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How to compost

April 20, 2016

Q: How do I compost gNappies Disposable Inserts?

Answer:
gNappies Disposable Inserts can be home composted (wet ones only) in a wide variety of home compost systems. The Disposable Inserts are made of cellulose, fluff pulp and super absorber, which alone would be a valuable contribution to your compost, but when combined with the added nitrogen from your baby’s urine, makes an incredibly rich soil amendment safe for all manner of plants and vegetables.

It's a fab way to get older children in the family to understand the whole circularity of gNappies - from bot, to compost bin, to beautiful flowers and veggies!

If you don’t yet have a home compost system but are keen to get started, here are some composting options to consider:

First, set up your compost system in a shady spot, near a water source if possible.

Types of Home Compost Systems that work with Disposable Inserts
Open-air composting - Use either holding bins or an uncontained pile to compost yard debris. You can make your own bins with wire mesh, old fencing, wooden pallets or wood and wire or buy them ready-made.
Hot composting - This is a good option if your garden produces a lot of garden debris and you want to have high-quality compost quickly Hot piles require more diligent attention, but the compost you will produce is typically of a higher quality because the temperatures kill weed seeds and many plant diseases. We have succesfully used a hotbin for our inserts...
Tumbler composting - This is a convenient way to get quick, pest-free compost, especially if you plan to throw in a lot of fruit and veggie scraps. Tumblers can be purchased ready-made.

How to Start Composting
Once you have your system set up, all you need to do is beginning adding compostable materials. These are made up of “greens” (nitrogen-rich materials) and “browns” (carbon-rich materials). Greens are often grass clippings, disease-free weeds, and vegetable/fruit scraps. Browns are often dried leaves, hay, sawdust, paper, and wood chips. Begin by throwing in a layer of dried leaves (“browns”), dampen them a bit with water. Then add some grass clippings (“greens”). Mix well so everything is evenly distributed and damp, but not soaked. You can add in some potting soil or compost starter to help get it started. Then you can begin to add your compostable items. Try to keep the ratio between your greens and browns even, or your compost pile may not cook as efficiently. Turn your compost every few weeks with a shovel or fork, or by rotating your tumbler.

A Guide to Compost Materials: "Browns" vs. "Greens"
BROWN GREEN
What? Carbon Nitrogen
Provides? Energy for Microbes Protein for Microbes
Ratio 2 parts 1 part
Examples Dried leaves, straw, hay, wood chips, shredded paper Fresh grass, kitchen scraps (no meat or bones), coffee grounds, gNappies Disposable Inserts (wet ones only)
A wet Disposable Insert should break down in your home compost in 50-150 days depending on how hot your compost is. You can speed up the process by tearing open the insert, providing more surface area for bugs and enzymes to aid in the decomposition process. Many parents choose to keep a container specifically for compostable items, including their baby’s wet-only disposable inserts. Then the whole container can be emptied into the compost bin.

Anyone can have a home compost. There are small composters available for back porch composting if you live in an apartment or home without a yard. You can even compost in cold climates. 

Solid waste should always be flushed so that it can be safely treated. Please do not compost poopy Disposable Inserts. Please do not put gNappies Disposable Inserts (or any nappy) in curbside/city compost bins.

Here's a couple of links for you:
dancing in my wellies - composting our gnappies

hotbin composting

Earth Day 2016

20% OFF Disposable Inserts until 26th April 2016 with code HAPPYEARTHDAY

20 percent off disposable inserts for Earth Day


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