Bokashi Bran

Bokashi Bran



Bokashi Bran® is manufactured in Gauteng, South Africa using the original EM from EMRO, Japan but brewed here in South Africa under licence. The company was established in April 2012 so that it can produce the highest quality bokashi and divert food waste from landfill. Our bokashi takes more than 4 months to produce because we allow for optimal brewing time. Making bokashi is like waiting for an avo to ripen. You can’t squeeze it to speed up the ripening time.

Soil sample test results

The Agricultural Research Council in Pretoria (ARC), tested Bokashi Bran’s results with composting. They found the elements Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium and Manganese improved by more than 120% within 7 weeks. These results are available in the Technical Information link below.

Technical Information

It is important to return the nutrients from food waste to our soils to eliminate the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Bokashi is revolutionary in the composting industry because for the first time, using Bokashi Bran®, we can compost cooked food, protein and dairy safely.


Home bucket system

Our 25-litre digester buckets are made from recycled plastic. The straining trays are manufactured from A-grade plastic to ensure their strength and durability. The straining trays are one solid tray with no removable feet that can break off or bend over time. The tray separates the solid from liquid. The remaining “tea” is a concentrated, organic plant food that should be diluted at least 1:300.  The buckets are all made in South Africa because we believe in growing our own economy.

Commercial kitchen solution

For commercial restaurants, we use 50 litre drums to separate food waste at source. These drums weigh about 35kgs when full so are manageable to move around by waste staff.

Home and commercial kitchen – simple process

The Bokashi Bran® system is easy to implement in the home and in commercial kitchens. The food waste is separated at source and treated with Bokashi Bran®. This stops food waste from rotting.

What is Bokashi?

Bokashi is wheaten-bran that has been brewed with effective micro-organisms (EM). It ferments food waste instead of the food waste rotting. Once the food waste has been fermented, it is converted into compost by mixing with garden waste.

The word “Bokashi” means fermented organic waste. Bokashi is the generic term for this type of food waste treatment.

Bokashi Bran® is a registered trademark to Bokashi Bran (Pty) Ltd

Approved for use in commercial kitchens

The Joburg Environmental Health department has approved the Bokashi Bran® system for use in commercial restaurants. It is Government’s intention to reduce food waste in landfill by 2020. (National Waste Minimisation Strategy)