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Why We Should Avoid Backyard Trash Burning | Eartheasy Blog

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No more paper napkins here!

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Napkin Basket

Yes, they think I am crazy.  I am not buying paper napkins again.  I have decided that there is way to much waste going on here.  Not really but there is always room for improvement and this is a good product to eliminate.

I have been cleaning out the house looking for items to reuse, recycle,  repurpose etc.  I have used old t/shirts for the obvious  dust rags, cleaning rags, even a dog toy from a knotted one.  This time I cut them into squares for cloth napkins.  Wa la soft , reusable napkins.  The husband and son refuse to use them.  Husband likes his sleeve better, he told me.  Son, well he is just plain ornery at times.

They are soft and they smell nice and fresh, I still use fabric softeners.  Can’t make all the sacrafices at once you know.  I did try to buy some real but basic cloth napkins at my local thift store but they must have thought they were made from a fancy cloth of gold threads, because the price was higher than buying them in Walmart NEW.  Plus I had just bought 15 branded sweat shirts and other assorted warm weather “I am not turning on the heat” clothes,  from their bargain bin @25 cents a piece.  Even scored a brand new nike golf polo for my son.

So you can imagine my distain when ten  8×8  cloth napkins we  going to cost me 50 cents a piece.  Nope forget the fancy ones…I like my soft old t/shirt napkins. I still may be able to change hubby’s mind too!  After all it is  one of his old shirts, just not the sleeve!

Don’t Poo Poo The Doo Doo

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Imagine the concept of saving your own poo!  ICK! Double ICK! There is a movement (heehee) going on in this department.  But the jury is till out on the concept called humanure.  You can read all about it here.

The Humanure Handbook – Center of the Humanure Universe 

Given that most of us have a hate relationship with our excretory system, I am pretty confident that this will be not become the norm.  But for the truly self-sufficient soul it may be just another way to put the poo to good.  From the earth back to the earth.  There are a number of ways to utilize the poo, you can purchase a composting toilet. 

Save the Earth!

Companies like Outdora sell self containing or full out composting systems for those interested in the humanure concept.  There are more primitive solutions such as the old style outhouse that will also work.  You can read some interesting history about outhouses @ The Outhouse’s of America Tour.

If you truly have a desire to compost your waste you must check out  Joseph Jenkins blog and books on the subject.  He appears to be a leading expert on poo uses.  He is the author of the book the Humanure Handbook listed above

While this concept may seem foreign to many of us it seems to be the logical conclusion to the  “in the mouth out the pooper “process.  And for those who practice it I am sure most adhere to an organic diet by being a vegetarian or a vegan.   But it is still important to  fully understand the process and not just dump human waste into your garden.  We do have many harmful bacteria that can be deadly living in our digestive track.  If you follow the rules and compost properly it believed  that the good bacteria will kill the bad. 

 For more information on the process you can also read what Grandpappy Robert Wayne Atkins writes on the humanure movement.  🙂

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Durham sponsors America Recycles Day challenge.

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CITY OF DURHAM

Office of Public Affairs

101 City Hall Plaza

Durham, NC 27701

News Release

For Details, Contact:

Amy Blalock

Sr. Public Affairs Specialist

(919) 560-4123 x 11253

(919) 475-7735 (cell)

Amy.Blalock@ DurhamNC. gov

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2011

Durham Sponsors America Recycles Day Challenge Through November

Citywide Recycling Challenge From November 7- 30

DURHAM, N.C. – Beginning November 7, the City of Durham will launch its
America Recycles Day Challenge to reward top-notch recyclers for their
environmentally- friendly habits.

Many communities across the country celebrate America Recycles Day on
November 15 to promote the important role that recycling plays in saving
energy, reducing pollution, generating jobs, and helping to conserve
landfill space. As part of Durham’s celebration this year, a citywide
recycling challenge will be held throughout the month of November to
reward residents who properly recycle.

According to Larrisha McGill, waste reduction coordinator with the
City’s Solid Waste Management Department, residents who properly recycle
during November could win prizes, including gift cards. “The America
Recycles Day Challenge is designed to make recycling a rewarding
experience through this month-long challenge and encourage residents to
make a commitment to recycling 365 days a year,” said McGill.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the America Recycles Day
Challenge by reviewing the City’s recycling brochure and collection
schedule at http://www.DurhamNC. gov/Departments/ Solid/wr_ default_new. cfm.

“It’s important that residents learn about all of the materials they can
place in their recycling cart and then take a good look at their
garbage. Residents may be surprised at how many items they can shift to
the recycling cart, especially since all types of recyclable items can
be placed in the same cart,” McGill said.

From November 7 to November 30, when the Recycling Prize Patrol finds
residents with recycling carts that contain acceptable recyclable
materials, they’ll be eligible to win a prize pack that includes a
grocery gift card. Winners will be notified by a flyer at their home.

Residents interested in learning more the recycling challenge should
contact McGill by e-mail at Larrisha.McGill@ DurhamNC. gov or by calling
(919) 560-4186, ext. 32227.

About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department promotes and
supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing
comprehensive, responsive, environmentally- safe, efficient and
cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs.
Department services include roll-out cart collection, cardboard
collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky
item pick-up, disposal services, and cart delivery and repair service.
For more information, visit http://www.DurhamNC. gov/Departments/ Solid.