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Composting is a simple and effective way of disposing of food waste and other organic material, including certain paper products, tableware, and packaging. While most food waste and some paper products can be composted at home, most compostable paper products and packaging are designed to be composted in a commercial facility.  We offer a wide range of compostable products — from household goods to business essentials, we have something convenient and eco-friendly for you. Learn more about composting and our compostable products below!

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What is Composting?

Composting is the process of breaking down organic material into compost through the action of heat, moisture, and microbes. Compost enriches the soil, allowing it to retain helpful nutrients. Further, it's a material that can help reduce soil erosion and promote healthier plants grown in farms and gardens.

Most compostable products are designed to be composted in a commercial or municipal facility, which may not be available in all areas.  While some products, such as napkins, can be composted at home, most compostable tableware and packaging will not break down in a home compost bin. 

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Reduces Waste
The most significant component of waste sent to landfills is food waste, which makes up more than 20% of all waste, followed closely by plastic which makes up just under 20%. Composting food waste and compostable products can help to combat both of these problems.
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Reduces Greenhouse Gases
When organic matter or food waste goes to the landfill rather than the compost, it decomposes anaerobically or without access to oxygen. When food breaks down without oxygen, it produces greenhouse gases, primarily methane, that can escape the landfill and accumulate in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.
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Strengthens Soil
When you add compost to the soil it improves its structure and texture, making it ideal for healthy plant growth. That added compost means the soil, is better able to retain water, nutrients, and air, which benefits the entire ecosystem by creating an ideal environment for plants and reducing runoff and erosion.

Every Cup Counts

363 million paper cups are used each day. Every year Americans add 500 million pounds of cups to landfills, just from paper cups. Their cups are lined with petroleum.

How does composting work?

During composting, microorganisms from the soil digest organic waste and break it down into its simplest parts. This produces a fiber-rich, carbon-containing material with mineral nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The microorganisms break the material down through aerobic respiration and require oxygen from the air. You introduce the required oxygen when you turn the material in the compost pile. The microorganisms also require water to live and multiply. Through the respiration process, the microorganisms give off heat — temperatures within compost piles can rise as high as 100 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 66 C). In a properly managed compost pile, managed by turning and watering it regularly, the process of decomposing into finished compost can happen in 90 days.

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Additional Resources

A helpful list of websites to make composting easier for you and your friends. Pass it on! Do you have a composting resource that would be helpful here? Click here to us your composting suggestions!

Biodegradable Products Institute

The BPI are one of the most respected organizations when it comes to certifying products as biodegradable. Find helpful articles from their organization and learn what "makes the cut" as biodegradable.

Composting Guide

The best way to make a difference is to first know the best ways to do it! Read this encompassing composting guide to get started.

EPA Composting Information

The Environmental Protection Agency has great resources and additional information on how composting works, what makes something certified compostable, and more!

A Home Guide To Composting

Looking to compost your organic foods and materials at home? Read more from the EPA on their recommendations and to learn how to get started.

Composting 101

The best way to make a difference is to first know the best ways to do it! Read this encompassing composting guide to get started.

Vermicomposting Guide

Looking to get into the wild and wacky world of composting through worms? Find out how they help and how you can get started.

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