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Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:19 pm
by Merry
I couldn`t think what the little plastic strips in my compost could be - then I realised that it was the window part of the window envelopes I`d shredded!

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:53 pm
by Shirley
lol

Great challenge Boots!!!

You could always use the window envelopes again - you just need to position your letter with the senders address visible.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:13 am
by den_the_cat
Pilsbury wrote: not a problem, i shread mine then compost them, i dont have a huge bin and it is only 2 of us so when it is ready i seive the lot to get out any large bits and uncomposterble stuff, yes it does still need to be thrown away but it will be longer than 2 weeks :wink:
Lol - if we can do two weeks without waste on that basis then I reckon even I can do it :)

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:16 pm
by Andy Hamilton
The real challenge would be to do this at christmas :shock:

I think that would be too difficult. SO two weeks without anything entering a land fill - Well I except the challenge but let me have a couple of weeks to prepare first. Milk bottle tops will be the first thing that I can think of that will be a problem, will have to find a charity that collects them.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:05 pm
by Boots
... or you could make an Aussie hat and replace the corks with caps for your brother for Christmas...


:mrgreen:

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:57 pm
by den_the_cat
well for two weeks that's easy - you can make bird scarers for the allottment - but nearly everything that you 'can' do with obscure things that can't be recycled isn't practical long term - I could use empty yeast packets to make storage envelopes for seeds (or start driving into town to get bread every day instead of making our own) but there's a finite amount of home-made seed envelopes I need :?

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:49 pm
by Pilsbury
I was thinking about the zero waste challengs and found 1 problem already, what to do with bones??? cant compost, cant recycle, no dog to feed them to.........

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:25 pm
by den_the_cat
feed them to the neighbours dog, hang them up for the birds, make them into charcoal and use them as a water filter or find some way of grinding them and use them as bonemeal on the garden

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:01 am
by Andy Hamilton
Pilsbury wrote:I was thinking about the zero waste challengs and found 1 problem already, what to do with bones??? cant compost, cant recycle, no dog to feed them to.........
Our council collects them with the other compostables.

what about making gravy? - can't you boil up bones, I guess that there are still bones left after that.

Just did a quick google to see what the native tribes of america did with the buffalo and got this

"Bones - knives, arrowheads (ribs) , shovels, splints, winter sleds, arrow straighteners, saddle trees, war clubs, scrapers (ribs), quirts, awls, paint brushes (hipbones), game dice"

http://www.nativeamericans.com/Buffalo.htm

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:30 pm
by Boots
Why would you NOT compost or bury the bones? :shock:

Bones have always been buried, haven't they? They breakdown surprisingly quickly..

As far as I understand it, the only reason adding meat products to a compost is discouraged, is because they attract vermin, ferals etc... and will smell if close to the house - but burying and sealing the product to decompose in the earth is different.

Is this a law over there about this, because I don't think this is the first time this has been mentioned?

.... and now you have my brain ticking over (yep, startin to ache already!) but burning bones... there would be no pollutant from incinerating them, would there?

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:44 pm
by Andy Hamilton
I think making war clubs sounds like more fun than composting :mrgreen:

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:55 pm
by Boots
... and here I was thinking you were a pacifist hippy dude.... :mrgreen:

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:50 pm
by Wombat
Well Boots all of us have to "strike out" for what we believe in and if that means cracking a few heads.............weellllllll..... :mrgreen:

Nev

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:53 am
by Boots
Cor... i flat out refuse to believe you pair are anything other than big-hearted good guys who will always grin before you growl, and spread peace and goodwill as opposed to knuckle sandwiches!!

And don't be thinking of popping my bubble, or I will have to bop you with my bundled up blanket of denial! Have we got that sorted? :mrgreen:

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:09 pm
by Millymollymandy
I wouldn't mess with her!