Posts Tagged Green

Making our own plantable recycled paper sheets!


Ripped up newspaper ready to pulp!

Pulped paper ("Glop") ready to use

Well, it’s been a while since we posted, many apologies, but things have been storming along here at Green Ore HQ. Our latest venture has been making our own paper sheets from scrap paper! As you can see on the left is our waste paper repository (letters, newspaper, bills!!) which then gets boiled up and whisked to produce the pulped paper (which we know as “glop”) as shown on the right.

As you will no doubt be aware, our handmade organic bars of soap are and have always been lovingly wrapped in recycled paper, which contains seeds which can germinate when the paper is planted and cared for….we thought that it would be a nice idea if we could manufacture our own sheets of similar paper, and at the same time make good use of the paper that our household produces!

Hence at the stage after the pulp is made, we add a generous sprinkling of seeds (lavender and mixed wild meadow flowers) add, a bit of dye, then mix it it up in a great big tray, before using our homemade frame to produce each sheet of paper (see picture). Several stages later, after draining, drying, and flattening, we end up with sheets of seed-shot recycled handmade paper which look great.

Coming to you (wrapped around a bar of soap) soon!

Lifting the pulp onto the frame, then draining...

Here's how it looks after pressing out of the frame!

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Earth Day Tree

Earth Day Crab Apple Tree

Earth Day Crab Apple Tree

Here’s our Earth Day Tree, he’s an Ornimental Crab Apple so hopefully we will get some nice apple jelly in a couple of years!

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10 ways to help the planet on Earth Day (or every day)

  1. Leave the car at home and use the bus, bike, train, or walk
  2. Turn off all non-essential electrical appliances (this means the TV, video, computer and mobile phone) -you can do it for just one day.
  3. Buy a packet of seeds and plant some herbs to grow on the kitchen window sill or re-seed the lawn.
  4. Buy some lemon juice and use it to clean your floor and bathroom (it’s great on limescale, and for polishing mirrors).
  5. Cook a whole meal  from scratch – buy local fresh ingredients and see how creative you can be without opening a can or pack.
  6. Have a shower instead of a bath, or share your bath with a good friend!
  7. Treat yourself to a good book and take the day off for some ‘me’ time, read, take a leisurely walk and spoil yourself.
  8. Pledge to replace your light bulbs with low energy ones.
  9. Fill a plastic bag with water, tie the top off & place in your loo cistern to save an extra litre or so when you flush.
  10. Buy a native fruit tree to plant in your garden.

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Earth Day 22 April 2009

What are you doing for Earth Day 22 April 2009?

http://earthday.net/

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Lights Go Out, CO2 Goes Tumbling Down!

Earth Hour candles

Earth Hour candles

Our Earth Hour meal for our close friends was also a birthday celebration, with Genghis our trusty Rayburn oven providing ample heat for cooking, ensuring our feast was not disrupted by lack of electricity. Preparations began in the afternoon to ensure we had enough light to see what we were doing, the lack of which was surely a help as our guests were unable to clearly see what they were eating!

Ossie has a nap

Ossie has a nap

Cleaning up was assisted by our faithful hound Ossie who had earlier had a constitutional nap so that he was in peak hoovering mode.

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Lights Out for Earth Hour

We will be joining the Earth Hour on Saturday 28th March at 8.30pm and will be throwing our mains power switch off for sixty minuites. It’s a great visual reminder to everyone that we need to become more planet savvy. How many gadgets do you have plugged in that you really don’t need? It’s such a simple idea and really easy to do, so join the cause and tell your friend, click the link below for more info.
http://www.voteearth2009.org/home/

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