Soy Milk (and beer)

Despite the greenwash, Tetrapaks are made from a three-part composite of cardboard, polyethylene plastic and aluminum foil. The cardboard fiber can be separated for reuse in paper products and, I’ve read, there are some limited uses for the resulting aluminum-polyethylene mixture. And it takes energy to separate them. A quick scan of the web today reveals that not all UK councils offer collection points for them and I have not managed to work out whether or not those that do process them locally, or ship them abroad for processing. And there’s a limit to how many home-recycled tetrapak wallets you need.

Soy beans are not native of the UK and dry beans are imported. If you can live with that, you can buy half a kilo of dry beans in a paper or plastic bag, and make several litres of tasty soy milk. It’s even more fun if you do it with your friends.

For more fun, while watching this video, play spot the yellow courgette.

If you only have time to watch one video today, and you haven’t already seen it, the one from my previous post is the one to go for.


  1. Alan Says:

    I am always cautious of those new “eco-friendly” products that have started flooding the markets these days… a few years ago I was really disturbed by how many plastic water bottles I used, so I found this one made from corn syrup. At the time the video on their website had a video of the bottle dissolving in like 80 days, but I threw mine in my backyard with the elements and it’s was there for two years until I threw it away.

    We will not be saved by people with new programs, we will be saved by people we changed minds. That’s somewhat of a quote from Daniel Quinn’s I Am B. I keep telling people in America, you don’t need to buy a hybrid car, you need to find ways to drive less.

    Anyways, I saw this and I thought of you (because it’s in London):

    Some dudes went in the middle of the night back in May, 2008 and planted sunflower seeds around unused parts of London. A few months later… SURPRISE!! hahah. Sunflowers everywhere!



  2. Mark Says:


    Thanks again, your comments are always welcome here. As are everyone elses. I have had a lot of feedback on the article I wrote about perceptions of the police at climate camp, but they all came by email. But I digress. Guerilla gardening, looks like fun, not sure what the message is, though. Maybe time to stat planting guerilla food soon.

    Speaking of gorillas, I really want to read some Daniel Quinn.


  3. Anna Says:

    This is fantastic Mark! It’s so good to see where/how these things are made, and feel more connected to the food you eat – soy milk has always til now been one of the many things I eat where I didn’t have even a half-sense of how it was possibly made or connected to soy beans as harvested. I have posted the link to a friend who owns a blender and suggested we make a soy-bean date, will let you know if anything other than a mess comes of it 🙂

    Thanks also so very much for having me to stay, was lovely to spend time with you and a joy to spend time in a home with so much that was home made and home grown.

    Love to you, Nic, 1, 2 and 3!


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