Grow gardens, not landfills! By using natural and organic garden products made from recycled food waste, you can keep it out of the landfills.
This post is sponsored by EcoScraps. All opinions are my own.
As a gardener and food grower, this is a very exciting time of the year. I feel like I’m awaiting house guests I adore, but never know which will show up and when. Colorado’s strong winter season leaves a question about which perennial plants will reemerge in the spring. I feel like an anxious sprinter in the blocks, knowing if I start my garden too soon all can be lost to early spring storms; but if I wait too long my garden bounty won’t come to fruition before the early winter snows. All I know for sure is that my vegetable garden crops will yield delicious salads, vegetable soups, and sandwiches!
Of course, the fun part of gardening goes along with lots of preparation of garden beds and containers. The secret is really to ensure the garden soil is rich with nutrients and organic materials to grow the best plants possible.
Ironically, as I was getting ready to stock up on new soil for the season, I read an article about a new-to-me company that is doing some really innovative things to create garden products. I will preface my findings by saying I really don’t like waste. I’ve often wondered what happens to produce in the grocery stores when it begins to fade. I’ve been at the store when seemingly good produce is being cleaned out to be replaced by pristine fruits and vegetables. I’ve watched enough TV to know much of it is tossed out and goes into a landfill.
Did you know in the United States, we waste 40% of the food produced? That is enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day! It sits in landfills producing methane, which is 20 times more harmful than CO2. Yuck.
How to Grow Gardens Responsibly
EcoScraps, the cool company I referred to above, converts food waste into garden products. Since 2010, EcoScraps has been working to be a part of the solution by reusing this waste and keeping it out of the landfills. They are passionate about making sustainability mainstream, helping people to grow gardens responsibly.
Between 2011 and 2015, EcoScraps recycled 75 million pounds of food waste. They are matching that number in 2016 with projected recycling of another 75 million pounds of food waste–this time in just 12 months. I love everything about what they are doing! It’s a brilliant idea and one that we gardeners benefit from in a variety of EcoScraps natural and organic garden products found at Walmart (you can buy EcoScraps products online, too).
Have a look at this fun video which spells it all out:
I picked up some EcoScraps Natural and Organic Moist Garden Soil and Moist Potting Soil. I only grow gardens in organic soil, so it was perfect to augment my raised food beds and the large containers where I grow herbs on my deck. I’ve only begun to prep my garden and containers between sloppy rain and snow storms, but can’t wait to see how my plants do this year with EcoScraps.
Walmart and EcoScraps are offering a chance to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card so you can enjoy EcoScraps products for your garden. The products are very affordably priced so you can stock up and grow gardens, not landfills!
UPDATE: The giveaway is over and the entry form is no longer in this post.
Tosha H says
It’s pretty awesome that up to 50 lbs of leftover fruits and veggies can be recycled per bag!