Happy Earth Day!
What if I told you there was something that you could do, as a family, right now that would help the environment in an impactful way?
Start composting! My family has been doing it for years! Recently, I met Gwenn Nolan, owner of Mother Compost, right here on the Main Line. Gwenn is making composting so easy….you’ll wonder why you haven’t started yet!
Everything you need to know about composting…here in the blog!
I’m a composter.
My family and I have been doing it for years and it’s amazing.
Not only for fresh organic mulch but it also for how it reduces our household garbage output.
And you know…as a professional organizer, I am all about less stuff! Garbage is definitely something I’d like less of!
Recently, I was introduced to Mother Compost. As a mother of two, owner, Gwenn Nolan, was already composting at home. But still she couldn’t believe how much food was being wasted by her persnickety offspring. Once she became pregnant again, spending her sleepless nights looking at waste information online, she knew she wanted to be part of a solution.
And thus, not too long after her third child, Mother Compost was also born.
Gwenn’s goal: make it simple for people to compost – this small action can have a huge impact for the environment.
Not exactly sure what composting is? Here’s the scoop:
Composting at home is the act of separating food scraps from landfill trash into a different container headed for a compost pile.
To compost also means to turn all of those organic materials into a fertilizer called…..you guessed it. COMPOST!
Compost itself is a nutrient rich fertilizer. If soil had a superhero, it would be compost. Compost does awesome things for the earth like filter pollutants from water, prevent erosion & improve soil water retention.
What can you compost? More than you think, actually!
In the Kitchen
- Fruits & Veggies, including peels, pits, leaves, seeds, stems
- Nuts & Nut Shells
- Coffee grounds & filters
- Tea bags
- Rice, pasta, bread and other dry grains
In The Rest of Your Home
- Hair and fur
- Newspaper – Black and White portion only
- Fireplace ashes
- Dryer lint
- Cut Flowers
- Household plant trimmings
- Dead plants
- Seasonal Decorations such as wreaths, pine bows
- Paper plates
- Paper towels
- Pizza boxes
- Shredded paper
Seems like a no brainer, right?!?
It is simple to get started and Mother Compost does all the heavy lifting!
Here’s what Mother Compost offers:
- buckets delivered to you
- pick-ups every other week
- clean containers after each collection
- good vibes from helping the Eart
All you need to do is fill that bucket!!!
You might wonder…
What happens to my compost when Mother Compost picks up my bucket?
I’m glad you asked. Gwenn has teamed up with a local farm, one of my personal favorites, Linvilla Orchards in Media, Delaware County. Linvilla is a 300 acre farm dedicated to agricultural, entertainment and culture.
My family has been enjoying visits to Linvilla for years. Linvilla is known for their orchards, fruits, veggies, fresh honey, gardens, bakery, pumpkin patches….oh and their delicious apple cider donuts.
Gwenn makes her pickups and then heads to Linvilla to drop off the compost. Linvilla farmers will take it and break it down even further to use as fertilizer on their farm.
Can Mother Compost come to my house?
If you live in Bala Cynwyd, Wynnewood, Penn Wynne, Narberth, Ardmore,
Havertown, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, St. David’s, Wayne and Devon, you are in luck!
Earth Day is the perfect day to get started!
We have one planet. We need to take care of it.
You can make a difference.
Composting is the perfect place to start!
About Carrie Kauffman
Carrie Kauffman is an award winning professional organizer, member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) and owner of Carrie’s Essential Services, LLC.Carrie Kauffman provides organizing services, in homes & offices, on the Main Line and surrounding communities. Carrie’s Essential Servicesspecializes in moving & packing, preparing homes for sale, office setup including filing systems as well as general organizing & de-cluttering.
About Mother Compost
Mother Compost is a compost materials pickup service located on Philadelphia’s Main Line region. Before Mother Compost officially began, Gwenn Nolan started out with a bucket on her counter and a pile in her backyard. As a mother of two, she couldn’t believe how much food was being wasted by her persnickety offspring. Once she became pregnant again and spent her sleepless nights looking at waste information online, she knew she wanted to be part of a solution. And thus, not too long after her third child, Mother Compost was born.