Now you can be a walking Kyoto Protocol. Sign up here and, then start to monitor your household’s energy use and get rewarded based on how much you save. Earth Aid also give you tips about how you can reduce it.
This month, the australian city Bundanoon, called Bundy by the locals, has voted to ban bottled water. The country spent round $500 mi in plastic bottles in 2008, and this fact claimed for the attention of the premier Nathan Rees. Bundanoon’s became the first bottled water free town in the world thru the campaign “Bundy on Tap”.
Alanis Morissette and Woody Harrelson has recently launched a line of jeans paints made with 50% recycled denim: Reco. The process for making these pants are pretty intricate. It works like that:
1) They collect piles of excess fabric that would usually get dumped into the landfill.
2) They take the fabric to a re-processing mill where it gets separated and broken down to be spun into yarn.
3) Once separated properly, the fibers are ready to be spun into quality yarn and woven into strong fabric sheets.
4) Finally, the dyeing is done with indigo to give the “blue jean” look.
*The singer and the actor are now partners for Reco.
The interesting video, wich you can watch at the cool mag Dazed and Confused was made last june.
DIY stuffs are always something fun. Now, we can make a green homemade laundry detergent. The recipe and ingredients are easy:
3.1 oz bar Ivory soap (Ivory is chosen because it’s all natural. You may use a soap of your choice)
-1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
-1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
-5 Gallon container
-Knife or grater
-Pot large enough to hold 5 cups of water
-Long stirring stick/spoon (for 5 gallon container)
Shave the soap into small strips and place in the pot with 5 cups of water. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into the 5-gallon container and stir.
Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the 1/2 cup pf washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved, pour in the cup of borax and stir again until dissolved.
Optional: Essential Oils for fragrance. If you like fragrant detergent, now is when you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
From: Baltimore Sun
Based in Netherlands (and now some other countries) the Greengraffiti is “an environmentally friendly form of outdoor advertising with a clear message; clean is green.” With the help of a template and a high pressure water sprayer an advertising message is cleaned out of the dirt. The result is a high impact message and a cleaner street, as you can see in the pics.
Synthetic trees are being developed at the Columbia University. The promise of the project is make trees wich soaks carbon up 1000 times faster than real trees. Besides the amazing song from Radiohead, i must say I rather natural trees… But, let’s wait and see.