FAQs

Learn more about GreenSpace, Composting, Bokashi, and our services below.

 

General Q's

General Q's

What is GreenSpace all about?

GreenSpace advocates the proper disposal of waste, with a focus on food waste. We aim to make composting a natural part of daily life in order to normalize putting waste in its proper place, rather than letting it pollute our environment. In GreenSpace, we treat waste as a valuable resource.

What is compost / composting?

Compost is a nutrient-rich fertilizer made of decomposed organic materials. These organic materials can be leaves, twigs, fruit peels, apple cores, coffee grounds. Composting helps keep soil healthy, which leads to healthier produce! There are different methods of composting—and making the choice is up to personal preference—but here at GreenSpace, we specialize in Bokashi composting.

Why should I compost?

Composting has many benefits! It enriches soil, allowing the production of healthier plants and healthier produce. It's a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. It diverts food waste away from harmful landfills, minimizing methane emissions (and lowering carbon footprint!). Plus; it's SIMPLE!

How does Bokashi composting work?

Bokashi bran is made of good microorganisms that help break down the chemical composition of food waste so that they decompose more easily once mixed with soil. This method of composting also allows the inclusion of products such as meat, fish, and dairy which are generally not allowed in most methods of composting!

Is it easy? How do I start?

All you need to get started is an air-tight bucket to collect your food waste in, and good quality Bokashi bran to ferment the food waste! You can DIY a composting bucket, but you can also purchase the materials from our shop! You can find the simple step-by-step of how to use Bokashi here.

How can I purchase a bucket / Bokashi bran?

You can purchase composting buckets and Bokashi bran at our shop!

About Bokashi

About Bokashi

What is Bokashi? Why do I need it?

Bokashi is a Japanese word that means "fermented organic matter." Bokashi bran is the bokashi mixture we use for bokashi composting. It is made of rice bran mixed with carbonized rice hull that is fermented using EM1 Microbial Inoculant. It contains millions, even billions of beneficial microorganisms that work to ferment food waste without developing foul smell.

Is it safe / healthy?

There are five different groups of microbes present in Bokashi bran and they are all completely harmless! Our Bokashi Bran is made with EM1 Microbial Inoculant that contains only naturally-occurring beneficial microbes with primary microbes being yeast and lactobacilli.

Can I make my own Bokashi?

B

What else can I use Bokashi bran for?

C

What is Bokashi juice? What do I do with it?

Bokashi juice is full of beneficial microorganisms and has many uses around the home. You can pour it into your sink and drains; you may also use it in your garden and let your soil enjoy a microbial-ful life!

What is the difference between Bokashi composting from other composting methods?

Composting methods are generally up to personal preference—which fits your lifestyle best, or perhaps you’ve done a trial and error with multiple methods and found which is easiest for you. Although, the benefit of Bokashi composting is that you can throw any solid food waste (fruit peels, chicken and fish bones, rotten vegetables) into your composting bucket. Bokashi bran can handle any solid food waste! There’s also no need to handle worms if that’s not your thing.

Bokashi Composting

Bokashi Composting

What can I put in my composting bucket?

One of the biggest benefits of using the Bokashi method is that you can include any solid food waste (just remember to drain them before putting them in your bucket). Chicken and fish bones, fruit peelings, vegetable scraps, meats. Although, depending on your diet, the amount of bran to be used differs. If there's mostly fruits and vegetables, a handful of bran is enough per layer. If there are more meats in your diet, it's best to add up to two handfuls.

Can I use my own bucket or do I have to buy one?

Our buckets are specifically made for Bokashi fermentation. It is made of upcycled plastics, is air-tight, and has a spigot and strainer for Bokashi juice collection! If you prefer to use your own bucket, simply make sure that it's air-tight and it is best if there's a spigot so you can collect Bokashi juice to be used as fertilizer. 

How long does it take to fill up a bucket?

On average, a household of 4 will fill up one standard bucket (20L) in two weeks' time, which makes approximately 10kgs of food waste. A smaller household can choose the mini bucket (16L) which can hold up to 8kgs of food waste.

What is a soil factory and how can I make one?

D

I can't compost at home because [of this reason]. Can I donate my food waste to you instead?

You can subscribe to our composting service! All you'll need to do is collect your food waste in our composting bucket (which we will provide upon subscription), layer it with Bokashi Bran (included in the subscription package), exchange your full buckets for clean, empty ones, and we'll compost it for you! Learn more about it here.

How does the composting service work?

You simply collect your food waste, and we'll compost it for you! Subscribe through the new SoilMate app!

First choose the subscription plan you prefer: SoilMate Rookie (3 months), SoilMate Enthusiast (6 months), or SoilMate Hero (12 months). After your payment is verified, two (2) empty composting buckets (whether the standard 20L or the mini 16L is up to you) along with a 1kg jar of Bokashi Bran will be delivered to you within the coming weekend or so. Each plan is inclusive of one (1) free bucket exchange per month.

Full buckets will be replaced with clean, empty ones. (Additional bucket exchanges within the month will have additional fees.)

Other Questions

Other Questions

What are the available modes of payment?

You may find QR codes and other payment information here.

How will you ship/deliver my items?

We are currently available in NCR and Davao City. Due to the size of the kits and materials, we can only offer same-day couriers such as Lalamove or Grab from 8AM to 4PM daily.

We will send you the pick-up details for booking when your items are ready. Please book your own same-day delivery service on your given date after we've sent your order confirmation.

Delivery fee will be paid by the buyer. Fees usually range from 80 pesos to 300 pesos depending on location.

What do I do if I need to return/exchange something?

C

I want to start a composting program in my village / office / condo / etc. What should I do?

D

Do you hold composting workshops? How can I join? Can I host my own?

E

Is your service available in [my city]? Do you ship to [my city]?

Currently, our serviceable cities include:


- BGC
- Taguig (outside BGC)
- Caloocan
- Makati
- Mandaluyong
- Manila
- Marikina
- Parañaque
- Pasay
- Pasig
- Pateros
- San Juan
- Quezon City
- Las Piñas

Please contact us if you don't see your city listed so we can