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DIY watering can

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Transform a milk jug into a watering can This project will have you saving your milk container to create a kid- friendly watering can. But, obviously, it can also used by an adult. Children love to water plants.

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Make you own hanging basket liners

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You can make an efficient, hanging basket liner, white or whatever color, that costs next to nothing. This kind of hanging basket liner will keep your plants in place and moist and it, generally, comes for free, and will last for years, unlike the coir, moss, or even fake moss ones.

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Russian backyard agriculture

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Around 35 million backyard gardens are in private family possession in Russia and the government supports this with a legal right to a free, tax-free piece of land from 1-3 ha (in some regions even up to 6 ha).

Huskup – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks.

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Spear & Jackson Precision Snips – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spear & Jackson PRECISION SNIPS SK5 steel blades for lasting sharpness with a built-in locking catch for safe transportation and storage SRP: £6.49

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How eco-friendly are barbecues?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Not very unless you use charcoal from local sources. As the season is upon us, once again, it is time to talk about it. Gas barbecues are certainly cleaner than charcoal but whether they are better, and especially greener and more eco-friendly, is another question.

2018 137

Take back the tap

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Take back the tap: Let's put and end to the big business fraud of bottled water Corporations like Nestlé are wasting your money, and not just Nestlé.

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Spear & Jackson Select Stainless 3-Piece Mini Tools Set – Product Review

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Technology-addled children have trouble holding a pencil

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Children have been found to have trouble holding pencils, due to so much time on iPads and other such devices Experts say that children lack the muscle strength required to write.

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Uses for chopsticks in gardening

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The state of Yugoslavia stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The aim of the US government, through the CIA and proxy-warriors of the CIA, was to eliminate the state of Yugoslavia as a geopolitical power factor, as a regional power.

2018 151

Don't try to impress people with what you can buy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't try to impress people with what you can buy. Instead impress them – or at least try to impress them – with what you can do and make. Make from natural materials, from trash, and whatever, and thus don't have to buy.

2018 151

Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First of all it also must be said that “zero waste” is a myth itself. There is no such thing as “zero waste”. It will never be possible.

2018 161

All you need is one

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “A man with one watch knows what time it is. The man with two is not quite sure.” Unknown So many homes are clogged with duplicate items, which are supposed to make things easier, but end up contributing to clutter and cost.

2018 151

Drinking the hipster way

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There definitely was a time when you used a jam jar or other glass jar as a drinking vessel you were looked down upon and was surely regarded as being seriously poor or a strange eccentric.

2018 151

Europe drowning in plastic waste

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ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw Length approx. 18cm Carbon steel saw blade with 3-sides ground teeth, ABS handle with TPR grips Thickness: 1.2mm (Blade) Price (when available) £ 4.99

2018 151

Philanthropy is a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalists are fooling the world with the hoax of Philanthropy Philanthropy is a scam as it allows the (super) rich to influence global affairs and gain political power with no consequences.

2018 165

Solar power installations suck away the light of the sun

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The council of the US town of woodland rejected the installation of a small solar array along of Highway 258 by reasoning that those photo-voltaic installations suck away the light of the sun but not only that.

2018 151

Rekindling our connection to print and paper

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have always been a paper guy – preferring to sit down with a good book in hand, not a digital device. And on the writing side, at least as far as notes and drafts of articles, etc., are concerned a pen & paper guy.

2018 156

Unbranded vs branded products

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have been led to believe, through clever advertising and marketing, that branded products, be it cornflakes, cellphones or whatever, are better than those that do not have a brand label, especially not a “recognized” one. But is that really the truth?

2018 151

The label “natural” on food and other products means absolutely nothing

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The word “natural” helps sell $40 billion worth of food in the USA every year and the label means nothing, absolutely nothing. It is worth less than the paper it is printed upon.

2018 151

Don't weed them – Eat them

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How to use and benefit from Dandelions We are now entering the season where people will start to do battle again with the weeds in the garden beginning, no doubt, with the humble Dandelion.

2018 156

Co-op unveils 50% recycled plastic bottles for own-brand water

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Cop-op has announced that all of its own-brand water bottles will be switched to contain 50% recycled plastic, as part of a plan to "test the water" on how shoppers will react to a change in design.

2018 151

Elderly should do community work or lose pension, said peer

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Lord Bichard, an ex-chief of the Benefits Agency, said in October 2012, and while I know that this is almost six years ago, that the elderly should get rewards and fines to make sure they are taking a more active part in the world.

2018 151

Paper planners, diaries and notebooks in the digital age

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) One would have thought that paper planners, diaries and notebooks would, by now, have died a death with all the digital “alternatives” available on the PC and online. But they have not – which is also a good thing – and I doubt that they will.

2018 151

The peace sign is 60 years old this year

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The symbol of peace, the peace sign, is 60 years old this year (2018). It could be seen on VW mini-buses and other vehicles of the Hippie generation, on the helmets of some soldiers in Vietnam, at Woodstock, and many other places.

2018 151

Plogging. or picking litter while you jog

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plogging is a new concept in and from Sweden that hopefully is going to make its way to other places as well. Plogging is the Swedish word, or better the English translation for it, for just picking up trash while you are out jogging. It is also super easy.

2018 169

Aldi unveils measures to slash plastics waste

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Discounter Aldi will scrap 5p carrier bags by the end of this year and ensure all packaging on its own-label is reusable, recyclable or compostable before 2022. All I wonder is why it is going to take four years to do something like that.

2018 151

Uses for empty plastic containers in your garden

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic bottles to garden cloches : It all, obviously, depends on the size of the bottles but I, personally, use everything from 1 liter (over 3inch pots) to bigger ones – for seed raising.

2018 156

Bioplastics and biodegradable packaging

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A more sustainable solution? Maybe and then again maybe not. Plastic packaging is all over the media at the moment and that in an incredibly negative light.

2018 156

The problem with consumerism

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We do this not because it is the only way to meet our needs but because we live in an economy which requires us to consume more every year or it implodes and can't meet anyone's needs.

Zip ties and their many uses

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Marriott Hotels to remove plastic straws from UK hotels

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Some good news from one of the big hotel chains. Maybe some other places could follow suit? Chance would be a fine thing, I know.

2018 161

Sycamore tree and Sycamore wood

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) When we are talking here about the Sycamore we are talking about Acer pseudoplantanus, the “European” Sycamore and not the American one, which is Platanus occidentalis.

2018 156

Why upcycling must become an economic sector

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling is, in general, the process where (at least) some of the shape and properties of the original waste product are retained – though not always, and we will come to that later – and where another useful product is produced from it.

The pathological consumption of the majority

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The pathological consumption of the majority, for I do know that not all participate in it, has become so normalized that we scarcely notice it.

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From consumer society to maker society

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There was a time when people made and grew almost all of the things they needed; the majority of them at least. They did not – and could not – simply go to the stores or order on-line for home delivery.

Tiny homes

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Recycling helps us avoid tackling Climate Change

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Climate change and environmental destruction are contentious and disputed topics. In the US, for instance, there is a powerful faction of Republican politicians who flat-out deny that climate change even exists.

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