Autumn Colour is Good for your Health
Surveys suggest that the majority of people viewing autumn colours feel that their mood changes for the better. We cannot imagine anyone viewing the natural golds, crimsons, oranges and purples that the various tree species produce in the autumn would ever come away not feeling refreshed and uplifted. The colours are incredible but it’s not just the colours that inspire us but the intriguing recycling system that is going on behind the scenes that creates such spectacular beauty. Leaves contain green chlorophyll. This chlorophyll recycles the energy from the sun’s rays and along with water and CO2, creates vital sugars. This is the process for converting sunlight into plant food. When winter arrives the tree stops making food and the chlorophyll breaks down. Coloured chemicals such as carotene, anthocyanins and tannins then dominate the leaves producing the radiant colours we see as a by-product.
What do the Trees Teach us about recycling waste
There is so much to learn from the way that nature is designed to manage its own household waste recycling. The tree never wastes food but stores it up and uses it in the winter. What about recycling our waste including our food, do we try to make sure we use up all the food we buy or do we throw it away? Do we try and recycle fruit from the garden by making things such as jams that can be preserved and eaten throughout the year? Can we turn dead leaves and fruit peel into food waste recycling by having a food waste digester?