Blog – Page 184 – Eco Snippets

Need A Wash? Make Some Castile Soap…

Bit smelly? Need a good wash? Why not make some castile soap. If you happen to have stinky people with sensitive skin, you could make them a bar of Castile soap, which is a pure olive oil soap, free from sodium lauryl sulphate; a.k.a. SLS. This soap is a gentle and mild cleanser. People who have […]

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Rain Water Storage Barrel System

Rain barrels collect rainfall and store it, so that it can be used later. There are 3 main components – The roof, the barrel, and the hose. These are not always a roof, barrel, and hose, but those functions will be present in almost every system (collection, storage, and output). A very common setup is […]

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Out Treckking? Dont Get Caught In The Dark Again…

Out trekking and need to setup camp before the sun goes down? Lost your watch? Don’t get caught short. Here’s how you can roughly determine how much daylight is left using nothing but your own digits. Simply count the finger widths between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to 15 minutes, with […]

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Human Activity Is Still Killing Right Whales

Human activity is still killing right whales, one of the most endangered animals in the ocean. An analysis of four decades of whale deaths shows that attempts to prevent them have not had a demonstrable impact. Only around 460 North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) are thought to be swimming the waters off the eastern […]

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Growing Up To 72 Plants In A 55 Gallon Drum

Gardening space at a premium? Well here’s an interesting idea. Go poke a bunch of holes in a 55 Gallon drum and you’ve just gone and got your own vertical garden that can grow up to 72 individual plants! A great and cheap solution to really increase the growing capacity of your crops in limited space areas […]

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The Chunnel – A Wire Mesh Chicken Tunnel

Come on little red! Come on! If you’re keeping chickens in your backyard and would like to give them a little more space to run around (and can’t or just don’t want to give them free range every day, whatever the reason might be) then a “Chunnel” might be an interesting option. This backyard chicken keeper has created […]

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