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The Compost Kitchen was launched in 2018, but in less than four years, this incredible initiative is making waves on a global scale. Now, the United Nations (UN) has chosen this brilliant environmental concept as one of the top-300 best practices on sustainability in the world. Organic waste is the most problematic waste stream as it produces methane in the landfill and can pollute groundwater.

Himkaar Singh, a Johannesburg resident, came up with an incredible environmental initiative. The Compost Kitchen collects your organic kitchen waste and returns it to you once their hungry little earthworms have transformed it into ‘vermicompost’ – a premium compost made by earthworms. “Every month, you will get 2kg of high-quality vermicompost back, which you can re-use in your vegetable garden or pot plants to plant food.

Basic ingredient holds a multitude of possibilities

“The vermicompost has all the nutrients a plant could possibly need, so all you need to do is add water and seeds and it will give you home-grown food. Imagine when we scale, and thousands of homes are receiving the basic ingredient for growing organic food – how the food system will change! This is our way of tackling food security in South Africa while solving the waste problem,” says Singh.

“They were impressed that we use business to make a sustainable impact, while being innovative in the way we do business. Our small Fourways start-up will be featured in a Lonely Planet video book as well as various UN conferences,” says Singh.

“We have one big problem – our following is too small to warrant the eye of global leaders, so we need your help to show that we can have significant value. The other initiatives have hundreds and thousands of followers on their social media pages. I would like to you to please like our Facebook page to help us reach just 10 000 followers!”

This will help The Compost Kitchen get more recognition in these prestigious awards, and by liking their page you will be helping this little initiative be more recognised in South Africa, too. To follow their Facebook page, click here. – GoodThingsGuy