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Be like a tree and start recycling waste

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

Be like a tree and start recycling our 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?

Corals a master of recycling

Corals Covering our Crimes

We pollute the sea with our manmade sunken vessels, weapons of warfare and general junk. How is nature recycling and dealing with our bad habits? In some places of the ocean these dumped vehicles have been turned into an underwater paradise thanks to coral reefs that are attaching themselves to our junk. This is no excuse for our bad waste habits but it is humbling to see nature’s design and intelligence. Corals attach themselves to new forms in the sea and multiply creating bursts of colour and beauty.

A Masterclass in Recycling

The coral is not only beautiful but is a master of recycling. Corals need nitrogen, but too much of it and it can be dangerous, so what do the corals do with the waste product nitrogen? Studies taking place right now suggest that they are recycling this waste product over and over by the organisms making up the reef. Reef sponges are also recycling the food received from corals and they recycle their waste back to the reef.

Reduce your household waste with a master of recycling Green Cone

Master of recycling Green Cone

We might not have the natural instincts of a coral to recycle but we do have access to great tools to help us become better at waste recycling. For example you can dramatically reduce your household waste with food waste recycling digesters such as the Green Cone. It is simple to install, use, and maintain.

Food waste recycling

Pumpkin: Fruit or Vegetable?

Did you answer vegetable? If you did, you are not alone; many of us would have been there with you on that one. However, we would have all been wrong! According to the botanical definition a pumpkin is actually a fruit. How so? It is quite technical but simply put it is considered a fruit because it is from a plant and has seeds.

Recycle the Seed for Plenty of Pumpkin Pie

The fact that a pumpkin is either classed as a vegetable of a fruit might seem like an unimportant detail and yet it is good news for gardeners and those that are interested in food waste recycling. Pumpkin seeds can be recycled by drying them out and planting them for a crop of your own.

Food waste recycling using a Green Johanna

Food waste recycling using a Green Johanna

Pumpkins are top of many shopping lists at this time of year, not to be eaten but carved out and thrown out afterwards. To reduce your household waste and food waste why not recycle your pumpkins seeds. Use any carved out pumpkin to make delicious pie or soup. Throw your pumpkin peel into your Green Johanna (a food digester designed for easy household and food waste recycling) for great compost in the garden.

Reduce Household Waste

Banquet Binned

What did wedding guests think when they heard they had just been served Bridal banquet that was heading for the landfill. It was revealed to this wedding party that the food they had eaten was not food taken from the bin; it was only heading for the bin. Still sounds odd? Would you still want to eat food that was ‘meant for the bin?’ Would you want to bin it instead?

This story was featured on the BBC and highlighted organisations that are intercepting food that would be classed as food waste and be deemed as only fit for the landfill. These creative chefs are motivated to hunt down this food waste recycling and turn it into something very special. Many stores decide they can only sell the ideal looking fruit or veg, this means perfectly edible food is rejected and becomes food waste. The banquet was so tasty that the wedding guest believed that they were fed gourmet food and they were; gourmet food waste recycling at its best!

Motivated to Reduce Household Waste?

True stories such as these help to inspire us to think and behave in a different way. Can we be creative at home and find other ways to recycle our household waste? Can we think about our food waste recycling habits more seriously or just more creatively?

Reduce Household Waste by using a Green Johanna

Reduce Household Waste by using a Green Johanna
A hot composter, the Green Johanna recycles all kinds of waste food – even cooked food, bones, meat and fish – into natural organic compost.

Use natural products to reduce household waste

Turmeric is a hot topic. It’s not just the spice and flavour that gets us talking but the ongoing studies that reveal the amazing health benefits from turmeric. Family to the ginger plant, this native plant from Asia is certainly worth giving it a whirl in the garden. The great thing about the turmeric plant is that you can recycle every part of it. The roots and leaves can both be used in many cooking dishes, beauty treatments and it is a very popular dye. The plant can not only be grown in the garden but in pots in the kitchen which means any one can have a go at growing it.

Why Try Turmeric at Home?

The more we get creative with the natural products available around us the better it is for our health and our household waste recycling situation.

Use natural products to reduce household waste

If we grow more we can use natural products to reduce household waste we produce. When we take the time to grow things ourselves we take pride in the results and work harder to use it wisely and ultimately this effects our food waste recycling too. Being aware of our household recycling and food waste recycling can be fun, educational and has long lasting benefits for ourselves and the world around us. Growing an interesting and exotic plant like turmeric at home is a great example.
Use natural products to reduce household waste

How to reduce Plastic Household Waste

5 Ways to Reduce your Plastic Household Waste

So you may not have a 3D printer (see previous blog) to produce art pieces from plastic bottles but there are certainly other amusing and fun ways to reduce and recycle your plastic household waste.

Here are 5 ways you could recycle plastic bottles at home

  1. Lightshades – made from bottle ends and combining these with other plastic items like plastic spoons you can make wonderful lamp and lightshades that are stylish and beautiful. Who would have thought!
  2. Plant holders – you may be thinking this is not a new idea, as the garden has always been a great place to recycle plastic for plants and that is true but ideas have moved on and the internet has many exciting and visually great new ways to use your plastic in the garden.
  3. Organisers – whether it is for pencils, pens and nails, recycled large milk containers are really great ways to organise and recycle in the home.
  4. Curtains – yes, beautiful net like screens and curtains can be designed and made with the bottom of plastic bottles – a great craft project for the family.
  5. Bird feeders – expensive to buy, easy to make!

Green Kitchen Caddy – Don’t forget about your Food Waste

Green Kitchen Caddy - Plastic Household Waste

We have talked a lot about reducing household waste but don’t forget about recycling food waste at home either.  A kitchen caddy is an easy and great place to start recycling your food waste and if you have space for a food digester and composter like the Green Cone and Green Johanna, this will dramatically reduce food waste going to landfills.

Recycling household waste

Print a Cleaner World with 3D Printing

3D technology has quickly developed in the last decade which is great news for us. Did you know that 3D printers can help us reduce our household waste and the sickening amount of plastic rubbish that is strewn across our earth?

3D printers and 3D re-printers are being designed to specifically recycle plastic bottles and convert the recycled plastic into a material that can be used for 3D printing. This means we can start taking used plastic and recycling it into useful products again. With about 5 trillion or more plastic items floating in our oceans, this is very exciting news!

New Ideas are Floating Around

This news has already inspired many to think about how they can use 3D printing to help reduce our worldwide problem of household waste. 3D items have been printed from recycled plastic such as sunglasses and even a bikini that cleans the sea as you swim!

Two people who have really shown commitment to recycling our plastic waste are Project Seafood Founders, Fabian Wyss and Jennifer Gadient. These two artists, coupled with great motivation, have set themselves up with a mobile van that houses a plastic shredder and a smart 3D printer. Their journey has taken them all over Europe to visit beaches, collect the plastic waste, shred it and design the template for their 3D printer to produce amazing items and art pieces.

Recycling household waste

What does this mean for our own household waste? You may be reading this and thinking that 3D printers sound amazing but are not accessible to the average household right now. Please see the following blog this month to see how you can still make a difference by recycling your household waste using easy methods.

A Valuable Heap of Feathers

Britain has a long relationship with farming and keeping poultry. Did you ever wonder what happens to the waste by-product of poultry farming? That is to say, what happens to all the fluffy feathers? With eight billion chickens farmed and processed the waste product of feathers amounts to about 2 billion feathers or more. The poultry industry is very interested in reducing their household waste and recycling the feathers for other things. Like what? The clever structure of the feathers means that they are durable, robust and fibrous and therefore could be used to replace other expensive fibrous materials. Insulation, clothing and even diapers could use this waste product from the poultry industry. The more industries that get creative and investigate new ideas the more likely we are to reduce our waste going to landfills.

Pillow Talk in the Backyard

Feathers are actually great for the compost heap. In fact if you have old pillows and duvets that need replacing don’t throw them in the household waste but use these valuable feathers for the garden compost and reduce the household waste going to landfills.

Green Johanna

Green Johanna

If you keep your own chickens, how about recycling the poop? It is nutrient rich and high in nitrogen and your veg garden will love you for it. You can put it straight on your soil after leaving it to age a little or put it in with your household waste that is going in the Green Johanna. You can even make chicken manure ‘tea’ but not for your consumption, only the garden’s. Did that need explaining?

Get ready for Recycle Week now

Get ready for Recycle Week now!

A Week to Remember!

Please take a note of the following dates: 12th-18th September 2016.

Why do we say that? Well, yes, the kids do go back to school in September but something else important is happening! It is the official Recycle Week 2016. With each year more emphasis is being put on this important week, both for kids and adults. If you have children, why not make this an exciting week. With the help of the internet, numerous social media forums and websites have created free downloads for fun recycling activities. Local councils are also creating some activities for their community.

A Date for New Goals?

Recycle Week

If recycling has been on your mind and you haven’t yet put some household waste recycling actions into place, this week will be a good kick start! How about putting some time aside to discover how other people go about reducing their household and food waste and turn it into recycling. Some even turn it into compost to recycle again in their garden. All of us find committing to recycling challenging at times, but like the kids we can learn how to make it fun. Many of the things we throw away in our household waste are able to be recycled and used creatively to make other things.

Get ready for Recycle Week now!

Looking after your Green Johanna

Looking after your Green Johanna

It is not just you that is feeling the heat this month!  After having bad weather for a few months, it feels like Johanna has not long taken off her winter jacket and this week, she almost requested a pair of shades! For as much as the British weather keeps us amused so does the garden and the things that happen in it. The opening of flowers, the humming of new birds and the arrival of new buds…and dare we say it… weeds (but they are recyclable so no worries!)

Good weather means we can be in the garden more, but don’t forget your Green Johanna will need a little attention too. If you have had your food digester, such as the Green Cone, for over 12 months this is a good time to empty it out. Same for the Green Johanna, your household waste will have turned into glorious compost for the garden. Now will be a time to relocate the Green Johanna if you have found a shadier spot for her.

Never heard of the Green Johanna?

She is perfect for the garden or yard. She will munch all your weeds and many items from your food waste and household waste and recycle it into beautiful compost. You might be surprised what you can recycle with her from your food waste…items such as bones, fish and cooked food can be thrown in the Green Johanna. If you are not one in need of compost but want to recycle your food waste easily to reduce your daily household waste, why not try the odourless Green Cone as mentioned above. Stress free recycling solutions right here!