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OBEO – A Solution to our Kitchen Food Waste?

June 18, 2015
OBEO - A Solution to our Kitchen Food Waste?

Photo credit: weareobeo.com

How often do you find a new product on the market that really excites you?

It’s been a while since I came across something small, simple and affordable that instantly made life easier in the kitchen, but it happened a couple of weeks ago and I’m keen to share news of it with you.

I stumbled across OBEO® in the huge marquee at Bloom in the Park recently and along with many other shoppers, was offered a couple of trial boxes to try out at home. Having now composted both boxes I can’t wait to get my hands on more.

Since we began composting I’ve tried several different types of buckets, bins and bags to collect the kitchen food waste, before tipping them onto the compost heap. Some have been more successful than others but all have been a bit fiddly or a bit slimy or smelly and most have attracted flies. This generally results in someone, on occasion, not bothering to flip the lid, but instead firing the coffee grinds, orange peel or tea bags into the refuse bin and not into the compost.

Until now.

OBEO - A Solution to our Kitchen Food Waste?The OBEO®, a small Irish business’ solution to our kitchen food waste problem,  is essentially a water-resistant brown bag enclosed in cardboard which can be closed in between use then when full of food waste, fired in its entirety into the brown bin or onto the compost heap.

There are diagrams on the back of the bag indicating what should or shouldn’t be put into it if it’s going into a brown bin – handy if you’re new to separating food waste, and a foldable cardboard handle that tucks the box closed when not in use.

And it works!

OBEO - A Solution to our Kitchen Food Waste?Due to careful shopping (we menu plan and write a weekly list, a necessity when the closest shop is an 8 mile round trip) and feeding animals, we don’t have very much food waste so it took around five days for us to fill our OBEO® with grinds and scraps.

During that time there were no flies or bad smells, and it didn’t look out-of-place on the countertop where it was at its most useful. Once full, unlike our current composting pedal bin, the box was folded shut and walked straight out to the compost, instead of spilling out on to the floor which seems to happen in our kitchen more than I like to admit.

As soon as I’d used my second bag I was onto OBEO®’s website looking for replacements. They run a handy, online shop for bulk buying (great for business’ who are trying to green up but struggling with the food segregation waste or anyone overseas) and after a tweet to @weareobeo, I was told that many Dunnes Stores and SuperValu stock smaller quantities for us regular shoppers, offering them at an RRP of €3.85 for a pack of 5, which OBEO® suggest is two weeks worth of bags.

I’m really impressed with this simple yet innovative product. If you haven’t come across their answer to food waste recycling, take a look at the OBEO® website for more information and tips on reducing food waste in general.

If you haven’t started composting, it’s something I’d recommend for everyone as apart from offering the opportunity for FREE soil conditioner, just thinking about food waste in general could save you over €1,000 a year – enough for a summer break! Here’s a handy downloadable PDF that explains how to compost that can help to get you started.

Have you found a way of saving food waste that eliminates smells and untidiness or might OBEO® be the answer to your dreams too?

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A breezy couple of hours in the vegetable garden

March 29, 2013

At last, a few hours working in our own breezy but dry vegetable garden.

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There’s nothing like a rant, rave & wrestle with a vegetable bed full of creeping buttercups to clear the mind, or the satisfaction when the job’s finally finished!

Three beds have now been cleared of kale and sprouts stalks in readiness for the onions and root veg.

The barrow loads of pernicious scutch grass and buttercup wont be heading for the regular compost bins (don’t want them multiplying in there) but to the big heap in the corner of the garden.

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It was lovely to get some help from our nine-year old too. She was looking for a job so I suggested she plant the garlic.

She read the packet, split the bulbs, spaced all the cloves ready for planting and marked the rows. She then exclaimed “when I grow up mammy, I’m going to marry a man who’ll grow our vegetables for us” slightly puzzled at her ‘traditionalist’ outlook I ask her “why wont you grow them all yourself”, “oh I’ll be busy doing something worthwhile, like rescuing wild animals or dogs tied to posts” she replied… hmm, not sure what to make of that!

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Hope we get a few more dry days as lots more gardening to catch up on after the last wet or frosty months. How are your spring garden preparations going?