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Change the World Wednesday – 17th Jul

failed_stampZero waste this week….

So why did I have three bags of rubbish to put out tonight instead of my usual one or sometimes two?

Another of life’s paradoxes.

It was all packaging, so I didn’t actually waste anything. No food went out (I didn’t burn any toast this week), nothing reusable went out.

How many of you would have tossed this orange?

amouldyorangeI made juice from three of them that had snuck up on me in my fruit stand, it was delicious. Just cut the mouldy bits off, perhaps a little more generously because the soft pulp extends further into the fruit than the affected outside signs

So much food is thrown away because of blemishes or a little mould, when they could be used.

fishinglassI didn’t even throw the broken wine glass out, it has been put to the side. I didn’t break it, I discovered that the base was broken in two when I unpacked it. Unfortunately it was past the date when I could have taken it back to the store. So eventually, I will glue the base and use it for…. something; I haven’t decided yet.

It’s too small for a fish bowl. Besides some clown would put wine in it, then I’d have weekly trips to AA with a fish.

Probably end up as a candle holder.

Some rocks, compost and moss, perhaps. A mini terrarium with a fern…

Update:

My turning to the new fangled lights is timely. Brazil is banning the sale and manufacture of incandescent light bulbs from next year.

Small suggested, in a comment, that my Bread’n’Butter Pudding sounded great. (Last week)

Mine aren't as burnt... but you get the idea.

Mine aren’t as burnt… but you get the idea.

Recipe:

Old bread crusts or rolls saved in the freezer.

Pyrex dish, butter bread (NO margarine, it’s yucky) and line dish. Throw in some sultanas. Slop on some dollops of any jam (jelly for our US cousins). Make scrambled egg mix with less milk than eggs and with some brown sugar and a dash of vanilla essence, pour over bread until soaked and covered. Sprinkle with some cinnamon or nutmeg. Bake at a low heat until solid. Serve, eat, enjoy. It’s about as simple as a dessert can be. This recipe originated in England during WW II when there was food rationing and nothing, but nothing  could be wasted.

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Okay, on with this week’s CTWW.

This week review your activities and come up with at least one more way to live green. Similar to our energy challenge, this will be easy for “newbies” who have plenty of options to choose from and tough for seasoned “greenies” who will have to dig deep. Let’s see how green we can be!!

Oh, pooh!

Recycle, upcycle, repurpose… They’re all on the cards around here.

Lixo at lunch

Lixo at lunch

Here’s an example. My cat Lixo (means rubbish in Portuguese) is a green cat.

I love my Lixo, but I don’t pamper him. He’s a cat after all. Here he is at lunch -terrible photo.

You’ll notice that there isn’t a special cat bowl, nothing that has been especially bought  for him.

He’s a happy cat.

Now let’s take a closer look at Kitty Korner.

KittyKorner3Kitty Korner is a cut down milk box carton, lined with two polystyrene slabs cut to fit. His dish is a polystyrene tray, and his milk dish is an old margarine container. Lixo is quite happy with his Kitty Korner and asks for nothing more. He’s only interested in the food.

Now while I try to avoid buying stuff in polystyrene, sometimes it’s unavoidable, because of supermarket or hygiene rules. But when I am lumbered with the stuff, it gets reused, upcycled, repurposed. Oh, and when it gets dirty, I wash it and use it again and again, until it breaks, then it goes out in the trash. For example, that marg container, I have been using for three years, it rotates with a cream cheese container of about the same age.

So, my suggestion for something green and new. Is don’t buy your pets purpose specific things, where possible, reuse, recycle, upcycle or repurpose.

Perhaps with a dog, you may have to use something a tad more sturdy than polystyrene as most dogs would just chew it to pieces all over the backyard. Perhaps an old enamel dish…

enameldish

How green is your pet?

Change the World Wednesday – 19th Oct

Well, the week has flown by, I didn’t even get to post a Monday Moaning this week. Sorry about that, I do like to start the week off with a moan.

Last weeks CTWW post, almost had me convinced. I had previously been dead set against CFLs in the past, but I do try so hard to be a little greenish in my life, and I decided to cast my reservations to the wind and begin a slow replacement of the incandescent light bulbs, one as a trial, then others as they burn out.

But then I had a comment from a reader that jerked me back to reality and the myriad of reasons why CFLs should be avoided at all costs, you can read about that on Rather Frightening.

Here’s a quick demonstration that shows you that there is something definitely not right with CFLs.

Look at the two reflected spectra on the CD surface. The right is an incandescent light source, the left, a CFL.

Notice how the CFL has three ‘hot spots’ at the extremes of the spectrum. Ultra-violet and infra red. I am not an expert, but here’s the story from q-re-s.com, read it, it explains why the light from CFLs will never equal the light from incandescents.

Looks like we don’t yet have all the answers, and have shown that by flying off half cocked with CFLs. You know what? I can see the writing on the wall. It won’t be too far in the future when CFLs are banned (Germany has already legislated against CFLs in certain applications) and we have to replace with solution of the moment, be it LEDs or OLEDS or Super Dooper Non-carbon emmitting candles. Guess who gets to benefit? If you guessed you, then you are dead wrong… once again the corporations will reap their ill-gotten gains at your expense and gullibility.

Well, that got a bit long-winded…

This week’s Change the World Wednesday:

This week, find one way to lower the environmental impact of your pet.
OR …
If you don’t have a pet, suggest ways that we can protect wild animals.

Will have to wait. It’s 3:30am, and I am going back to bed…

Up again, got coffee.

Meow Meow when she was a kitteh...

At the moment I don’t have a pet. My last two, Meow Meow and da Meow were poisoned here in the praça (park) where I live.

How do you make a pet eco-friendly?

Well, I guess the major problem with pets is poop. Both used my compost heap. I used to put a small square of sand (collected from the street) next to the compost and when it got too soiled, I just turned it into the compost and got more sand. A few years ago when I had Pexote and Pivete, our two dogs, their poop was scooped off the lawn and straight into the compost.

Okay, that deals with what comes out, but what about what goes in?

I don’t buy (or didn’t) dry pet food, nor the canned stuff. I stopped that when I read about how they manufacture it and how the corporations control what advice your vet gives about such products. The vets say it’s good for your pet because the corporations dictate (by way of donations and funding) what the universities teach them to say.

The story I read of one vet who rebelled against pet food after having one of the dogs under his care become an epileptic, losing it’s fur, etc. He changed the dog to a diet of raw bones, yup, just raw bones and within two weeks the epileptic fits had stopped and the dog’s coat had begun to shine. He was working on the basis that that’s what dogs ate before humans started messing with their dietary needs. Since then all the animals he sees, he recommends a change back to raw bones and meat. The owners report that their pets become different animals, more active, healthier growth, lose their bad breath and fat ones lose weight and look like dogs instead of barrels on legs.

If your pet food comes like this, go and talk to your butcher about bones

I just put “processed pet food is bad” into Google hoping I could find the story, but it produced such a plethora of results, there wasn’t a hope of finding that particular one. You do it and have a browse. The first page of results has NOTHING good to say about processed pet food.

Another aspect of pets, fleas and such. When I had the cats, I couldn’t afford fancy flea powders at R$10 (about $7) a throw, I used a little sodium bicarb, rubbed that in and the fleas decided my cats weren’t such a good host.

I never used detergents or soaps or shampoos with my animals, just the garden hose and a good rub both for cats and dogs.

That’s about it, I guess. Not much, but I am interested to see what others have to say.

Good challenge.

 

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