Brilliant Way To Reuse And Recycle Old Tires: Stairs

Driving a vehicle you know you have to change your tires every 2-3 years depending on how much distance you have been driving. Now what happens to the used tires? Here in the Amazonas region of Ecuador not so long ago they where just dumped into the biggest river … Also most of the tires now land on landfills or get burned. Which is absolutely not smart. Tires are a huge headache when it comes to waste management and recycling. Yet alone in the USA the problem of scrap tires is an estimated 300 million tires which are “disposed” of annually! It’s of  a worse issue for the so called 3rd world countries.

The ecological effects of tires can span a long time due to their slow decomposition, but they can be used in a great number of ways thanks to that the longevity of the material. There are various clever DIY ways that each of us can reuse and recycle them and save them from entering the environment or taking up space in our landfills.

Stairs

For our use at finca PermaTree we came up with one real simple and very practical use for the tires. We make stairs out of them. We have already used tires as main construction material for many 100 meters of outdoor paths on the property.

DO IT YOURSELF tire outdoor stair

It’s no rocket science. Very simple Do It Yourself work. First we dig a round and flat hole with the size of the tire. Then the tire is filled with soil and finally the soil is reinforced with some heavy duty tool like a big hammer so it really compacted and there is no air. Ready is the first step. Living on a hill we depend on good stairs to get from one place to another.

Video of the construction of another outdoor stair at finca PermaTree in Ecuador.

Erosion control

Another use we have found is for erosion control of a water damm.

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Shishi Odoshi

How To Make A Shishi Odoshi Fountain

Hands On Experience: How To Make A Shishi Odoshi Fountain In Your Garden or Home

Shishi Odoshi, ”Deer Scarer” in Japanese is a beautiful artcraft designed straight from bamboo and a bit of rope or string depending on what you prefer.

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How Does It Work?

  • During the rest period, the heavy end of the hammer is laying on the stone or concrete.
  • Water starts dropping from the faucet into the hammer and the light end fills up.  It thus becomes heavier forcing it to fall down and let the water out.
  • After the water has drains out, it returns to its original position making a loud noise on striking the stone or concrete.

shishiodishi

How To Make One

  • Select a site with firm soil to hold the shishi odoshi steadily for a long time.
  • Select the bamboo sticks to use (Better if they are strong and fine with no scratches).
  • Cut the surface of the hammer to give it a spear shape on one side as in the picture on the left.
  • Make another duplicate of the hammer. This one will be used as the faucet. Connect the water pipe to one end that is not sharpened and let the water flow through the other end when installing the fountain.
  • Also, cut through the supporting bamboo a rectangle. The length (depth) should be about 2.5 times that of the width to enable easy movement of the hammer. (You could decide to use two bamboos for the support and not have to cut through any of the bamboos.)
  • Drill through the supporting bamboo (or bamboos if you choose to use two), slightly above the middle. This allows for the lower part to be placed into the ground and still remain high above the ground.
  • Also drill through the hammer, slightly above the middle on the section of the spear headed side. This allows the unshaped end of the hammer to be longer and thus heavier than the other.
  • Paint the bamboo now with polish so it does not easily get eaten by wood insects and moistened during winter and rainy seasons.
  • Now, the different parts are ready to be assembled.
  • Dig the ground and place the supporting bar or bars. Then, pass a smaller bamboo stick, or metal rod through the drilled holes on the support and the hammer. The hammer should be in the middle of the two holes on the support bar or bars. The heavier end of the hammer should be lower and the sharpened end higher when in rest position after being assembled.
  • Now, place a rock just below the heavy end of the hammer. This way, it can make a crashing sound when the end is raised and returned to its original position as will be the case after it is filled with water.
  • Place the water outlet (faucet) on the opposite side of the hammer so that water dripping from the faucet falls directly into the hammer end. You could place the faucet on top of a bamboo table or support bar so it remains horizontal or diagonal.

Congratulations.. You just made yourself the first shishi Odoshi. Now you can help make others for family and friends, or even start a small scale project. The shishi-Odoshi will now work as aforementioned at the top of this article.

Uses Of A Shishi Odoshi Fountain.

  • Oxidises water in the pond or swimming pool
  • Scares away animals from the garden such as vultures and bears.
  • Meditation due to its continuous relaxing sound.
  • Adds beauty to your garden.
  • It reduces the velocity of water and thus prolonging the period between pond or swimming pool maintenance.

 

About Author: 

permatree-kitchenDigital Nomad, Bright Geofrey Kata is the founder of KataTimes.Com and WorldForPhotos.Com. He is also the co-founder of HeenasMessyKitchen an online blog that blends African and European cuisines. Follow him on his aforementioned blogs for updates on his world travels and more.

”We are all designers in our own ways. That’s why we can learn and adapt to almost everything” – Bright Geofrey Kata.

HowTo Make Raw Energy Bars

Making Raw Energy Bars & Why We Should Eat More Raw Foods

Today we would like to share a new recipe with you, which is very simple to make and does not require any baking or cooking. These raw energy bars are the perfect snack on the go, providing you with a combination of complex carbs, healthy fats and proteins. So let’s get started!

energybars

First thing you do is building the base made with

  • Rolled oats
  • Banana
  • Peanut Butter

Optional add-ins could be

  • Raw chocolate
  • Shredded coconut
  • Some walnuts
  • Raisins or other dried fruits
  • Raw cane sugar honey
  • Chia seeds, flax, sesame
    OR
  • whatever you have on hand! Feel free to get creative ☺

Now all you have to do is mash the bananas, mix it with the peanut butter (best thing is to use them ~ 1:1), and then add the dry ingredients until you reach a sticky consistency. This might take some time and some testing. Make the test by rolling the mixture into balls, then it should be ready to be used. Spread the mixture into a baking pan and flatten it. Leave it in the fridge overnight to make it stick together. The next day, take the pan out and cut the mixture into bars.

Enjoy!

raw energy bars DIY

 

Now, what does raw food mean exactly and how do we benefit from eating it? Technically, raw food means that it is not heated up above 48° C. Uncooked, unprocessed food, or let’s just say food, in its most natural state. Although there are several types of raw diets (like raw vegan, raw vegetarian, and even a raw meat diet), they all share the same idea: consuming aliments, which are “alive”, as heating food up above 48°C destroys many of its beneficial components like vitamins and nutrients. So, just to name a few of the main advantages of eating raw:

  • Heating up your food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes. Enzymes support your digestive system and strengthen your immune system which is essential to fight chronic diseases. Eating raw food therefore helps with digestion, provides good skin appearance and prevents diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, etc.
  • Helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body as raw foods normally contain less saturated and trans fats than packaged and processed foods
  • Saving costs and energy: As no cooking is required, you save a lot of energy which also makes your wallet happy ?
  • Less packaging: main components of a raw food diet are vegetables, fruits and whole grains. You can find most of these on local markets, where they are not packaged, which means less plastic trash and therefore, less garbage. Just make sure to take enough bags with you, as sellers always try to put products into plastic bags (especially here in South America)!

One important thing when eating raw food is to make sure the products you buy and use are organic and of good quality. Sadly, fumigation and the use of huge amounts of pesticides and other chemicals is widespread in our modern world. Consuming contaminated aliments can damage your system and lead to serious illnesses. Don’t be one of those people who is senseless about what they eat and put into their bodies.

Start taking care of yourself, as health is the most important thing we have!

energybars

 

“By eating live foods you create a live body. Live foods contain essential nutrients the body needs to create and maintain energy. Dead foods speed age, decrease ability, and decrease energy … they are useless when dead…” quote Charles de Coti-Marsh

 

About Author: 

heenas-messy-kitchen-logo @ Verena Lippok

Verena Lippok is a passionate vegetarian food blogger, cat lover and world traveller. She is the co-founder of HeenasMessyKitchen.Com. Follow her creative works around healthy foods on Pinterest, instagram and her blog

”Everything you do to your body today affects your future life. So let us give some love to our bodies by living a healthy and fit lifestyle.” – Verena Lippok

Another week at Finca PermaTree

It is the end of the week again, and we are sited down commemorating the success of the last seven days work.

Photo Update:

Video Update: 4×4 going down!

What Did We Do?

  • Brainstorming Ideas For Next Week

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  • Tire Recycling Project. (Saturday, 3rd December)

With lots of plastic around the world being dumped on to the streets, water and soil causing pollution, we decided to do a small plastic recycle project on the farm to give you an idea about how you can recycle tires lying around in your compound.

Steps:

  1. Wash and paint the tire after drying. You could decide to cover it with a piece of cloth instead.
  2. Cut a circular shape from a piece of wood. (Should be able to fit perfectly on top of the tire.)
  3. Put glue on top of the circular wood shape.
  4. Starting in the middle, create winding patterns (in circles), with big string from the center until the edge of the circle.
  5. Place glue on the top of the wheel and settle the bottom of the wood (without string) on top of it. Hold it there till it dries.

And now, you got yourself a recycled tire chair or table :).

  • Repair The Water System (Sunday, 4th December)

Yesterday afternoon, a water pipe started leaking, and we had to close its’ outlet from the water tank. Today afternoon, after buying organic fruits and vegetables from the farm, we did head uphill to fix the issue. It so happened that there was a lot of air pressure, and so we had to open up a couple of valves and also do clean the water

  • Planting Papayas, and making a tire staircase (Monday, 5th December)
  1. The day kicked off with a few nutrition and cooking video shoots.
  2. We planted papaya trees along the way. (From the nursery bed).
  3. We later on constructed a tire staircase.
  4. Porotillo trees, were bought to be planted as a living fence.
  • Steps Towards Building A Community Following

Focused On;

:::::Permaculture practices

:::::Nutrition and Cooking

:::::Recycling projects

Shout Out To Online Global Community Using;

::: Website & Blog (Content & SEO)

::: Facebook posts & engagement (Group & Page)

::: Twitter

::: Pinterest (Infographics linked to Blog Posts)

::: You Tube

::: Slide Share

Volunteering In The Amazonas, Ecuador

Infographic: Volunteering In The Amazonas, Ecuador

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Project Update: Week (28 November – 4 December 2016)

”Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” – Khalil Gibran

It is the end of the week again, and we are sitted down commemorating the success of the last seven days work.

What Did We Do?

  • Repair The Water System

Yesterday afternoon, a water pipe started leaking, and we had to close its’ outlet from the water tank. Today afternoon, after buying organic fruits and vegetables from the farm, we did head uphill to fix the issue. It so happened that there was a lot of air pressure, and so we had to open up a couple of valves and also do clean the water

  • Brainstorming Ideas For Next Week

idea-board

  • Tyre Recycling Project. 

With lots of plastic around the world being dumped on to the streets, water and soil causing pollution, we decided to do a small plastic recycle project on the farm to give you an idea about how you can recycle tyres lying around in your compound.

Steps:

  1. Wash and paint the tyre after drying. You could decide to cover it with a piece of cloth instead.
  2. Cut a circular shape out of wood that fits perfectly on the top of the tyre.
  3. Put glue in the centre of the circular wood, and with thread, make continuous spirals from the centre, round and round till the edge of the wood. (Now the wood should be soft to sit on).
  4. Place the base of the wood without string on top of the wheel.

Now you got yourself a new seat or table.

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