Worms eat my garbage![1]

Author: Mariel Vilella

At home we have two cats, a tortoise… and a thousand worms provided with full room and board in a box! They eat part of our organic waste and give us top quality plant fertiliser in return. Some visitors find them disgusting, but that’s because they haven’t got to know them.

Useful sites

On worm-composting:
Manual Lombrices trabajando [Working worms]: www.ecoterra.org/articulos97es.html
Blog Picarona y su huerto [Picarona's garden]: picarona.blogspot.com/2008/09/el-vermicompostador.html.
In English: www.wormdigest.org.

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Long live the knife and fork!

Why and how to avoid disposable products

Did you know there are bibs, towels and window-cleaning cloths that are meant to be used once and thrown away? Every day brings more products that apparently make life easier for us: we don’t need to look after them, just keep buying them. Does the idea of a disposable mobile phone seem ridiculous? Not so long ago people would have seen disposable cutlery as equally ridiculous.

The production and consumption of these products involves a waste of raw materials, downward pressure on prices, and therefore quality and production costs, increasingly difficult and expensive waste management, and intensified levels of pointless consumerism.

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Web-based platform that encourages and enables people to give household equipment and other possessions

Tsur Taub has developed a new and highly effective mechanism, the centrepiece of which is a web-based platform that encourages and enables people to give household equipment and other possessions that they no longer want to others who need them. In doing so, he is also reducing barriers and promoting mutually beneficial contacts among sharply divided social and ethnic groups in Israel.

Link: http://israel.ashoka.org/en/fellow/tsur-taub