Compost Week, March 14th to March 20th 2022,  is the annual reminder of the importance of composting and the amazing environmental benefits the simple act can make.

Food scraps and garden waste currently make up over 30% of what we throw away. When organic materials break down in landfill, a harmful greenhouse gas called methane is produced, contributing to the climate crisis. By composting this waste instead of throwing it away, it reduces methane emissions and lowers your carbon footprint.

Keeping a compost bin in the garden is a worthwhile investment - simply discard any organic waste into a compost bin and in return you’ll get an enriched soil that works as a free fertiliser for your garden and plant pots. There's no need for chemical fertilisers. Spread the compost on your garden so your plants can enjoy the nutrients that work their way down to the roots, giving your plants a healthy boost that helps keep them looking beautiful. The compost maturing process can take between six months to two years so be patient and know it’s worth it in the long run.

This compost week, we’re taking a look at our Top 5 compostable products by the influential brands that we work with, each representing the importance of plastic alternatives and a positive environmental impact:

 

Phone Cases by Pela Case

Shocked at the damage plastic pollution was having on our oceans, Jeremy was unable to ignore the issue. He was determined to make a plastic alternative to an everyday object. Through experimentation with new materials, Pela Case was born - a plastic free phone case. Each Pela phone case is free of BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates and of course plastic. Pela aims to use their core business values of community, creativity, consciousness and courage to expand their product lines to help us all reduce our plastic footprint. Made from flax shive and a plant based biopolymers, Pela cases are fully compostable meaning they do not contribute to the 1billion+ plastic phone cases made and discarded each year. 

Seed Bombs by Kabloom

With a background in design and an increasing awareness of our current environmental crisis, Darren decided to utilise his skills to design products that have a purpose. Wanting to combine fun and innovation with ecology, Kabloom’s signature product was created – the seed bomb. Coined guerrilla gardening, seed bombs are fully compostable grenades packed with a mix of organic peat-free compost and wildflower or herb seeds. It is a fun and engaging way to get out into nature and transform any space or garden with a blast of life and colour.

Greeting Cards by Plantr Cards

It’s estimated that around 1 billion Christmas cards are either burnt or dumped every year in the UK and 33% of paper in the UK is not recycled at present. Made from 100% recycled paper pulp and non-invasive seeds, Plantr Cards was created to help send a sweet message to those you care about whilst making the world a little bit greener! The eco-friendly and compostable card and envelope is made entirely from post-consumer waste, plus 1 tree planted for every card sent.

Bin Liners by Zero Waste Club

Feeling frustrated and let-down by the damage done to our environment, two friends - Rishi and Pawan - went in search of a solution. On their search they found many brands labeled “eco” stretching the definition of sustainability and adding a premium price tag. They decided to start their own journey with Zero Waste Club and produce truly sustainable, beautifully designed, essential lifestyle products at affordable prices. Their bin liners are made from a fully compostable corn-starch, a great alternative to plastic and an essential for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Seed Kits by So. Seed Kits

So. is a small business bringing together a love of art, plants and sustainability. They believe that growing your own plants to eat has a positive effect in many areas of life; improving mental and physical wellbeing as well as minimising our impact on the planet. So. offers a range of seed kits to grow indoors at home, and come with beautiful illustrations of your herbs as well as information about the plants and how we can all make more sustainable choices in everyday life. So. kits combine fun, tasty growing experiences with education on wider sustainability issues, in a digestible and practical way. The kits are also 100% biodegradable, contain no plastic or peat, and are made from recycled/reclaimed materials. You can literally add it to the compost heap.

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Catherine Williams

Writer’s Bio:Fashion Design graduate and sustainability enthusiast.