Kiwi Bear (by David Prior)

UPDATE: a prototype of the TouchyPeely website has been built – see If you’re interested in supporting us to get it live and fully functional, please get in touch.

TouchyPeely is a project in incubation. It will be a website to bring together two types of people: those without a garden who want to save their kitchen peelings from , and those who have a garden or allotment and want peelings for their bin.

The idea first came in the guise of Social Compost, in March 2008.

How It Works

A visitor to the website enters their postcode and then browses a map of their local area. This informs them which of their neighbours are offering peelings or a compost heap to put them in. The visitor then adds themselves to the map, or connects with another user. They could browse the forum or blog, or purchase their own bin.

TouchyPeely brings the community together, raises environmental consciousness, empowers people to take action and, in the process, reduces the burden on landfill waste. And it’s so simple that my mum could use it.

The site will be promoted to allotment and gardening groups first, to create a demand for peelings. Alongside word-of-mouth marketing, a social media campaign will be made on social networks such as Facebook and UnLtdWorld. We could offer products such as compost bins, and host a forum and blog for sharing experiences and advice.

Your Feedback

A number of people have expressed interest in it so far, including the chairperson of a London allotment group.

When the idea was submitted to London’s Social Innovation Camp, it attracted a number of encouraging comments and was written about on several blogs:

  • Rosie Sherry:

    I personally love the idea and will be supporting it in whatever way I can.

  • Tim Davies:

    Great idea. We’ve just agreed with the local Quaker Meeting House that we can use their compost heap… but it took us ages to find somewhere we could compost.

  • Leif Kendall:

    As someone who religiously cleans, sorts and recycles rubbish, I hate to chuck out so much good fodder.

  • Jonathan Melhiush:

    I’m the same situation right now. I must admit I’ve tried as hard to find somebody with a compost bin, it just seems like too much effort.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. Brilliant idea – I’ve been looking for this all my life :)

  2. Kim Hill

    Hello! I am a vermicomposter in the Austin, TX area. I am currently living in the downtown area, and I have a garden plot on the East Side at Alamo Community Garden where I also compost. Most of my compost goes straight to my garden, but I also give it away, both to fellow garden members and to friends. I would love to be apart of a community that shares resources, and I would love to be a hub to receive compost, both at the community garden and at my house in downtown, which is centrally located.

    I have often thought that crowd sourcing is the answer to reducing landfill through composting. It would seem smart to position compost boxes throughout the city so that various neighborhoods can use them to get rid of their table scraps.

    I hope I hear from you in the future, and good luck! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    Kimberly Hill

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