The Urban Composter™ is an Australian-made kitchen composting system that composts your kitchen scraps in the bucket. Recently, the team from Urban Composter agreed to donate a portion of profits from each unit sold, to the work of TEAR Australia's partner in Champa, India.
Organic farming is proving to be a bigger hit than just having healthier food to eat in the Champa region of India. This growing practice, combined with the use of organic fertilisers and pesticides to replace chemicals, is bringing real improvements to community health and the environment.
Although the state of Chhattisgarh has been known locally as a rice bowl, the truth is that over time, the soil has become degraded and water tables polluted from subsidised chemicals provided to farmers. With the help of TEAR Australia and our partner in India – Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) – farmers are being trained in the production of bio compost. And the change is causing others to take notice.
Over the last four years organic farming has become as commonplace as chemical farming practices without compromising the quality of organic produce. The quality of the grain and vegetables is so good that farmers are able to sell their produce for higher amounts.
Farmers who have embraced these practices are teaching others what they’ve learnt – both other farmers and government officials from various states who are keen to replicate their progress.
Best of all the farmers have taken immense pride in what they’ve been able to achieve. Now the challenge for the coming years is to turn this progress into self-sustaining enterprises.
“We believe in the power of compost – by minimising harmful methane emissions in landfill, and improving the quality of the soil that we use in our own backyard! It’s great to know that the Urban Composter can make a positive change at a household level in Australia, but also that we can impact communities who - with a bit of encouragement – are taking steps out of poverty.”
- Luke & Lynette, Urban Composter