Here’s a couple of interesting facts for you; in the UK 6.7 million tonnes of food is wasted each year?? That totals to costs of £10.2 billion!! That’s around £250-£400 per household each year, how crazy is that??
I didn’t know that until I started to do some research. Mason asked the big questions; What happens to our food waste once the council have collected it?? What happens if we don’t put it in a food waste bin??
I genuinely didn’t know how to answer him. I decided to do some research and find out what actually happens to our food waste.
Wasted food has a big impact on climate change if it ends up in landfill sites, it rots and releases methane into the environment which is a damaging greenhouse gas. And this is why it’s so important to recycle our food waste with your local council or at home in a kitchen composter.
As we live in Wales, our council treat food waste in one of 2 ways;
Anaerobic Digestion and In-Vessel Composting.
I’d been thinking about home composting for a while if I’m honest and had a look around at all the different types out there but had no idea what would be best.
We’ve been using the *Bokashi Organko 2 for a few weeks now and it has helped to reduce our food waste already by so much.
What is included inside the package?
You will receive a cover, presser, inner container, housing, carrying band and tap. You will also get the Bokashibran if it states on the declaration of the package. If you don’t get the bran included don’t worry you can buy 1kg of the bran for around £6. So it is fairly inexpensive and will last a couple of months.
The composter itself is made from recycled materials, its small enough to fit on your kitchen counter top. Because you also use a bran with microorganisms, there’s no nasty odours. It also has an airtight lid inside.
It’s really easy to set up and use. Not only will your garden benefit from the compost you’re now making but your indoor plants will love the highly concentrated liquid that you drain from the tap at the bottom of the bokashi organko 2. The liquid can also be drained directly into the sink and will act as a natural drain cleaner.
Now, they don’t come cheap so you have to remember this is an investment and one that you will use for years. They vary in price depending on where you buy from and what package you choose. They range from £60-£95.
This is one of the most sustainable ways to reduce food waste.
What can go into my Bokashi Organko 2??
Fruits and Vegetables, Citrus and Banana Peels, Prepared Food, Cooked and Raw Meat, Cheese, Fish,
Yoghurt, Eggs, Smaller Bones, Bread, Coffee Grounds, Tea Bags, Faded Flowers.
As you can see just about anything can go into the composter, the only things you can’t put in are liquids such as; vinegar, milk, juice, oil and water and of course big bones, ashes and animal feces.
How do I set it up?
Firstly spread 20ml of bran at the bottom of the composter before the first use every time.
Cut larger pieces of waste into smaller pieces before putting them in. Put your waste into the composter.
For each new layer of waste you will need to add 20ml of bran. For larger quantities you’ll need to add more bran, so around 20ml for every 5cm of waste.
Use the presser to press down thew waste and squeeze out the air, then cover the waste with the lid.
Prepare a container for the Bokashi liquid. Before you unscrew the tap, tilt the composter in the opposite direction to the tap, then unscrew it at 45 degrees then drain the liquid.
Fill the composter to approximately 5cm under the edge. Empty the contents of the composterr into a container for bio-waste or close the contents for 2 weeks to get the base for first class compost. In this case, deposit the contents on the compost or bury it in the soil. You should drain the Bokashi liquid regularly.
I highly recommend you get yourself another little airtight food caddy/container so you can empty the Bokashi contents into for those 2 weeks, that way you can clean your composter and continue to use it.
Do you think you’ll start using a kitchen composter?? what do you think?? Do you use a Kitchen composter already and have any tips??
This post contains gifted items from Skaza Bokashi Organko 2. I have marked this with an *
The company has provided the products for review but have not had any control of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.