* Food waste comprises roughly 1/3 of all waste
* Composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint at home
* These compost bins are helpful, and won’t interfere with your kitchen decor
It’s currently estimated that one third of all food produced for human consumption this year will be wasted. That’s around 1.3 billion tonnes, $680 billion USD, and around 95-115 kg per person. Of these, fruits and vegetables have the highest rate of wastage. Not only does composting help to reduce this waste and methane emissions created by landfills, it also has numerous benefits for your soil as well. It will also reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical fertilizers, and enrich the soil and help it retain moisture. Now, you no longer need to worry about nasty odors or unsightly composting containers either. We’ve selected the below composting bins not only for their useful storage capabilities and odor minimizing, but for their stylish, low-maintenance appearance that won’t clash with your existing decor scheme.
1. Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin
This airtight lid contains an activated charcoal filter, which is a natural way to effectively trap and diminish odors. Made of sleek stainless steel, it’s molded out of one piece, so therefore less likely to rust, and the simple silver design will be at home in any kitchen color scheme. Every six months, wash out the container with soap and water and replace the charcoal filter, and you’re ready to keep reducing your carbon footprint.
2. OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Compost Bin
The flip up lid quickly traps odor, and the interior is also coated with smooth walls to prevent liquids from building up. The base is contoured, and the lid completely removable, which makes emptying it out a breeze. Best of all, it’s a basic black, so it can fit in virtually unnoticed on your counter top.
3. Compost Bin by Silky Road
Looking for a compost bin with a little more personality? This model by Silky Road is retro in design, and finished in a beautiful pale blue. Able to hold up to 1.3 gallons of compost, it is fitted with bolted handles that allow you to easily carry it outside to a larger composting bin. The interior charcoal filter minimizes odor, and each purchase also comes with seven extra filters for quick replacement.
4. Kitchen Compost Pail Bin for Counter top
This compost container is made of 100% stainless steel with copper plating, giving it a simple, understated look that won’t intrude on any kitchen counter designs. This container also features not one, but two charcoal filters, for even greater odor prevention. As an added bonus, this compost container also comes with a year’s worth of biodegradable liner bags.
5. Exaco Indoor Compost Bucket Oatmeal
Not only is this compost bin finished in a simple, kitchen-appropriate Oatmeal color, but it’s also dishwasher safe, making clean up even more efficient. Fitted with a rubber seal to trap and contain odors, it’s also got a bucket-in-bucket design, which allows you to easily carry the inner bucket to your outdoor compost pile.
6. Norpro 83 Ceramic Floral Blue/White Compost Keeper
This fun, floral-themed compost container is made of durable ceramic, and is slightly more discreet than the previous compost containers. It’s completed with a sturdy stainless steel handle for transport, and a replaceable interior filter to minimize stench.