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This Device Provides Clean Water for Pennies a Day

This Device Provides Clean Water for Pennies a Day
Photo: WaterconePassive Solar One Step Water Condensation FTW!We wrote about the Watercone back in 2004, but considering how much TreeHugger's audience has grown since then, it's likely that only a handful of you were reading the site back then. I think it's time to have a second look at this very clever device that has the potential to help provide clean drinking water for millions of people who are lacking access to clean water (or if they do, maybe the access is intermittent and they could use a plan B). This could save many lives for sure. Read on for more details and a demonstration video. Photo: WaterconeStep #1: Pour salty / brackish Water into pan. Photo: WaterconeStep #2: The evaporated Water condensates in the form of droplets on the inner wall of the cone. Photo: WaterconeStep #3: By unscrewing the cap at the tip of the cone and turning the cone upside down, one can empty the potable Water gathered in the trough directly into a drinking device.

All You Need for Fresh Air: 3 Essential Green Plants by LiveOAK Staff on March 22, 2009 All you need for fresh air. Seventeen years ago Kamal Meattle found out that the air in his home city of Dehli was killing him. He had grown allergic to the pollutants in the air and his lung capacity started declined to 70%. He began researching and found that these three plants can provide a human with all the fresh air they need indoors to be healthy. The Areca Palm (or Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is does great air cleansing work during the day. Kamal Meattle According to Meattle if you have sufficient quantities of these plants you could live in an air tight bubble and as long as the plants are living you'd have enough fresh air to live. The Indian Government has rated the building the healthiest buidling in Delhi, and studies have shown that after spending 10 hours in the building your body will be working better than before. Now Meattle, has big plans. Check out his site: GreenSpaces via: TED About the Author:

Surface Area and Wind Power Click for bigger version. Credit: Land Art Generator Initiative. Putting Things in Perspective The picture above has been making the rounds of the internet lately (sadly it hasn't always been attributed to the Land Art Generator Initiative). They did the same thing with wind power (again, you can click on the pic above to see a bigger version): A 5 MW turbine can be expected to produce 17 GWh per year (they are 40% effective from their peak rated capacity - 5 MW x 365 x 24 = 43.8 GWh). Of course, nobody's suggesting creating a kind of "clean energy monoculture". Via Land Art GeneratorMore Solar and Wind PowerJapan's Moonshot? A Table That Turns Your Kitchen Into Mini Ecosystem [UPDATED] Convenience and efficiency are king when it comes to product design. What could be more efficient than a natural ecosystem? That's the insight behind a "living kitchen" designed by the brilliant young design studio Studio Gorm. None of the elements is brand new to this product, but their integration wins points for ergonomics and ease. Maybe what's most surprising is that Studio Gorm isn't based in the Netherlands or Scandinavia--but rather in Eugene, Oregon. Check out some of Studio Gorm's other designs, including a modular furniture system of pegs and boards; an elegant Egyptian-inspired chair; a handsome adjustable lamp; and an overhead light inspired by--of all things--a falafel container. UPDATE: Studio Gorm actually just released an updated version of the FLOW table, which Dezeen has here.

Magenn Power Inc. Shampoo Recipe - Make Your Own Shampoo - Natural Shampoo "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive."~ Dale Carnegie We all have hair -- some more, some less. (Some of us even have it where we don't want it!) Fine, medium, coarse, light blonde, copper-brown, honey-red, ginger-twist, sun-kissed, winter wheat or ash -- no matter, it's all hair. I actually have a lot of nerve writing anything about hair. What I can write about with authority, though, is that daily care with wholesome products can help keep your hair -- if you've got it -- strong and strikingly beautiful. Now once you've made your selection and finally commence the act of shampooing, remember to always massage your scalp slowly but thoroughly with your fingertips, to vigorously stimulate the circulation of blood on the skin wrapping around your skull. I know, I know, you're automatically saying to yourself, "rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat" because every commercially produced shampoo bottle has brainwashed us to do this.

How to Grow Raspberries Raised beds eliminate root rot The original 20 plants have grown into a full bed from which the author picks 2 gallons of raspberries a day during the summer months, roughly a pint per plant, though the amount tapers off as fall approaches. Raspberry plants hate wet feet, and they are gross feeders. We addressed these two critical points by building a 20-inch-high raised bed and filling it with a mixture of four-fifths good garden topsoil blended with about one-fifth sand, peat, and well-rotted manure. If you have rich, deep soil that drains well year-round, you can simply plant your raspberries in a permanent garden site. It is important that you do not establish your raspberry patch in an area where you have recently grown tomatoes, peppers, or potatoes, to avoid verticillium wilt, which these vegetables can carry, and raspberries can catch.

Transparency - Walk This Way More Infographics on Good How To Make Your Own $35 Straw Mattress | The Year of Mud: Cob and natural building (This lovely DIY how-to is written by my partner April, who recently made a fantastic straw mattress for the cob bed. Not only is it entirely natural, it’s pretty super to sleep on, too. Read ahead!) Living in a hand-built home can often mean making unique and non-conventional furniture choices. Why not to buy a conventional mattress I looked at some conventional mattresses. Traditional mattress materials What about making my own mattress? Making a tick I needed to make a simple sack, traditionally called a tick, to serve as the mattress cover. My mattress would rest on a cob platform pressed against a curved wall along one side. Designing a template Next, I laid the paper template on my fabric and added an inch to each side (2 inches added to the total width, 2 inches to the total length). Pinning and sewing the fabric Next, I pinned and pinned and pinned. at this point will make sewing much easier later. The panel for the button closure was a little trickier. Stuffing the mattress

How To Can "Keep it hot, keep it cold, or don't keep it" is another saying in my family.This chart from the USDA shows why this is good advice. The microorganisms that cause food to spoil don't live well at high and low temperatures. Canning is a way to preserve food at room temperature. Properly canned food is safe. Terrific Treehouses: 10 Brilliant Topiary Masterpieces Terrific Treehouses: 10 Brilliant Topiary Masterpieces It’s inescapable– the urge to walk away from our civilized lives and find peace in nature. For every cubicle and cookie cutter suburb, there’s a man or a woman who desires for an escape to our natural roots. 02 Sustainability Treehouse Looking to elevate your living a bit? 02 Sustainability Treehouse Gallery 4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos The 4TREEHOUSE treetop dwelling by Lukasz Kos is as much modern as it is natural. 4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos Gallery Peter Frazier’s Treetop Office If you really want to escape the rat race, here is the office for you. Peter Frazier’s Treetop Office Gallery Baumraum Treehouses When it comes to modern treehouses, there is no name more respected than Baumraum. Baumraum Treehouse Gallery Harad’s Reflective Tree Hotel Looking to take a relaxing vacation in the woods… and not be spotted by a soul? Harad’s Reflective Tree Hotel Gallery Growing Tree Architecture Growing Tree Architecture Gallery Alnwick Gardens Treehouse