- Easy to use
- Practically Odourless
- Can be used Indoors
- Does not attract animals
- Good Value
- Higher Start-up costs (buckets can cost as much as $90)
- Upkeep Costs (Bokashi Bran will need to be replaced every 3-6 months)
Considering the environmental and economic implications of going "green", many are now opting to recycle their food scraps as compost. A trip to your local hardware store will give you a glimpse of composting solutions available nowadays. The Bokashi Indoor Composting System is billed as a revolutionary departure from the traditional composting model. But is the Bokashi the right composting system for you?
I first heard of the Bokashi system when talking to a friend of mine. She mentioned that she'd seen an indoor composting system whilst she was living in Japan. I must admit, when I imagined the Bokashi , images of computer-screen menus and compost-robots filled my mind. So, Imagine my surprise when I discovered the Bokashi was little more than an enclosed bucket with a tap! Indeed, for such a supposedly revolutionary product, it looked decidedly simple. I would soon find out, however, that there was much more to the Bokashi bin than meets the eye.
Unlike most composting systems, the Bokashi is anaerobic. That is, it does not require air circulation or tilling like a conventional compost bin. This also contributes to the Bokashi's significant lack of odour (a welcome feature for experienced compost users) as well as making it an ideal solution for apartments or small homes.
Moreover, the Bokashi can accept food waste that other systems simply cannot. Items such as citrus, onion, garlic or meat can be placed in the Bokashi without spoiling the batch. This ultimately means more compost for you and less landfill.
Again, unlike most compost systems, the Bokashi provides two different kinds of fertiliser: liquid and solid. This essentially gives you twice the amount of fertiliser out per waste in. More fertiliser equals less landfill equals better value.
In a traditional compost system, air is circulated through the pile to allow micro-organisms to breed and decompose the vegetation. Because the Bokashi is anaerobic, it requires micro-organisms to be added to the vegetation externally. The Bokashi Bran is a sawdust sprayed with organisms; this could possibly be the only disadvantage to the Bokashi system. The bran is sold separately and can be quite expensive. However, in my experience, a standard 2kg bag of Bokashi bran will last for a long time, even with regular use. This, coupled with the convenience of an indoor system, means the Bokashi system is great value.
Composting is just one of the many ways concerned individuals are doing their part for the environment today. The Bokashi style composters make that task a little easier. The simplicity of design and revolutionary method of decomposition make this an ideal composting solution. I recommend this product to anyone looking for a simple and efficient way to reduce household waste.