Patrick Winters wrote:I plan on doing lots of pickling, and probably some leathermaking if I get the chance as well, but I want to make sure that I can safely dispose of these kinds of liquids and others that sure as hell won't be any good in a greywater system! I don't plan on just dumping them out anywhere and contaminating my garden soil, but I also don't think finding a "reject" spot to pour them out is much better.
What do you guys do with your old brines? Pour them out in a stand of shepherd's purse or an area with a certain fungi species? Let the water evaporate and make a salt lick? And I've heard that tannery effluent can be composted through anaerobic digestion, but won't it still be contaminated, what with all the use of Potassium Hydroxide and tannic acid? And similarly, what do you do if you've made a natural dye for cloth?
I'd love to hear suggestions on soil-friendly disposal methods for the above-mentioned liquids, as well as anything else similar to this subject!
Judith Browning wrote:@sbengi, I don't understand what you mean by "as long as we are continually importing more poison". Do you mean our country or us as individuals? I really believe we as individuals can choose to limit the toxins we bring into our lives.
Kari Gunnlaugsson wrote: ( aside...you can make some really fine leathers for most applications without real tanning and all of the salt and other chemicals...using brain or eggs and smoke)