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Towards Zero Waste - How to lead a circular life.

Towards Zero Waste     

Ideas and inspiration for those looking to reduce their household waste.

Is recycling really the answer to household waste? How do we eliminate microplastics from our wastewater? How do we avoid consumer goods that are designed to break? How do we stop the oceans being trashed? Towards Zero Waste offers practical tools for change in your own kitchen, on your weekly shop and around your home, as well as in the wider world. Féidhlim Harty explores how and why we need to go zero waste, firstly looking at where waste currently goes, and revealing the hidden world of food and product miles and embodied energy. He shares how to reduce waste room by room, at events, parties, during our travels, and at work. Having minimised waste for over two decades, Féidhlim and his family share their clever ideas to eliminate junk, buy wisely, free yourself from useless packaging, reduce not only your eco footprint but your household bills, compost all biodegradables, and reuse, repair and reroute. They share five simple steps to zero waste and inspire us to be active and push for change.

There is a hunger now within society to address the root causes of plastic waste, right back to the point of oil and gas extraction. People want no part in adding to plastics in the oceans or spreading microplastics into our water, soils and food. Nor do they want to be subjected to the cynical betrayal of consumer built-in obsolescence. Patience with government policy and corporate greenwashing is wearing thin. Towards Zero Waste offers clear guidance for anyone wanting to actively be part of the solutions and not the problems.

Updates to Towards Zero Waste and further internet resources are listed here

Towards Zero Waste book including delivery: please check delivery options below.

Alternatively send payment to FH Wetland Systems, 30 Woodlawn, Lahinch Rd., Ennis, Co. Clare.

Permaculture Guide to Reed Beds - Designing, building and planting your treatment wetland system.

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Permaculture Guide to Reed Beds is a comprehensive overview of reed bed systems and treatment wetlands for household effluent treatment. Going from system selection and design to construction, planting and maintenance; this guide offers the reader a complete how-to manual for getting your own reed bed system up and running.

Reed beds are an efficient, effective, low-energy filter system for protecting local groundwater and streams from septic tank effluent and grey water. This thorough book explains the background to wastewater treatment and water quality and describes how reed beds work to get wastewater clean again.

Reed beds and treatment wetlands are well established elements within permaculture design, and many of the permaculture principles are readily applied to them. This guide goes a step further than simply explaining how to design and build reed beds by providing greater insight into permaculture as a design tool and exploring how to maximise the yields, beneficial relationships and sustainability of the reed bed and indeed the whole sewage treatment process within your site.

Complete with an overview of planning guidelines for the UK and Ireland, The Permaculture Guide to Reed Beds is an invaluable resource for home owners who want to build their own system. It is also an essential reference manual for permaculture designers, architects, engineers, landscape designers, planners and others with an interest in this area. Easy to follow and clearly set out, with beautiful line drawings to illustrate the text, this is a book you'll find both useful and inspiring.

Updates to Permaculture Guide to Reed Beds and further internet resources are listed here

Reed Bed book including delivery: please check delivery options below.

Alternatively send payment to FH Wetland Systems, 30 Woodlawn, Lahinch Rd., Ennis, Co. Clare.

Septic Tank Options and Alternatives - available now in all ebook formats and in print.

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Septic Tank Options and Alternatives - Your Guide to Conventional, Natural and Eco-friendly Methods and Technologies is a user-friendly guide through the maze of selecting an eco-friendly sewage treatment option for your home. With so many different treatment systems and technologies available it can be a challenge to make the choice that really reflects your values and priorities. This book lists conventional and alternative sewage treatment systems and outlines the pros and cons of each in a straightforward and non-technical way. This book covers EPA Code of Practice approved systems and also proposes alternatives where site and soil conditions are suboptimal.

With the septic tank inspection process now underway in Ireland, this book can give you treatment options that may be less costly, less energy intensive and more eco-friendly than an inspector may propose.

This book is a must for anyone currently worried about how well their existing system may be working, or for those who know they need an upgrade but don't know where to start. It is an invaluable guide for architects and engineers who are guiding clients through the options available. Taking both EPA Code of Practice guidance and innovative sustainable solutions into account, Septic Tank Options and Alternatives offers a holistic overview of this oft-unmentioned subject.

Septic Tank Options and Alternatives looks at the following areas:

  • Assessing your current treatment situation
  • Making good - Examining the potential for repairs and improvements
  • Taking stock - looking at your site characteristics, priorities and personal preferences
  • Options examined - different treatment systems explained
  • Putting it into action - planning, implementation and maintenance

If you want to be proactive about getting your system working and make sure you have as eco-friendly and cost effective option as you can, then this is the book to read.

Read book reviews and interviews here

Updates and further internet resources are listed here

How to Order:

PDF, EPUB and MOBI ebook editions are all available from Green Shopping.

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Get Rid of Your Bin - one book, lots of answers!

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Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a better environment and a fatter wallet! Get Rid of Your Bin is the new bible for saving money AND helping the planet. Whether your motives are financial or ecological, the cost of refuse collection and disposal is a growing concern. Featuring easy-to-follow and practical guidelines for all areas of your home and live, Get Rid of Your Bin shows you how to maximise your savings and help sustain our planet for future generations.

Get Rid of Your Bin is published by Mercier Press. What the Papers Say about it; Jane Powers' review in the Irish Times Magazine, 31/10/09 Jane Powers Review   
How to Order: Paypal or Credit Card.
It is possible to pay with your credit card using Paypal.
Note that my techie skills lag far behind my eco-skills, so your pdf version will be emailed to you rather than available for immediate download.
Ebook edition €5.00.

Wetland Plant Supply

FH Wetland Systems supplies a whole range of plants for constructed wetlands and reed bed systems.

We also offer willows for zero discharge willow facilities and willow treatment systems as well as garden sculpture willows and basket weaving willows for growing your own.

Click on Wetland Plant Supply for more information.

If you want to pay for an existing Plant Supply order, please use the link below.

Courses and Seminars

FH Wetland Systems offers courses and seminars on constructed wetlands and other natural treatment approaches.

See the Training Seminars page for more information.

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