Ways Composting Can Improve Your Life

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

One of the reasons that I love Seattle so much is the environmental pride that this city has. Grocery stores don’t offer plastic bags, and instead encourage you to bring your own reusable ones. City parks aren’t just patches of grass with benches, but natural oasis of giant sequoias and redwoods. It’s an environmentalist paradise.

Another thing Seattleites love to do is compost. Composting is BIG in Seattle. Aside from trash pickup and recycling, we also have a compost pickup. This means that even though I now am embracing urban life, I can keep on being green. Hooray!

Even if you aren’t a hippie-dippy, tree-hugging, dirt-wrestling, nature lover like myself, composting has many benefits that can improve your life. Here are my top five reasons why you should start composting!


Less Waste

A recent estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) predicts that a forth of all waste in landfills could be compostable. That is a quarter of our waste that we could be giving back to the earth.

Composting means not only less waste in landfills, but less waste in your own trash bins. I’ve noticed that my boyfriend and I rarely take out the trash. No, it’s not because we are lazy, but we simply don’t produce that much waste. Taking out the compost on the other hand is a two-day process. Remember though, composting is not waste since it is getting reused for agricultural purposes and is biodegradable.

Less Fruit Flies

Aside from mosquitos, the next worst insect is the fruit fly. They appear out of no where, and once they appear, they spread like wildfire. They are annoying, difficult to get rid of, and an all around nuisance.