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Onsite Worm Composting

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Idaho lounge becomes first restaurant in continental US to practice vermicomposting.

Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is a very good idea for restaurants who want to reduce their waste and turn it into a valuable resource. It's especially useful because, unlike traditional composting methods, the process is completely odorless and therefore very practical in a restaurant setting. In Boise, Idaho, eco-restaurateur Dave Krick feeds 200,000 extra diners living in his......read more

CompoSpin Garden Compost Bin

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To mix it up, just roll it around. $199.99

Made from 100% recycled materials, the CompoSpin is a tumbler composter that cleverly avoids the one major pitfall of composting—having to mix up the rotting stuff inside. With the ball-shaped Ecomposter, all you need to do to mix up the contents is roll it around your garden, creating nutrient rich compost in as little as a month. Easy!...read more

Brooklyn Informed: An Art of Decay

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Andrew Casner's conversation-starting compost art.

Compositions or decompositions? You be the judge. Either way, Andrew Casner's compost paintings are nothing if not captivating. In this episode of BKI, the Brooklyn resident and urban farmer discusses his unusual artistic practice, which involves placing a canvas under a compost pile, then uncovering it a month later to reveal an abstract, agrarian piece of art. Originally inspired by the......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-15-11

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Concentrated solar gets a boost from Google, recycled flip-flops make colorful housewares, marijuana isn't so green, and more.

Grab Your Shades: The future looks bright for concentrated solar power. Google announced a $168 million investment in Brightsource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Plant in the Mojave Desert, which will be the largest concentrated solar plant in the world. (via GOOD) Fancy Footwork: Dutch designer Diederik Schneemann crafted a colorful collection of vases and lamps made from recycled flip-flops found......read more

RSVP Stainless Steel Compost Pail

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A clean and classic look for countertop composting. $32.95

Wanna shrink your home's eco footprint? Then composting is a must. It's easy as pie, and way cleaner than you think. This Stainless Steel Compost Pail, from Seattle's RSVP International, makes it so. Two charcoal filters fit neatly inside the lid and last up to two months under regular use, while the sturdy stainless steel pail handle makes it easy to carry outside to unload the nutritious......read more

Young Farmers: Dwight

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At the campus garden, Dwight explains the art of composting

According to Dwight, a graduating college student and ex-baseball star, composting is just the same as making cookies. Follow the recipe, adding just the right amount of worms, food scraps and hay, then let the bacteria go to work, and the ingredients form themselves into a delicious compost. In this episode of Young Farmers, we follow Dwight to the campus garden, where he informs us how to make......read more

Norpro Stainless Steel Compost Keeper

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Convenient, attractive kitchen storage for compost scraps $39.61

This odor-eliminating container from Norpro offers a convenient home for food scraps before you transfer them to an outside composter. Great for egg shells, peelings, coffee grounds, and more, with a stainless-steel handle for easy transport. Within the one-gallon unit's tight-fitting lid is a charcoal filter that delivers odor-free use for up to six months. It's properly sized to fit under the......read more

NYC Recycling Project Aims to Separate Organic Waste

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Food scraps diverted from landfill to composting sites

Constance Rosenblum for The New York Times: They aren’t what you might think of as typical sanitation workers, but Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott, two Sanitation Department employees, are women with a mission: to persuade New Yorkers to separate orange peels, eggshells and other organic waste from the rest of their trash. Ms. Rogers and Ms. Brunie-McDermott, both on the cusp of......read more

Art Is Dead. Long Live Compost.

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SHFT Original Series Brooklyn Informed, The Art Of Decay

Andrew Casner, Brooklyn resident and urban gardener, is also an artist. But his workspace isn’t splattered with paint and brushes. Instead, it’s covered in dirt. In this episode of SHFT‘s Brooklyn Informed series, Andrew takes us through his non-traditional artistic process, which involves placing a canvas under a compost pile, then uncovering it a month later to......read more

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