Easy Origami Compost Liner

While the satisfaction of composting organic waste far outweighs the task of emptying out the bin, it can still be a messy chore! Fortunately for the responsible composter, a simple and biodegradable tool can be used to keep your hands from getting dirty: newspaper.

Newspaper: The Silent Hero

All of the components of newspaper are compostable, from the moisture-absorbing paper to the water or soy-based ink. Some of this ink contains non-biodegradable chemicals used for coloring, but most consider their toxicity level too small to raise concern. Although its high lignin content results in a very slow decomposition, your local newspaper is comprised of ideal material to both cradle your compost scraps and protect your bin from mess!

Origami Bin Liner

  1. Grab a newspaper and separate 3 pages, laying them flat against a surface.

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2. Take one corner and fold it across, creating a large triangle with the paper. Cut off any excess paper if necessary.

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3. Take corner A and fold it towards corner C.

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4. Take corner B and fold it to the left, meeting corners A & C. This creates a diamond shape.

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5. Unfold the newspaper back to a large triangle, noting the creases you just made.

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6. Take corner A and fold it down towards its opposite edge. Its point should meet where the original crease begins.

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7. Take corner B and fold it up on top of the previous triangle, its point meeting the crease on the other edge.

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8. At corner C, divide the layers of newspaper in half. With 3 pages in hand, fold them down on both of their respective sides.

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9. Your liner is complete!

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More References

For a video demonstration of the origami liner, let 6-year-old Bella show you the moves here!

For a PDF of an abbreviated tutorial, click here!

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