How to home compost your Backcountry Wok pouches and other organic waste

Did you know that around 28% of household waste that ends up in landfills can actually be home composted?

That includes our Backcountry Wok pouches, which have a paper exterior and corn-based interior, that’s tested to compost in approximately 450 days.

However, many people don’t home compost because it may seem intimidating or too much work. We are here to show you that composting can be accessible and fun!

Today, we will share four home composting methods. Regardless whether you live in an apartment, or have a large garden or backyard — read on to choose the best composting method for your household type.


1. Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting is the one of the most common form of composting where worms are used to recycle food scraps and other organic materials into soil called worm compost.

Think of this compost as super nutrient-rich soil – it makes a great booster to existing soil and can help plants thrive. Setting up a worm bin is easy. All you need is a box, moist newspaper strips and worms. This is also a great method of composting indoors if you’re living in an apartment and don’t have access to a backyard or a garden! Between this and aerobic composting (see below!), vermicompost holds slight advantage, as it tends to help soil retain water and guard against soil pathogens more effectively than regular compost.

Fun Fact: We have a bag of Backcountry Wok buried in a vermicomposting system by Box of Life. Stay tuned for the progress. 

To learn more about how to set up a worm bin and details on this method of composting, click HERE

To read about the list of pros and cons of this method of composting, click HERE 

2. Aerobic Composting

Another method of composting indoors is aerobic composting. It uses microbes from soil to convert your kitchen waste into compost. 

Similar to vermicomposting, aerobic composting requires a compost bin which will contain a combination of three parts brown matter such as our paper based pouches and one part green matter (such as food waste). To start preparing your indoor composting collection, fill the empty bin nearly three-quarters of the way with dampened brown matter and then evenly sprinkle a cup of garden soil over it. Then replace the bin lid to let composting begin!

As this process requires a continuous supply of oxygen, you should turn the contents of your bin with a compost fork once a week to aerate it. It can take two to four months or longer for all the bin contents to turn into compost.

To learn more about aerobic composting, click HERE


3. Direct Composting

Direct composting is simple and as the name suggests, you can dig a hole or trench in your garden and bury organic waste in the soil where it will decompose and turn into rich compost.

Since the compost will be buried under the soil in your backyard or garden, it will enrich the soil without you having to move it or take the compost out. This is a very effective and minimal effort way of composting however it can take up to a few months for your waste to turn into compost and you have to repeatedly dig holes.  

To learn how to do direct composting, please click HERE

To read about the list of pros and cons of this method of composting, click HERE

4. Tumbler Composting

Tumbler composting involves a barrel that can be turned which is usually placed in a spare corner of your garden or backyard in sunlight.

The tumbler comes in many shapes and sizes, and is often made from recycled plastics. The barrel needs to be filled with organic yard and kitchen waste. Then it can be activated with manure, garden soil or nothing at all. After which you have to turn the tumbler twice a week and then in a month or less, you have rich compost.

This is a great method of composting if you are up for some manual labour since you have to physically rotate the barrel. You could always get a mechanized version of the tumbler that makes rotating it easier. An advantage of this form of composting is that since it is a closed system, rodents and other animals will not be a problem as they will not be able to get to the compost.

To learn the correct method to do tumbler composting, click HERE 

To read about the list of pros and cons of this method of composting, please click HERE

We hope this is a good starting point for you to go ahead and start composting in your homes or businesses. This will help us play a part in reducing waste, methane emissions and in turn benefiting the environment!

How to compost your Backcountry Wok pouches?

We recommend that you compost your bag in one of the above home composting system.

We suggest that you cut the bag into smaller pieces first to speed up the process.

For industrial composting, please check with your municipal waste and recycling facilities to ensure they accept compostable bags. Compared to traditional plastic or aluminium camping meal bags that can take ~1000 years to decompose, we would like to think of these bag as an eco-friendly alternative as they break down faster (even in landfills).

Share your composting adventures with us at #wokonthewildside.

Ruya Rangara 
Marketing @ Backcountry Wok

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