Compostable is a community compost company whose mission is to close the loop in our food systems by transforming former 'waste' into future nutrients, by encouraging environmental justice, and by providing transparency around food systems in los angeles.
Our emphasis is on empowering local activations, relationships, and communities through education and partnerships that aim to regenerate the balance of earth now and seven generations ahead of us.
When compostable's founder, monique figueiredo, moved to los angeles, she wanted to continue composting just as she had been doing in her backyard in boston. there was only one big problem: she had no idea where to start.
Without an outdoor space or community composting bin in her complex, she was left with researching a service on her own. That experience left her feeling inspired to start a compost pickup service that was simple and accessible. This would become Compostable! Monique launched the company in June 2019 and flew solo for seven months before bringing her co-owner, Jamie Renee Williams, to grow the business to where it is today
We see Compostable affording people the opportunity to reduce their food waste despite any personal obstacles they may face, such as limited space, busy schedules, or personal discomfort.
We want every member to feel part of a community, part of the solution, and connected to something positive and large. Compostable aims to enable people to take action on critical environmental issues, such as climate change, soil degradation, community self-reliance, and environmental justice.
Monique Figueiredo - Chief Executive Officer / Founder / Co-Owner
Monique (she/her) founded Compostable in 2019 when she saw a need for additional community composting resources. Her vision for a community-led organization is woven through the fiber of Compostable's foundation.
Monique has over 8 years of non-profit experience in human services. She progressed from direct service to management, becoming an advocate for mental health funding and worker safety issues. She has since shifted to sustainability as her avenue to serve others, since caring for the natural world ultimately benefits its inhabitants as well. Monique completed UCLA's Sustainability Certificate program. She further developed her knowledge through Kiss The Ground's Soil Advocate training and The 131 School's Compost Operator Certificate program. She serves on the advisory board for RootDown LA and helped start the LA Chapter of the California Alliance for Community Composters.
“Everything is a resource for something else. In nature, the waste of one system becomes food for another. This is the goal of the cradle to cradle approach: creating a cyclical process instead of a linear one – eliminating waste altogether.” - William McDonoughSign Up Now