Global warming and climate change are becoming a greater risk for our future day by day. The secret of reducing the damage to nature and saving the future of our planet is hidden in the principles of sustainable living. In this direction, every individual in society has simple but important responsibilities.

When it comes to gastronomy, the use of recyclable packaging and waste is very important in supporting sustainable life. You can contribute to the protection of nature by separating and recycling the waste in your kitchen, my chef. Moreover, there is a very fun and practical way you can do this: making compost! Compost also called black gold or natural fertilizer, is obtained as a result of the decomposition or grinding of animal and vegetable wastes. Compost manure is a very effective tool for recycling natural waste and re-enriching the soil. Because, thanks to composting, the wastes that go to waste under normal conditions dissolve in the moist and oxygenated environment of the soil and gain the form of organic fertilizer. Thus, even the most unproductive soils can breathe and revive.

Did you know, chief, that the amount of garbage produced by a person in city life is approximately 1.5 kg per day? Moreover, approximately 50% - 60% of this amount is organic waste suitable for composting. This amount increases even more when it comes to professional kitchens. In short, it is possible for us to take an important step towards the protection of nature by using only a small part of the waste we produce efficiently. People who live in high-rise apartments and buildings often stay away from making compost. They think they can't do it because they don't have a garden and it will sink. I learned how to make compost at home in a workshop that I was a part of recently and I realized how easy this is actually. There are three basic composting methods: hot compost, cold compost, and worm compost. Even there are companies in Hungary selling worms for composting. One of the tricks I learned is what to do so that the compost does not smell. You should cover the materials you add with carbon-containing organic wastes such as dry leaves or straw every time, and make sure that the compost breathes and stays moist. In this way, you can prevent the compost from smelling bad or getting flies. When we were busy with gardening in Azerbaijan, my understanding of compost was completely different. In general, we have very different understandings and technics of compost and it has no similarities like here in Hungary. For me, it was very useful to join this workshop and learn tricks about composting. When comparing the techniques in my home country with the techniques in Hungary, to be honest, the techniques here are a more practical and incredibly good method for food waste management.

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