Mangoes, EM and rice husks

We’re discussing the sandy soil, and mulching, and growing mangoes. It’s interesting! This man is a gardener with an organic heart. For six years he’s been mulching the entire farm with rice husk from the family mill and also fertilsing the young trees annually with an agricultural EM bokashi mix made from EM, molasses, riceContinue reading “Mangoes, EM and rice husks”

Organic, inorganic?

Street-corner recycling. This is outside the local food markets in Yangon, a vast and colourful area with warehouses, street stalls, sit-on-the-ground vendors and every type of food you can imagine. Here, the collectors have collected in a bunch of stuff and seem to be sorting out polystyrene, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and some food bitsContinue reading “Organic, inorganic?”

Rusty rooftops and cement trees

Yangon is not the greenest of cities but many people are trying. Many of the city trees are cemented into sidewalks (can you believe?) but so many people are trying to grow some small thing in front of their shop, on their balcony or a flat bit of rooftop. Really hope we can help makeContinue reading “Rusty rooftops and cement trees”

Late night trash

Sunday, 8pm. Four to five people from the Yangon City Development Committee running around an orange waste truck, collecting orange waste containers from the neighbourhood. Not only the inofficial sector of the trash industry (people who earn their daily income from collecting and selling recyclable materials), also the official orange t-shirts excavating plastic bottles, metal,Continue reading “Late night trash”

One load at a time

Recycling Yangon-style. Actually, the streets are relatively clean, everyone says it’s bettter than a few years ago. There’s a municipal waste collection in the downtown area, all very manual, but some of the ”better” stuff is picked out by hand and resold. Cardboard boxes, we think, and plastic bottles. Unfortunately the rest of it endsContinue reading “One load at a time”

Blue barrels by the pile

Recycling Myanmar style. We need blue barrels and they’re easy to get. But, nope, they’re not going to be new. Like everything else in this country, they’re used, re-used, upcycled, downcycled, repurposed and sold on. It’s fascinating. These guys run a streetside business cleaning up and selling blue barrels. Recycling at best. But we needContinue reading “Blue barrels by the pile”