Change the World Wednesday – 11th Jun

Got coffee, raring to go!

Can’t eat a football – image: BBC News

Tomorrow is the kick off for the FIFA World Cup. Half of Brazil is excited, the other half complaining/protesting about the costs of a one month sports event while social services are left to starve.

Dilma Rousseff was on TV last night with a damage control presidential message.

I love the world cup, but the thing that disappoints me is there is no effort in promoting awareness nor solutions to the world’s chaotic environmental issues when you have the largest TV audience in the world as a captive audience. I consider this to be a major failing of FIFA.

Lots of big fat juicy worms

Lots of big fat juicy worms

As a part of last week’s CTWW, I turned over the compost heap. I didn’t find anything to transplant, but I do have a wonderful crop of worms, big fat juicy ones.

I was happy to see that I have two out of three pretty plants in my yard. My chillies and passionfruit; they do make wonderful displays.

I must take issue with Small on a comment in her ‘Final Thoughts’, “made me wonder, not for the first time, why we (society) choose ornamental plants and trees over varieties which provide food.” I think we have to look beyond pretty/ornamental, and look at what these non-food bearing plants do. While they may sap the ground of nutrients, do they also not provide composting material? Thus, returning to the ground what they have used. Think about all those leaves you rake up every autumn, wonderful for the compost heap; and then you grow veges. Do they not pander to the bees to make honey and feed birds like humming birds? I think that ornamental plants and trees do have their place in the scheme of things, maybe not direct food, but in the long run.

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On with this week’s CTWW.


This week, before placing items in either the recycle or trash bin, see if you can find new uses for them. For example, an empty ketchup bottle could be used to dispense pancake batter onto the griddle. An old cooking pot or tea kettle could become your newest planter. Got some empty medicine bottles? Fill them with coins and keep in your car for toll booths or times when you need a few pennies. The idea, this week, is to find a use for things which might otherwise be thrown away.

I do that, I try to find a use/repurpose for everything. It is the core of my life; and not only at home.

Even as I walk along the streets, I scour for something that I can reuse or repurpose.

Here’s some examples:

Two sewer pipe off cuts found near a construction site

Two sewer pipe off cuts found near a construction site make a bench


What's holding up my tomatoes? An old broom handle

What’s holding up my tomatoes? An old broom handle


My old stove is now my work bench and garden storage

My old stove is now my work bench and garden storage


Repurposed bricks in the kitchen

Repurposed bricks and small jar in the kitchen

So I do, I do it all the time, it’s an addiction, I’m incorrigible.

…maybe I should go to meetings 🙂



3 responses to this post.

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  2. Posted by smallftprints on June 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Oh I love the brick idea … makes for a beautiful knife/utensil holder.

    I agree that all plants are worthwhile and there are benefits to all plants. I’m planting wild flowers this year which won’t be food for us but will nourish bees and butterflies. So yes, ornamental plants have their place (and use). My complaint is that our society typically looks at fruit & veg plants as unworthy of a proper place in the yard (some communities actually prevent people from growing food in the front yard). Often the ornamentals are hybrids which don’t really help pollinators because they don’t produce enough “syrup” for them. That said, any plant is better than none (provides organic materials, prevents errosion, etc.). I just think that, in this day when so many people don’t have access to fresh food, and (in fact) many people don’t even know where their food comes from, we could benefit by planting varieties which produce food … in addition to being beautiful. It just seems a better use of resources. 🙂



    • >Small, I’ll be adding another, but I have to modify the holes for some knives and line it with cardboard to protect the blades.

      I am not in favour of hybrids either, neither in plants nor animals.




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