Re: [fukuoka_farming] Green Living
- Thanks Frank for pointing to this great resource. Just looked at the home
page. Still more to go.
On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 8:25 AM, Frank McAvinchey <fmcavin@...> wrote:
> Check out www.solviva.com. A lady from Sweden came to U.S. and built this
> beautiful place, a veritable Eden. Same sorts of ideas as your article, or
> very similar.
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Yugandhar S <s.yugandhar@...>
> > Hi,
> > Somewhat off topic to the theme of this group. But I found this
> > interesting.
> > --Yugandhar
> > Zero waste policy: Green hero's home now a must-visitBishwanath Ghosh,
> > 17 November 2009, 04:03am IST
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> > *Topics*:
> > - *Chennai* <
> > >
> > - *S Indra Kumar*<
> > http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topics.cms?query=S%20Indra%20Kumar>
> > - *Zero Waste*<
> > http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topics.cms?query=Zero%20Waste>
> > CHENNAI: For S Indra Kumar, a machine operator-turned-environment
> > charity begins at home. No chemical, save the soap he uses, enters his
> > home.
> > And no waste is ever let out. This makes his modest dwelling in Pammal,
> > southern suburbs of Chennai, a "zero-waste home".
> > He didn't have to read rocket science to turn his residence into an
> > home. He is inspired by the simple, age-old chemical process that every
> > housewife in India is familiar with. "If you leave a bowl of milk behind
> > for
> > five days, how will it smell when you come back? Rotten, right? But if
> > put a drop of buttermilk into it before you leave, you'll find fresh
> > beams Indra Kumar (59), whose 1986-built house has now become a
> > for those wanting to do their bit for the environment � be it farmers
> > Arakkonam or school students from Chennai.
> > "Here, smell it," says Indra Kumar, as he opens the lid of the septic
> > in his garden. One instinctively recoils, but its contents look as
> > as accumulated rain water. "Is there smell?" No. "Do you see any
> > mosquitoes?" No. "That's because I treat sewage with a certain bacteria,"
> > he
> > declares. The bacteria, Bacillus subtilis, neutralise the sewage to turn
> > waste into manure for plants in his garden.
> > Then, the earthworm takes care of the liquid waste from the kitchen.
> > the drainage pipe, Kumar has buried some worms which not only digest the
> > organic matter but also feed on mosquito eggs. And at the spot where
> > from the bathroom drains out, he grows cama plant, whose roots treat the
> > soap water.
> > Solid waste from kitchen is collected in an earthen pot and dried cowdung
> > sprinkled on it periodically. "Any smell?" Indra Kumar asks. No. "Any
> > No. "In 60 days this will turn into beautiful compost," he exclaims. He
> > treats leaves from the garden similarly: collects them in drums and
> > sprinkles dried cowdung on them till they turn into compost. "This way,
> > give back to nature what it gives you. People often burn dry leaves,
> > only causes pollution."
> > Indra Kumar's fascination for composting is understandable because in
> > he took voluntary retirement from Areva (formerly the English Electric
> > Company, where he worked as a machine-man and then as a purchase
> > supervisor)
> > to take up vermi-composting. Today, as the president of Home Exnora, he
> > a
> > sought-after man who is called by universities and citizens' group to
> > on waste management. "If you control pollution at the micro-level, it
> > doesn't require any money or the government's involvement. People only
> > think
> > about what they eat or what they drink. But what about the air that you
> > breathe non-stop, right from the time you are born?" Kumar asks.
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