In trying to minimise our impact on this earth as much as possible, there are a few things we do:
- We try to re-use EVERYTHING! Cans, bottles, plastic bags/wrap and anything else plastic, old clothes (as rags) etc. etc.
- We try to find building materials which are local or recycled. Tom spent weeks a few years ago pulling down an old building, but he has a lot of good quality, recycled timber out of it. In today’s building environment, people are happy to get buildings pulled down without having to pay for it. Usually the land these older buildings are on is worth more to them without anything on it. It is a matter of being at the right place at the right time, but you can always scout around locally for these opportunities.
Local rock or clay are also great building materials, and can even be found on your own land!
- All paper products are recycled, we have an old paper shredder (bought second hand), which shreds the paper and cardboard down enough so it can be used as mulch. Other (smaller) bits of paper can be put in the centre of banana circles, the bananas love it! Continue reading