Principles 5 and 6 are closely related. ‘Use and value natural resources and Services’ and ‘Produce no Waste’,. These idea clearly steer us to work with locally available and fully re-usable resources.
We produce no waste by valuing and understanding the natural resources we use. Nature takes time to restore itself, it can provide yields but we are advised to ‘let nature takes its course’. In other words you cant hurry the seasons but you can maximize output by making strategic interventions.
From a design perspective, we can achieve great advantage if we can see the value is resources others may regard as waste.
Nothing tunes us into the natural world and the cycling of resources better than compost making. I would argue this is the best and most immediate way any of us can start sequestrating carbon, locking it away in a highly stable and extremely useful form.
Biochar is a home to micorrhizae
Jean Pain compost method.
Water treatment with natural methods
Raw pumps, using gravity to pump water
Mimicking natural patterns of behavior of animals in farming has created an insight into how we can reverse desertification and soil erosion.
Energy from nature
Why I live in a house made of mud. TED Tanzani
Laura Tarimo runs community workshops on sustainable living out of her eco-friendly home in Tanzania. In this talk she shares her journey of learning about permaculture and building with earth materials, which led her to unexpected places and new realizations