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23 March 2010

Compost and animal friends love watermelon skin

We had some great suggestions from Biome Facebook fans on what to do with our watermelon rind waste.

Horses and dogs love to eat watermelon skin, along with chickens - who not only love to eat it, but they turn it into eggs as well!

And, composting of course.  Environmentalist David Suzuki says you will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by composting your household waste rather than sending it to landfill.  He says that in Canada “landfills produce the greenhouse equivalent of five million cars”. 

When food, garden waste, nappies, paper and cardboard are disposed of in landfill they decompose anaerobically (without air) and produce methane—which is 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon-dioxide. However, the composting process at home does not contribute to methane generation because it takes place close to the surface and oxygen.

The Bokashi composting system is popular for its convenience and because it produces a rich soil fertiliser that does wonders for your plants.  Bokashi microbes "ferment" the scraps without smells, so you can keep the bucket under your sink or in your home.

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


LaVie Organique said...

Interesting topic!

Paul C said...

I'm a great believer in composting. Good thing because we eat a lot of fruit like pineapples, watermelon, and melons with a lot of rinds.

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