NatureMill Automatic Compost Bin. Burial Planter is an Eco Memorial That Honors the Cycle of Life... Although death is universal, it seems that the final choice of how our bodies are laid to rest is not – and traditional burials are looking like less and less attractive as they take up land and use unsavory chemistry that eventually winds up in the soil.
As a result, cremation and natural burials are becoming more popular due to the sensitive way they return bodies to the earth. We spotted a new approach over at Treehugger that was proposed by India-based industrial design student Margaux Ruyant as a thoughtful way to memorialize the deceased by incorporating their ashes into a living tree memorial.
Poetree is a ceramic ring with a cork receptacle for ashes and an opening on top for a tree to sprout from. The Poetree is an interesting hybrid between burial and cremation – it’s an urn and a memorial marker at the same time. The remains are placed in a container made from cork, and a cork stopper is removed to make room for a small boxwood tree. . + Poetree Via Treehugger. Earthbag Construction - StumbleUpon. EarthBag Homes - you're standing on the building materials... earthbag home Long sandbags are filled on-site and arranged in layers or as compressed coils.
Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or sodium carbonate may be added to an ideal mix of 70% sand, 30% clay. Straw may also be added. The earthbags are then plastered over with adobe. Arquitectura en Equilibrio (Architecture in Balance) www.flickr.com earthbag home Plastic bags recycled into plastic bags -- if plastic does not break down for a thousand years, this building is sure to last several lifetimes.
Earthbag construction Foundations differ as per site. Earthbag construction The time consuming part, filling the bags. Earthbag construction Testing the strength of an arch. Earthbag home Project Seres, Guatemala. projectseres.org www.flickr.com earthbag home CalEarth -- Emergency Shelter Village, Hesperia, California. Earthbag home Cal Earth -- Emergency Shelters. Earthbag home CalEarth let the layers show. Resources: Lessons: Mythbusters answers which is greener, cars or motorcycles?
Using portable emissions equipment, a wide sampling of cars and bikes from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and with the help of Dr.
Kent Johnson of UC Riverside, the Mythbusters team claims they proved motorcycles are dirtier than cars. Doing so meant gathering data in real-world driving conditions along a 75-percent freeway, 25-percent city driving loop in and on the vehicles from different eras. The results of that test proved one thing that everyone should already know: motorcycles use less fuel than cars. They also produce less carbon dioxide than cars, which accounts for 90 percent of a vehicle's emissions.
Where cars pull ahead, though, is in the amount of other noxious gases they produce. A controlled test on a track using a small displacement, fuel injected modern bike didn't give two wheelers the help the 'busters thought it would.To give bikes another chance, Jamie and Adam built an aerodynamic frame to make the modern bike sip even more gently through the wind.