Friday, December 12, 2008

Calling All Composters

If you read me regularly, you know that I drive a Prius. I recycle. I wash the plastic silverware I use at work so I can reuse it. There is a picture of me in a scrapbook somewhere and I’m hugging a Sequoia tree. Yes, I’m crunchy and green and I want to save our planet.

So when I found out about this electric, indoor composter, I was smitten! It’s mega expensive but I figured there are lots of girls out there who spend $400 on a purse, so why shouldn’t I spend it on something that will help reduce landfill waste and give my plants lovely nutrient-rich compost? I even told family members to give me money instead of gifts this Christmas so I could use it toward my coveted purchase.

Then Mr. W read an article in the L.A. Times about how noisy these indoor composters are. The story likened the sound to having a Lincoln driven into your living room. Sadly, I do not have a garage in which to place something like this, so the kitchen is my only option and well…I don’t want to be woken up all night by a loud-ass composter.

So now I’m exploring my other options.

There’s this one that comes with a whole kit, and this one that’s on wheels for easy transporting to the garden, and this one that’s enhanced with solar power. They all seem great and I have NO idea which one to choose.

Do any of you have any experience with this? Or know someone who does? I’d love some sage advice!

9 comments:

justrun said...

These composters are new to me. But very cool! I like the comparison of the price of a purse. :)

laura said...

I can only comment on a $400.00 purse....i don't even know what a composter is.

Dingo said...

Um, wouldn't a composter not only be noisy but kinda smelly? I admire your determination to be green in all things. Unfortunately, I don't have much advice to offer in the way of which composter is better.

Amy Turpin said...

My brother has one that is outside. I'll ask him about it.

CJ said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog by Googling "electric indoor composter"! I, too, am a recycling nut and environmentalist at heart. I live in Pasadena and am surprised how far I have to drive to recycling centers, as my condo only has a huge trash bin, but I try and do my part. Thanks for posting the different models...I will take a look.

Big Sister said...

When Darrell used to compost, he was always so pleased at the worms it attracted and how good they are for the soil. Who cares about the noise - I wonder if you'll get worms in your kitchen.

Robot Nine said...

Big Sister- There are actually people who use a vat of earthworms to do the composting in the kitchen,There's a book called, 'Worms Eat My Garbage', ir has sold over 100,000 copies. Alan

thecoconutdiaries said...

Since the Hubs and I were at Coach on Sunday, I will have to refrain from advice here other than to say if the composter is important to you and it's noisy, I think your neighbors will understand if you give them a heads up. I mean, it's not like you're gonna be running the thing daily at 3am.

If you buy them all $400 purses, they'll probably forgive you...

Lara Watkins said...

You are gay.