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Repurpose, Recycle, Reimagine

We make a great effort to try and repurpose everything that comes into our space.  Since we purchase little to no processed food items (under 10 a month) we have next to no trash.  We have lived at our new residence for 2 months, and we’ve barely loosely filled a 8 gallon trashcan.

Stickers on fruit are placed on our refrigerator for mosaic art projects, to be used as labels, and/or as tape.  If we have tape on a package that isn’t fully stuck, we stick it to the side of our fridge (local store makes a weave pattern of packaging tape over cardboard cases of mango and papaya.)  We save many plastic pint containers that tomato and other fruits come in to use for storage or germinating.  Cardboard pieces get saved to use as labels for seed saving or other purposes.  The rest gets recycled or of course composted.

Repurposed Compost Bin, Composting, Indoor Composting

Air tight Tidy Cat 5 gallon bucket repurposed for compost

Up until a few weeks ago we had used a large tuperware container for compost scraps.  It was important for the compost container to be air tight, because fruit flies are thick as fog here.  It worked well, but it could only hold 1-3 days of scraps depending on what we ate.

We had seen these litter buckets at some point while shopping for that weeks litter.  We typically tried buying the cardboard brand ones prior, because we used to in Oregon burn them.  This brand was a bit more expensive, but we decided it was an investment since we could use the buckets after emptying them.  A bucket with a sealing lid like this would cost at least $5 typically new.  Initially the epiphany hadn’t come for using it as a compost bin.  We were just happy to have more buckets for mixing soils.  One day a bucket was brought in for another purpose and it clicked!

Repurposed Compost Bin, Composting, Indoor Composting

Adding some dry coconut coir to the bottom helps absorb moisture

This is the best compost bin we’ve ever used.  It’s so easy to open, it stays air tight enough to keep flies out and it doesn’t smell.  Keep in mind we only compost fruit scraps and the occasional vegetation, herb or nut shell.  If you add non-plant material to a compost, I am positive you can expect it to rot differently.  We started adding a few cupfuls of coconot coir to the bottom just to absorb any excess moisture.

If you don’t have cats, we would suggest finding someone who does and compromising to purchase this.  Even if you purchase it and give the litter to someone, we think having just one of these buckets is worthwhile.  Surely there are plenty of other similar buckets to be given out from restaurants, but we haven’t seen any before with a tight fitting lid that is easy to open and close with one hand.  This bucket has even proven to be good for composting instead of just storage.  We go through far too much food scraps to keep these for composting, but they would be great likely for those who have less refuse.

What do you use for compost bins indoors?  We would love to see replies suggesting other methods!

Compost Pile, Vegan Compost, Raw Compost

One of our compost piles outdoors

This is one of our compost piles we’ve started outdoors.  We have another one that is a recessed lasagna style bed that is 3x10x1 ft.  It is a very rewarding experience to bring food into a home, eat it and then be able to utilize the refuse.  In the future will will write more on the practice of composting and different methods as time and experience allow.

Below are two items we bought recently at Goodwill. It truly is amazing some of the items that can be purchased second-hand. I remember as a kid going into a thrift shop had a certain stigma, but present day that is not that case. The truth is that America is such a wealthy consumer based country now (not a good thing) our turnover of items is nearly instant. This means second-hand in many cases means barely used. We will post more of what we pick up at Goodwill stores in the future. Second-hand is a way to repurpose, recycle and reimagine an item all at the same time!

Second Hand, Recycling, Citrus Juicer

Motorized juicer purchased from Goodwill $2

Seed Saving, Seed Fermentation, Seed Bombing

Mini mixer we bought for separating seeds from flesh $2

We really would like to encourage feedback and comments.  We want to steer our efforts in the direction that is commonly found to be most ideal.  We believe there is a certain transparent intelligence that can be found in everything.  If intentions are examined, we can truly add great clarity to what we are trying to accomplish in life.  Please do not hesitate to provide insight into your own life or your opinions on what we right about!

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