Kā atkal izmantot iepakojuma gumijas. How to reuse package rubbers.

Ja esat Zero Waste piekritējs un, piemēram, pērkat Dole bio banānus, tad noteikti ir iekrājušās mazās gumijas, ar kurām iepakojums aiztaisīts.

Viens no veidiem, kā gumijas izmantot, ir dažādu elektrības vadu labošana. Piemēram, šeit ir atjaunots korpuss salauztam micro usb lādētāja konektoram. Šīs gumijas šajā gadījumā ir krietni vieglāk uzlikt nekā izolācijas lentu.

If you support Zero Waste lifestyle and buy products which packages are sealed with small rubber, then here is a small tip how to reuse them. If you have broken electronics, rubbers in some cases might be useful to perform a repair. On a picture you see a fixed broken connector of a micro usb loader.

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How to make hay without tractor

This article will be useful, if you own up to 20 ha of land and want to keep grazing animals, but you cannot afford a tractor. I am located in Latvia and am not aware if this method will be useful in other climates.

Buy a trimmer/brushcutter Makita EBH341 or similar. It has 4 tact engine, which means trimmer is not polluting environment with engine oil, and there is also smaller fuel consumption and less noise. Price is about 350 EUR. Try to chose the one equipped with star blade. Continue reading

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Aicinājums veidot ekokopienu

Aicinu ikvienu videi, dabai un veselībai saudzīga (ekoloģiska) dzīvesveida piekritēju vai atbalstītāju piebiedroties man ekokopienas un ekociemata veidošanā Alūksnes ezera apvidū.


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Trash (waste) site fires in Latvia continue. Second big fire 2017.

Second trash site this year (2017) is set on fire in Latvia. This time it is in Brocēnu region, Remte.

I will update this entry with links to the news sites:

Latvian social media on Remte fire. There is no open flame, so we must suppose higher toxicity of the smoke.




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A lot of plastic waste openly burn in Latvia

People in the world. Please share this information, so that at some point it reaches European Commission or other European institution upon which the Republic of Latvia is dependent as a member state of EU.

There is really a lot of trash burning in Latvia. Mostly it is plastic. Individuals burn in their yards. Enterprises burn in their areas and facilities. Government is not acting enough. Only clean PET and HDPE bottles are accepted as recyclable plastic. There is no deposit system for accepting used bottles in exchange for coins. There is no additional tax for plastic packaged goods. There is not enough action to collect plastic in the environment. Is there no European Regulation that obliges member states to reduce landfill and emissions?

I propose that EU member states that do not have a well operating waste management and recycling system receive less emission quotes and are forbidden to sell their emission quotes.

Click here to see an article with photos on major plastic fire in Latvia.

LETA article. Dangerous fire in Jurmala started at illegal waste dump

Dumpsite fire sends choking smoke over Latvia’s seaside resort


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Alūksne region was one step away from having an ecovillage and alternative (knowledge balanced with skills) school

Education system of Latvia is suffering from encyclopedic type of education – mostly we learn only to read and write. Such education system has resulted in unbearable bureaucracy culture in Latvia. There is a lot of office workers and very little craftsmen and engineers. Read’n write education phenomena has pushed forwards different alternative education movements – homeschooling movement, private schools and parents NGO based schools. Such names as Montessori and Steiner became widely known. I, too, have dreamed of participating in creation and maintanence of such school or at least that my children could attend it. A few months ago this dream was very close to come true.

Group of young people from Riga lead by Raimonds Celms and Anita Mitriķe, members of Give and Get NGO were searching for a place to start their own school and ecovillage somewhere in Latvia. They traveled this country and examined abandoned schools until they ended up in Alūksne region small settlement Mārkalne. It just had it’s school closed. They started negotiations with municipality and in the beginning they seemed to receive support. They were almost granted the building with 4 hectares of land.

At the same time they published announcements in local newspapers to invite locals to participate in creation of the school. It was my happy day, when I read it.

4 km away from school I own some 30 ha of land, where I dream of creating an ecovillage, where people from all the world could meet to share or improve their ecological skills. This ecovillage would be a community of those who gather money and seek for his or her own piece of land in order to make an organic or permaculture farm. Life in this ecovillage would be free of charge to give people maximum opportunities to save money for their own land. Impressed by Pope Francis encyclical letter “Laudato Si”, I even thought of option that this could be a christian or even catholic community, however that would narrow my opportunities to attract ecological people from outside of church.

When I found out about Raimonds and Anita, I could not believe it. My dreams of ecocommunity in Alūksne region were coming true. If they succeed, that would mean a lot of young people moving in this area. Not just young people, but ecologically aware individuals. I felt like I was teleported to another reality. It seemed so impossible and unbelievable.

And impossible it unfortunately was. Municipality changed their mind and offered only a small part of the building. 3rd floor would be some appartments, 2nd floor – the school, 1st floor – library, dance corner, canteen and doctor’s cabinet. Municipality did not believe that creation of alternative school had any financial basis. Well, they are right, of course, because starting ecocommunity does not produce as much money as craft works, vegetables and fruits. But, well, it is hard to believe that something is possible without money. However I suspect that some locals had their own plans towards the building.

Raimonds and Anita are now searching for a new place with more friendly welcome. But they will need support anyway. If you wish to support them, please, find them on facebook and write them.

As for me. Life returned to it’s previous state. I herd my sheep and continue to pick up plastic and other trash all around while meditating on creation of ecovillage here. Cow gave birth in march, now we have our own milk and a second cow.

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Beauty of old apple trees

One day I heard a terrible crashing noise behind my house. I went to take a look and discovered that an old apple tree collapsed. I don’t know the age of this tree nor the breed. What a pity. You can’t buy these apples with at least hundred years old taste. Apple trees of this breed are also unavailable because it takes ten years for old breed trees to start to give their first fruits. Alright. Here it is, down on the ground. And the first thought on my mind is to go and get the chainsaw to clean up the yard. But something inside me said “Wait! You have other business more urgent than that.” So I left the tree alone.

After two years this tree, even though parallel to the ground, gave its next harvest. And you know what? It is very convenient to pick up apples in such case.

So. If you have an apple tree accident in your yard, then pay respect to the old tree and spare it. See if it is still connected to the roots. If it is, it will still live a few years longer.

How long is it going to last? I don’t know yet. Tree is still alive. I will write here, when it dries out.

One more experiment to conduct is that if I bury some branches to the ground, they are supposed to give new sprouts. That means new trees of the same breed can be created. And these old breeds are lost. Almost. Let us hope it will be a success.

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