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100% third party home compostable. This means that they'll naturally break down in a municipal facility within 90 days, and in home compost within 180. Unless we're reusing a mailer, all our mailers will come from a B-Certified and Certified Carbon Free Company. This means they meet the highest standards of environmental + social responsibility and offset all their carbon pollution through Carbonfund.

 

AS 5810 Home Compostable | OK Home Compost | Seedling AS 4736

Our Filler

All the filler used by Ecoternatives is made from repurposed cardboard and paper materials that we collect at our shop. This filler, alongside our vegetable mailers will contribute to more proportional carbon-nitrogen compost.

What if I don't compost?

Well you don't need to be a tree hugger to set up one up! Today features a really organized and informative article on how to set up your own - even without a yard. 

If you don't have a garden you can do one of three things:

  1. Search for a local program online that will collect your compost. They may even be able to pick it up from your house!
  2. Donate to your local school that utilizes a garden space
  3. Donate it to your community garden if you have one
  4. Give it to a neighbor or friend that has a garden!

Why should I compost?

Aside from the fact that...

  • 50% of all the waste households generated could be composted into a rich & valuable soil instead of sent to the landfill. 
  • more food reached combustion facilities than any other single material in our everyday trash.
  • when food breaks down in a landfill it releases methane: a greenhouse gas ≈28x worse for climate change than carbon.
  • and that it could save the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in landfill and waste transportation costs each year. 

 

Compost is a very valuable resource! Especially when U.S. corporations are eroding our cropland soils at a rate 10x faster than it can be replenished.

In fact, according to senior UN officials: about a third of the world's top soil has already been desertified, and at it's current rate, all soils could destroyed within 60 years. This is mainly due to the use of petroleum-based chemical fertilizers. Fertilizers like these lead to detrimental environmental issues. Which include but not limited to: a shocking level of soil degradation, nitrogen leaching (which pollutes drinking water and, not uncommonly, kill all living things in a body of water ), release an excessive amount of carbon and nitrous oxide into the air,  the acidify of soils, deplete minerals, and stop healthy soil's ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. I know! A lot!

This is often not a topic talked about that corporations and lobbyists alike work hard to hide it.