:new: :bulletblue: The Bokashi Bucket, which allows foodscraps to decompose into sludge to put onto the garden.
:thumbsup: Create liquid fertilizer out of kitchen scraps, and thus reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill.
:thumbsup: It's anaerobic (doesn't use oxygen), therefore all smells are contained, and you can keep it inside your house.
:thumbsup: Can use for meats, oil, onion, etc. and other foods which you can't put in a worm farm.
:thumbsup: Looks low maintenance.
:thumbsdown: Initial cost involved. Also looks like you may have to bury food scraps at one point (to clean it out), so would need to have access to a garden.


:? Why should we do anything?
If you've visited a 3rd world country, you're very aware that people need to be thoughtful about what they're throwing out because they are living close to their own garbage. In Western society, the "out of sight, out of mind" rule applies - unfortunately, the rubbish does have to go somewhere. Did you know that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is largely made up of plastic from landfill? (and all plastic naturally degrades... into toxic material... they're talking about the percentage of plastic particles floating about in the water which is why it can't be seen from the air)

~:target: Solutions :target:~

:bulletblue: Alternatives to plastic - cornstarch bags  
:thumbsup: These actually have a similar feel to plastic, and they are made out of a completely harmless and natural product - cornstarch.   
:thumbsup: You can put scraps in here and put directly onto a compost heap.
:thumbsdown: It degrades when wet after about a week, so would need to change
:thumbsdown: Sometimes it's hard to source these - there should be places on the internet where you can buy, but it can be expensive. A cheaper alternative is to find a place like Target in Australia which provide these bags at 10 cents each, with any purchase. You can ask to buy 2 or 3 extra, like I do. ;)

:bulletblue: Alternatives to plastic - newspaper
:thumbsup: It's not plastic! :w00t: Should be printed with non-toxic dye as per regulations. ;)
:thumbsup: It's a form of recycling - as councils like rubbish packaged and not loose, you'd need to wrap it in as much paper as you'd need and secure with a rubber band. Can either wrap like fish and chips, or use it instead of a plastic bag in a smallish kitchen bin.
:thumbsdown: You'd need to change it once a day since the newspaper can get soggy. Doesn't take well to wet waste products.
E-T: Wrap rubbish in newspaper - reduce plastic by dazza1008

:bulletblue: Reduce pollution - use conditioner instead of shampoo (fewer chemicals) Read about it HERE (courtesy of The-Ocean-Vault)

:bulletblue: Ways we affect coral reefs - an excellent overview by The-Ocean-Vault It involves water conservation, monitoring pollution, and supporting local eco-friendly businesses. Read it HERE


:sun: The three R's aren't Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic. Oh no~ it's Reduce - Reuse - Recycle. :D :sun:

:bulletblue: Reduce what we use - why take more than what we need? :)

:bulletblue: Re-using products - why throw out after one use? ;)
:thumbsup: No initial waste!
:thumbsdown: Look at the number in the recycling logo imprinted on the plastic container - only the one which has the number 5 in it can be reused indefinitely. (Australian system) All other numbers eventually make people sick as they break down. That means, any plastic bottles that had a drink in it like water, or iced tea, etc. cannot be re-used for more than a few weeks.
Examples:
-painting images on the other side of cardboard wrappers
-using material from second-hand shops in costumes (I heard of designers who had to make clothes out of op-shop material for charity! :D)
-going to your local swap meet, where people simply exchange their items.
-collages using old magazine cut-outs
-and let's not forget that guy who sold a piece of driftwood as art for about $10 000 :dummy:

:bulletblue: Recycling - buy products that are able to be recycled... and then actually recycle them. :D
:thumbsup: Minimises waste going to the landfill, and minimises the need for more raw materials.
:thumbsdown: Before recycling, some products need to be cleaned, or to have staples removed like for magazines or newspapers.
:shamrock:STAMP:shamrock:

:bulletblue: Worm Farm/Compost Heap - this is a form of recycling, and once it's up and running, it's a great source of fertiliser for the garden.
:thumbsup: Directly converting kitchen scraps to fertiliser. Keeps the garden healthy and reduces what's going into landfill.
:thumbsdown: I believe it takes practice - unfortunately, I don't think many people get it right the first time. :D Can get stinky, and need to take care of the worms properly (keep moist but not wet, and don't give foods they dislike such as onions, fats and meat).
Instructions
Need a corner of the garden that's far away from the house, because it can get smelly. You can either have a heap on its own covered in a tarpaulin, or buy a worm farm/compost bin. If you're in a unit like I am and you have a balcony, you can use an esky. :D (just drain the water using that tap thing and cover the opening at the top with an old handkerchief and a rubber band)
Worms can drown. Worms also need oxygen. But they speed up the process of decomposition - as someone said "worms are the bowels of the Earth"


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Pawlove-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I usually reuse plastic bottles that is other than number 5 for cleaning my brushes :D Or fill it with paper stars from old magazines and it can be a pretty decorative element in my room.
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PhotoGingerness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I compost :aww: And I recycle everything I can! :D
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
That's brilliant! :hug:

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PhotoGingerness Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree! :D
Aww thanks :hug: Lol
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vilva73 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
I support:) I often 're-use' materials/ wrappers etc. in my deviations/ arts:
1. I usually paint images on the other hand of 'cardboards-wrappers' (e.g. from candy-boxes, old calendars...). Cardboards are hard - perfect to water-colours:)
2. I use materials (especially velvet, cause I love it) from 'second-hands' shop in my costumes:)
3. Paper in my papercuts is from old color-magazines:)
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Thank you so much, my dear! :)
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