Adapting the Japanese method of bokashi, which means pickled garbage, to Turkey, Biorfe offers everyone the opportunity to make their own fertilizers from household waste. Hasan İlgen, the founder of Biorfe, said, “The value of food and agriculture has been better understood during the pandemic. We recycle the waste from the kitchen to agriculture. With the Bokashi method, every family can make sustainable waste management.”
The founder of Biorfe, Hasan İlgen, who set out to prevent kitchen waste from being wasted, localized the Japanese bokashi method and brought it to life. The waste from the kitchen is collected in specially produced compost bins and buckets and fermented. Compost formation is accelerated by a special organic liquid. All processing procedures take place in an odorless manner. Composters are produced as 220 gals for institutions that extract large amounts of vegetable recyclable waste, such as restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, or factories, and 3.95 gals for homes.
STARTED IN ITS OWN GARDEN
Hasan İlgen, Founder of Biorfe, gave information about the application:
“The idea of producing natural fertilizers started with organic farming in my own garden. Then I had the opportunity to develop this method during the lockdown period for the pandemic. This process, which I first started by distributing it to friends and family, started with the idea of spreading it all over Turkey. We realized the special designs of compost bins and buckets with the support of experts. By standardizing the fermentation process, we have made it possible for anyone who has no knowledge of this business to easily produce their own fertilizer by following the procedures.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE IS BETTER UNDERSTANDED WITH THE PANDEMIC
Mr. İlgen continued:
“The value of food and agriculture has become better understood during the pandemic process. We must reintroduce kitchen wastes to agriculture in order to contribute to both our family and our country’s economy. With this understanding, we set out with the motto of ‘Organic agriculture will be a happy future’ and with the goal of zero waste. With the Bokashi method, wastes are decomposed at their source. It is turned into compost (soil conditioner) and liquid fertilizer, which are useful products for the soil. Thus, we give each family the opportunity to make their own sustainable waste management. By reducing the amount of garbage, the environment is protected.”
SOIL IS ENRICHED WITH NATURAL FERTILIZER
As the soil meets more natural fertilizers, the use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture is decreasing. As the soil is protected from all kinds of chemicals, the quality and efficiency of our agricultural products increase. Human health is protected with natural agricultural products.
CHEMICAL INPUT DECREASING
With the reduction of chemical input, an additional contribution is made to the economy. Thanks to recycling, the loss of our natural resources (water, soil, energy) is prevented.
THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE A GARDEN CAN GIVE A GIFT TO NATURE
“Those who do not have a garden can also gift the natural fertilizer they have gained from their own recycling to nature. They can take it to a garden located around them. Factories can compost by collecting both their own waste and the kitchen waste of a region as a social responsibility project. I believe that with the widespread use of the system, the contribution to nature will increase. The demand from all over Turkey for the special compost bins we offer for sale on online shopping sites also shows that we are on the right track.”