I’ve composted all summer – now what?

Spread your compost love:

Your compost will ‘cook’ much more slowly in the winter – causing your bin to fill up more quickly, so it is best to empty it out before the winter.  And before the snow makes it’s return for the winter season, it is time to make use of the beautiful compost dirt you have nurtured this summer.

Shovel your compost into the soil of your garden and work it in pretty well. If fall leaves are still available, cover the garden bed with them for the remainder of the winter season.

Tips on composting this winter:

The composting process will still continue through the cold months, just at a slower rate.

-Make things easier on yourself – use a larger compost container under your sink so that you can take fewer trips out to your main compost pile outside.

-It is also best to save some of your fall leaves so that, if needed, you can layer them within your compost during the winter to keep your two main compost ingredients in equal balance. (See our previous composting post for details on compost ingredients.)

-Cut up food scraps into smaller pieces to encourage faster breakdown.

-Be sure your outdoor compost pile gets plenty of winter sunlight to help keep the materials heated as best as possible in the winter.

-Don’t forget to turn the pile once in a while to allow air to get added into the mix.

-Consider worm composting indoors. Jump here for more details on this composting option.

-Spend some of your downtime planning your spring garden!

Freezing temperatures? If you live in a climate with freezing temperatures, consider using a compost bin that can be covered to keep snow from piling on top. If your compost freezers over completely, don’t lose hope. Keep adding to it from your kitchen and wait to turn the pile until the temperature warms up.

And once the spring season comes back around you’ll be a step ahead in getting your much more active compost going.

Let us know how your composting goes this winter!

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Need another reason to choose Numi Organic Tea? Check out their commitment to sustainability:

Through thoughtful choices, we are committed to reducing our impact on the planet. A few of our more than 90 sustainable initiatives are:

  • Organic tea cultivation protects the health of farmers, the planet and you
  • Natural biodegradable filter-paper tea bags; not GMO corn or plastic “silky” bags
  • Recyclable boxes made of 85% post-consumer waste, printed with soy-based inks and without unneeded shrink-wrap
  • Programs that lower and offset our carbon emissions including a solar-powered production facility

“We invite you to take the Numi Tea transformation and celebrate people, planet, and pure tea!”

-Your Friends at Numi Organic Tea

Read further about Numi’s commitment to sustainable initiatives on the Numi Organic Tea website.

Also, find your favorite Organic Tea at the Numi Organic Tea online store or by using the store locator at www.NumiTea.com!

Hour CarHourCar.org

Instead of owning a car you can ‘car share’ with Hour Car. Reserve a car when you need it then drop it back off. You don’t have to worry about the expenses of owning a car and you will be helping the environment by driving less.

Ride SharePickUpPal.com

Find a ride for yourself or offer to pick up someone on your way. It’s a free, global service using social network sites to connect you to people with similar interests or with people which you are already connected to via work colleagues or other friends.

Public Bike Sharing

Public bike sharing. Rent a bike from the numerous bike hubs when you need a ride and then return it to another bike hub.

Chicago – BCycle.com

Denver – BCycle.com

D.C. – SmartBikeDC.com

Miami – DecoBike.com

MinneapolisNiceRideMN.org

Stay up to date on future bike sharing – Bike-Sharing.blogspot.com

Recycling 101 Earth911.com

Learn more about recycling and reusing household materials. Search for recycling options near you with their zipcode search.

ReduceReduce.org

Find easy things you can do to reduce your waste.

Host a Clothing Exchange

Swap your clothes with other women from all over the world online! SwapStyle.com

Neighborhood children clothing exchanges are great ways to reuse clothes that are outgrown.

Or, throw a party for all of your girlfriends and exchange all your unwanted clothes for new ones. It’s fun and saves you from having to buy new clothes.

Get CraftyTipNut.com

Reuse household items to makes something new. Sites like TipNut list numerous ideas to re-purpose things you no
longer use.

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What does Organic and Natural really mean?

So you’ve heard all about the excitement surrounding organic. But what does organic really mean? Simply put, when a product is labeled organic, the USDA Organic symbol certifies that the product contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, fertilizers or pesticides and contains no irradiated ingredients (food exposed to radiation). More in depth details about the rigorous certification inspections and standards of production and processing associated with labeling a product organic can be found on the Organic Trade Association website by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/5rejlk.

Why is Organic and Natural important for your family?

  • Pesticides found in conventional foods and absorbed by our bodies can have serious health impacts; including birth defects, nerve damage and cancer. Because organic products are regulated, choosing organic is a way to ensure that you are providing your family products that are safe for them. Read more about the potential health problems that can arise from exposure to pesticides on the US EPA website: http://tinyurl.com/24zhwpm.
  • Organic farming keeps harmful chemicals out of our air, water, soil, and bodies. These chemicals are especially found in produce. The Environmental Working Group has compiled a full list of 49 fruits and vegetables ranked from best to worst when it comes to pesticide levels.
  • Organic farmers use less energy, produce less waste, and use less chemicals which also supports sustainability and long term benefits for your community. Read more about the benefits of purchasing organic products on the USDA’s website: http://tinyurl.com/344vjuy.
  • Like our ONE partners, organic brands are dedicated to taking progressive action and making products that are safe for the environment and for you. Ways of becoming more sustainable come in many forms such as initiatives to recycle, to reduce waste, and to advance renewable energy.
  • You can trust organic. The organic system is a federally regulated production process with strict standards, strict inspections, and annual verification. Not to mention it takes three years of modifications before the farmer can call it’s products USDA Organic.
  • Mounting evidence shows that growing crops in healthy soil results in foods with more healthy nutrients. Organically grown products are rich in nutrients such as iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. The Organic Trade Association provides details and research: http://tinyurl.com/e4pnj.

Keep these tips in mind when planning your next meal and save money on healthy and nutritious organic and natural products with the coupons in your ONE Coupon Book!

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Creating a compost pile is a great way to eliminate waste, reduce your carbon footprint, it is the best natural fertilizer for your garden, and it is very easy to get started!

Here’s the Where, What, and How

Where:  Choose a place out of the way, ideally has 1/2 day sun, and away from extremely windy spots.

In What: You can choose to either have you compost pile in a holding bin, a trench, built in holding units, turning units, or in a simple heap.

Tip: Build your own! You can do this easily with stiff wire mesh. It is inexpensive, it will give your compost pile the air it needs, and it will keep your pile all together in one spot.

How: A compost pile needs a variety and equal balance of carbon and nitrogen for the materials to break down and decompose.

Carbon materials are dry materials such as leaves, lint, paper, straw, dried garden debris, and dried grass clippings.

Nitrogen materials are food products like fruits, vegetables, vegetable peels, tea bags, coffee grounds, and shredded cardboard.

Tips for a Successful Compost Pile:

– Your compost pile should remain moist at all times. If it is dry you may want to water the pile, and if it is too wet you can add more carbon materials to soak up the moisture.

– Your pile needs to be turned with a shovel or pitch fork once a week to stop the pile from compacting. A compacted compost pile will have insufficient air and may start to smell.

–  A compost pile needs the right amount of air along with heat. The pile will not heat up if it is too small, too dry, lacks enough air, or lacks enough nitrogen. Try adding more nitrogen materials like fruits and vegetables, adding water, and turning the pile.

– If the compost starts to smell it may be due to not enough air, over-watering, being too compact, or having too much nitrogen. You can add more dried grass and leaves to soak up the water or turn the pile to increase the air flow.

Come fall, your compost pile will have successfully broken down into nutritious dirt, ready to use in your yard and garden!

More compost tips and uses to come.  Check back!

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ONE Planet, ONE Person with ONE Choice

We are all just ONE Person, but together we can make a big difference. ONE, the Organic and Natural Experience® promotes healthy and safe products, environmental citizenship, and year round progressive action towards sustainability. We believe every ONE Person has a responsibility to take care of our bodies, our families and our ONE Planet. We can all make choices to support our health and planet with the products we choose to buy. ONE strives to be sustainable throughout every step of the traveling sampling tour, and we are here to help you and your family take small steps toward leading healthier and more sustainable lives.

The ONE Team is introducing a new online blog that will be your guide for incorporating organic, natural, and sustainability into your life. ONE Community Scoop will feature:

ONE Lifestyle:

  • We’ll introduce you to great organic and natural products, share money saving advice for your next shopping trip, outline simple steps towards leading a healthier life, offer everyday sustainability tips, and break down why making these small changes is so important for you and the planet.

ONE Tour:

  • We’ll post ONE event tour updates, action photos, and the latest news about where you can get your own money saving ONE Coupon Books; who knows – we may be coming to your city!

ONE Partner News:

  • Go deeper with each ONE Partner, learn about their commitment to our planet, snag new and delicious recipes, and be the first to discover the newest organic and natural products in the market!

The Organic & Natural Experience is your expert for providing you and your family with the knowledge you need to decide which products are good for you and that are good for the planet. The ONE Team is dedicated to educating the nation about how and why Organic and Natural products are better for the planet’s health and yours.

So stop by the ONE Community Scoop for weekly updates!
Cheers!
The ONE Team
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