Category Archives: plastic

RHS Harlow Carr

Having not visited the RHS garden at Harlow Carr for about 7 years I was pleasantly surprised by the changes to the site. There is a new library and education building, new gardens and work was in progress on the stream at the bottom of the slope.

I was surprised and delighted to see the fantastic new fruit and veg gardens. There were lots of ideas there including growing potatoes in a wooden bed which had six lift out bags.

A few years back the RHS seems to be stuck in a rut doing that same old stuff over and over but now they seems to be right on message. It is well worth the trip to Harrogate.

An easy way to reduce CO2 and save money!

This article in the Washington Post spells out how each and everyone of us can reduce CO2 emissions and pollution AND SAVE MONEY by not wasting food!

“If food waste were a country, it would come in third after the United States and China in terms of impact on global warming.”

Now consider how you can stop this happening. It is not hard, we can all start now, TODAY.

I would add that in the last resort compost it at home and add to the veg plot. We treat any food waste as organic gold dust, peelings, skins, tops removed from onions & leeks, apple cores. They all go into the compost bin.

Trent Cummings processes food waste to create compost in Washington, D.C. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

Compostable plastic hard to compost

An article in “Nature Index” says that biodegradable and compostable plastic is not the panacea that many think. Kevin O’Connor of University College Dublin says “People think that biodegradability gives us a licence to throw away, it doesn’t.”

During recent trials O’Connor says that compostable plastic needed a temperature of around 50C to decompose whereas most domestic composting gets to about 24C.

He went on to say “The slow biodegradation observed in marine and fresh water shows that we should not allow any type of plastic to be released into these ecosystems.”

The only answer is to stop using plastic and not keep searching for a universal alternative that allows us to continue as we do.

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