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Dreaming of planting a summer garden, but don’t have the tools? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to start composting but just don’t know how. Well get ready to flex your green thumbs because you could win some sweet gardening and composting schwag in our Green Summer Giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Naturemill to give ONE lucky Inhabi-reader a brand new electric composter worth $400! We’re also giving away some sweet runner-up prizes to another three readers, including a fab Naturemill Stainless Steel EZ-Grip Compost Pail (retail $70); a LadyBagsSF Large Garden Tote with Tools (retail $50); and this beautiful LadyBagsSF Garden Bag (retail $125). Want to call one of these fantastic prizes your own? Find out how to enter our summer giveaway below!


1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you plan to do to make your summer your greenest yet. The deadline for this giveaway is Friday, June 21. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our June 27 newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!


Naturemill’s ULTRA Kitchen Compost Bin is their top-of-the-line composting system. It can hold 4 gallons (15 L) of scraps and is perfect for a family of 4-5 people. The ULTRA automatically mixes your scraps so you don’t have to do the dirty work. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and there are no trash odors! Because the ULTRA works using hot composting, you can even dump meat, fish and dairy products into the bin!

Naturemill’s Stainless Steel EZ Grip Compost Pail will look great on any kitchen countertop. Store peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, greens, clippings, fruit, and vegetable scraps, then easily transfer them to your garden compost. This pail includes a charcoal filter in its lid to prevent orders.

Interested to know how these compost bins work? Check out our full review of their ceramic countertop compost pail!

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  1. skhart June 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hiya! Wow these things look awesome!
    This summer, I’ll be finishing the last of the build-out of my class B camper van, made to look like a modest, early 20th century Vardo on the inside.
    As soon as it’s done, I’m setting off to roam around the states, for a year and a half, building tree-houses and community gardens wherever I can, along the way. These alternative living spaces and sources of food are meant for use by any and everyone who wants them.
    It going to be a daunting project, of course, but it’s going to change a lot of lives, including my own. I’m most excited for the tree-houses, which will be built inside of a three-part class, showing locals how easy it is to build one themselves. The treehouses can help their communities in a backyard, for neighborhood kids to play in or for couch-surfing (New thing: tree-surfing?), and on public land where anyone can happenstance upon a fantastic alternative to their boring weekenders tent, or even an alternative to homelessness.
    A portable composter would be amazing to have with me, since I’ll be living mostly off of farmers markets and whatever food I can grow in and out of my van.
    I’ve actually been struggling during the whole build out, to figure out how I would compost the DIY way! Though a van isn’t exactly the most smell-proof way to live and each option either compromised smelliness or lack of space for other necessities :/
    This thing would really make a difference – especially with how limited space there is! The composter or tools would be perfect to help out with the gardens, too!

  2. Jollymon June 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Y\’all got some awesome swag!
    Well I started a \” Geek Garage \” and have been converting a 1970 MGB to a \” EV \” . We converted most of our small yard to Edible plants and weeds …
    Also \”Kickstarer \” funded \” Click and Grow \” Indoor herb gardens .
    Built a composting Potty (don\’t tell anybody ! ) and just funded a outdoor solar grill .
    Once all this is finished we are thinking about \”aquaculture\”?

  3. fuzziejames June 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Wow this is awesome,I’ve been turning composte for 30 years and never have enough for our ever expanding gardens. This would greatly help matters for our suburban/gorilla gardens in the sunny lethbridge alberta.

  4. michdave June 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Me and my newlywed husband just bought a new home with a beautiful almost acre of land. We plan on making a good portion of it in to a garden to grow our own fruits and vegetables. We also will be composting on site near our new garden!

  5. maglynne June 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I have cut back on our garbage output quite a bit. We even recycle toilet paper roll holders. I have an old fashioned composter but would prefer something faster because I would like to start a vegetable garden right away.

  6. Rach Cole June 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I’m planting a garden full of organic veggies and native plants–greenest summer yet!

  7. Sharla Smith June 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Oh what a earth loving give away~!~
    Love it~!~
    Keep Shining this beauty with brightness~!~

  8. chaub410 June 19, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I recently downsized apartments in Manhattan, so I’ve been cleaning out, donating and recycling all unneeded clothing and textiles, office supplies, electronics and plastics. I’ve signed up for alternative energy supply through my electricity provider, and I’ve stopped accepting disposable bags in store – I only go shopping prepared now, and I’m increasingly stocking up at greenmarkets to avoid excess packaging. A composter would go along way to reducing my already low garbage output. Greening up has become a joyful hobby!

  9. ptorpey June 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    we are growing vegetables and harvesting rain water to water our garden.

  10. pestalozzi June 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Grow japanese cucumbers, shiso and japanese leafy greens on my patio, in recycled pottery pieces using coffee compost from our espresso stand at the farmer’s market, collect seeds in the fall and rig up a miniature greenhouse for winter.

  11. Shelin Wilder June 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    One word sums up this site… e a s y. This is one of the best sites for functional, eye appealing, eco-friendly, home-use equipment. They are the perfect size for individuals as well as families. I love that a child could manage the machines. The products are easy to keep clean. Like I said… easy, easy, easy.

  12. dh2020 June 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Put in a vegetable garden.

  13. Yvette Perullo June 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    This summer we are planting a large organic vegetable garden!

  14. dianestokes June 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I teach at a fitness center and I have noticed that we throw out a lot of plastic water bottles so I have decided to implement a recycling service.

  15. enviroknitter June 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I want to give the compost bin to my parents. They have a garden and they started to grow corn. It\’s an intensive crop and when I told them about composting they were excited to try it. This will make it a lot easier for them as both have health issues that makes it a bit difficult.

  16. kbeekman June 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    We’re growing our herbs.

  17. anjenaire June 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I rescued three raised bed frames from my neighbor this morning and the plan is to extend my suburban garden (less grass and more food). My daughters are involved in food projects at their high school so this will be their project as much as mine. I plan to add another rain barrel to water the gardens (which consist today of a single raised bed lettuce/chard/spring mix patch and two 12 foot gutter gardens on the fence hosting more spring mix and scallions and radishes). Composting our kitchen waste would help feed the gardens and replenish the nutrients. Last project of the summer is to spread the 2 cubic yards of wood chips I made a few weeks ago with the rented wood chipper on around the existing trees in the yard. I like the idea of these electric composting machines and if it works well I would love to introduce it to my congregation’s green sanctuary committee and to the facility director at my office. Perhaps he’ll place one on each floor in the break rooms.

  18. heathhill118 June 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Oh I so need this! I have the silliest boyfriend who just tosses all of his scraps off the deck thinking he is doing something good… after attracting bears and having his car broken into he is starting to learn his lesson! This would help us and save bears! A fed bear is a dead bear!

  19. Courtney Fox-Francoeur June 17, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Even though we have only lived in our first home for three years, each and every year we are trying to reduce our footprint and increase our “green impact”. We started with a small garden and this year we have tripled the size! We are trying to grow the most we can to save for the whole year! I started to learn how to do canning and preserving last year. Made my own tomato sauces, pickles and jam last year. Can’t wait to try more this year. We also have learned how to use our dehydrator and vaccum sealers :) Our garden is 100% completely organic. We only use companion planting to avoid the pests. This year we tried to find mostly heirloom variety seeds. Right now I am looking into getting a greener car and installing rain barrels around our house. Even though we are young I look forward to learning how best to make a difference not only in my own piece of land, but in my community as well with our local horticultural society and by being involved with my neighbours to make our town a greener place to be!

  20. Gbakes81 June 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hope I get lucky

  21. baconator5 June 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This would really come in handy with my garden

  22. msateriosa June 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    My office is next to the town square where every Saturday morning the farmers market is held. Every week, I see plenty of green products getting thrown away and always wondered if that can be taken advantage of. I researched composting methods and was deterred since traditional ways take an average of six months to completely decompose greens and create the plant nutritious compost. Other alternatives were electrically enhanced composters but those were more than I could afford. If I wing this composter, I will be using it to create compost from all the left behind greens and using the compost to feed the plants around the square and my garden at home.

  23. DMathinator June 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I will be building myself a bike trailer so I don’t have to drive as often.

  24. laurenmdavis7 June 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    As an interior design student, my ultimate passion is to utilize sustainability and green design in order to make a positive impact to our Earth and environment. I have such a strong love for nature and the environment, always wanting to \”go greener\” in my lifestyle habits and choices. This summer will be filled with barefoot walks through the park, sunshine in my face, and all of Earth\’s natural and unexpected beauties it has to offer. I will tend to my lush wildflower garden and plant a sustainable herb garden in my kitchen. As well as continue my lifestyle habits of recyclability, sustainability, and going green to hopefully one day set an example to others.

  25. Trey June 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Our organic garden is in full swing with heirloom seeds and drip irrigation. All we need now is some organic fertilizer…if only there was something that could allow us to make it ourselves.

  26. Mary Poe June 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I plan on being greener this Summer by hanging at least 95% of my laundry and composting 100% of compostable waste.

  27. giffordcl June 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I recently moved from a sustainable and green community after living there for three years where I composted and grew organically. I was diagnosed with a nodule in my lung in October and through cutting out GMO\’s and eating organically as well as juicing by March it was gone. I moved to a new area where nothing is green or organic but took the time to make an organic garden and greenhouse, helping to convert the occupants with education but the one thing I\’m missing is the ability to compost efficiently. That is the missing link in my endeavor. I wish to further educate others in growing their own bounty and putting their food up. I wish to incorporate the best compost in my gardening and this would certainly help with that. :)

  28. kdmac June 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    As an apartment dweller in an urban area it can be difficult to green a space with no outdoor areas that I don’t own. Most summers I try to add in more and more green habits. After being a vegetarian for 13 years I am going to try to take a greater stand against the soy products I consume, and get to growing food that can thrive from inside my kitchen. Of course, there won’t be any air conditioning running and I turn all of my electric outlets when I leave the house. The biggest challenge of this summer is going to be getting my office to go green! If I can get the entire office of almost 300 people to stop buying plastic water bottles, drinking from plastic cups and turn their computers off when they leave for the night, hopefully they will also take those habits home with them and the green will spread!

  29. Rhonda Hylton June 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I\\\’ve got plans to plant a bigger veggie garden. I\\\’ve put out more containers. I\\\’ve layed out plans for mid-summer to rip out part of my lawn to plant more native plants. Lots of green!

  30. Kris Lyons June 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    This year we added a couple container gardens to our small bed in the yard. We also added a moveable planter box of flowers to attract bees to pollenate our garden as well. Moveable is the key so if we are outside we can place it in a different location, we won’t bother them and they won’t buzz us. I am also going to try to save for a worm factory. I need to compost. I can’t stand throwing away food or our plants. I have a small little open pile but I need something more contained. My daughters help out every day. They look forward to gardening every year.

  31. enzy June 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    How this will be my greenest summer yet? My container garden is bigger than last year, I bought my husband a city bike so we can ride together everywhere. I just recently gave up anymeat that isn’t free range. Oh, and I just bought biodegradable dog poo bags. :) But I really want to compost because we have a juicer and I really want to make good use of all that leftover pulp!

  32. usacarroll June 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

    As an organic farmer I have an abundance of food waste to process. My current method of natural decomposition is not efficient enough for me to process and reuse on the soil, and so far efficient composting systems are prohibitively expensive. While our small sustainable farm helps contribute to our planets future, it remains financially limited. A choice that I can live with everyday.

  33. saintsalvage June 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I live in a townhouse, so I can’t have an outdoor composter. This would be AWESOME!!!!

  34. hondohoopster June 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Being green means eating something into which you’ve invested some sweat equity. I’ll be enjoying berries, figs, lemons, pomegranate, pears and assorted veggies that have been fortified with this past year’s home grown compost.

  35. dstymn85 June 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I’m going to be putting a garden in my backyard to grow my own vegetables, which with the help of my mother, will can them for use through-out the year. Also, I plan to add an evaporative pre-cooling system to my A.C. so cut back it’s energy use while still maintaining the comfort of my home while I’m there.

  36. matherita June 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This would be perfect for winter composting!! We compost normally but buy the time single digits come around, we find it impossible to compost properly. Having the Naturemills compost bin would solve that problem!

  37. Sara Fox June 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How I plan on staying green this summer:
    >More produce. (Esp if it’s shared from the neighbors’ gardens.)
    >Getting outside and enjoying!
    >Keeping cool with open windows, fans, and NO AC.

  38. Rita Alarcon June 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Staying in our local area so there is not too much driving!

  39. Kelly Davis June 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    It would be great to have a compost bin for my urban garden!

  40. buddhakat June 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Studies reveal that the average American spends 84% of his/her lifetime indoors, 9% in an enclosed vehicle, and only 7% outdoors! This shocks me! My life will not be complete until I sleep under Red Woods, hike through the Amazon, & climb a mountain in the Andes(among many excursions). This leads me to wonder: If the natural beauty of our world is so important to me, than why don\’t I spend more of my daily life outdoors?
    This summer I plan to raise that 7% average to at least 15%, if not 20%, or even 30%. I will camp in the middle of nowhere, run along muddy trails, lay with the sun in the grass, and bob along waves in Lake Michigan. And to show my appreciation for these wonderful experiences the Earth allows me, I will plant & tend to flowers, vegetables, and trees. I will pick up trash in the woods and along the river for the annual Lansing River Clean-Up. I will participate and contribute to Detroit Food & Water Watch events. Finally, I will write and see through a Renewable Energy Pilot proposal for the energy efficiency company that I work for.
    Thank you, Inhabitat, for the opportunity to share this.

  41. bermane June 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    We’ve been trying to compost, but modern living in apartments or air conditioned houses makes getting close to the earth difficult–yet we are concerned about recycling, so what to do. Then along comes electric compost! We are gardening and trying to make every plant and drop of water count this summer. And it’s a lot of fun, like a free vacation!

  42. sunnymay June 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’m planning on shopping better and having less wasted food and other items. Farmer’s Markets are another way of being green and saving on transport costs by buying produce and goods closer to home. I like supporting local farmers and handcrafted items found at these markets.

  43. pwhitson June 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Since my husband & I live in a small space with an equally tiny yard, the Naturalmill would be ideal for turning out petite batches of homemade compost for the few edibles we have tucked into our landscape. Love the inspiration Inhabitat provides!

  44. Lea Campbell June 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    This would take me to the next step to begin composting. I don’t really have a lot of space so this would be the perfect solution.

  45. osu_knepper June 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Would love a big ULTRA compost bin and you can never have enough garden tools!!!

  46. Toby Hoffman June 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Letting backyard grow wild for all the wildlife! Lots of water bowls and pools.

  47. gr8tfuldayz June 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Giving up ALL processed foods so I\\\’ll have plenty of scraps to compost! YAY!! ☺

  48. Leslie Charles June 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    This year I built raised garden beds and planted a variety of organic vegetables. Maybe no big deal to most; however, I purchsed and learned to use a circular saw! Today, raised beds, tomorrow, a green house! My vegetables would love the nourishment from the Naturemill composter.

  49. myesha jones June 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I actually teach composting to the City of Santa Monica residents and children and I would love to try this out. Currently for indoor use we only suggest a worm composter but the ULTRA composter might open an entirely new option for our residents.

  50. mszany1 June 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    My husband and our 2 young boys are vegetarian and try to buy everything organic. I am not the best cook, but I am trying ;). This year, we built a large raised bed garden for all of our organic vegetables, which we water with the rain barrel. For some reason, I have not yet learned how to compost correctly. I have been saving my scraps and have been turning them in a garbage can in the back yard, but all I have is sludge. I think what I need to do is make more holes in the can. But, so far my composting mission has been a huge failure. I have always wanted one of these composters for my kitchen. It would really help out my garden, and I think the boys would get a kick out of it. (i’m sure they would love to play in the sludge, but that is just gross!). We are hoping to get a Tesla when they are more affordable, but in the meantime, we drive hybrids. We also try to save energy by unplugging electronics and we only use appliances during off-peak hours. We recycle practically everything, and even save items for the terracycle program to earn money for the schools.
    Good luck to everyone, but I really want this! :)

  51. aecium June 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    the Naturalmill would be ideal for my wife and I during the winter months when our outdoor composter freezes!

  52. Tugidam June 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Building a new greenhouse, picking plants for edibles and medicinals, and just living our ordinary subsistence based life.

  53. viniciusbayma June 12, 2013 at 11:56 am

    The Naturemill electric composter is the final ingredient required to compost my own organic summer

  54. livi99 June 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    My grandma is an absolute green queen! She always cooks for the masses and her compost bin always gets lots of green waste, however I think its time for her to move up in the world!

  55. Garrett Johnson June 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Growing our own first little garden. Our composter is full not sure what to do with the compost yet though.

  56. sepconet June 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I would so love to have a compost for the inside of my kitchen to help the rest of my household remember that we are composting and not throwing things in the trash.

  57. krzapata June 12, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I am planning on keeping my kids focused and committed to learning more about our ecosystem through gardening and camping. The future relies on our children as conscientious curators of our environment.

  58. Aude June 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    We removed our front lawn and are planting a vegetable garden! An additional composting tool would be most helpful. Thanks!

  59. Carrie Dunn June 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I am just starting my home garden. The compost I can make to sweeten my crops.

  60. Sean Cook June 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    This summer, I hope to do a lot of work in my yard and clean up my landscape. In particular, I am on a corner lot and have a hill-bank facing the street at the side of my house, and it is eroding after some large old trees died and had to be taken out. I am hoping to mitigate the erosion with plants and create a low-maintenance solution that will hopefully also be attractive. While I already compost, this composter would be totally awesome and put my composting efforts in overdrive.

  61. TacoChuck June 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I plan to finish up my DIY portable solar generator intended to support citizen journalism at protest events.

  62. Griffin M June 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I just recently, June 1st, moved in with my girlfriend and her daughter. It was made very clear to me from day on that we need to be greener and that gardening and handling compost in our little apartment in Minneapolis. This will be my greenest summer yet, it has to be! And, I know it would earn me some serious points by bringing such great items into the house! Fingers and toes crossed!

  63. Susan Rainier June 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I love the information i receive from your site. I hope to win the compactor.

  64. jayalps June 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Got the Eliooo book on indoor hydroponic garden. Plan on starting my own indoor apartment garden. Hopefully a new composter can help 😉

  65. ladysmiles4 June 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m making my own shampoo, conditioners, body scrubs, & household products. I’m growi ng my own herbs too.

  66. jesmukah June 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    we just started composting I am sick with RA diagnosed almost a year ago we had to move financially and so I could be closer to specialists our home was full of fungus and mold. We live outside right now as we are outfitting a barn to live in we grow all our own food and buy all things from other farmers in the area. Having an electric composting system would simplify our lives and grow our garden!

  67. TimothyHand June 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I would use it to help support my urban micro-farm here in Atlanta, GA.

  68. LoveGreen City June 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm


    I just moved from Belgium to New York and I have a blog in dutch about the green way of living in New York City. I’m trying to convince people that you can live green anywhere. Now, in Belgium the government picks up your greens to compost them for you. I haven’t found a way to fix this here in New York. We live in a small apartment (on a tight budget) and no way to hold on to all the greens until the farmers market on sunday. (You can recycle to compost there)
    On top of that, I had a really nice garden in Belgium that I miss. I’m thinking about making a little garden on the fire escape. I’ve seen some amazing ways to garden in an apartment and I’m definitely gonna try them. I also went to visit the Brooklyn Grange for my blog and loved it! I’m thinking about volunteering. That way I can get my hands in the dirt again and feel a little bit more at home.

    I’ve seen a lot of good comments so you have a tough job to do.
    I would love to win a price not just for me, but for all the people in Belgium. So I can show them the green New York City lifestyle!


  69. June 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I just got my father a worm tray composter for father’s day. Not only to help improve his garden but also to help him be a greener Dad! We had a conversation about how he was interested in composting but just didn’t know much about it. I thought I’d get the ball rolling and give him a fun and easy system to use.

  70. Matt Lamb June 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I am planting a garden, hope to get most of my vegetables from my yard.

  71. kkrain1 June 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    My partner and I are doing a 2 week trek on the Appalachian Trail in two weeks!!!! We’re so psyched!!! Adding to that the Running of the Bulls in Pensacola and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this summer’s plans!!!- Kelli

  72. June 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Inhabitat!
    My husband and I just bought a house and were trying to compost since we moved in. After our extremely stubborn dog found his way into the compost and caused us a trip to emergency vet for compost toxicity we have been very careful what type of compost setup to have around him. We\\\’ve had our eye on your Ultra Kitchen Compost Bin for a while, but don\\\’t have the money to afford such a state-of-the-art system. Our two kids, the doggy and us would really appreciate such a wonderful environmentally friendly way to give back to our planet!

  73. Christina ziegler June 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Hello there! Thanks for offering up these great prizes!

    I am originally from california but live in Barcelona, Spain for the past 10 years. The general awareness here about waist, plastic pollution and keeping our environment clean and healthy is not as common as in the States. This Summer I have dedicated my time to working with my local government of Poble Sec to finally end the use of plastic bags in the local shops in my area. If I can pull this off this Summer, Poble Sec will be the first area of Barcelona with no plastic bags. Which of course is part of a much larger vision – To end the use of Plastic bags all together in Cataluna, then Spain.

    So this is my summer project :) If you require more information about this project, please just get in touch.

    Thank you!

  74. sunnymay June 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I have a mower with a rechargeable battery for cutting my grass and it also mulches. I recycle bread wrappers as bags for sandwiches by twist tying the ends after cutting the wrapper in half.

  75. amanda alvarado June 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    We are growing some of our own fruits and veggies this summer!

  76. neko2631 June 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been on my mum to buy one of these for so long. Pulp from juicing, waste from guinea pigs, produce that goes bad, gardening scraps and lawn clippings…hoo boy.

    I’m always on a quest to be better about the planet. This summer’s not special in that way, just part of the program. I’m upping my standards in paper products (non-chlorine-bleached TP to start with), getting a stop switch for the shower to shut off the water flow while I lather and such (which means three other people will be doing the same), either making household cleaners and soaps or buying eco-friendly brands (7th Generation is a favorite), choosing my cosmetics and personal hygiene brands carefully, living small and minimizing possessions, things like that. I’m always finding new ideas online(<3)and adding those in as I can as well. It's like learning to live from scratch, and it's kind of fun.

    Oh, and I'm already getting the newsletter. That's how I heard about this. :)

    Cheers to whoever wins that fancy Metro Composter (but I sure hope it's me and mum)!

  77. Veronica A. June 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    We just purchased a new (to us) home and have been doing a fair bit of updating to it in as green a manner as we can before we move in. One of our “to do” list items is to set up a composting spot and routine, in addition to the recycling we already do. I’m studying up on the various types of composting, and really looking forward to using the results in the landscaping and garden. The timing and content of this giveaway is great!

  78. angevege222 June 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I plan to make this summer the most sustainable yet by growing lots of fresh fruit and veggies. I also plan to ride my bike whenever possible instead of driving the car.

  79. fc3005 June 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    My wife and I just bought our first house, and although we were not able make the initial investment in a lot of green technology for the house, something that we are both interested in is creating a sustainable, organic outdoor space. We plan on planting our first garden together and we are looking into sustainable landscaping, i.e. using indigenous plants and grasses in order to minimize irrigation. The tools would be of great help because…well we have none. Also the compost bin would start us off toward our organic garden goal.

  80. Sybiota June 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I was composting before, but then moved to a house which I am renting now, and I am not allowed to put up a composter. But recently my neighbors got one and I am allowed to use it; since I gave away my compost bucket for indoors, I would love to have a new one/or an indoor composter. It is getting warm now in Saint Louis, MO, and the trash mixed with vegetable peelings etc. starts to smell bad very quickly. So I put my trash can outside, but a composter would really solve the problem. I am recycling most of my trash (except for foam items, not allowed in my area) and my trash bag is pretty small when pick-up comes, I never have more than one (in a household of 3). I also love to go to the farmer’s market and would like to use a CSA, checking it out now.

  81. June 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I grew my garden double bigger to get more of the yummy fresh food for my family

  82. milad94 June 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I am currently a UC Berkeley undergraduate Energy Engineering student (the engineering of sustainable and renewable energy sources) who is also the sustainability chair for the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity on campus. While I am home for the summer, I am going to be spending a great deal of my time in a UC Irvine Energy Lab doing research on Photovoltaic and Solar Cells. While I’m not doing environmentally groundbreaking research, I spend a good amount of time taking care of the garden my family has at home, which includes orange & lemon trees, tomato plants, blueberry & raspberry bushes, pomegranate trees, red peppers, bell peppers, fig & apricot trees, artichokes, and even banana trees. I also ride my skateboard everywhere rather than drive my car to conserve gas. While I’m at school, I also hold a leadership position for the UC Berkeley Solar Car team, which is composed entirely of undergraduate students who design, build, and race a car that is built from scratch and is capable of racing at highway speeds ENTIRELY on solar power. Being that I live in a fraternity house and am the sustainability chair, I’m looking to establish a lot of my sustainable living habits onto the other 42 people who live in the house with me. Being that we have a lot of backyard space that is looking to be cultivated, we as a house are looking to develop our own garden. Since the city of Berkeley also has a lot of homeless people without food, we would use our ripe fruits and vegetables from our garden to give to hungry people on the streets. We as a house are also looking to implement one of the first (if not the first) composting system within the UC Berkeley Greek community, and what better way to get started than with one of your amazing compost bins. Our ultimate goal is to establish lasting sustainable habits within the fraternity and serve as an example for the rest of the Greek community and UC Berkeley students, allowing them to adopt similar responsible customs. Being that many of us have a hard time paying for the rising costs of tuition, giveaways such as these would be instrumentally vital at helping us get the sustainable ball rolling. As a house, we have already hired a special team to inspect our house to make sure our energy deficiencies are improved, and are becoming active in properly recycling e-waste. This give-away would, however, be the most important step we could ask for in attaining the sustainable future we’re looking to achieve within the UC Berkeley Greek Community.

  83. organicallyou June 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I could really use this because I have an organic garden! This will be the most sustainable summer because I am producing my own food and riding my bike!

  84. AJB June 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Well apart from trying to get our local utility to generate more clean energy, I will be training youth across Minnesota on grassroots organizing to help the next generation of leaders realize their potential. I\’m also committed to logging more miles on my bike instead of car and supporting my local farmers and businesses. All while trying to garden in a teeny tiny plot outside my downtown apartment (to beautiful the area and encourage others to do the same), organizing neighborhood cleanups (my neighborhood could use some love)and finding time to make more natural remedies and toiletries.

  85. argalite June 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I would love to compost, and the kitchen compost bin is more fitting to my lifestyle than other composters I have seen.

  86. ITZ4me515 June 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I will be instituting a zero waste recycling effort at my employer this summer.

  87. kkeitner June 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    My fiance and I just signed up for a local box program and are also growing our own vegetables on our outdoor patio! We are always looking for ways to reduce waste, and this composting system would be great for us :)

  88. tye8277 June 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have a family of four. We’ve had some rough times and have had to apply for food stamps. I have decided that it is time to start finding ways to reduce our spending and started doing research about making a balcony edible garden. I have planted broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, and herbs galore. It’s fun teaching my kids to be self sufficient, and explaining how our actions impact our future. I have gotten our neighbors involved in starting a small compost in the back woods. We all do our part.

  89. Lizz June 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    My boyfriend and I purchased a fixer upper home and we are implementing all sustainable design principles.

  90. User1 June 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I\\\’m adding a few more raised beds, and added a green roof to my chicken coop. I\\\’m trying to keep my city green and cool this summer.

  91. shala6 June 4, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I plan to add on to our garden this summer and grow not just tomatoes and peppers, but cucumbers and zucchini as well.

  92. bac1 June 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    i think i am just going to look at what im doing and work harder to accomplish this goal

  93. geojanet June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Taking a cue from my UC Davis daughter, I’m ditching the truck and riding my bike everywhere, and promoting human and wind powered recreation – the kayaks and sailboat are tuned up and ready to go.

  94. Kelly D Saver June 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter and I will make my summer sustainable by getting a lot of our fruits and veggies from our first garden that we planted this year. I will also try to vacation more locally to save gas and try to keep our air conditioning off as much as possible.

  95. ian_canadian June 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    We are moving to a smaller house with everything walkable, so that we’re not using as much resources in and around the house as well as getting to and from the house.

  96. Henrik Brameus June 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    My most sustainable year yet will be through:
    – Composting both traditional and worm bin (first year for me)
    – Growing own produce in greenhouse
    – Use telecommuting and remote conferencing when possible
    – Taking public transport instead of driving whenever possible
    – Buying local and organic food and products whenever possible

  97. tanyamarie June 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This year I plan to have my most “sustainable” year ever. I currently work as an assistant to a landscape architect. In August I plan to take 1/2 of the test towards my license to be a registered landscape architect. Once I receive my license, I will be able to more actively influence residential, commercial, civic and industrial landscapes to decrease lawn, increase the usage of native plants, eradicate invasive species, promote rain gardens and more environmentally-friendly stormwater management systems. I also am planning on buying an existing residence in NH in July. The property has the majority of the acreage in “current use” land, which is a way NH works to preserve open space in the state. At this property, we will be able to sustainably heat our home with wood that is harvested from our own property. We will also be able to grow our own produce, compost, and I of course as a landscape architect will create an environmentally-friendly landscape that promotes wildlife habitat, reduces human impact on the current use land, eliminate all lawn areas and promote the growth of native plants throughout the property. We will also be cutting off our use of television and solely line-drying our laundry, reducing the need for electricity. I look forward my summer (fall, winter and forthcoming years)of reducing not only my human impact on the earth, but also influencing and directing others to do the same, while creating a sustainable way of living that will allow for future generations to fully enjoy the beauties and wonders of the earth. I look forward to adding more sustainable ways of living as I obtain the abilities and resources to do so!

  98. theSpleen June 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I will be composting all compostable waste at both my house and my in-laws/

  99. dalmama June 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I live in Vermont and always thinking green here in the Green Mountains. Since I have had knee surgery I do not use my outdoor compost as much as I used to since it is difficult for me to walk outside where my compost bin is. The Ultra Kitchen Compost bin looks like it would be a wonderful product to own so I would not have to struggle to get the compost out daily. Between composting and recycling I hardly have any trash going to landfill.

  100. thughes June 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    We recently moved to the midwest are planning on eliminating all of the grass and spread the moss that is already growing because moss is oxygen positive, won’t need cutting, and won’t require wasteful watering. Moss also takes about 20 grams per square meter of fine particulate matter out of the air annually which will allow our kids and community members to breathe that much easier.

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