Composting 101

Put simply, composting is a way to turn organic food waste into amazing soil that can be used later in vegetable gardens, flower beds, and more.  Some people avoid composting because of some of the common myths that surround it: it’s smelly, it takes a ton of room, and it’s difficult to do. Those comments are myths for a reason - they aren’t true! Composting is simple to do once you understand what can and cannot be placed into your pile, bin, or bucket. Here’s a quick list to make things easier:

FOR THE COMPOST PILE/BIN:

-          Leaves
-          Non-animal food scraps like fruits, veggies, bread, coffee grounds, etc.
-          Dryer lint
-          Old herbs and spices
-          Grass trimmings

NOT FOR THE COMPOST PILE/BIN:

-          Pet droppings
-          Animal products like bones, meat, butter, and milk
-          Tea and coffee bags
-          Glossy paper
-          Sticky labels from fruit and veggies

If you don’t have room in your yard to have your own composting pile, consider purchasing a composting tumbler that takes up much less room and keeps things a bit tidier. Ask your friends and neighbors if they would be willing to join in on the composting fun and then decide on a centralized location that works for everyone. You’ll be surprised at how much amazing soil you’ll create by the time you are ready to plant your garden next Spring!

DIY Laundry Detergent

Every article of clothing (even the dog collars!) that is sold by Create Good has been washed in detergent that Maggie makes at home, and because so many of you have asked for the recipe in the past, we wanted to share it here!

Ingredients (you can find them all in the detergent aisle!): 

1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 container or OxyClean (optional, but recommended)
2 bars of Zote Soap
1 large (4 lb) box of Baking Soda
1-2 bottles of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener

Directions:

-  Grate the Zote soap with a cheese grater or food processor
-  In a large container, mix grated soap with all remaining ingredients
-  You did it!

You can use 2-4 tablespoons per load, and you’ll be thrilled to see how long it lasts, how great your clothes smell, and how much easier it is on your pocketbook! What's not to love?

Simple Sustainability Changes

One thing’s for sure: Create Good believes in sustainability. It is a cornerstone of our business, and just one small way for us to give back to the world that we love so much. That’s why, on Earth Day this year, we launched the Eco-Tip blog here on the website, with short snippets in our monthly newsletter. The Eco-Tip blog is designed to share some of our favorite ways to live a more sustainable life. For example, if you are wanting to make some simple sustainable changes in your life here’s a few ideas to start with:

-          Ditch the disposable water bottles and find an awesome reusable one to keep around!

-          Switch to a reusable container for carrying your lunch to work every day!

-          Avoid using disposable plates/cups at your next BBQ and give reusable plastic ones a try!

-          Take one less car trip a week and choose to bike or walk instead.

These are just four of the ways to jumpstart a sustainable change in your life, but there are hundreds of other ways that absolutely make a difference. What are some of the ways that you’ve made sustainable changes in your household?