Get the Lead Out! Cartridge-Free (& Erasable) Pencil Printer How about a portable desktop printer that prints out pages you can erase? Beyond being a great, green and cheap alternative to buying endless colored ink cartridges, the prints themselves have a hand-made feel that only comes from that traditional graphite we all associate with hand-written letters and memos. Like the idea so far? Time to mix it up a bit: there is also a section of eraser dust, making this quite possibly the only printer idea designed to not only produce text or images on paper, but to even allow you to ‘delete’ what you have done as needed! Version two this ingenious idea by designer Hoyoung Lee is a bit more streamlined and portable, but boils down to the same simple black/gray-on-white process. This tube-shaped design alternate plays on the aesthetic of a rolled piece of paper – and fits inside a portfolio tube just like a set of drawings or blueprints would.
Awesome DIY Reuse Ideas The mantra reduce, reuse, recycle has been an effective phrase for years now, and companies like Terracycle have been successful following the model of reuse and reduction. Operating under founder Tom Szaky’s belief that “there is no such thing as trash,” Terracycle has found innovative ways to reuse everything from computers to drink pouches. With a creative eye and a bit of elbow grease, the endless possibilities that reuse offers can easily make their way into your home. Finding a new purpose for items you already have not only reduces your overall environmental impact, but it also gives you a way to become a frugal and funky visionary. Furniture is built to last Not to mention that furniture is also incredibly expensive. A sturdy piece of furniture is meant to last for years and to often be used by multiple households, so start your redecorating endeavors with a treasure hunt at a local thrift store. Free is the magic number! Hire an expert Fab fashion finds
Traditional Food Preservation Methods Put Fridges On Ice Technology moves our society along – there is no doubt about that. But there is something to be said for low-tech traditions that served the human race well for thousands of years. Designer Jihyun Ryou is encouraging the world to leave their refrigerators behind and return to the traditional wisdom that allowed people to keep food fresh long before these energy hogs became permanent parts of our homes. The project is called Shaping Traditional Oral Knowledge – Save Food From the Fridge. Verticality of Root Vegetables keeps root veggies like carrots in their natural growing posture. In the Symbiosis of Potato + Apple segment of the project, the natural properties of two foods are harnessed. Eggshells are highly permeable, picking up the scents and tastes of foods around them when kept in the fridge. “Fruit vegetables,” or foods that we commonly think of as vegetables but which are biologically fruits, need humidity to stay fresh.
The World’s First Vertical Forest: An I’d like to introduce you to the world’s first Bosco Verticale (Italian for Vertical Forest), which is being built right now in Milan. According to Christopher Woodward, a writer for the Financial Times, it’s “the most exciting new tower in the world.” This vertical forest will span across two towers that have fabulous balconies designed to house these trees. The pictures below are an image of how it’s projected to look, although I wonder if once the project is completed if it will take a decade for the trees to grow to that height. When it’s all said and done, this vertical forest will consist of 900 trees, 5,000 bushes and 11,000 plants. This forest, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, will allow the greenery to get shade in the summer, sunlight in the winder and protection from the wind while it cleans the air, produces oxygen and cuts down on all the noise pollution in Milan. Via: [Amusing Planet] [Treehugger]
Earth Home Plans and Designs - the Basics Building a basic, minimalist earth home is not a difficult task, at least not for somebody who is prepared for this type of eco-friendly dwelling. Nevertheless, sometimes it is more beneficial to ask for help from someone who has some experience in planning, designing and eventually supervising the construction of an earth home. Below is a list of some basic rules and that should be adhered to if one wants to succeed at building an earth home. How to plan and build a basic earth home? Finding the right kind of soil is the first requirement. This rough guide to building an earth home covers only basic rules of construction. Further eco-friendly technological improvements can be employed, for example solar panels, wind turbines or rain water collection systems. Reasoning Reasonableness ... Conservation of energy, low cost and having a low carbon footprint are three of the main reasons people build earth homes.
Low-cost Blooming Bamboo home built to withstand floods The Blooming Bamboo home, by Vietnamese architectural firm H&P Architects (Photo: Doan Thanh Ha) Image Gallery (30 images) Vietnamese architectural firm H&P Architects has produced a new prototype dwelling constructed from bamboo. Dubbed Blooming Bamboo, the house is built to withstand heavy flooding, and is eventually intended to be mass-produced and sold as an affordable and attractive home. View all The Blooming Bamboo prototype measures 44 sq m (473 sq ft), is placed on stilts, and is built around a central frame constructed from bamboo. The ground floor features a living room, bedroom, bathroom, WC, and kitchen, while an additional multi-function upper floor is accessible via ladder. Blooming Bamboo's facade allows ample natural light and ventilation, and the property also includes rainwater collection facilities with integrated filtration system. Blooming Bamboo is rated as able to withstand floods of up to 1.5 m (5 ft) in depth, but work is underway to increase this to 3 m (10 ft).
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The Ancient Art of Passive Cooling for Today's Green Living By Josh Moran You’ve probably seen various “family trees” in museums that try to illustrate the evolution of human beings. They start out with an ape-like creature with a scientific-sounding name at the bottom and then branch outwards and upwards, culminating with something like Ozzie and Harriet perched at the top. Imagine that same kind of tree but one that shows the evolution of the manner in which we have cooled and heated our living spaces since the dawn of human history. It would start out with various ancient passive systems, evolve into controlled fires, work its way up to simple fans, branch out to evaporative coolers and finally make its way to modern HVAC systems. However, unlike the family trees where the branches of human ancestors come to an abrupt end, in the heating and cooling tree, ancient passive systems don’t entirely disappear. Six feet under for a good reason Perhaps you’ve heard this riddle: A Thermos bottle is designed to keep cold things cold and hot things hot.
Changing World Technologies Changing World Technologies (CWT), a privately held company, was founded in August 1997 by Brian S. Appel, the former Chief Executive Officer of CWT and its subsidiaries. CWT was started primarily to develop and commercialize the thermal depolymerization technology, now referred to by the company as "Thermal Conversion Process" or TCP. The process produces Renewable Diesel Fuel Oil (RDO) from agricultural wastes including Fats Oils and Greases (FOG) Dissolved Air Flotations (DAF), waste greases, offal, animal carcasses and other organic-rich wastes. In developing the technology, CWT has created an impressive portfolio of Intellectual Property (IP) and Trade Secrets to cover the technology and its various applications. In 1998, CWT started a subsidiary, Thermo-Depolymerization Process, LLC (TDP), which developed a demonstration and test plant for the thermal depolymerization technology. Renewable Environmental Solutions, LLC The plant in Carthage, Missouri opened in May 2004.
Keyline and Fertile Futures Keyline and Fertile Futures This paper has been adapted from a book in progress called Fertile Futures This paper discusses Australian Dr Neville Yeomans life experiences that guided and informed his evolving of the Fraser House therapeutic community psychiatric unit in 1959 in North Ryde, Sydney, NSW and his later outreach. The precursors of Yeomans’ way of thinking, processing and acting are traced firstly to the pioneering work of Neville’s father Percival A. Neville’s traumatic incidents discussed in Chapter One also had a profound, though different impact on his father P.A. The other thing was that upon finding little Neville, the tracker was so intimately connected to the local land and its form, he knew exactly where to go to find water. The tracker knew how to find water whenever he wanted it, and wherever he was in his homeland. In the years after leaving mine assaying, P.A. P. Photo 1. Photo 2. Keyline Emerges All of the structures, processes and practices that P. Diagram 1. 1.
Carbon Farmers of America, LLC KEYLINE ideas and practices were not a sudden discovery, nor were they always perfected blueprints to be immediately applied to land surfaces. On the contrary, there was a long period of trial and error, a testing of ideas and methods, the training of personnel and the finding and developing of the right type of machinery to do the various jobs efficiently and economically. Farming in the past has not always been doing the job in the best way, but a choice of several ways and accepting the least disadvantageous. Many of our earlier ideas and practices seemed right at the time, and many people were using them as well as ourselves. One clear idea emerged – that if land was to be made better and new wealth brought to rural industries, then a whole new attitude to working with the soil had to be forthcoming, and new, economical techniques had to be established. My purpose in relating my association with P.A. surfaces, with deep gullies and holes in the valleys. P.A.
P P.A.Yeomans The City Forest Keyline Sydney First published 1971 by Keyline Publishing Pty. Ltd. Copyright.@ P.A. Offered here with the permission of Allan Yeomans (soilandhealth.org/) To Jane and Julie Acknowledgements To my three sons for reading and discussing the manuscript. To Ken, the youngest, for five years of dedication; I am greatly pleased he has chosen Keyline for his career! To Neville and Allan, for 25 years of help and wide debate; Neville, as psychiatrist and sociologist, for keeping me up to date on the social and community implications and Allan for his skills on the engineering-industrial side. Together we have completed the horizons of Keylihe. A A. Table of Contents Foreword 2 The Proposition 3 The Landscape Design of Nature (1) 4 The Landscape Design of Nature (2) 5 The Fragment Between 6 Design for Environment 7 Design a New City 8 Review the New City 9 To Clean a City 10 Soil Sense 11 Soil and Trees 12 Water the Forest 13 The Desert Rain Forest 14 The Bastardisation of Agriculture
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