We are routinely asked, “Why should I compost?” In fact, this is a top ranking question on many search engines. When faced with this question, Naples Compost founder, Hannah Rinaldi, likes to show a picture of her three children and simply say, “This is why . . . for our and their future.” Like the Lorax said, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Hannah has read this book to her kids hundreds of times. She’s read it so many times that her four year old has it memorized. If she misses a word, or attempts to skip a page, her child calls her out.
Composting provides many benefits, and these benefits range from a personal to a societal level. Composting saves money, resources and ultimately reduces our overall impact on the environment. We’ve all generally heard of our carbon or ecological footprint, and the term speaks for itself. What impact are we having on the environment around us? Do we take the steps necessary to ensure our children will also be able to enjoy the environment like we do; or, are we simply consumers.
Hannah and her husband love Southwest Florida, and its natural surroundings– from the roseate spoonbills at Corkscrew Sanctuary to the sand dollars at Clam Pass and everything in between. Naples Compost’s purpose is to ensure that these wonders are preserved for our children and their children. When Hannah and her husband arrived in naples, they were excited that city-wide recycling was offered, promoted and mandatory in many areas. It was refreshing to live in an area that offered recycling up to number 6 plastics.
Over time, however, it became more and more apparent that recycling by itself is not enough. Plastic and paper waste may be addressed by recycling, but what about certain food waste? Food waste is rampant, and the statistics are staggering. 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted totaling a loss of $1,000,000,000,000. Yes- One Trillion Dollars! Instead of wasting the scraps in land-fills and throwing away trillions of dollars, why not allow Naples Compost to take your food scraps and turn it back into nutrient rich/fertile soil that can be used by yourself or farmers to improve crop growth? This process is known as “closing the loop.” Help yourself, your children and the environment around us by composting and turning your scraps into soil for a better tomorrow. Contact us today to learn more!