Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name’s Molly, I’m 16 and I’m a keen outdoorsy girl. I have a passion for the ocean and the environment. I love spending time in it, on it and near it whenever I have the chance.

Which composting methods do you use?

We have two types of composting methods at home, a regular compost bin and we have a bokashi bin.

When did you start composting?

We have always had a compost bin which we used since I was young but bokashi was new to me, I learnt about it at a Compost Collective workshop and was interested in the concept of it so decided to try it out at home.

Why do you do it?

I do it because I like to try my hardest to do my best for our planet and to educate and encourage others to do the same. As I got older and my interest in the outdoors and environment increased my knowledge and understanding of the problems facing it also began to increase.

Therefore I started to look for solutions and attend and go to things which would help to broaden my understanding, leading me to stumble across bokashi.

What do you love about it?

I love how it helps me to make a positive impact on our planet, by reducing the amount of waste going into landfill. It’s great because all food waste and scraps can go in the bin which we then dig into our garden and the quality of our soil has improved immensely and has allowed us to grow bigger better plants in our garden.

How do you think we can encourage more Aucklanders to compost?

I learnt a lot from attending MAD marine and MAD sustainability alongside Compost Collective which are hands on an interesting ways of learning. I believe that more people are exposed to different ways of waste disposal the more they will maybe be inclined to try it out.

The Compost Collective runs free composting workshops all across Auckland. Participants get a $40 discount voucher to use on a compost system that suits them.


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