The charcoal pad is key to this pail being really easy to live with because it blocks the odors of the compost. I have to admit that I was skeptical that this pail could mitigate odors because of my bad experiences with other indoor composting systems, but thanks to the pad, the pail managed to be completely odorless.
On average, one filter pad will last six months to a year depending on how odorous your scraps are; you will know when it is time to change the pad, when you start to catch a whiff. But here’s a tip: If you forgot to order more charcoal pads and your start to get some stink, sprinkle baking soda in your pail until you can change the filter.
The food decomposition starts to happen in just a few days. Unlike some compost pails that block air from circulating, this pail has holes in the ceramic lid that allow air to flow and speed up the process. If your mixture seems too moist, add in some dry materials that are sometimes referred to as “brown” materials. This includes leaves, paper, sawdust, or even lint that comes from natural fabrics.
After using the pail for several weeks, I continue to be really happy with its performance—it is still odor free! The other great thing about this pail is that the style is simple and it is reminiscent of french ceramic bakeware.
This ceramic pail is available in three colors, and can be purchased online through Naturemill. If you want to get started on composting with your very own pail, Naturemill is hooking up Inhabireaders with exclusive discounts. Just enter coupon code CXMZ83 for $30 off their Kitchen Composter Ultra in Black (retail $399) or Stainless Steel EZ-Grip Compost Pail (retail $70). Don’t feel like dropping the dough? We’re giving away two Naturemill compost bins! Check out the deets here.
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