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Bamboo the sustainable alternative to wood

Bamboo the sustainable alternative to wood | Sustainism | Scoop.it

In the Children's Department of the Seattle Central Library you'll see a blond bamboo floor, warm, light and bright.


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This Impeccably Designed $20,000 House Could Soon Be Yours

This Impeccably Designed $20,000 House Could Soon Be Yours | Sustainism | Scoop.it
For years, students at Auburn University's Rural Studio have been building cheap houses for impoverished locals. Now their designs are goin
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Little houses are in, but above all, they make having a home possible for people with a low budget. And for others a small home in the back lot may mean some extra income. 
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IIT Alumnus Uses Radical Technology to Develop Roads That Self-Repair

IIT Alumnus Uses Radical Technology to Develop Roads That Self-Repair | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Nemkumar Bhantia, a professor of civil engineering, has developed roads that are self-repairing, sustainable, long-lasting and cost-effective.

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Dr. Nemkumar Bhantia's discovery is a gift to the (Third) World. I can't help but think immediately of Haiti and its lack of any kind of infrastructure, and how having dependable roads are crucial. 
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Off the Grid Ebook Order

Off the Grid Ebook Order | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Off-Grid Cabin and Tiny House Designs and Supplies: complete 355 Page Ebook plus 4 hours of video. Cabin Plans, Solar/Wind Power, Septic and Water Systems.
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LaMar Alexander's book is worth the seven bucks. Check out the video on the Plaid Zebra site (right next to this post on Scoop-it!) if you need more convincing. 

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In U.K. "The Great Turning" - While Permaculture Now is active in Washington State

In U.K. "The Great Turning" - While Permaculture Now is active in Washington State | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Is permaculture about re-creating Eden or about changing the world in every way, even politically? Graham Burnet and Nicole Vosper make the case for a politically engaged, 'liberation permaculture'.
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Not just in the U.K.!
In Washington state dedicated farmers practice permaculture, and interns learn on the job at model farms.

Check out permaculturenow.com

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Challenge: Bring Your Own Shopping Bags - hetkanWel.nl

Challenge: Bring Your Own Shopping Bags - hetkanWel.nl | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Ik omarm ‘de groene lifestyle’. Dat moet ook, vind ik, als je al ruim zes jaar schrijft voor een groen en eerlijk weblog. Zo koop ik ecologische schoonmaakmiddelen en zijn de twee vleesloze dagen per week een feit in ons huishouden. Toch doe ik nog niet genoeg. Zo vergeet ik nog wel eens mijn laptop uit te zetten ‘s nachts en laat mijn vriend regelmatig zijn oplader in de stekkerdoos zitten. Onnodig. Maar het grootste punt van kritiek heeft te maken met mijn regelmatige gang naar de supermarkt.
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Okay, so you can't read the article, unless you use some kind of translator. But the drift of the story is: Stop polluting Mother Earth, invest in long lasting shopping bags and don't buy into the "take it easy" attitude. We're ruining our very own world, filling oceans with plastic crap, killing birds and other wildlife that swallows the products of our lazy lifestyle. 

 

I've got one old bag I've had since I was eighteen, and that dearies, was many summers ago. 

 

Challenge: Get a bag that lasts, and buy bulk when you can.

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The Simply Co. - 3 Ingredient Organic Laundry Detergent!

The Simply Co. - 3 Ingredient Organic Laundry Detergent! | Sustainism | Scoop.it
At The Simply Co. we make 3-Ingredient laundry detergent that is safe for your body, your home, and the planet!
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Naturally!

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Comfort and organic sustainability

Comfort and organic sustainability | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The need for a sustainable development began to grow and resources began to diminish in quantity and value.
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Chris Downs came to my attention thanks to my interest as a writer in his Kindle book on How to Grow Heirloom Tomatoes.


Note that I stopped growing tomatoes in 1989, after I became intolerant to them, both raw and cooked. Just a bite from the fruit I'd loved since childhood and my cheeks would swell with hives, turning bright red, like the culprit itself.

 

The only tomatoes I can eat since, come from a can, or a jar, but I'm glad I can still eat enjoy my tomato sauce based recipes.

 

To get back to Downs, he blogs for a magazine named Grit, subtitled: Rural American Know-How.

 

As the DutchessAbroad I'm all for passing on my Dutch Heritage Know-How, and having married a Texan, Grit and me seem like a good match. As we say in the Netherlands, you never know how a cow catches a rabbit. Who knows what will come next. 

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15 year old girl invents flashlight that needs no batteries - Meet Ann Makosinski

 

Inspired by friends that could not afford electricity, Ann created a battery-free flashlight that generates light from the heat of the human hand.

 

See more of her videos here

http://annventions.com/?page_id=8

 

 

 


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Wonderful video, the imagery shows more than the words alone. About the bright lights among us, who make life better.

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ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:55 PM

You go, girl!

OK Google, credit where credit is due.

This is pretty cutting-edge.

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 6, 2015 5:54 AM

YES LORD YES

DebbyBruck's comment, September 14, 2015 8:04 PM
Wonderful idea and accomplishment by this young lady. Bringing our ideas to fruition truly can change our world for the better!
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Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices

Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Being in the midst of nature, even separated by a window, can help your productivity and morale. These offices bridge the outside/inside divide.
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How does sustainability relate to nature? How does productivity relate to sustains? What is Green anyway?

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WaterLiberty.com - Ancient Water Purification System - Black Mica

WaterLiberty.com - Ancient Water Purification System - Black Mica | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Is your drinking water safe? Don't drink another glass of water until you read this and discover the ancient secret to purifying water and transfering your drinking water into a very potent healing properties
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Scary information you may not want to skip, a message that doesn't need watering down. 

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P-Patch Community Gardens | Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Seattle

P-Patch Community Gardens | Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Seattle | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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My Chinese doctor suggested I'd start gardening. To sow seeds and see them germinated, and grow into mature plants would be good for me. We lived in an apartment and had no garden, so I planted green pole beans in a big pot on the outdoors gallery.


Before long I had my first garden in Seattle, a P-Patch plot of 10' x 10' feet. The first year I drafted a garden design, sifted the soil for rocks and pebbles, lay those in a circle, my garden path, and planted herbs, and flowers. 

 

Two years later I graduated to a 10' x 20" plot and added vegetables, and potatoes to my earlier crop. My husband got involved, and even our puppy helped, digging up quack grass roots.

 

Gardening is a healing activity, it can return your trust in nature, in the cycle of life.

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It Might Look Like A Normal Stack Of Firewood. But When You Step Closer... WHOA!

It Might Look Like A Normal Stack Of Firewood. But When You Step Closer... WHOA! | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Where did THAT come from? Brilliant.
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Sustainable? Not completely sure. But I just had to post this.

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SolarCity announces plan to give "green" Airbnb hosts $1000

SolarCity announces plan to give "green" Airbnb hosts $1000 | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Airbnb hosts can receive a $1,000 incentive if they install SolarCity panels on their homes.
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As a "green" Airbnb host, albeit, or —although without solar panels— this is music to my ears. Won't do much good until next spring or summer though.
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Build Your Wooden Home With French Brikawood Kit

Build Your Wooden Home With French Brikawood Kit | Sustainism | Scoop.it
L'entreprise française Catharhome propose un nouveau modèle de briques en bois qui s'emboîtent les unes sur les autres. Leur nom : Brikawood. Fournies avec un kit, elles permettent de réaliser plus facilement des constructions passives sans utiliser de clous, de vis ou de colle, un peu à la manière d'un jeu de Légo géant.

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With the kit for 25,000 Euro you can build your own wooden house (postage and handling not included ;-))
 Will they whether the weather? 
If you wonder whether wood's sustainable building material, people in the Pacific Northwest have been doing it for centuries. Well, since they arrived in the mid 1800s that is. 
And these houses have double walls. I wonder whether they're just air insulated, or if builders would consider adding some insulting material in between?
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A former homeless man released the blueprints for an incredible off-grid $2,000 solar home for only $7

A former homeless man released the blueprints for an incredible off-grid $2,000 solar home for only $7 | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The home is 400 square feet with two floors and includes a bathroom, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and office.
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As incorrigible editor I have to note that the original heading on the Plaid Zebra site reads as though the blueprint will cost $2,000 which might not be too much for a good building plan, ask an architect how much s/he charges. Edited, you spot the bargain, seven bucks only.

 

Now that we've got that out of the way, the video about LaMar Alexander's lovely small home is a turn on.

Imagine friends of a feather building their small homes in a cluster, possibly around an existing house, or new structure  that could function as community center with shared facilities such as a library, a large kitchen with ovens to bake bread and cook communal meals, large  tables, a large screen viewing room, and of course organic gardens to supply healthful food. 

 

Instead of buying a village in France, create your own wherever a plot is available, already owned, or easy to buy. 

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"Free range" — a collection on Offset

"Free range" — a collection on Offset | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Offset offers authentic imagery by award-winning artists. All royalty-free.
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Is Free Range sustainable? Only if you make it so. 

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The Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge

The Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Launched Oct 2, 2014
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Check out the Resilience Challenge. We are all in it together.

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I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like

I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like | Sustainism | Scoop.it
My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada. I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a
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My husband and I generate very little garbage, all kitchen scraps go in the city's yard waste (not creating our own compost right now, we ad to the city's compost heap for parks & gardens city wide), but we still put out cardboard boxes and some plastic wrap and meat, fish and chicken trays.

 

Reading Lauren Singer's post made me remember how my parents and I "went back to nature" in 1963, and how we didn't even have garbage pick-up where we lived. My parents recycled pretty much everything, and my father made potions and lotions from ancient recipes.

 

Zero garbage sounds great, but I know I'd be lying if I claimed we could go without pick-up, but at least we've got a small garbage bin, that we don't even fill every week. And when we picked up our share of compost from the City, I knew chances were some of our own kitchen scraps were part of our batch or at least another citizen. 

 

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McLeod’s Community Garden : Bette Midler's Green Thumb Revitalizes Community Gardens

McLeod’s Community Garden : Bette Midler's Green Thumb Revitalizes Community Gardens | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Tour eight amazing public spaces transformed by the actress’s New York Restoration Project
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Another reason to love the Divine Ms. Bette Middler. I learned about her endeavors around the time that I was gardening at one of Seattle's community gardens or P-Patches, named after the farmer Picardo who donated his land to the city under the condition that people would get to grow vegetables and such for their own and the community's benefit.

 

Since growing vegetables without pesticides is practically impossible if your neighbors are using chemicals on their plot, gardening at the Seattle P-Patches would across the board be an organic endeavor. 

 

As a native Dutch speaker, who a long time ago was wed to a scientist specialized in organic chemistry, "organic" gardening seemed an unnecessary redundancy, how could you garden other than organically, I thought. Perhaps natural would be more to the point.

 

Natural gardening? What's that? 

 

Never mind. Take in what can happen when people take it upon them to clear wasteland and make it into a space with natural beauty, albeit cultured or cultivated. 

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Good looking' what you've got cookin'? Cooking up something good in the wild with #Jetboil?

Good looking' what you've got cookin'? Cooking up something good in the wild with #Jetboil? | Sustainism | Scoop.it

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Looking good, energy efficient, what else do you need? Ingredients and water of course, and SPLORE - adventures for people of all abilities. 

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Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) Scooters Unassuming rampant polluters on two wheels

Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) Scooters Unassuming rampant polluters on two wheels | Sustainism | Scoop.it
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No, this is not good for the environment. Got it?

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners | Sustainism | Scoop.it
The tech giant plans to buy--and then lease--thousands of solar panels to American homeowners
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Saw this on Twitter. Sometimes, make that often, the things you find on Twitter are interesting and worth spending time following the link to the site where the tweet originated. I would love to have solar panels on our roof. Economic, eco-friendly heat and electricity.

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Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun

Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun | Sustainism | Scoop.it
More than 40 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and left to find shelter in strange lands. Maybe they find a tarp, or a tent, but their quality of life almost always rema...
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Debating whether this article belongs under Sustainism or not. Got to appreciate the design. The collapsible shelter resembles a plant, a yurt, or a kind of fabric iglo; more than a tent in seems comparable to chosen "homes" of nomadic people. 

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At Seattle Tilth People Become Organic Gardeners

At Seattle Tilth People Become Organic Gardeners | Sustainism | Scoop.it
Learn about Seattle Tilth's mission, vision and history, see staff and board listings, and find contact information.
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My first garden in Seattle was 10' x 10', I practiced square foot gardening, but only after sifting the soil for rocks and pebbles. P-Patches in Seattle are all organic, no pesticides allowed. One of my favorite gardens is Bradner in the Mount Baker neighborhood where Tilth Master gardeners share their expertise in exemplary plots.

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