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Fox News reports on knowing your food labels

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Watch this informative label and learn all about what food labels really mean!

99 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Compost

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Anybody that has a composting bin or compost pile at their house knows that old apple cores, banana peels and potato skins can be composted. But many people who compost at home are unaware of the sheer vastness of every day waste that can easily be thrown in their compost bin.Stuff You Can Compost

For example, did you know that you can compost an old tea bag? Old spices? Pencil shavings? How about sticky notes? Yes, each of those items can be composted!

In fact, there are many items that you can compost, and the following list will get you started with the first ninety-nine. And the best news? If everyone began to compost at home on a regular basis, the world’s landfills would be drastically reduced.

If you are composting for an organic garden use organic starting materials. Some of the items below I would not recommend for organic gardens. For clarity, I will specify those items below.

The Basics:

  1. All organic vegetable and fruit matter including rinds, skins, shells, seeds, cores and peels
  2. Old leaves & hay
  3. Used coffee grounds
  4. Paper coffee filters
  5. Grass clippings
  6. Egg shells

Unique Every Day Items

  1. Tea bags
  2. Peat moss
  3. Tree bark
  4. Old flowers
  5. Garden soil
  6. Old top soil
  7. Old bread
  8. Wheat bran
  9. Cooked grains
  10. Olive pits
  11. Pencil shavings
  12. Dust bunnies
  13. Toothpicks
  14. Business cards (Paper)
  15. Natural wine corks
  16. Toilet paper rolls
  17. Wrapping paper rolls
  18. Old loose leaf tea leaves
  19. Dried brown garden weeds (avoid composting weeds that go to seed)
  20. Spices and herbs that have lost their smell
  21. Nut shells (except walnut shells, which contain a chemical that can be toxic to plants)
  22. Wood chips and sawdust
  23. Soy products
  24. Wine and beer-making wastes
  25. Old dry cereals, crackers, chips, cookies, etc.
  26. 100% cotton swabs and Q-tips (do not compost plastic sticks)
  27. Wood fire ashes from grill or fire-place (also from smoking fish and other meats)
  28. Dirt in soles of shoes
  29. Facial tissues (unless soiled with chemical products)
  30. Old milk, ice cream, cream, etc. (in limited amounts)
  31. 100% cotton clothing (ripped into small pieces)
  32. 100% wool clothing (ripped into small pieces)
  33. Raffia decorations
  34. Crepe paper streamers
  35. Broken-down cereal boxes
  36. Natural wreaths, garlands and other natural holiday decor
  37. Chopped up Christmas trees
  38. Used Fabric sheets from the dryer

Non-Organic Compostable Items

  1. Paper bags (ripped into smaller pieces)
  2. Old Post-it Notes
  3. Any form of paper that has been soiled by food
  4. Pizza boxes (make sure to break them down into small pieces)
  5. Shredded newspapers
  6. Used paper plates without wax coatings
  7. Old mail and bills (make sure not to compost envelopes with the plastic windows)
  8. Paper or wood-based matches
  9. Animal manure and droppings
  10. Paper towels and towel rolls
  11. Leather belts, shoes, wallets, gloves (best if the leather is fairly old, as it will degrade slowly)
  12. Elmer’s glue
  13. Used masking tape
  14. Jell-O (gelatin)
  15. Paper muffin and cupcake cups
  16. Cage cleanings from small pets such as Guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and iguanas
  17. Labels
  18. Price tags
  19. Stale candy (remove wrapper, of course!)
  20. Cardboard and paper egg cartons
  21. Cardboard tampon applicators
  22. The boxes that surround many forms of cheeses
  23. Pure cellophane bags
  24. Paper Envelopes from your mail (Shredded up)
  25. Shredded catalogs and magazines (unless they have a very waxy cover)
  26. Chewing gum

Weird Stuff You Can Compost

  1. Feathers
  2. Old rope
  3. Stale catnip
  4. Dryer lint
  5. Dead houseplants
  6. Star fish (dead)
  7. Old Halloween pumpkins
  8. Electric razor trimmings
  9. Finger and toe nail clippings
  10. Hair – Both human and animal hair is compostable
  11. Ground bone and blood meal
  12. Old rawhide dog chews
  13. Old dog/cat foods
  14. Small pets that have died, like goldfish (Not recommended, but possible.)
  15. Urine (although can be quite smelly in the summer sun)
  16. Old cheeses
  17. Latex condoms and balloons
  18. Old beer, wine and liquor
  19. Crustacean shells (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)
  20. Tobacco wastes
  21. Bamboo products
  22. Old fish food
  23. Sheepskin condoms
  24. Shower loofahs (made from natural materials, such as sea sponge)
  25. Vacuum cleaner bag waste
  26. Granite dust
  27. Dolomite lime
  28. Liquid from canned fruits and vegetables
  29. Pure soap scraps

Source: Global Healing Center

Uncle Matt’s 7-Day Countdown to Earth Day Is Helping Save the Atlantic Rainforest

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

April 14, 2011 –– Clermont, FL –– Uncle Matt’s announced today for every “like” it receives on Facebook between April 14 and Earth Day, April 22, it will plant one tree by contributing $1 per tree to The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign with a minimum of $250 and a maximum contribution of $2,000.

“In honor of Earth Day and with the popularity of social media, we thought this was a fun, easy, and free way for consumers to raise support and awareness for a worthwhile environmental cause like replenishing the rainforest,” says Matt McLean, founder and CEO of Uncle Matt’s Organic. “My hope is to inspire other companies to continue this fundraising trend, in hopes of reaching The Nature Conservancy’s goal of a billion trees planted. Let’s ‘plant it forward.’”

The Conservancy is working with local partners to bring the Atlantic Forest back from the brink — restoring 1 million acres of land by helping plant 1 billion trees by 2015. This restoration effort has the potential to remove 4 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Conservancy has been listed as a “Wise Giving Alliance” accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau and has received high charity ratings from Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy. Visit the to find out more about the reforestation project or www.nature.orgto learn more about the Conservancy. To learn more about how to help “plant it forward,” contact

Uncle Matt’s Organic is a Florida-based, family-owned company offering premium quality organic citrus juices and organic produce. All Uncle Matt’s products have no synthetic additives or preservatives. Produce and finished products are produced under the strict regulation and guidelines of Quality Certification Services, the largest and most respected organic certifier in Florida. Products are available in health food stores and at Whole Foods and other supermarkets nationwide. The company is an active member of Organic Trade Association (OTA) and supports the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

For more information, contact:

Annemarie McLean, Public Relations
Uncle Matt’s Organic
P.O. Box 120387
Clermont, FL 34712
Tel.: 352.394.8737