Introduction and an Encouragement

Posted: 9:40AM November 2nd, 2012 | Comments

There are few sustainable practices where one can see the full circle results of his or her efforts to lead a sustainable life style.  Efforts to consciously recycle don’t result in new items for you to use made of those same bottles, cans, and paper you tossed into the recycle bin.  Using a low-flow shower head or turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth doesn’t allow you to see how much was saved and who will benefit from it.

Composting, on the other hand, is the perfect example of a conscious choice that equals a tangible result.  It is a full circle product that allows you to see exactly how much waste was diverted from a landfill and provides a natural, chemical-free garden fertilizer that will protect wildlife, water, and human health.  Furthermore, composting exemplifies reducing, reusing, and recycling simultaneously through a reduction in purchased products, a reuse of something that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and a recycle of one thing into a new and usable product.  Ultimately, composting is the bomb.

Now is the part where I use composting as a large metaphor for life:

Those of you who read this blog as well as uncountable others around the world act in their own ways every day to protect and preserve our natural world.  Each action is an apple core, a bread crust, an egg shell in the compost pile breaking down, combining together, and emerging as something reusable, visible, and healthy—our world sustained.  This thought, this idea, this fact empowers me.  I hope it does for you, too.

My name is Creal (pronounced “real” with a hard ‘C’, as in “cat”, in front of it).  I am the new Sustain Dane Membership and Development Intern.  I will be writing and posting to this blog on a regular basis throughout my time with Sustain Dane.  My goal will be to offer new ideas (think: outside the realm of CFLs and recycling) for ways you can deepen your commitment to a sustainable life style as well as present ideas that will inspire, provoke, and educate.

For this week, I feel it is enough to simply offer a word of encouragement to go add some banana peels to the compost pile.  We’ll get down and dirty next week.

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