Two years ago, my children and I decided to conduct a little experiment. That happens quite often here at 1840 Farm. In fact, it’s strongly encouraged. We started noticing a lot of compostable packaging on grocery store shelves and wondered just how quickly it would compost.
We buried a few bags, pouches, and cups that boasted their eco-friendliness in the bottom of one of our four compost bins. I had forgotten all about this experiment until I was harvesting compost for our new raised beds last weekend. As I used a shovel to remove the compost, I began to uncover the packaging one piece at a time.
While the materials were weakened and slightly worse for the wear, they were still intact. The food scraps and leaves that had been in the bin were transformed into beautiful compost. During the same period of time, the supposedly earth friendly and compostable packaging was unchanged.
Compostable? I think not. Something stinks here and it sure isn’t the compost.