Day 22: Iceberg iceberg baby

Zero Waste challenge
Jas (The Ginger) and Morgana (The Vegan) are undertaking the Zero Waste Challenge: finding ways to refuse, reuse, reduce, and recycle as much as possible in their lives, and ask you to join them on their journey.

The problem
Prepping food creates "bits." Carrot and potato peelings, apple stalks, onion roots... All of these scraps are thought of as dead and useless.

But there is life in them, they can be reborn like a phoenix from the ashes.

If the food scraps generated by all households in the US in a year were piled on a football field, the pile would be five miles (26,400 feet) high. It is a total misconception that ugly food scraps are inedible and it leads to a colossal amount of waste. If you’re already environmentally savvy and you have the space, you might compost these scraps and return them to the earth, as nature intended.

The Ginger and the Vegan don't have the space to compost in their humble student abode; yet, they find another, creative alternative in their fight against food waste.

The solution
We have some news for you all. We’ve kept it to ourselves for a while but we can no longer contain our joy.

The Ginger and her Vegan are expecting, and the baby’s due in just two weeks’ time.

Pregnant mum and proud sunburnt dad, you can see the bump!

(It's the lettuce, the baby is the lettuce)

This was our baby making process (don’t worry, it’s PG):

1) We were just enjoying their iceberg lettuce as usual: munching away on those crunchy cold leaves of deliciousness 

2) We nibbled our way down to the stem, which is traditionally considered the inedible part

3) We realise its potential for new life

4) As co-parents, we place the iceberg stem in a bowl in about half an inch of water and put it on a windowsill in the sun (well, daylight)

5) We will nurture our baby each day, changing the water as required until it blossoms into a fully grown iceberg

We had our first ultrasound and Jas can't stop crying. Here is a picture from a baby face generator we used to find out what our baby might look like when it's older:


At first, our baby was developing slowly/not at all, and we were going to call the whole thing off. However, upon close inspection, we saw some gunky bits that needed getting rid of. We trimmed off the brown edges so all of the water and growing energy was directed to the parts that were showing signs of new life. BECAUSE OUR BABY WAS GROWING. We noticed little green offshoots coming out the stem. In a couple of days, the green poky bits started unfurling to become LEAVES. So far, we only have enough green stuff grown to put as garnish on soup, but we MADE IT OURSELVES.

As young people who live in cities, we often use our lifestyle as an excuse for not growing our own produce. Not that many of us even try looking after plants. Where are we supposed to grow things in an apartment barely big enough for a bed? What this challenge has proven to us is that those excuses just don't hold up if you want it bad enough. You can always find a windowsill or even a communal lot to grow things on. This challenge was a reminder of the boss-ness of nature; deepening our respect for her.

This article is part of our 30 days  Zero Waste challenge.
Read what Jas and Morgana were up to in the past 21 days.

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