This Compost Bin Is Shockingly Affordable and Looks Good in Your Kitchen — Seriously

Why I'm Obsessing Over The Bamboozle Compost Bin

I consider myself an eco-conscious person; I own a set of stainless steel straws, avoid plastic cutlery, and have recently switched over to glass food containers. But like most people, I find myself throwing away a lot of food scraps throughout the week. At the end of the day, this didn't make me feel good. Each time I dumped a pile of potato skins or the butts of a tomato into the trash it made me feel guilty and I knew I could do better. I first heard about composting from a YouTuber I follow and immediately wanted to learn more to see if it was something that was attainable for me without digging up my backyard. After lots of research and surfing the internet, I stumbled upon this cute little bin from Food52.

Unlike other plastic compost bins, this one is made with biodegradable materials including durable bamboo fibers that'll last for years while having low impact on the environment after it's retired. This was a huge win for me as most of the other indoor bins I found were made from hard plastic, which in my mind kind of defeats the purpose. Once I received my bamboo bin, I started my compost pile with a small amount of soil and pieces of newspaper. (This helps soak up any excess liquid that might otherwise accumulate at the bottom and create a bad odor.) After about a week, I mixed my food scraps with the soil and newspaper and topped it off with more soil to help everything break down quicker. Over time — about two to four weeks — the compost transforms into nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be put back into the earth, whether it's a garden, potted plants, or your lawn. You can even donate it to local farmers or gardeners in your neighborhood if you have no use for it. Since this compost bin has a very compact design, I had the perfect amount to feed my succulents and cacti. And then I tossed it in the dishwasher and started round two!

What to Put in Your Indoor Compost Bin:

  • Fruits and veggies

  • Eggshells

  • Coffee grounds and filters

  • Tea bags

  • Nut shells

  • Houseplants

  • Cotton and wool rags

  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint

  • Hair and fur

  • Fireplace ashes

  • Paper and shredded newspaper

What Not to Put in Your Indoor Compost Bin:

  • Coal or charcoal ash

  • Dairy products

  • Meat or fish

  • Pet waste

  • Treated yard trimmings

Before trying this whole process, I had my doubts about having an indoor compost bin, mainly because I didn't want it to take up a ton of space or make my kitchen smell like a garbage can. After my first go-around, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the breathable lid and odor-blocking carbon filter held up. It provided the compost with the proper ventilation it needed to break down without giving off a rotten smell. Plus, it's safe to put in the freezer (up to -2 degrees Fahrenheit) so I could keep composting while I was on vacation for a week.

Along with reducing my carbon footprint, the Bamboozle compost bin was a stylish addition to my countertop that I actually like having on display. It's available in two colors (natural and graphite), and features a slim bamboo handle that makes it easy to transport from my kitchen to the backyard. I chose the white shade because it matches all of my furniture and decor, even if I decide to switch up my style in the future.

I've had the bin for over a month and have had guests ask what it is. It's been a great way to start the conversation about sustainability and allows me to tell them how easy and convenient it is to compost. Needless to say I'm recommending this device to everyone I know!

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