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20 Goofy Ingredients You Can Actually Compost

Green Prophet loves composting, the DIY alchemy of diverting waste from landfills and converting it to nutrient-rich soil. But what if your kitchen doesn’t generate enough scraps to feed the process? Turns out there are loads of non-food ingredients to add to the mix. A new school year starts this week and, in the annual […]

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Worm Composting to Rejuvenate Your Plants and Earth

This little critter, the common red worm, is a natural organic composting machine Composting for improvement of houseplants and gardens and made in your backyard or even in your own living room  is a subject covered frequently in Green Prophet. Composting equipment can cost as little as ten dollars  for a vegetable compost bin  or […]

Blondes Have More Fun Composting

Maybe blondes really do have more fun, and more fun composting too. It’s easier to get Israelis excited about blondes than about composting, but if you get their eco-attention using a blonde?  That’s a different story.  Atar Friedman, a beautiful young Israeli blonde with a mission, has been trying to get Israelis more conscious about […]

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Clean Up After Fido

It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria […]

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The Compost Guy Takes on his Mother

Compost plays an important role in this Green Prophet’s life as has been written about in previous posts, and over the years I’ve become somewhat of an advocate.  I must have spoken with hundreds of people on the topic and have convinced a good many to at least try composting in their backyards, both in […]

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Green Prophets In Focus: James Murray-White

Last week we talked with Jesse Fox, urban planning expert and Treehugger veteran. This week’s Prophet in Focus is James Murray-White, a composting environmentalist with the eye of a filmmaker and the soul of a poet.  James grew up in a green village outside Cambridge, UK, and has donned the roles of both actor and […]

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Tel Aviv's City Tree Hosts Eco Salons All Summer!

Last month we wrote about City Tree, a green oasis in a historical building in central Tel Aviv. This urban environmental group focuses on restoring their 1920s apartment with ecological renovation methods (such as recycled paper construction and milk based paints), teaching urbanites how to compost, and cooperating with the Good Energy Initiative in order […]

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City Tree: A Green Oasis in the Middle of Tel Aviv

You wouldn’t generally think of Tel Aviv as a green oasis. A nightlife oasis, yes. A beachy oasis, yes. A trendy oasis, yeah, you could call it that too. But when you’re walking on busy Allenby Street or Dizengoff – the natural environment is probably the furthest thing from your urban experience. But tucked away […]

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Why Doesn't Tel Aviv's Carmel Market Compost (or Recycle)?

Late Friday afternoon at the Carmel Market in the center of Tel Aviv. Shabbat is approaching, and the “shook” is winding down for the weekend. Vendors are hawking the last of their merchandise, heavily discounted, to the few remaining stragglers. Straining to yell over cantorial Oriental music, the vendors ask each other what time Shabbat […]

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How Does Your (Community) Garden Grow?

Now the weather is warming up, it’s time to hit the road and escape the urban jungle. But instead of taking the bus to beach or driving to the hills for a hike, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a green oasis closer than you think. Last week I was lucky enough to stumble […]

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Where Composting "Blooms"

Green Prophet was contacted this week by a green husband and wife team who are in the eco-business of making composters here in Israel (see left). Regular readers of GP will know that we are mad for composting: Mulch, Rot, Invigorate and A Half Empty Bin and Some Worms. Ilan Bar-Kat and Lisa Bloom live […]

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Mulch, rot, and reinvigorate: composting

I love composting. It is pure satisfaction for anyone remotely interested in growing things, and watching how things can grow, sprout, shoot up, and also decay, die and rot. When you turn the soil, and see the half-eaten tomato, or ear of corn, or artichoke leaves from a recent dinner, and know that they are […]