I’ve been recycling all organic waste for months. I recycle it into soil by using bokashi. Instead of decomposing, the waste is fermented by specialist bacteria. I have two bins in the kitchen. I throw the organic waste and bokashi once a day into one of the bins, while the other is full and fermenting for two weeks. After a two weeks fermentation process, I throw it into my soil factory. My soil factory is the box where the fermented waste turns into soil. You can find detailed information about the process on Wikipedia.
For me, being able to turn my waste into soil that I can use in my balcony garden is very important. Not only because I recycle my organic waste, but because of the mastering feeling. This is where my PTSD comes in. Because of my past experiences, I’ve always had a need of being independent and self-sufficient. It has always been difficult for me to ask for help (getting better).
Having my own soil factory at home helps me coping my panic attacks and anxiety. I find being in direct contact with soil very therapeutical. By being aware of how I’m able to turn my waste into something useful gives me a mastering feeling and inspires me to keep on working into turning my past into something useful. I get the same feeling when I recycle used cooking oil into soap. I’ll post about my homemade soap next time I make more, it takes me at least two years to save enough cooking oil.
I like to think of my past traumas as waste that needed to be fermented in order to turn it into soil in which I can grow something beautiful. I am my own soil factory.
Here are some pictures of my soil factory and ready to use soil: