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Food scraps with Bokashi bran sprinkled on top, in a fermenting bin

Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment organic material in a tightly closed container.

June 2017 Update: I first posted this on December 26, 2016. Since then. I’ve added food scraps and some other biodegradable materials into my Bokashi bin, let it sit, drain off the liquid—all the things one should do to maintain the fermentation. During this time, I saw a white, fluffy mold grow on the edge of the bin in quarter-sized spots. It never got out of hand, just something I hadn’t expected.

My verdict after 7 months of use: the waste didn’t break down as much as I had hoped. Most of what I’d added remained visibly discernible (I could still tell what was the sweet potatoes, rinds, and other foods). I also need to think about the next stage for this fermented waste, as I don’t have a lawn to bury it into to further decompose. As I learned, this is not something you can add to vermicomposting, as the worms RUN AWAY from the fermented shlosh (I ended up getting worms to add to my GT2 tower). In other words, this might be a good idea for someone who has a backyard, or has gardener friends, but not for someone who lives in apartment. I’ll keep the remainder of my original post for those interested in the basics.

If you’re a longtime reader, you’ll know that part of my green lifestyle involves composting and gardening. I just moved into an apartment without a patio or outdoor space, but I still want to compost and grow some of my food. After doing some research, I decided to get a Bokashi composting bin (this one, if you’re curious) and a Garden Tower 2 (GT2) gardening system. The Bokashi bin helps breakdown food scraps through fermentation, which I then put in the GT2 to finish decomposing and feed my veggies, eliminating the need for a large compost bin and worms.

I’ll make another post about vermicomposting (which I did before I moved and recommend if you can maintain it), and can even talk a little bit more about my gardening plans. Today’s post, however, is really to introduce the concept of Bokashi composting. Continue reading


A set of various artisan soaps, lotions, and other body care products

All natural does not equate to safe, ecologically sound and healthy.  Bacteria, salmonella, cocaine, and staph germs are natural but I dont want to put them on my skin. Chemicals are not bad. Everything is a chemical. Water is a chemical, oxygen is a chemical, we are chemicals.  Synthetic products are not necessarily evil. I do understand customers concerns about being as close to nature as possible so I offer a range of products fit those needs. I always label my products truthfully, please buy from a soapmaker that is honest.

via Preservatives vs all natural.

CD mosaic glazing flower pot

What an excellent way to reuse those scratched or otherwise unusable CDs.

From The DIY ShowEarth Day -DIY Gazing Flower Pot

I thought this was a really cute and resourceful idea: cardboard desserts! I must say, this far exceeds any trash-repurposed crafts I’ve made; the closest thing I’ve done was use junk mail and used paper as the stuffing for dress form I made.cardboard cake

Artist Patianne Stevenson has finally nailed the recipe for the ultimate all-natural, planet and people-friendly cake. It’s gorgeous, vegan, and virtually free of calories, because, um, it is made of recycled cardboard. She calls her collection The Cardboard Kitchen, and it is filled with chocolate icing, tarts, cupcakes, layer cakes, frosting and little lace doilies.

Check out all the other inedible delicacies at ECO ART DELIGHT: The Cardboard Kitchen | Inhabitat.

Source: A House of Straw

I was about to post a link to a German designed office building that’s being praised for being sustainability-minded, but, seeing how it’s basically a spiral of steel, I thought it’s probably not the best example out there. Steel is sustainable in the sense that it’s easily recyclable (and often gets recycled), but the process of mining and refining iron ore into stainless steel has a high impact on the environment.

Instead, I want to introduce you to the idea of straw-bale construction. Building with straw is great because straw is a renewable resource, is already produced as a by-product of cereal farming, and it makes excellent insulation. There are many sources out there explaining how to build homes out of straw—even TLC has an article on How Straw Bale Houses Work. Two sites that come up on Google are A House of Straw and StrawBale.com. Both have instructions and classes on how to build, articles, FAQs, and photos of completed projects. Also check out Straw Bale Construction, which provides a more in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of using straw for building, among other sustainable building information. Continue reading

green gift MondayIgnore the fact that it’s called Green Gift Monday—This blog features DIY gift ideas, more green gift guides, localized green gifting, opportunities, and a pledge to “Gift Responsibly” this year. Check it out.

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