Tuesday, October 20, 2009

worth a try

So it's No Impact Week, in case you hadn't heard, and though Aran and I already live quite "lightly" (and the G too I guess, since she eats homemade food and only bathes every 6 weeks or so!), we're looking for ways to cut consumption, waste & energy use even more as part of the Experiment.

Last weekend we didn't even take the metro, cruising on our spanking new (speedy!) bikes instead, of which I'll post pix as soon as our PC is resuscitated. Because we've pretty much converted to unconsumerism, we had debated not buying new (but rather second-hand) when A's broke. Finding affordable used decent bikes in Tokyo turned out to be uh, possibly impossible so, since we don't have a car and in fact don't buy much of anything but food (and A's damn used jazz CDs), we chose a local brand called Tokyo Bike and allowed ourselves the luxury.

Okay, well I forget what my point was... It's past lunchtime now and I'm feeling a little lightheaded. Going to eat my salad now, made with my very first attempt at homemade organic mung bean sprouts (thanks to Mark for the seeds!). A secret? Making them was super-easy! But actually, now that I'm looking for a link to include here, I seem to have done it wrong since mine are more beany with just tiny sprouts. Next time I'll try the Wiki way, which is still pretty duh-doable!

Oh and one last thing, for the No Impact thing, I'm looking at composting at home and hope anyone who does it will share tips. At the moment, I'm thinking of doing it the Japanese way: bokashi.

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AH I can read you at work again!! YAAAY! I caught up on a bunch of old posts - so did your ladybug live for a while? New bikes! Yaaay!
I can't get to the site about the experiment but it sounds crazyfunhardwork! :) Did you read the book about No Impoact Man, Colin Beavan? I have it, but haven't started it yet. Too many books too little awake time, hah
MISS YOUOUOUOUOUO!!!! We have to settle a time to SKYPE!!!
*hugs* h
Yup, I checked & Bokashi is the indoor compost system that I used in my apartment last year. This is the guy I got my system from: http://www.bokashiman.com/ Of course, he's here in
vancouver and I'm sure you can find one in Tokyo. However, he's got a fair bit of information on his site. The thing to remember is that the composed material cannot be used right away. Its a three step process: put the material in the bucket, add the bokashi; once the bucket is full, ferment for a period of time; then mix it with dirt in the garden for another period of time. The organic material is ready for use after this last step. I didn't realize this when I did it, but I found some local gardeners that were happy to add the fermented matter to their compost piles. It all worked out well.

There wasn't much smell. There was some, but it wasn't unpleasant or stinky. I followed the directions carefully though. There were 2 buckets, and the liquid in the second bucket has to be washed away. This is important to keeping the system non-stinky (is that a word?... lol).

The other system (and I have to admit I've not tried this one) is worms. You need the "dirt" worms for this.

Good luck with the composting & happy gardening :)
Oh I forgot ... this is a message for G: get Her to vacuum your fur, not glue it! ... Or go for the lion cut... oh, let's see, in doggie couture that would be the werewolf cut!
A story for you! from helene

Hey Lynne, thanks for the tips. We're probably going with a process similar to bokashi but that produces a "final" product. Will blog about it when it's up and running.

As for G, the abundance of shed seems to have quelled so she has been saved from any form of torture (she absolutely would never let me anywhere near with the vacuum, believe me, I've tried!).

H - thanks for the link and it's funny cuz I had read that story the day it came out. Up with moneylessness! heehee
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