Sometimes, you just have to stop and watch. Start by being attentive to how you use water every day. What do you learn?
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” (John Lubbock, The Use Of Life)
On Monday’s post, I asked the question: can you compost greywater? (Read it here.) As I was trying to find the answer, I found all kinds of related resources I thought you might find fascinating, too.
Tools for Inspiration
1. Wondering what's so special about greywater? This super handy website answers tons of questions about greywater. Check it out and be amazed. www.greywateraction.org
2. If the thought of carrying greywater around makes you shutter, check this out. I’m definitely a fan of systems that make living more sustainably easier, not something annoying you have to remember to do. Here's what one guy did to make it easy to recycle his laundry water on-site. See it here.
3. WIll soil pH be affected if you compost your greywater (especially if it has soap in it, which is slightly alkaline)? Answer: I don't honestly know. It seems logical that the soap will be so diluted that we won't see a significant change. But it's interesting that if you're gardening, certain veggies prefer different pH levels. Veggies that like different soil pH
4. For your amusement, some super nerdy (but hilarious) composting humor: http://faq.gardenweb.com/discussions/2766273/you-know-you-are-a-compost-whacko-when
WAYS TO TAKE ACTION FOR EARTH THIS WEEK
5. Get inspired. The book Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates reveals what can happen when you harvest water well. This book follows their journey of turning a patch of city rubble into an edible food forest. Super cool! Read it.
6. Get good info. This is a shout-out to local Ohioans and the good work happening at the Ohio Environmental Council. If you’re worried about the environment as you read the news, consider following and supporting local organizations that are working hard to protect our planet. Follow the OEC here. Not in Ohio? Find your state's environmental advocacy group and start following them.
7. Use biodegradable products. With one bar of Redbudsuds, you can eliminate plasic waste and harmful chemicals from your shampoo, conditioner, body soap and shaving cream. What?! Yes. Get it here.
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