Earth Probiotic was founded in 2010 with the express purpose of diverting food waste from landfill. The company is owned and managed by Karen and Gavin Heron (based in Johannesburg). Earth Probiotic utilises bokashi - Japanese for "organic fermented matter" - to enable the easy and quick recycling of food waste into soil food. Working with commercial and domestic clients across South Africa the company has managed to divert (an estimate based on current usage) over 145,000 kilograms from landfill since January 2012.
WHAT IS BOKASHI?
Bokashi is wheat-bran inoculated with a mix of probiotic bacteria, yeast and fungi. Developed in the 1980s in Japan bokashi is now globally used for the management of food waste. There are many recipes for bokashi - just google "how to make bokashi" - but in general you need a carrier (bran), molasses, water and the mix of EM (effective micro-organisms).
Bokashi is safe, natural and 100% biodegradable. Bokashi breaks down food waste through a fermentation process.