Hi, I thought I’d give you some insights into sustainability and share some of the things I’ve researched on the internet. Currently, I’m hoping to start a Square Foot Garden with a great Community Centre soon and will share that with you when I do.
If you have a video or page you’d like to share please let me know
A CIRCULAR BASED ECONOMY
Using less energy to produce goods with a longer service life which remain under brand ownership and returned for recycling makes a lot of sense to me.
Q: HOW PRECIOUS IS OUR WATER?
A: WITHOUT FRESH WATER THERE IS NO LIFE
Those of us who are lucky enough to have easy access to clean drinking water often overlook just how precious it is.
There are several major things we can do as individuals to ease the pressure on this planet’s water supplies.
Harvest rainwater and store it: a 1 cubic meter container equals 1000 ltrs
Reuse greywater: you can fit a pump or a simple gravity fed pipe to take the water from your shower and washing machine and divert it to fruit trees or greenhouse in your backyard. You can also filter it and feed it into a fishpond
You can use water from your fishpond to feed your plants or aquaponic system
Either use a low flush or a no flush toilet (UDDT)
500,000 people in rural and urban Norway now use UDDT sustainable sanitation
Note A: using chemical fertilisers poisons the groundwater
Note B: the best fertiliser in the world is free; it’s called NPK (your urine) a slow gravel water filter is a cheap and effective means of purifying water
GYO with SFG grow your own organic vegetables in raised bed gardens
Here’s a simple video on raised bed square foot gardens. Why are you wasting precious time, space and energy on that pretty lawn? You could be / should be / better be growing your own food!
Not only do you get to eat fresh, organic produce that you know is pesticide free, a SFG uses 70% less water than conventional methods AND it wasn’t flown in a thousand miles to get your local shop. Nowadays, with this no dig, weed free system you could even make your garden at standing height – NO BENDING OVER!
It’s also a great fun, bonding exercise for friends and neighbours. I’m just getting this going in Singapore as a community thing and will let you know how that goes.
THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?
For composting we use two types of carbon
Green carbon, such as scrap vegetables or animal wastes
Brown carbon, such sawdust, leaves (anything plant that once lived)
In this video the lady is using a specially made kitchen compost container, when in fact you don’t need to go to so much expense. Simply keeping your kitchen compost collector covered with damp brown organics will do the trick
An important point she made – landfills
The US throw out 40 percent of fresh fish, 23 percent of eggs, and 20 percent of milk, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
In total, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that in 2010 the US wasted 33 million tons of food. That’s roughly a ton of food per person. Image a law was passed that banned the dumping of veg waste into municipal systems. Now imagine what a lovely, rich, organic garden compost you would have! Starting to come together as a system, isn’t it.
Grow your own organic: Eat your own organic: Compost your own organic:
Use less water and be healthier!
I am just finding out about Bio Char, pyrolasis and gasifiers and it’s looking like wonderful news. Using a retort gasifier burns of gasses in wood and creates low energy carbon with can be activated and used in the garden or can be used as a clean burning fuel. The toxic fumes have all been burned off and burned up in the gasifier. That 33 million ton of wasted food could be efficiently turned into active bio char and put back into the (long deprived) earth – it grows huge crops that don’t require herbicides. It could also be aerobically composted and mixed with the bio char to create terra preta – wonderful news for farmers!
I’m also looking into rocket stoves for rural areas, but more on that later.
Here is one video discussing bio char / terra preta that will give you a very good idea of what it is and why we should use it
It is my wish/dream/hope/prayer that there are eventually no more lands fills and that we only have recycle centres. There is enough material on the surface of this planet never to have to dig for ‘stuff’ ever again. There is nothing we can’t recycle!
(yeah – but how about tyres – you can’t recycle tyres – can you?)
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CAN I MAKE MY OWN BIO CHAR? Check this out