It’s A-L-I-I-I-V-E!!! (or at least it was…)

October 31, 2013

Caution: On this 31st of October, reports are increasing that the undead are roaming about campus. Beware of zombies. You may see these zombies disguised as napkins, banana peels, “plastic” cups from the Greer, pizza boxes, or paper towels. They were once alive. Now they are dead. Through the mysterious dark art of composting, the dead shall rise again! 

Announcing the zombie Think 80/20 compost art contest: the best illustration of the coming zombie compost-oca-lypse wins a $25 Greer card. Judges will look for the best (and funniest) use of zombies, the best explanation of what compost is (and isn’t) and the best explanation of the benefits of composting, but your entry need not touch on all of these categories to be successful. Email photos/scans of your illustration to Mr. Jewett by Sunday, November 3rd. 

What you need to know: Composting uses biological processes to break down once-living material to basic nutrients, turning waste into high-quality fertilizer. This fertilizer helps grow plants, making more banana peels, napkins, and pizza boxes. In a landfill, compostable waste might take decades or even centuries to break down, and will release methane in the process, which is a potent greenhouse gas. Composting changes this equation. Waste that was a problem in need of disposal becomes a valuable resource–moving our waste reduction efforts from “less bad” to “more good.”  Just remember not to put any metal, glass, or petroleum-based plastics in the compost pile, or you’ll make the zombies very angry. (Photo still from Warm Bodies.)