Mozambique Installation

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique have installed Earth Probiotic’s Earth Cycler food waste composter and biochar Earth Kiln retort. All food waste will be composted and fed back to soil. The biochar retort will process palm tree waste into biochar. The palm tree waste is currently a fire hazard and, due to its fibrous nature, extremely difficult to compost directly.

Making biochar in a retort system is a carbon negative process. Volatile gases re-burn to heat the retort. Biochar is a means of capturing and storing carbon in the soil (where it can lasts for decades if not centuries). In soil, biochar acts as a sponge to hold nutrients, microbes and water.

You can find out more about biochar at the International Biochar Initiative.

On Site Food Waste Composting

Earth Cycler in-vessel composting machine from Earth Probiotic
The Earth Cycler is Earth Probiotic’s newest food waste composting machine. Designed and manufactured in South Africa, the Earth Cycler has a small footprint, low energy use and is incredibly robust.

National Honey Bee Day

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The little honey bee is responsible for pollinating 1/3 of all fruits and vegetables and some crops would not produce food at all without bees. These industrious insects have been around for roughly 125 million years and although bee numbers are sadly declining, the remaining survivors continue to act as invaluable resources to our planet and its other residents in numerous ways.

Wasteful Design

Design choices can increase or reduce waste.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Reducing Your Food Waste To Landfill

Wasting food is terrible. But sending food waste to landfill makes the problem worse.

The Magical, Addictive Being of Composting

You get people who will show you their roses. Others their tomatoes. Us? We like compost.

Tips for winter gardening

Winter has arrived.

That doesn't mean that you should stop gardening.

We're happy to share some tips for you to enjoy your garden during these cold days and nights (and if you're lucky enough to live in Johannesburg then your days will be - mostly - warm!).

Plant for animals not plants

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If you plant for insects and wildlife you end up with a beautiful garden.

Our Water Crisis Is More Than The Drought

The drought has brought home how precious our water is. But looking after what we have is probably more important than natural supply itself.

What is Looking At You From Your Compost Heap

A compost heap should be full of different types of insects. Broadly these are “shredders” and “predators”. Shredders are key to breaking down the organic matter. Predators prey on them. If you don’t have either your compost heap is probably not in very good shape.

Being Green Is A Risk Management Strategy

Building environmental solutions into your business is not only about being “green”, it’s also about making your business resilient to labour disturbance, drought and even new legislation. And of course, rising costs.

Carbon Landscaping

The United Nations declared 2015 The Year of Soil - strange. Should it not be The Year of Air or Water. Even, perhaps, Food. These are currency right now; and many companies dive right in reducing their environmental footprint. Good for them. Everyone needs to do their bit.

Water Wise Gardening

Riaan du Plessis, a farmer, stands on the cracked earth that three weeks ago was the bottom of a reservoir on his farm in Groot Marico, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

It might not look this bad in your front yard, but it might as the drought persist.


Dressed Soil Is The Best Soil

Food comes from soil. Not only is it important to reduce waste. If we have waste we should return it back to soil.

Food Waste Composting In The Bush

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Being in the bush is a wonderful - and particularly African - experience. Nothing beats it. But what about your food waste?

Bees, Butterflies and Birds

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Our pollinators are under threat. Planting pollinator friendly plants not only helps these valuable creatures. You also end up with a beautiful garden.

What to do with wood ash?

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The nights are longer. Everything chillier. Time for a lovely log fire? But what to do with your wood ash?

How to build a smokeless fire.

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Wood fires are great. But they can be smoky. Here’s a simple trick to reducing smoke and increase heat - how efficient is that!

Say NO to micro beads

These days skin care seems to be a lot about adding "ex foliating" benefits to the gel/cream/soap.

These are usually microbeads which are part of the products formulation.

But what are they doing for the environment?

The Organic Way

The benefits of using chemical free fertilisers on your garden: the organic way.

Farmers all over the world use chemical fertilisers, but many are now shifting to organic fertilisers. 

Why should you be joining them? Many chemical fertilisers are made from non renewable resources like fossil fuels!


Climate Change, Resilience and the Rural Poor

Improving rural resilience to climate change will not be about creating dependency on engineered seeds; but rather will be delving into traditional knowledge systems.
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