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So we might go to a chippy and ask for chips and a bottle of coke. The person in the counter gives these to you in a carrier plastic bag. What do we do with the plastic bag, the polystyrene tray and the plastic bottle when we finish our food?
Most of us said we would recycle them, but the true is that the plastic bag and tray can’t be recycled and recycling the plastic bottle needs energy to melt it down so produces C02 and C02 climate change.
So why not to bring your own Tupperware and fabric bag? You can also make a juice or a smoothie made out of fresh fruit at home if you have an orange squeezer or a blender.
Good was that in our session we had a refreshment but this was made of real pomegranate in a glass bottle. So would we recycle the bottle? Why not to personalise it and reuse it to take it with us wherever we go with just tap water?
That’s what we did while learning about the hierarchy of waste management.
Some of you knew about the 3 R’s: Reduce, reuse and recycle
But not everyone knew that in the waste management hierarchy there are up to 6 R’s.
So where is recycling in this hierarchy?
It is getting at the bottom of he pyramid so even it is important to recycle, there are many things WE can do before this option.
As said before, to recycle stuff needs energy and that probably means energy from for example a coal power stations that produce lots of CO2 in the atmosphere and as we know, CO2 and other carbon gasses are making our climate to change.
So what we can do before recycling?
The best we could do is to create ZERO WASTE.
That is: refuse to buy stuff as much as we can, reduce the amount of things we NEED to buy and reuse those things as much as we can.
So let’s reuse that bottle at least until we loos it!
What else we could do to minimise our waste to zero?
Growing food from kitchen waste.
That’s right. We can regrow many food waste. Think of some of the fruit and vegetables peeps that can be replanted: chillies, peppers… Unfortunately not the apple peeps. Apples are only produced from grafting apple trees roots with apple branches. But we can regrow everything else, even potatoes, carrots, lettuces, celery… even a pineapple. In Manchester? Yes, in Manchester. You’ll need to grow it in a indoors warm place. For example in a greenhouse or behind a balcony where the sun gets in and warms the space.
So there we go!
We took out the leafy part of the pineapple, peal the leafs from the bottom and leave it in a water jar to wait for the roots to regrow. Once the roots grow we just need to transplant it in a container with soil, water it when the soil is thirty and wait for a steam to grow from the middle of the leaves. Eventually from the steam will grow a new pineapple.
We cut one inch of the bottom of the leek and left the bottom in a water jar until the roots develop. Once the roots grow, then can be placed in a pot with soil and water it when the soil is thirsty until a new leek grows.
With the carrot we cut the top. Again, you leave it in a jar of water until the roots grow and when that happens you plant it in a pot with soil.
Always grow these in a window sill where plenty lights gets in.
You’ll have food always growing right in your kitchen and for FREE!
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