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Threats to Rainforests from Humankind. By Rhett Butler | Last updated July 27, 2012 The greatest cause of tropical rainforest destruction today comes from human activities, which, unlike natural damage, are unrelenting and thorough.

Threats to Rainforests from Humankind

Although most of this deforestation is driven by national and international economic forces, a significant proportion serves no long-term purpose; it results from subsistence activities on a local level. Many of the effects from human-induced destruction of the rainforests are probably irreversible within our time. The role of humans in the deforestation of the world's forests is considerable and extensive. Like most environmental assets, rainforests are endangered by their status as open-access resources or as common property. In the 1980s and 1990s another contributor to commercial forest destruction was the outstanding debts of developing countries, which caused them to seek quick ways to raise revenue to make debt payments. Review questions: The Guerrilla Gardening Homepage. Recycle This - Creative ideas for reusing and recycling random stuff.

Where recycling meets design. Category: Materials tires are to be found everywhere around the world, to discard them companies have to pay about so they are very willing to supply them. sources are bikes, scooters, cars, trucks, airplanes, agriculture Normally a tyre has a metal-mesh-wire lining in the thread to reinforce the surface off the tyre, and an eight mm metal wire along the bead to keep it on the wheel.

Where recycling meets design

Scooters and airplane tires have threads without the metal lining. the biggest tires come from the ‘earth movers’, up to 4 m diameter! The thread with steel-mesh lining can be cut with a strong jigsaw with a wood blade. They naturally function really well for toys, and furniture, but are also used as a watertight skin for a house and even to build load bearing walls Mille gomme is the specialist in holland. see mille gommes audio furniture at Worm, Rotterdam The earth-ship foundation has used them successfully for more then 30 years now to build walls. Green design will save the world. In a furniture lineup, few chairs are be as recognizable as the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair.

Green design will save the world

This design, by everyone’s favorite Modernist design duo Charles and Ray Eames, has become one of the most exalted works of mid-century modernism, sought after by design enthusiasts everywhere. First released in 1950 by Herman Miller, the Eames chair shell was originally manufactured in fiberglass but the material was eventually abandoned in the 1990s due to concerns associated with fiberglass being, in Ray Eames’ words, “detrimental to the environment”. Relaxshax's Blog. A Low Impact Woodland Home. RowdyKittens — social change through simple living.

Froogles: The New Challenge to Rampant Consumerism. Last week Laura Cousins chose to make some soap.

Froogles: The New Challenge to Rampant Consumerism

She had all the ingredients: the drain cleaner, essential oil and rain water. "But I didn't have the sugar thermometers I needed, or a stainless steel pan, or a pair of rubber gloves. " Most of us would have remedied the deficit with a quick trip to the high street. But Cousins has made a resolution to buy nothing new for 12 months. "I placed a 'wanted' ad on freecycle for the things I needed," she explains as we drive through her home town, Bournemouth, "and I got the pan and the gloves. Cousins is part of the new "froogle" movement, which began in America. In her book about her fritter-free year, Not Buying It, Levine challenged her country's consumer culture.

Levine questioned if freedom could really be bought at the cash register. Their resolution permitted the purchase of food, health and safety items and underwear. After reading about Levine's adventures online, Cousins decided to give the 12-month plan a go. No Impact Man. Dear friends, I don't say this often but I am scared. Not scared to the point of paralysis. Not scared enough to run away. Not scared enough to stop trying to help. Not scared enough to think we're doomed. I was lucky when Hurricane Sandy hit. The urban guide to being self sufficient'ish. Environmental Graffiti. Exploring the simple life, Clay and Judy Woods Homepage. Choose Simplicity Thoughts on Voluntary Simplicity Welcome to Clay and Judy Woods' homepage.

Exploring the simple life, Clay and Judy Woods Homepage

Many simplicity gurus urge us to become "tightwads" as the true path to a simple life. A Low Impact Woodland Home. : new products made from recycled waste materials : reduce reuse recycle. Products made from recycled waste It's not just odd or unusual products that are made from recycled waste. : new products made from recycled waste materials : reduce reuse recycle

Some of our everyday household items are available in supermarkets and made from recycled waste; bin liners made from recycled plastic and toilet roll made from recycled paper. So do your bit, buy recycled and close the recycling loop. dGrade - UK made, biodegradable dog poo bags. Free delivery on all orders. BioDiesel With the current price or petrol and diesel going through the roof, lots of people are turning to BioDiesel. Proper Oils – based in Twickenham, South West London – supplies & delivers biodiesel to customers in London & the South East Pelican Food Services, Stourport-on-Severn, West Midlands Southern Biofuels, Berkshire.