The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was another impetus for change. “We felt an obligation as paddlers to do more,” says Self, “but with so many challenges facing oceans and rivers around the world, we had to be realistic about what we could actually do to change things.” And so they became Team Out of Sight Out of Mind and committed to document the plastic pollution and to battle the root of the problem—the ambivalence most people have for the environment—by promoting outdoor recreation.
The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report.
Every year thousands of discarded flip flops/ rubber thongs wash up on the shores of East Africa causing serious problems and endangering marine life. Turtle hatchlings have difficulty reaching the ocean through all the rubbish, and plankton feeders such as whales swallow and suffocate on the rubber.
This is just one more problem in communities already suffering from poverty and underdevelopment. A clever project began with a group of women from Kiwayu, a small island on the northern Kenyan coastline. They started to clean the coast by collecting the waste, which included plastic and old tyres in addition to flip flops. The trash then gained new life in a ingenious recycling program. The waste was cleaned, beaded into raw material for production and turned into colourful and unique hand-made art pieces.
These recycled bracelets are one of the products of that program. They are the perfect eco-friendly accessory or just a fun and unique gift. The colourful bracelets are made in Kenya from the recycled rubber thongs ( flip-flops ) which washed up on the beaches. Collected and cut into small tube shaped beads then strung together to make these brilliant earth and people friendly bracelets. These really would make a perfect friendship bracelet, symbolic of the bond between you and someone you care about and the bond between you and the Earth. With recycled material making up 100% of these bracelets, what better way to show people you care about them and the environment, all while supporting West African communities.
“Every day, 77,000 carbon-emitting vehicles fly past the Congress Parkway interchange, polluting the air. This project creates a gateway over the corridor that filters air and fuels a new breed of car for its residents.”
Aimed to increase public awareness and improve public health, the CO2ngress Gateway Towers absorb the CO2 emissions from passing cars, which is fed to algae grown in the building. The algae then helps with the processing of biofuels which supply the building residents’ eco-friendly cars.
The two towers split and converge at the top to create an iconic gateway to the city. A bridge joins the two towers and contains a public restaurant with views of neighboring buildings. Pedestrian connections are landscaped at the base, giving a human scale to a car-centric urban identity.
Additionally, the double-skin facade helps reduce traffic noise and offers enclosed balconies. Natural cross-ventilation of the units is enabled through the building’s atrium. The terraces are enclosed by bio-reactor tubes which grow the algae responsible for biofuel processing...
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