Mycelia + Sawdust = House? Take a guess. What is the featured picture for this article? If you’re channeling your inner Google image recognition, you might say: “Best guess for this image: rock.” But, like Google, you’d be wrong. Instead, what you see are bricks made out of fungi obtained from tissues of mycelia. By taking fungi obtained from tissues of mycelia and storing them in a jar filled with a growth medium (usually sawdust), MycoWorks is creating all sorts of materials with exciting properties.
EcoCradle: in the future our gadgets will come packaged in mushrooms – New Tech Gadgets & Electronic Devices Whenever an electronic device gets shipped it will contain a varying degree of protective packaging. By far the most common form of this packaging is Styrofoam due to its ability to protect an object from bumps and falls while being very light and easily molded. The major problem with Styrofoam is that it requires petrol to create, and while we only use pieces of it for a few weeks at most its lifetime is counted in thousands of years. Eben Bayer has appeared as a TED speaker showing us there is an alternative to Styrofoam that does exactly the same job, but will easily compost in your back yard after use. The new protective material is called EcoCradle and uses Mycelium which comes from mushrooms. Mycelium is a growing organism when given fuel to do so, and forms as interwoven fibers which can be shape-controlled by placing them in a mold.
Bees and Permaculture Article and Film- Brigit Strawbridge We are very proud to have a guest post this week by Brigit Strawbridge on Bees and Permaculture…. First up we have a film of a great talk that Brigit did about bees at the Sunrise Off Grid festival in 2011, followed by a article by Brigit on Bees and Permaculture, a great resource for all bee lovers out there. A quick note, Brigit contacted me to say that at the start of the film she says, there are 200,000 types of bees, but actually it’s 20,000, but it would be great if there was 200,000
Norsk Earns Boeing Approval for Titanium Parts Additive manufacturing pioneer Norsk Titanium (Hall 4, Stand 41430) comes to Farnborough International Airshow 2018 on the heels of announcing its U.S. Plattsburgh Development and Qualification Center (PDQC) in New York state has been added to Boeing’s Qualified Producers List. Dedicated last October, PDQC began qualified production of 3D printed structural titanium components for the 787 Dreamliner in mid May, making it the world’s first industrial-scale metal additive manufacturing plant. Innovative Window System by Vitrocsa Floor to ceiling windows are every designer’s dream and everyone living in a flat would enjoy such an abundance of light. Vitrocsa created an amazing and innovative system of floor to ceiling windows that can be installed in homes in order to create a panoramic view. The peculiarity of these windows is that they are a succession of panels that slide even around the corners.
Biodegradable Potty made from rice husks Natural Blue Pink This baby potty is made from waste plant material and is indistinguishable from a plastic potty whilst in your home but once planted in the garden it will start to biodegrade until it has completely disappeared! What could be better than a completely practical baby potty which will last until potty training, then will help to fertilise your garden as it biodegrades? Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles Poster Permaculture Flower Poster See how permaculture can be applied with this free poster for you to print out. The Permacuture Flower poster is a great teaching tool to present to students, or as a reference.
Greening Our Schools' Cafeterias There is great potential for making our cafeteria more environmentally friendly. It also presents some of the biggest challenges. The purpose of this post is to present some basic information, brainstorm ideas, and develop goals and strategies. The use of disposable polystyrene trays is coming under increased scrutiny in recent years. The negative impact polystyrene has on the environment and potentially our children's health have caused many schools to look at alternatives. Woolridge Elementary School uses approximately 500 trays every day.
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