Drawing on my Compost Bin with Sakura Decorese Gel Pens
So the OXO compost bin that I have is cute but anything with a blank surface just makes me want to draw on it. And that’s what I did. It was a calming drawing activity that made me happy.
I used Sakura Decorese gel pens in pastel colors for the surface. I got these pens in Japan for about ¥200 (around $2 USD) each. You can get them for $3.30 here.
I drew the same flower shape over and over again and used different colors. Drawing continuous patterns help me calm down by the way. The pens create a really cool raised, shiny texture and made my flowers pop! Be sure not to touch the ink for a few minutes to let it dry and set. They dry pretty quickly.
The bucket is now sitting proudly on our kitchen island. We do a lot of food prep on the island and have the compost bin there ready to collect food scraps (e.g., carrot peels, onion skins, the insides of a pepper, bones, etc.). Now composting is even more fun with the added art!
Also, I hope you will consider composting, as it’s such an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. I honestly feel like this is the easiest solution for everyone to implement. And we don’t have to wait for our governments to take action, either.
On a side note, I am SUPER happy with Vermont’s recent mandatory composting law! Starting July 1, 2020, everyone in Vermont is required to stop putting their food scraps in the trash. Woo! I hope other states follow!
- Enriches soil, helps retain moisture, suppresses plant diseases and pests
- Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
- Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material
- Reduces methane emissions from landfills (methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide)
- Lowers your carbon footprint
- Reduces landfill waste
- Recycles kitchen and yard waste
- Produces less trash at home (I don’t take out the trash as often as I used to anymore)
- Helps grow the food we eat
- Makes you feel good
I personally use a compost service that picks up my food waste every 2 weeks. If you’re in New England and interested in a reliable service, I highly recommend Bootsrap Compost. You can find more info here.
They are super organized and professional. I had used another composting service called City Compost and they were quite unreliable, unfortunately. They would miss pick-ups and customer service was a nightmare. They are more affordable but cost me so much in headaches and frustration.