Earth Month Giveaway: Compost Crock

Composting is a great way to prevent organic waste from ending up in landfills; it also provides a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers for your lawn, garden or houseplants.

Of course, not everyone has the space for a big outdoor compost bin. Fortunately, composting doesn’t always have to start outside.

In honor of Earth Month, we’re giving away Beth Mueller’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Container. These handmade crocks don’t take up too much space, so they’re perfect for apartments, trailer homes and other small living quarters. Once your small container is full, take it to a larger bin in your yard, or community compost center.

Entering to win is easy; just leave a comment sharing your pledge to compost. We’ll choose one winner to receive a “Grow” crock and one to receive a “Simplify” crock.

Already compost? You can:

1.) Pledge to advocate composting to your friends, family and community.
2.) Start a composting program at school or work.
3.) Promise to take home your organic scraps for composting after dining out—don’t forget to bring a reusable container and skip the doggie bag!

Beth’s hand-painted messages remind us make life a little simpler by composting things like apple cores and coffee grounds, which will be used to help our plants grow!

The artist handcrafts her pieces in her Vermont studio. She says the compost crocks were inspired by her love of gardening. Her garden, where she grows brassica, squash, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, was even featured in her friend Altoon Sultan’s Studio and Garden blog last September.

Beth and her tomatoes in her garden

Beth in her garden.

Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, you can still enjoy the benefits of composting. Donate your compost to a friend or family member, or check out a community garden near you!

So pledge to compost, and remember to tweet @uncommongoods and write on our Facebook wall to triple your chances to win.

Leave a comment with your pledge by Wednesday at 11:59 ET to enter this week’s Earth Month giveaway. Check back soon—all month we’re featuring the work of artists, like Beth, who are going above and beyond to protect the planet, and offering easy tips for you to do the same!

If countertop composting isn’t for you, there are other ways to break down those carrot tops, eggshells and bean stems. Check out our Automatic Composter, Kitchen Composter and Worm Factory.

Can’t wait for the next addition to our Earth Month series? Check our profile of recycled glass artists Vawn and Mike Gray, learn how Cliff Drill makes his Recycled Rubber Flip Flops or read up on how to stay green while rockin’ out with tips from Guitar String Bracelet creator Hannah Garrison.

Written by Cassie

Cassie spends most of her time at work writing things. She loves books (including comics), sketch comedy, and sci-fi. She's inspired by art and science. As a former Minnesotan, she longs for an afternoon on a lake, Grain Belt in hand. The New Yorker in her is happy spending that afternoon at the American Museum of Natural History instead.


  1. Nikki Rosewag

    I already compost… I pledge to encourage people I know to compost, and to bring my compostable leftovers home from restaurants. I also pledge to learn more about vermiculture.

  2. Ann Fudge

    I pledge to compost and spread the word about the value of composting to save our planet.

  3. crystal

    I have this on my list of things to begin this spring. I pledge to compost! I hope to win this to get me started!!

  4. Janice Jacoby

    I already have a garden and compost but this would be so much nicer than the coffee can I currently use.

  5. Adrienne Gieszl

    My 5-year old daughter and I will be starting our vegetable garden soon and will definitely compost!

  6. Cindy Gifford

    I already compost and plan to continue, it would be great to have a crock as I live in a rural area with no garbage collection and grow only organic.

  7. Laura

    I’m already composting! I pledge to spread the word to others, and to start composting at work… I think I can fit one of those wormy bins under my desk ;) :p

  8. Amanda G

    I can’t wait to see what my bin created this winter!! I pledge to continue to compost!!

  9. Valerie

    Oh, yes, composting is great! I pledge to continue to compost all that I can! Thanks for having the give away!

  10. Laura Vetock

    Been composting for years. Love how it becomes such wonderful soil for our garden.

  11. Kathryn Tomasek

    I’ve been composting since I moved from an apartment to my house in 2002. Will continue and continue and continue….

  12. Dawn Margis

    intend to increase my compost and do a trench compost in the garden for the winter months

  13. Jose Cortez

    I already compost! So I will pledge to advocate composting to family, friends, colleauges and the rest of my community.

  14. Rowena Y.

    I am so happy that I live in a city that has a composting plan in place, so I pledge to advocate composting to family and friends!

  15. Candra

    I already compost, and pledge to continue! I am really getting interested in vermiculture, and plan to start later this year, too.

  16. Alicia

    I pledge to compost and to teach my young children how it benefits Mother Earth. I have a 6 year old boy and (almost) 3 year old twin girls so we have plenty of scraps for a compost, but no yard. A counter-top one, especially one so beautiful, would be terrific!

  17. Jane

    We pledge to continue to compost and to encourage friends to start, I would love the compost crock as it would replace the milk cartons that we currently use!

  18. Jane

    We pledge to continue to compost and will encourage friends to begin composting. We would enjoy using the composting crock to replace the milk cartons that we currently use.

  19. Emily D

    I pledge to continue composting, to start a composting program at work (even if I have to bring it home every week) and to bring tupperware with me when I eat out so that I don’t have to use icky styrofoam for a doggy bag!!!

  20. Therese

    I pledge to compost. It would be a lot more fun to have such a pretty container to use for it!

  21. Jeanette

    I pledge to compost! I’m moving to a place with a yard next month. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty in an organic garden!

  22. Amy

    I need to start composting! We go threw coffee and bananas in my house and I feel guilty every time I throw them away. And my 3 yr old learned about composting at preschool and as my jr Tree Hugger wants to start as well!!

  23. carrie crigier

    I pledge to Compost. And I am always talking to others to get them involved as well!

  24. Mark

    I literally just started composting by cutting a two-liter soda bottle in half to make a jar. I’d love to have this nicer looking gadget to help with the process. I pledge to continue doing so regardless!

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  26. Denise Solsrud

    my 92 young mother composts all the time. and when she cannot get it into the ground right away,she refrigerates or freezes it till the weather is good enuf for her to go outside. i will follow what my mother does and compost.

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