Welcome to Earth Week on TED-Ed Tumblr! Once again, we’ll be sharing ways for you to be a more considerate resident of Planet Earth all week (that you can apply…all year!)
Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. That’s an estimated 1.3 billion tons. America alone spends an estimate 165 billion dollars a year managing food waste. We’re wasting food, energy, and money.
But there’s another way! More and more people, even city dwellers, are taking to composting – it saves on landfill space, betters air quality, and if you have a green thumb – provides you with free soil! One method is vermicomposting, and to learn more about that, you can watch the TED-Ed lesson Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste – Matthew Ross. But if worms aren’t your style, check out some simple DIY compost methods here and here and here.
Finally, if you simply have no space for soil, check out your local farm markets – chances are you can freeze your compost or keep it in a small countertop bin, and drop it off every week.
Love the Earth, and the Earth will love you back! Happy Earth Week!
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Counting down to Earth Day 2018!