Food scraps–the stuff you scrape off your plate and into the trash after a good meal. The stuff you throw out because it went bad after two weeks in the fridge. The fruit that got spots on it as it sat on the counter waiting to be eaten. Not a big deal, right? WRONG.
Food waste is actually mind-boggling, in size, scope and impact. This food waste problem is what actually got The Bokashi Bucket motivated to do something about it.
Bottom line–food is an organic material that can be EASILY broken down to create enormously rich and nutritious humus for the soil. Food scraps are NOT waste–they’re a resource!!
Here’s a little bit more background. The Bokashi Bucket is on Oahu, Hawaii. This wonderful state is made up of several islands (with people being on Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai)–and no other land masses for thousands of miles around. Hawaii is literally the most isolated populated area on the face of the planet. That means everything we do here has an out-sized impact locally.
That’s particularly true for food and trash. Most of the food we eat here has to get shipped here–which makes it crazy expensive. And whatever we “throw away” stays very close to us. Each island has its own landfill, and on an island, land is always at a premium. And yes, you guessed it–one of the biggest components to our waste stream here is food. The Bokashi Bucket wanted solve two problems with one solution–divert food out of the waste stream, and simultaneously use that to help farmers, gardeners and others have a ready source of wonderful composting material.
Food waste is a huge problem in the US. Here are some mind-boggling statistics:
– in 2010, experts estimate Americans threw out 133 BILLION pounds of food–representing 40% of all the food they bought
– Food decay in landfills emits a tremendous amount of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than CO2
– 25% of all fresh water consumption in the US is used towards producing food that is never eaten.
– It takes 300 million barrels of oil every year to produce food that is never eaten.
– Reducing our food waste by just 15% each year saves enough food to feed 25 MILLION people
At The Bokashi Bucket we can’t stop food waste–we focus on turning a negative into a positive, turning trash into treasure. We give people an option to turn their food scraps in a resource to create new, healthy soil.
So, come on an joint the Bokashi Revolution–because even Mother Earth needs a good meal too!
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Place your Bokashi Bucket where it is easy for you to use but out of direct sunlight and away from any heaters. Inside your kitchen, garage, laundry room or basement are great places to keep it.
When done correctly you’re Bokashi Bucket shouldn’t smell. Foul odors come when you don’t add enough Bokashi Activator, add too much scraps at a time, air gets into the bucket, or you’re not draining your bucket. Address these issues to fix a stinky bucket.
It’s good practice to drain your Bokashi Bucket or at least check it for liquids every 2-3 days.
Alongside your garden bed, around trees or in an area where you plan to plant are garden are great places to bury your fermented food scraps. Anywhere in your yard is fine too. We like to bury ours in a plastic storage bin with some soil or compost. In about 4 weeks, it’s ready for planting!