by Laura McIlwaine January 22, 2020

Using a Bokashi Bin to compost your food scraps is a fantastic way to reduce your food waste and household greenhouse gas emissions, even if you live in a small apartment! It’s also a wonderful way to make nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

In this post I'll share what composting is, why it's so important for our environment, how to use a Bokashi Bin and how to re-use Bokashi "juice" in your home and garden.

What Is Composting?

Composting is the process of decaying organic matter such as food scraps, lawn mower clippings and dried leaves. When such items are mixed together in a conventional compost pile they naturally break down into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps gardens grow.

Why Is Composting Food Scraps So Important?

Every time we throw food in the bin we’re not just wasting our money. We’re discarding the vast amounts of resources, energy and water that it took to produce, process, store, refrigerate, transport and cook the food. If that’s not bad enough, rotting food in landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is particularly damaging to our environment.

In fact, the impact on climate change is so significant that reducing food waste has been listed within the top 5 solutions for climate change in Paul Hawken’s book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” The impact on climate change by reducing food waste alone, is reported by Hawken to beat solar farms and rooftop solar combined!!

If you’ve ever doubted that you can make a difference… composting your food scraps and keeping them out of landfill helps address the biggest environmental issue of our generation, climate change!

How Does a Bokashi Bin Work?

To use a Bokashi Bin, simply layer your food waste with the microbial Bokashi One™ Mix in a Bokashi bucket. The air-tight bucket and the micro-organisms present in the Bokashi One™ Mix provide the perfect environment for your food waste to start decomposing and reduce in volume.

At the end of each day sprinkle a light layer of Bokashi One™ Mix onto the surface of the food scraps and secure the lid. Every few days press the waste down using a potato masher to help free up space and drain more liquid. The water content of the waste drains through the grate at the bottom of the Bokashi Bin.

When the bucket is full, transfer the waste outside and bury beneath the soil to complete the composting process. Breakdown is rapid thanks to the micro-organisms present in the Bokashi One™ Mix. Bokashi compost supplies soil with nutrients from the waste and more life in the form of the micro-organisms. The Bokashi One™ system significantly accelerates the composting process.

What Food Can I Place In a Bokashi Bin?

The Bokashi Bin composts all food waste including, meat, fish, dairy, citrus, onions, egg shells, cooked, raw and processed foods such as bread and fits discretely beneath most kitchen sinks.

How Many Bokashi Bins Will I Need?

Ideally, two Bokashi Bins working in tandem is recommended for a household with more than two occupants. That way you can allow one to sit and consolidate while filling the second bin. However, it all depends on how quickly you fill up a bin. You can always start with one and see how you go!

How Can I Use the Bokashi Juice?

The wonderful Bokashi juice produced is alive with micro-organisms and can be used in the garden and around the home. Pour undiluted down your drains to keep them clean and unblocked or dilute with water (2 teaspoons of Bokashi juice for 1L water) to make a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Just use the juice within a 24 hour period as it contains living bacteria, after this time the Bokashi juice will lose its effectiveness.

Final Thoughts

The Bokashi Bin is a fantastic way to compost your food scraps, reduce your food waste and household greenhouse gas emissions, especially if you’re tight on space and live in an apartment or small house. Click HERE to discover our full range of Bokashi products.

If reducing your food waste is important to you, join Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs for ongoing support and tips to create a healthy, waste-free, sustainable home.

Over To You!

Do you compost your food scraps with a Bokashi Bin? What do you LOVE most about the Bokashi Bin?

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Laura McIlwaine
Laura McIlwaine

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