Is your Dad a BrewSmith kind of guy? This fathers day why not give dad something you know he will make a lot of use out of. Brewing your own beer or cider is a fun and easy way to save money and waste!
Fermenting food adds beneficial probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals not only making your food more nutritious, fermenting also saves money and resources when you buy fresh, local, seasonally grown produce while it’s inexpensive to buy or you have grown it yourself. Plus when you preserve or ferment your favorite foods through every season you control the ingredients, techniques, and additives. Adding fermented foods to your diet can also cut down on the number of supplements you need.
Biome offer seriously stylish alternatives to the average lunch box with a range of totes, snack packs and containers! Luch time doesn’t have to be waste time any longer – these totes will not only insulate your food for longer than an ordinary lunch box, but will also last longer too. The neoprene material that helped Built NY to build their strong reputation can last for up to 50 years. Using this durable material (known to many as the wetsuit material from surfing and scuba diving gear) allows Built NY totes and containers to also be free from BPA, PVC, phthalates, latex, and vinyl.
Father's Day celebrates fatherhood while honouring the influence of a father's paternal bonds in society. Father's Day in Australia is Sunday, 1st of September 2013.
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If you're looking for eco-friendly gifts that are good for the Earth as well as Dad, check out this great range of father's day gifts at Biome Eco Stores. Plus you'll get a free gift: http://www.biome.com.au/202-fathers-day-gifts
We found what we think are some of the best Australian LED light bulbs on the market. (And you don’t just have to take our word for it! Brightgreen LED products have won the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2012 and received a Good Design™ mark from Good Design Australia!)
Choosing the best water bottle for yourself or your family can be tricky. With millions of disposable plastic water bottles ending up in landfill each year, we encourage you to find the best reusable water bottle for your daily needs so that you are more likely to carry your water bottle with you everywhere. http://www.biome.com.au/221-water-bottle
The EPA has issued a new rule raising the allowed residue levels of Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) on food. Comment today to let the EPA know that their decision to cater to Monsanto’s interests is unacceptable given the recent science pointing to serious harm from this toxic herbicide. Click on the “comment” link or see the instructions below for further details.
This is a frightening issue and one that everyone should be made aware of. What will it take to stop these profiteering corporations from killing us slowly?? We need to wake up and make a noise. At least we need to stop supporting Monsanto products. There has never been a more compelling reason to support organic small crop farming than this.
While many creators look at 3-D printing as a technology full of endless potential, designers Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić saw something with room for improvement.
“There is a variety of different 3-D printing types […] and no matter how they work, they all work with layers,” explains Novikov. Machines extrude plastic layer by layer until the desired shape slowly accrues. “We thought that this is strange because layers are not very efficient”: they require the presence of a support structure to prop up an object as it’s printed, which restricts the printing process to horizontal surfaces. Plus the technique can increase the printing time, the use of materials, and the risk of damaging an object when removing it from its support structure.
Novikov and Jokić, who were studying at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona last fall, wondered about printing with fibers instead of layers. Since then, they’ve worked to research, design, and patent a new method for 3-D printing called Mataerial, which squeezes polymers from a nozzle in a way that’s reminiscent of how bakers squeeze icing from a tube to frost a cake.
Imagine a theater made almost exclusively made of recycled paper and other recycled materials.
That’s what Paris-based architecture and scenographypractice Studio Andrew Todd did.
Their design has been selectedfor exhibition at the 2013 World Stage Design event in Cardiff, opening in early September.
The exterior scaffolding structure is used to erect and brace a massive wall of paper bales.
The center oculus gets pulled up via cables and bamboo purlins are fixed at the top. A double layer of recycled circus tent roofing is then placed on top of the bamboo and the interior is finished with bamboo and cardboard with natural light streaming through the roof’s center.
The perfect starting point for any bride-to-be, Natural Weddings is a fantastic guide to make your special day truly special, without costing the earth
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If you are planning an eco-friendly, organic and green wedding. http://www.naturalweddings.com.au website covers a broad range of green tips and resources, including everything from local pre-loved wedding gowns to recycled invitations and eco-honeymoons. And we love the idea of bringing together all these separate environmentally-friendly elements to pick and choose what suits, for a sustainable wedding that also feels extremely personal.
Two Australian dads, decided to offer a great alternative to the outdoor games that will barely last the whole school holidays. Going by the name “Planet Finska”, they have brought the classic outdoor game of “finska” or “mölkky” to all Australians between ages 7 to 107. The Finska lads are so certain of the game’s long-lasting fun that they have designed it to last for generations. The pins, throwing log & carry crate are made from sustainable birch wood, the scorecard is water resistant and reusable, and the outdoor game’s reputation for addictive fun is well known. The mix of skill and chance ensure every Finska player is in with the opportunity to win.
Started by a group of organic farmers in New York's mid-Hudson Valley as a backlash against federal takeover of the organic program in 2002, Certified Naturally Grown has expanded over the past decade to include more than 700 farms in 47 states, executive director Alice Varon said.
"Certified Naturally Grown is tailored for direct-market farmers producing food without any synthetic chemicals specifically for their local communities," Varon said. "It's a particular niche of the agricultural world. It's not in direct competition with the national organic program."
Many small farmers previously certified organic by an independent organization have declined to participate in the federal program. They voice a variety of objections: extensive record-keeping requirements; fees that can amount to 6 percent of a small farm's gross sales; and philosophical objections to joining a monolithic government-run program that also certifies huge operations that ship produce across the country.
Palm oil is a highly versatile, edible oil, and also the highest yielding known vegetable oil per hectare. Because of this, Total capacity has jumped by 128% over the last decade to 58m tonnes per year, primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, replacing large areas of natural vegetation. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) sets out eight principles that are designed to prevent the worst aspects of palm oil cultivation, but certified sustainable palm oil only accounts for 15% of global production – too small at present to offset the sector's worst impacts. One of the criteria is better working standards, including better payment, safety and healthcare, bringing millions out of poverty. Indonesia is now developing its own sustainable palm oil label. Malaysia is set to follow shortly.
Biome has a commitment to not sell any products containing palm oil or its derivatives. We still stock a small number of products containing palm oil but our policy is to support our suppliers to find an alternative sustainable ingredient before removing their goods from our shelves. For example, we helped encourage Beauty and the Bees to remove palm oil from their products. On our website we endeavour to clearly label such products with palm oil to help your decisions (as we explain below, it can be very tricky to know if an ingredient contains palm oil or not). However, we will not take on any new product lines that contain palm oil and we will continue to monitor the situation on CSPO.
Often couples plan an eco friendly wedding as their way to demonstrate to family and friends that this is the lifestyle they have chosen and that they care about the impact that a large event like this can have on the environment. But for any couple interested in planning a sustainable wedding, it's a good idea to start with an open frame of mind.
Rain can be heart-breakingly elusive in parts of Australia, though some of us have seen no shortage of water from the sky. Not only is it important to keep a household emergency kit prepared, why not also have on hand a ‘just for rainy days’ kit (for kids and grown ups). Here’s a wide choice of resources to help you stock your kit.
The cola-bow is a public art installation made out of more than 17.000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo.
The bottles were collected by a joint initiative of universities around Beijing and Coca-Cola China to create an entrance conopy to the Student Beijing Design Exhibition, with the installation also serviong as a statement against plastic pollution by taking waste and turning it into a shelter.
Short on space but still want to grow your own greens? Not a problem. A Windowfarm utilizes vertical window space for year-round growing.
A hydroponic system allows maximum yield; nutrient-spiked water is pumped from a reservoir down through each bottle to bathe the roots of the plants, giving them adequate food and water on a set schedule. You can order a system directly from Windowfarms, or if you’d prefer, simply build your own by gathering parts and recycled materials yourself (note: this will take a fair bit of effort/time)...
Described on its website as “a mobile holiday package combining tent accommodation, optimum [traveling] pleasure, convenience and comfort, and a modern image, The Opera is a luxury camper that introduces a pint-sized contemporary icon of human civilization into the wilderness.
It not only offers luxury accommodations in the great outdoors but also provides some high-design eye candy in case nature’s mountains, forests, and streams weren’t quite enough. While on the road, the Opera is condensed down to an unsuspecting flat, white caravan that can be hitched to the back of your vehicle. Once you’ve reached your destination, make camp by unpacking the Opera’s dramatic white canopy, which consists of several concatenated curving peaks mimicking the wild forms of Utzon’s Sydney landmark.
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