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Recycling and Composting Tips

It's easy to get lost in the science of composting, so we’ve decided to break it down and make it simple. We think composting is pretty cool because it's nature's very own way of recycling. It’s a team effort between us and nature, we just need to make sure we do our part correctly so nature can do the rest. In composting, there are only four ingredients needed for your compost bucket. We need browns, greens, water and oxygen. The brown materials are made up of leaves, branches, twigs, paper, cardboard etc. The browns are high in carbon and produce the fibre needed for your compost bin. The green materials are then made up of veggie scraps, fruit peels, egg shells, grass, etc. The greens are vital as they produce nitrogen which activate the heat in your compost. And then the last two components of your compost bin are water and oxygen. It's key to remember that the content of your compost bin should have a damp consistency, and it should also have enough air for the microorganisms to break down the organic matter. These four ingredients provide an amazing habitat for these little guys (microorganisms) to break down the content, and with a little magic, turn it into amazing plant food.

How to compost our packaging:

At Hill St, we made the decision early on to only use compostable packaging to ensure we are reducing our impact on the environment, while also keeping our mixes fresh for you guys. We teamed up with Natureflex who offered us a sustainable alternative to conventional plastic packaging and ever since we’ve been using compostable film which is both home compostable and commercially compostable. 

Our cardboard packaging which is sourced from sustainable forests is also a key component to the composting process. We just need to remember to remove any tape attached and roughly tear the cardboard into smaller pieces to mix in with other greens so they can work together to break it down. This process takes around three months and is hugely beneficial to the environment as it reduces the amount of food and garden waste thrown into the landfill, which in turn reduces the release of methane greenhouse gases. 

Don’t have a compost bin at home? No dramas! Head to sharewaste.org.nz to find a community garden near you that collects compostable material.

So there you have it, the dirt on composting. We hope you’re able to take away some pointers for your own compost bin or some insights as to why we should be composting. If you have any feedback, ideas, suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at hello@hillst.co.nz

 

Recycling:

Recycling can feel a little confusing sometimes and it can be tricky to navigate around all the do’s and don’ts. So, we thought we’d put together our basic recycling tips, tricks and recommendations to answer any questions you might be too afraid to ask (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). Despite the fact that recycling rules can differ depending on the city or country you live in, there are some overarching recommendations that mostly most people agree on when it comes to identifying recyclable resources. 

What you can recycle:

  • Glass bottles and glass jars
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans, including empty aerosols
  • Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry (plastic grades 1-7)
  • Clear plastic food containers
  • Pizza boxes (remove any leftover food)
  • Newspapers, magazines, envelopes, advertising mail
  • Egg cartons
  • Milk and juice cartons

What to keep in mind before recycling:

  • Rinse all containers
  • Leave lids on all bottles and containers
  • Containers should be no larger than 4 litres

We think our planet is a pretty special place and want to keep it that way for future generations which is why we do our very best to minimise our impact through upcycling and recycling. We’re under no illusion that we’re doing things perfectly, and that's ok. Instead we’re focusing on being honest, transparent and pushing the boundaries where we can. 

We’re all about receiving feedback, ideas and suggestions on how we can work on being a more environmentally friendly producer. Don’t hesitate to get in touch at hello@hillst.co.nz if you’ve got any of the above.