Composting Tips For Beginners

Composting is a natural method that breaks down organic waste into fertilizer and soil. It is one of the best ways to reduce household waste and by consequence reducing landfill waste. 

If you are looking for a way to improve your impact on the environment, then starting your own compost is a great place to start! 

From landfill waste to healthy fertilizer

When compostable products are put in the landfill they are not in the proper conditions to break down. This means that even though they would have the ability to decompose, by being treated as other non-organic trash, they end up polluting the landfills. 

By creating a compost pile, you are reproducing the natural process performed by nature. Putting your organic waste in the compost will start the natural process of turning it into fertilizer and soil amendment. Instead of ending up with trash, you collect nutrients and valuable microorganisms that your soil and plants will gladly use. 

To learn more about composting, read our blog “5 benefits of composting”.

To compost or not to compost

Now that we know the importance of composting, it’s important to know what you can and cannot compost. Not everything can go on the compost pile. Make sure to respect that if you want the process to be successful. 

Healthy compost needs both nitrogen and carbon. Nitrogen comes from what we call the green materials and carbon comes from brown materials.

Green materials examples:

  • Fruit & vegetable scraps
  • Tea leaves & bag
  • Coffe ground & filter
  • Eggshells
  • Grass clippings

Brown materials examples:

  • Dry leaves & dead plants
  • Small pieces of paper & cardboard
  • Nutshells
  • Straw & hay
  • Compostable products e.g., SellSage Palm Leaves Tableware


Make sure to double-check that the compostable products you buy are indeed compostable in your backyard. Some products are compostable only in an industrial facility and shouldn’t be placed on your compost pile. Our Plantry Collection is 100% compostable in your backyard.

compostable tableware SellSage

⚠ Keep diseased plant materials and non-biodegradable products such as glossy papers out of the compost pile. You may also want to avoid adding meat and fats as they take a longer time to decompose and may make your compost smell strongly. 

Ready to start your own compost? Keep this list handy & pin it for later! 📌

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