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Up till now, when I was doing my kitchen prep work, I would just take a plastic grocery bag and put all my compost in there. Then I'd place the bag in my sunroom hoping at some point Tom would trip over it forcing him to dump it in the garden.
You get 12 bags with your purchase of the CompoKeeper. And yes, they are pricy at $8.99 for 12 bags when you need to reorder. But these bags can be thrown right into your compost bin as they are compostable themselves. I can't put a price on that. Not having to empty an icky plastic grocery store bag that leaks puts a smile on my face. They are fairly durable and allow for airflow. One bag lasted me almost two weeks and I do a ton of composting. We go through about a dozen eggs a day alone!
When my husband was reading about the CompoKeeper on their website he called out to me... "Hey, Laura, did you know the CompoKeeper bags are compostable?" I didn't believe him at first! I was in total disbelief that such a thing was possible. And yes, would I want these bags as a Christmas present? Absolutely. That's how happy they make me. C'mon, they break down. Mind blowing.
It has these lock tight foot pedals to open and shut it, so you never touch the lid as they clamp tight keeping out smells. The right foot pedals opens the lid and the bag so you can dump in your compost and the left foot clamp tightly locks the bag and shuts the internal system.
Remember that BBB garbage can? The one that cost over $100? My two dachshunds easily get in. Yes, even with their short legs. And they spread nasty garbage all over the house. The only way to keep it shut it to put my hefty metal paper towel holder on top of the can. But sometimes I forget and that's when bad things happen.
- Those cheap grocery store plastic bags have holes in them and would always leak on my countertop making a huge mess. This made composting not worth the effort.
- The grocery store bags obviously aren't compostable and whoever empties it ends up all sticky and gross.
- During the dead of winter and yes, in Buffalo, we get our share of snow and cold, no one would want to empty the bags at all. This meant they sat in my sunroom getting moldy and ickier. Not to mention the smell!
- Fruit flies were a huge issue.
Still....I couldn't justify filling landfills with food scraps that I knew should be rightly composted.
So you have to meet my new best friend.....the CompoKeeper because she has solved all the above problems.
5 reasons I love this product
Truly. And that's a big deal. Compost is great in theory but if it's too smelly and gross and makes life more complicated, you won't do it. Right? The CompoKeeper has an internal mechanism system right in the can that defty locks it up, so no smell can escape the can. Unlike my BBB garbage can, the actual bag is closed inside the can with these two clamps. This means that even if the lid is popped open by a dog nose, they can't get inside the waste itself. [My dogs are upset by the new system].
The CompoKeeper also has a carbon filter on the lid that is supposed to keep out smells. And since I don't notice any odor, the filter must be working. These need to be replaced every 6 months. If it starts smelling bad in about 6 month because I haven't yet replaced the filter then I'll know for sure! Ha.
Fruit flies are a real nuisance during the summer months where I live. They swarm! I can't give you the exact science behind why this product keeps out the fruit flies (perhaps the clamps that keep the bags shut internally?!) But it does! So if fruit flies are a big issue where you live, the CompoKeeper will make them a non-issue.
The company graciously sent us a CompoKeeper in a the color of our choice.....red! When we re-did our kitchen cabinets, we went with a natural cherry finish. The red CompoKeeper looks absolutley lovely at the end of my red-ish cabinet and is always accessible when I need it. It does come with an attachment so it can be positioned under your kitchen sink to keep it out of sight, just like your garbage can. But I like to show mine off for visitors and keep it in plain view. It's a great conversation starter! People love to learn about composting and new, innovative products. And you know how it is when you entertain, everyone ends up....where else?...the kitchen!
The new mom.
We've all tried the various diaper pails, buckets and genies that are supposed to block out smells and everyone raves about. I have no clue why. They don't work and smell dreadful. The nursery smells yucky, no matter what they claim to be able to do. My CompoKeeper has not let me down on smell and as you know, compost can reek! You wouldn't even know it's in my kitchen at all. I confess, I have sniffed around my CompoKeeper to see if I can get a whiff of anything bad and I haven't. So forget the registry and buy this gift for the new mom. She may not even be aware of its existence and will be grateful. Help mom keep her nursery fresh and clean.
A close second?
The dog mom.
Know someone with a dog? A few dogs like us?! Yup. The poop builds up quick and has to go somewhere until garbage day. The CompoKeeper blocks out smell so well that it's where you'll want to plop it. Sorry for getting so graphic on you here but I know how much the CompoKeeper will be appreciated with those struggling with smells. Because dog or human, poop is gross.
- When I'm composting items like eggshells that can be compressed even more, I like to crush them with my hand first and then chuck them in my CompoKeeper. This means I'll be able to fit more in my CompoKeeper bag before it needs to be replaced and eggshells are lightweight.
- If you fill the bag too much and it gets too heavy, this can cause the bag to leak. I would advise you to not overfill. However...the inner bag tote does do its job of keeping the bag from ripping and dripping during your trek outside.
- Because the bag can leak (and even when it doesn't) the CompoKeeper just like any garbage/compost storage bin will smell on the inside. I wash mine out each time I change the bag and it keeps my CompoKeeper fresh.
- Keeping in mind that the bag can leak, make sure you scoop seeds from produce like melons in the CompoKeeper but drain whatever liquid there is in the kitchen sink first.
- I make a huge fruit salad every week and include 1.) a watermelon 2.) a honeydew and 3.) a cantaloupe. The rinds from the three of these alone will fill your CompoKeeper. My advice would be to throw the seeds and the gunk you scoop out of your melons in the CompoKeeper and just take the rinds outside to compost by themselves. Just think how big the rind of a huge watermelon is.
- Make sure you install the liner correctly. And make sure you fasten the clamps well. If you don't, it may fall in on you at one of the corners. For me, I just wish the bag stayed in a little better.
I love how when I push on my right pedal, the lid stays open while I work. Since my CompoKeeper resides right next to the countertop where I do my prep work, I just cut and plop my compost in there. It slides right in. These pedals are marvelous. They work so well on this product. Why can't everything in life be this easy?
One CompoKeeper in the color of your choice valued at $100 !!!
- Whether you're the winner or you buy your own CompoKeeper, you get 12 compostable bags and two carbon filters with it!! How exciting is that? That's an $18 value right there.
- This contest is sponsored by CompoKeeper.
- Must be a U.S. Resident 18 or older to enter
- This giveaway will begin at 7 am EST on Monday, June 15th, 2015 and run until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday June 28th, 2015.
- Winner will be chosen on Monday, June 29th, 2015 and will be contacted by email. Winner has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Please note: Your email will not be shown and will be kept private and you only need to leave your first name if you wish.
- Enter by leaving a comment below telling us why you want to win a CompoKeeper!
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