Waste Nott recycling store Art is education - CHOOSE to reuse! The Waste Nott Recycling Store is a creative reuse enterprise, committed to diverting resources from landfill and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education and fun. The store is a treasure trove of art and craft materials as we look for varied and unusual manufacturing discards that are ideal for all kinds of creative projects. Our volunteers sort out the materials which are then available to schools, community groups, individuals (everyone) for creative use – or ‘reuse’ – using resources to create new items or to give items a new purpose.
How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead (Mother Earth News) Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management. Your 1-acre homestead can be divided into land for raising livestock and a garden for raising fruits, vegetables, plus some grain and forage crops. Illustration by: Dorling Kindersley Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. This Device Can Purify Water, Generate Electricity And Connect To The Internet Watly is self-described as the biggest solar-powered computer in the world Alternative sources of electricity and safer methods for purifying water continue to be in-demand problems that many tech team are trying to solve. The creators of Watly claim to have solved both of these in one device—while also providing an Internet connection. Self-described as the biggest solar-powered computer in the world, Watly can generate electricity off a grid, create internet connectivity from virtually anywhere, and also purify water. The team estimates that over the course of 15 years, Watly can reduce more than 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The team explains more behind how the device works autonomously on its Indiegogo page:
Teaching resources - Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin School information packs A summary of the NRM Education programs Colouring sheets Animals Birds Fish Grow Your Own Greens With The Growbot, A System Designed To Make Rooftop Farming Easy As much as city-dwellers might like the idea of buying vegetables grown on local rooftops or vacant lots, it's hard to make urban agriculture commercially viable. Farming actually takes a lot of work and care, and the infrastructure and workforce just aren't there in most cities to make urban agriculture happen at scale. But a startup called Cityblooms hopes to help change that. The company makes small, modular "growbots," lightweight greenhouses that can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow food more efficiently than the typical community garden. The hydroponic units are cloud-connected, so farmers can remotely track the growth of their crops, as well as control irrigation, humidity, and plant nutrition. Unlike a neighborhood garden, the system can grow very large volumes of produce.
Charge Your Phone With This Potted Plant Using the natural system of photosynthesis, a novel way to channel electricity Due to the growing number of creative gadgets, soon we might not need our standard phone chargers. From a charger that converts fidgeting to electricity and a charger that uses water and oxygen to charge devices, the range of devices only continues to grow. 52 Simple Resolutions To Help Save The Planet Saving the planet can seem like an extreme and even impossible task. Industry and lifestyles are constantly evolving and along with it comes mass production and chemical pollution, at an all time high. Our planet is precious, we only have one, and while we might seem safe and averagely healthy today, future generations will suffer due to our actions. If we all made a few of few of these simple lifestyle changes, it would go a long way to preserving and taking better care of our environment, our own health and also our bank balance. 1.
What Will Farming Look Like in 2050? As it stands, Big Agriculture companies like Monsanto dominate the farming industry with their patented, genetically-engineered crops. The burgeoning organic movement has slowly shifted the tide, but it's still hard to imagine a day when the small, organic growers hold sway over the multinational corporations that are currently in charge. Protofarm 2050, a project put together by Design Indaba, tries to imagine what such a sustainable farming future might look like--and how we can get there. Protofarm 2050 acknowledges that there is no silver bullet with the problem of sustainable farming, and instead focuses on an array of scenarios that could become viable in the future.
Tiny Bicycle Flower Vases Are The Perfect Bike Accessory For Spring Bikes have always been the green alternative to cars, and now cycling just got even greener thanks to these adorable little bike vases! They were created by Colleen Jordan, an Atlanta-based designer and artist who runs Wearable Planter, a company dedicated to products that allow you to take plants and flowers with you wherever you go. The vases are 3D printed and finished by hand and they easily attach to the handlebars of your bike. As well as the vases, Wearable Planter also sells 3D printed jewelry, such as necklaces and badges that contain a tiny living plant.
Natural Learning Initiative American Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' Native range: Southeastern U.S.Hardiness Zone: US 6-9Sun: Full SunPlant habit: Deciduous TreeWater requirement: Medium The American sweetgum is a native tree of the Eastern US well known for its fall color. Often found in parks and along roadsides, it is also an excellent choice for outdoor learning environments, providing shade in the hot summer months, color in the fall and habitat for the lovely luna moth. The name sweetgum came from the sweet, sticky sap that the tree produces which was also the inspiration for an old American idiom, “up a gum tree”, which means to be in a sticky situation.
These "Farmscrapers" Are Entire Cities In Crazy, Wobbly Looking Towers These incredible looking buildings are designed by a Belgian architect named Vincent Callebaut. Called "Asian Cairns," after the rock stacks left on mountainsides, the "farmscrapers" are pebble-like pods stacked on top of each other. The design incorporates housing, office, and leisure spaces, as well as urban farming to reduce the need for imports from the countryside. The pebbles are made of steel rings wrapped around "horizontal double-decks," and linked to the central "spinal column."
I 3D-Print Vases To Give Plastic Bottle A Second Life My name is Libero Rutilo and I create a collection of design vases combining upcycling and 3D-printing technology. The project gives a second chance to such an unvalued object as a PET bottle, which would be normally thrown away after it has been used. The idea was to create a vase conserving only its silhouette. The vase itself represents an external shell with an inner neck fillet, so it can be screwed onto a bottle like a cap. The 3D-printed structure dresses the bottle and makes it disappear under its mesh.
Nature Play at the Park Lands The Adelaide City Council have produced a fabulous FREE e-book for families to take advantage of the wonderful play spaces within the city of Adelaide. 20 ways with Nature Play features 20 great locations and nature play activities the kids will love. Remember spending time outdoors as a child? Riding your bike, making mud pies and climbing trees? It’s what fond childhood memories are made of, but what is different these days? Play time in nature facilitates recreational learning that supports the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children. As children interact with the natural elements they discover, they also develop their creativity through unstructured play, whilst enhancing their problem solving, social, and fine motor skills.
An Urban Farm Designed To Make One Thing: A Grilled Ham And Cheese Sandwich There's an easy way to make a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. And then there's the Sandwich Factory's way. In an Amsterdam experiment that pushes the limits of urban farming, a group of young artists explored what it takes to make a simple lunch truly from scratch. After buying pigs and cows, planting a field of wheat, waiting for nine months, and spending 35,000 euros, they finally got to eat.