Our Little Thing - Creating A Sustainable Lifestyle In Patagonia

Creación de un estilo de vida sostenible en Patagonia  パタゴニアでサステイナブルな暮らし作り

CULTIVATING WITH THE HELP OF RECYCLED OLIVE OIL BOTTLES

We all know about the three R's, but when you're living on a hillside in Patagonia, away from any garbage disposal service the operative words are only two.. Reduce and Reuse. Recycling is not an option. And, as excess packaging requires energy to produce it, more energy to carry it up the hill and even more energy to bury it, we've become very creative.

Recently we built a large poly-tunnel in which we will grow our more delicate fruits, herbs and vegetables. In it's construction we use one inch PVC plumbing pipes as a frame, because they flex rather than snap in the strong winds that Patagonia is known for. To protect the polythene roof that they support we have attached used olive oil bottles! We put the ends of the pipe into the bottle neck and this provides a rounded smooth surface that stops the motion of the wind from ripping the polythene on the end of the pipe. This means we can pull the polythene as tight as possible when we stretch it over the top of the frame to form the roof.

Chile is a great producer of Olive Oil, which is a major ingredient in our vegetarian and often raw food diet. Chile is also a major wine producer and this suits me fine. We'll be using a fair amount of Chilean wine bottles in the poly-tunnel, which we expect to get very warm this spring, summer and autumn. We're going to fill the bottles with water and and with the help of the sun will create a semi tropical environment inside the polytunnel which should extend our food production capability. Life in the slow lane is very interesting.

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Comment by fudzimota on November 8, 2011 at 7:13pm
Как говорится: Используй все что под рукой и не ищи себе другой. Присмотревшись к вещам которые казалось бы уже отжили свое, стали не нужными, находишь им применение.

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