Purple Glove Organics (PGO) is a one person, service-based, food waste recycling consulting business located in La Selva Beach, California.
My main goal is to help get you inspired and able to recycle as much food waste as you can at your own home or business.
Why Should I Even Care About Recycling My Food Waste In The First Place?
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that worldwide, each year, 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption is wasted.
Just let that last sentence sink in for a moment.
1/3 of ALL the food produced on this planet for us as humans to eat is WASTED.
In just the United States alone, not counting the rest of the planet, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that approximately 35 million tons of food waste are sent to landfills or incinerated each year (http://www.epa.gov/foodrecovery/).
Of that 35 million tons, can you guess how much is recycled?
That means the remaining 95% of our food waste that we send to these landfills is left to decompose inside mainly plastic liner bags that will take many hundreds of years to degrade, and, in the process, releasing mainly methane gas to our atmosphere.
Why Should I Care About Methane Generation?
Methane is a Greenhouse Gas that is contributing to the warming of our planet and creating a multitude of problems for all species on this planet.
We can do better!
We have the technology. And guess what, it’s actually not complicated technology.
In fact, if every one of us put our critical brains to the task, we could solve a multitude of problems TODAY that would lead to a multitude of solutions for many future generations of humans and other species on this great planet.
Every decision we make here on this planet has a consequence.
You putting your food waste in a garbage can has a consequence.
Someone has to do something with your food waste in that garbage can.
If someone doesn’t do something with your food waste in about 5-7 days, depending on the type of food and its Nitrogen component, that food waste starts to break down into molecules that are quite offensive to our sense of smell.
Butyric acids and hydrogen sulfide to name just a few of the ‘heavy olfactory hitters’ if you will.
Most of us don’t get to see the fate of the food waste we put in our garbage cans day in and day out.
We seal our food waste in these plastic bags, and then we put that bag into a large garbage can that gets put on a curb near our homes to get picked up each week by a large diesel engine truck.
This truck will then take this plastic bag full of all kinds of decomposing food waste and dumps it along with hundreds if not thousands of other similarly packed plastic bags, and dumps it into a large hole dug into the earth. A larger diesel engine machine will then come and compact and crush as much as possible your plastic bag full of food waste and squish it up next to a bunch of other plastic bags. Your plastic bag will then be covered up with top soil and buried for all eternity to slowly decompose into essentially a variety of Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen based molecules; mainly Methane and Carbon Dioxide.
These molecules make their way out of the landfill and into our atmosphere and eventually trap heat, leading to global warming.
Yes, your plastic bag of food waste each week doesn’t just go away. No, it very much lives on for many hundreds if not thousands of years.
And while this may sound sad and depressing, there’s actually a very easy fix to this cycle of weekly unabated methane and carbon dioxide generation.
Can you guess what this fix is?
It starts with a C and ends with a T…
Compost, that thing your grandparents and great grandparents probably did without making too big a deal about it to you, yet, at the end of the day, this simple act of taking food waste and allowing it to decompose in a confined system of sorts in your yard, your apartment balcony, your place of work, probably has the single greatest impact on our planet as humans.
Consider also that your plastic bag has to travel most likely quite a ways via a diesel fuel run engine vehicle.
Yes, disposal of food waste takes ALOT of energy and costs you and all of us a good bit of our own hard earned dollars every week.
Consider also that this greenhouse gas called methane is 21 times more potent in terms of its warming potential compared to its close cousin molecule, carbon dioxide.
Again, we can do better!
For most families and businesses, in as little as maybe 5-10 square feet in a backyard or business complex landscape, and a little help from yours truly at Purple Glove Organics, we can stop this practice of sending food waste to landfills.
We can start keeping our food waste on site and transform it into something that will eventually help you grow better plants, build better soils, and increase the amount of water you are able to store on-site.
This last benefit should not be lost on those us who live in areas of the planet where storing rainfall is going to become more and more important to life on this planet.
Call or email (preferred) Purple Glove Organics TODAY at 831-687-8684, and get started on a path to ending this incredibly inefficient way to manage our food waste problem. Let Purple Glove Organics help you figure out a customized solution to your food waste problem and start generating healthy soil building processes right where you live and work!
Yes, you can do this!
What’s with the name? Why Purple Gloves?
PGO was born out of a research project conducted back in the early to mid 2000’s when Drew Mather, founder of PGO, was a graduate student in the Crop and Soil Science Department at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Drew’s thesis advisor, Dr. Richard Stehouwer, helped him construct medium-scale vermicomposting systems to recycle food and animal wastes on the university campus. Drew studied the organic matter transformations occurring in these ‘cool’ (40-70 degrees Fahrenheit) vermicomposting systems, and compared them to transformations occurring in regular ‘hot’ (130-170 degrees Fahrenheit) composting systems.
To receive a free PDF of this research project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the research project, a fair number of purple nitrile gloves were used to keep hands covered while mixing the food and animal wastes, and their accompanying newspaper and wood chips, to reach proper Carbon to Nitrogen (C:N) ratios for composting and vermicomposting.
Drew said to himself, back then, that if he was ever able to turn his love for vermicomposting and vermiculture into a business, he wanted to use the purple glove somewhere in his business model.
Hence, Purple Glove Organics!
For those keeping track at home, these nitrile gloves are recyclable, and can be made into other products. Terracycle, a recycling business based in New Jersey, has taken on the challenge of recycling these nitrile gloves, as well as a whole host of other items that frequently end up in landfills, and turning them into various products including flying discs. Check out their creation HERE!
Today, after many years of working in the environmental sciences field, Drew is committed to making sure that all your food waste never has to see a landfill again.
Contact Purple Glove Organics today to see how you can start recycling your food waste into valuable, rich, organic soil amendments that can be used to improve your community’s water quality and storage capacity.
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