Do you want to change the world? Compost your garbage
In addition to writing these columns, I run a roadside cafeteria and it is typical that when we take out the garbage, the bags drip with that liquid that smells of accumulation of washed yerba mate mixed with concentrated coffee. Not to mention that it is the number 1 caller of the famous fruit flies (those that not even the Raid affects). Faced with this situation, I had to do something. And that’s how I discovered compost.
Eons ago God, Pacha Mama, BigBang or whatever you believe, had already invented recycling, a mechanism by which the remains of the products we use go through a regeneration process becoming fertile fertilizer. The only thing they require from us is the simple effort of throwing everything in one place and waiting. Yes, as simple as you hear it. Nature only asks you to maintain a balance of these wastes and to avoid the animal remains and those artificially generated by man (cardboards, papers, cleaning products, etc.).
As I like nice things, I bought one of those fancy compostures that are sold by Instagram (look at @HuertaMother, if you want one with a more urban style it can be @CompasComposteras).
With this I take advantage and I invite the routine clients not to do disgusting things in the garbage bins nor to harass me with hot yerba mate to my beautiful jasmines that still can’t give leaves (I don’t even ask for flowers), and I take advantage of this parenthesis to banish that yerba mate is a fertilizer per se: first you have to go through this process that I tell you.
Awareness costs. As strange as it may sound, asking people to separate yerba/café/fruit, paper/cardboard and animal remains/cleaning products is the closest thing to Mission Impossible without Tom Cruise. If you live in a city and don’t have those acres of plants you think you need, don’t worry: there are trees in every block that will know how to thank you for your compost contribution.
To encourage them more I’m going to banish some myths:
-DO NOT JOIN MUSKS (I promise you, strange as it may seem)
-THEY DO NOT MISS THE LOMBRICES (they help, but if they disgust you it is not an excuse)
-THEY DO NOT GENERATE TONELADES TO THE MONTH (my composer I have it a year ago and it still is not full)
-DOES NOT REQUIRE EFFORT (if it has a lot of humidity, at the most you have to add a couple of dry leaves)
I also add some tips:
-KEEP IT OUTSIDE TO CIRCULATE AIR
-ALLOW IT TO DRAIN FROM BELOW IN ORDER TO SEPARATE THE SOLID COMPOST (SOIL) FROM THE LIQUID (FERTILE WATER FOR IRRIGATION)
-RETURN IT FROM TIME TO TIME (ONCE A MONTH IS ENOUGH)
-KEEP IT COVERED (I’VE HEARD PEOPLE DO IT IN TUPPER)
As always I leave you an infograph to generate more environmental guilt.
Soy Facundo. Un Licenciado en Comunicación de la UNLP dedicado a sus emprendimientos (entre ellos su primer cafetería en el barrio de Barracas), con ínfulas de artista y con un Magister en Negocios del IAE colgado en la pared.
Una rara mezcla que me llevó a creer que mi rol como comunicador es el de tener la posibilidad de ser un #AgenteDeCambio. Aportando información e ideas para lograr que seamos un poco más conscientes de los efectos que causa nuestra existencia en el planeta tierra. De lo mucho que podemos hacer con tan poco esfuerzo.
También me pueden leer en un tono más serio y hablando de economía en El Cronista Digital; y en mi instagram mostrando un poco de mi vida.
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