If you read Lulu’s Better Than Yesterday blog regularly or even if you just follow Lulu on Social Media, there’s a good chance you’ve heard us talk about being a B Corp. It’s a distinction we’re incredibly proud of and are not even a little shy about bragging. For a company that publishes books, we had to work very hard to meet the environmental standards for being a B Corp.
One huge part of meeting our sustainability goals involved introducing composting to our office.
What Does Composting Mean?
Composting involves bringing together various forms of organic waste; these materials decompose and produce a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. Pretty cool, right?
Among the many contributors to our waste issues in America, office trash is a pretty significant one. Not like energy consumption or CO2 emission levels of serious, but the more we looked into it, the more we could see just how much trash came out of Lulu’s small offices on a daily, weekly, and annual basis.
Immediately, our team started looking for ways to reduce our trash output. The first step—introducing composting bins—was made even easier for us thanks to CompostNow.
Based out of Raleigh North Carolina (so right next door to the Lulu Offices), CompostNow is an innovative company that provides composting and waste management services to the community. What does that mean?
First off, when we look for ways to improve our impact, we always start locally. The opportunity to keep our efforts close to home means that everyone feels the impact more acutely. But more than that, CompostNow specifically does more than just compost.
Massive Waste Reduction
Numbers don’t lie. CompostNow has provided Lulu with waste diversion since February of 2017. In that time we have:
- diverted approximately 3,654 lbs of food scraps
- our scraps will produce 914 lbs of rich compost and avoid releasing 475 lbs of methane at the landfill
- that’s enough to offset 20,759 miles driven by a car (the equivalent of parking it for 1.4 years)
- the compost we produce can grow 183 tomato plants, yielding 915 delicious tomatoes.
Benefits for All
There’s more to be gained from composting than some rich soil for your garden. By diverting the waste we create (about 1,700 lbs per year in the Lulu Office alone!), Lulu creates compost and prevents the release of methane from a landfill.
The effects are cumulative—less methane means fewer greenhouse gasses. And compost means soil that can lead to community gardens.
Over the past few years, Lulu’s team has used some of our volunteer time (paid by Lulu, another benefit we added while becoming a B Corp) to join CompostNow for local gardening events: