‘Home composting’ claims

As a business, Eco Flower Supplies is always searching for products and materials which will have a lesser impact on our collective carbon footprint.

As such, we have products which can be both recycled and composted, as they will biodegrade over time and should not end up in landfill, or indeed the sea.

Composting, however, can be a slightly subjective process. Depending on a person’s gardening experience, time and facilities, a compost heap can have many guises! Simply adding ‘compostables’ to a garden Dalek style composter and hoping for the best, may result in products remaining intact for years!

‘Hot composting’ is the quickest method, involving a lot of effort turning and aerating the ingredients. But the results can be spectacular, friable and good quality compost in a short period of time; weeks. A ‘cold compost’ is what most gardens have, where an area or bin is set aside for taking garden and grass cuttings, kitchen waste and the contents of vases. This will degrade over time, but is not usually useable for a year or more.

Any compost making that is going to be successful needs some thought and effort. Good compost needs a mixture of green ( grass clippings, spent stems, soft pruning‘s, kitchen waste etc) and brown (animal bedding, torn up cardboard, paper, etc). Really it needs to be added in layers where possible, and occasionally turned to aerate in order to stimulate the myriad of detritivores which are hopefully chomping their way through the waste, and themselves providing food for slow worms, frogs and toads, and other small mammals and amphibians.

As far as our products are concerned, and the composting of them, as long as they are torn up, kept moist with greens, and some rain water, they will biodegrade over time and add fibre and nutrients to your garden compost.

It may be worth educating your clients regarding this to ensure that they are aware of the processes?

Happy wrapping and composting!

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