Welcome to the July 2003 newsletter for Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "The goal of life is living in
agreement with nature." - Zeno (335 BC - 264 BC)
Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is different
than traditional composting. Right is a photo of
a bin used for worm composting. Worm composting
is a process that uses red earthworms, also commonly
called redworms, to consume organic waste, producing
castings (an odor- free compost product for use
as mulch), soil conditioner, and topsoil additive.
Naturally occurring organisms, such as bacteria
and millipedes, also assist in the aerobic degradation
of the organic material.
Vermicomposting is especially useful for processing
food scraps, since the worms consume the material
quickly and there are fewer problems with odor.
Worm composting does not generate temperatures
high enough to kill pathogens. For this reason,
vermicomposting is more appropriate for food,
paper, and yard waste.
Food scraps should be chopped or shredded for
faster degradation. Unprocessed materials can
be used in vermicomposting, but the time required
for complete degradation of the organic waste
is generally six months or longer. Vermicomposting
does not require a specific carbon-to-nitrogen
ratio like traditional aerobic composting methods.
Article by compostguide.com. Article & Picture
© Compost Guide.
Mail Tree Project
Americans receive thousands of pieces of mail every
year that literally goes from our mail boxes straight
into the trash (or hopefully a recycle bin). Everyday
we get mail that is never read or even look at.
Imagine just how much energy is put into cutting
down trees, making paper, printing each piece, carrying
it in a mail truck to ultimately throwing it in
the trash and then hauling it away in a garbage
So what can be done on your part?
The Alliance for Sustainability has set up the
Junk Mail Tree Project. Their program will help
recycle the waste in a unique project that anyone
can participate in. Check out their website to
find out more. (They also have a link to help
get you OFF the mailing lists.)
Picture © Alliance for Sustainability
Junk Mail Tree Project... »
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. . . the house diary
This month I have chose not to feature a house (well
it is about a house) but rather the tales of building
a straw bale house. The diary of Ferg and Sara's
straw bale home is both fun and educational. Check
out their story here.
Picture © moxvox.com
. . . the house diary...