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Worming your way to Sustainability

With almost 20% of New Zealand’s landfills comprising kitchen scraps, any process that can reduce this number is one worth paying attention to. ‘Worm your way’ into a more sustainable lifestyle with the help of some wriggly friends. 

What is worm farming?

The basic premise of a worm farm is a colony of worms eating food waste to produce fertiliser. 

Who can do it?

Anyone! Worm farms are often misconceived as being high maintenance when the reality is they require minimal space effort and knowledge.

Why does it help?

  • Methane is one of the most harmful gases for the environment and is produced in the processing of organic waste in landfills. By worm farming, you’ll simultaneously reduce the amount of waste filling landfills and reduce methane levels. In doing so, you’ll minimise the amount of odorous plastic rubbish bags you use, benefiting both your wallet and the environment.

  • Worm farming follows a natural loop cycle in which we return our waste to the earth and in turn it provides with fertiliser to produce new food. This fertiliser is both nutrient rich and chemical free. 

  • Worm farms can be a rewarding, affordable project for adults and children alike. Worms make great pets and improve kids’ environmental awareness. 
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    How to do it?

    Worm farms are simple and cheap to set up, requiring containers such as buckets, some soil and a colony of worms. Worms can be purchased online or from Bunnings. Worm farm information is aplenty with many district council websites in New Zealand providing information and FAQs on how to set up a worm farm. There’s even a guide on how to get started here.

    Where to set up?

    Worm farms should be set up in a dark place, sheltered from the sun, wind and rain. Ideal locations can be either indoors or outdoors and include carports, porches, garages and verandas.

    When to use them?

    Worm farms can be used year-round so what are you waiting for?!

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