Monday, 6 April 2020

REPURPOSING- The multiple uses of things

We have touched on this subject a number of times in the past years so this post will just be adding some other ideas to the concept of being able to repurpose things rather than make them 'waste' and a problem for the environments, both natural and social.

Recently the Sands at Nomad's farm has been very lucky to have inherited a huge, stainless steel, double door fridge from the restaurant. We could have sold it for scrap as stainless steel is valuable but that would have meant loosing out on the opportunity items like this give us.

Fridge in life one, fish tank in life two.
We have positioned the fridge on its back, (the compressor was removed safely!) doors removed, right next to the Wormary. We filled it with water, blocked a couple of leaks, added some aquatic plants let it sit for a few days and then added some of the Mozambican red Tilapia fish from the farm pond. The plan? Well more of an experiment, to see if its possible to grow the Tilapia to edible size in a 'waste' fridge using worms and bread to feed them. (Zero cost) Sure this is 'take 1' so the plan is sure to grow and develop.. like any fluid, natural, dynamic working system does.

Inhabitants
The second repurpose for show and tell is the Ghost Net* collected off the Diani Reef by staff at The Crab dive centre. This ghost net has been suspended between a Cashewnut tree and a palm tree, it is hanging on an old windsurfer mast to give it strength and it is fast becoming a trellis (climbing frame) for our next generation of Cherry Tomatoes.



*Below is what the Olive Ridley Project (Sea Turtle Conservation) have to say about Ghost Nets. Source  www.oliveridley.org

'Ghost nets are commercial fishing nets that have been lost, abandoned, or discarded at sea. Every year they are responsible for trapping and killing millions of marine animals including sharks, rays, bony fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, and birds. Ghost nets cause further damage by entangling live coral, smothering reefs and introducing parasites and invasive species into reef environments'.

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