Getting started with composting at home the easy way, with Daily Dump

The idea to compost sparked in my mind about a month ago as I was checking out the Zero Waste lifestyle that was jump-started by Lauren Singer, a Zero Waste lifestyle advocate in New York City. She was explaining on her website, how composting can be a terrific way to reduce the amount of kitchen waste you produce. That’s when it dawned on me that even a regular person like me can actually compost at home without going to a lot of trouble. I proceeded to look up composting options in Bangalore and Daily Dump, a maker of compost bins, was the top hit and I went with it.

Buying experience:
I explored their product line and settled on a bin called ‘Khamba’ (means pole in English). There’s more on how it works down below. The buying experience was smooth except for one little not-so-pleasant surprise. When I first checked the price about a month ago it was just under 1800 Rs. and was within my budget so I was quite satisfied. After putting off placing the order for ages, I finally got around to it a few weeks ago. To my surprise, when I got to the checkout page while ordering, it said the delivery would cost me 450 Rs. extra. I was torn between getting it delivered and going down to pick it up. But, after having put this off for so long I just wanted to be done with shopping for it. So, I decided to just roll with it and chose delivery.

First impressions:

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The look and build quality: I like the way it looks, blends right in with its surroundings. It’s not at all an eyesore like a lot of compost bins are, and in fact, it adds to the appearance of its surroundings. It’s made of terracotta clay, so it’s eco-friendly. The pots are sturdy, but since they’re made of clay they can break if dropped from a considerable height. But, not to worry since you can always buy extra individual pots from Daily Dump.

What comes in the box?

Apart from the pots, there was a bag each of remix powder, neem powder, and ‘effective microbes’ powder, a rake, and a terrific user manual with clear instructions.

How does it work?

Here’s a quick walkthrough from who I believe is the founder of Daily Dump:

Basically, you stack the pots up and start dumping the waste in the pot at the top (the waste always goes in the top one). Once it fills up, you swap out the top one with the middle one and carry on as usual. Once the current top one fills up, swap it out with the middle one and the middle one goes to the bottom. Ideally, once all the pots fill up, the bottom one should have compost that’s more or less ready to go.

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Here’s how mine went

The Verdict:
Would I recommend it to anyone? Absolutely. I’ve been using it for close to two weeks now and I love how simple to use it is. Plus, it does not stink. Also, it turns out I’m creating employment through this purchase since this product is handmade right here in India, so there’s that. All in all, I’m super glad I bought this compost bin and I’m looking forward to getting a step closer to generating low trash.

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After putting it away on my balcony.
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3 thoughts on “Getting started with composting at home the easy way, with Daily Dump

  1. Hi! I’ve been wanting to get Daily Dump’s Khambas. Do you know if they could ship to the Philippines? Or if there are other sellers of khambas? I checked their website and it seems they only ship within India.

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  2. This is cool! I’ve been wanting to get Daily Dump’s khambas. Do you know if they could ship to the Philippines? Or if there are other sellers of khambas that could ship internationally? I checked their website and it seems they only ship within India.

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    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, unfortunately they only ship within the cities they have a store in, international shipping is out of the question. But, if you don’t mind bearing the international shipping charges maybe you could get in touch with them and request a special order? They might oblige, you never know.

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