Geosphere’s Core Values
In a circular economy, material cycles are closed loops. For a circular economy to work, the materials we use must be readily renewable, non-toxic to the environment, with an end-of-use built into the original design. Because so many products, like packaging, are thrown away after a very short time in use, the materials we choose for these items MUST be convertible either into renewed raw material (recycling) or back into their chemical building blocks. After decades of relying exclusively on recycling to reduce waste to landfill, the world has had to admit to itself that system is not sufficient, and in some cases has broken down completely. At Geosphere, we use plant-based materials that will break down into water, carbon dioxide and soil.
The EPA estimates that 40% of the waste we dump into U.S. landfills could instead be diverted to composting facilities. That is almost half of what we send to landfill annually! Fortunately, more and more nation’s agree: establishing a global composting infrastructure is central to waste management that makes sense.
WHAT WE KNOW: the benefits of compost
- Diverting organic matter from landfill significantly reduces methane production at landfill sites.
- Spraying compost can replenish 100 years worth of topsoil in one year.
- Composted soil captures and holds on to carbon from the air. This is known as carbon sequestration.
Because composting is so critical to driving down greenhouse gas emissions, what was once a hobby on the fringe is now poised to be a universal market sector. Compostable materials spark conversations we should all be having, and inspire consumers to engage at levels far exceeding the selection of which bin to put your recycling in. From the growing network of community composting clubs to the birth of nationwide food waste rescue missions, compost has at long last moved to the center of the sustainable conversation.