Tuesday, 2 February 2016

When price of oil drops...

When price of oil drops, not everyone will be rejoicing.

Let's take a look at the plastics recycling industry.  Plastics are made from oil.  When oil price slumps, it is cheaper for manufacturers to buy freshly made plastic.  We will see less used plastic material being collected for recycling. 

So, all the more reasons for us to consider using less plastic in our product or packaging. If you need some help, read this book, "Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too", by Beth Terry. 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Let's get ourselves armed

If you are always getting negative feedback for your efforts to recycle, read this article, "A Response to Anti Recycling Ideology"

It should give you some bullets to kill those thoughts against recycling. Get armed and move forward green soldiers.  Aim to keep the environment green.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Self-sufficient Farming Communities

Roots Up creates self-sufficient farming communities on the Ethiopian highlands by doing away with bad farming habits, upcycling things that are readily available and recycling waste product instead of dumping them.



Let us hope that the greenhouse design that they are working on to allow them to collect water from the atmosphere will be available in the market soon.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Living in a container

If you like the idea of living simple.  Consider getting yourself a container home.

 

I would like to be an owner of one and hope that we can create a community where we can swap containers home to live in for a break.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Mealworms = No plastic waste?

I read a CCN report that mealworms can live on a diet of Styrofoam and other types of plastic.

A research published in Environmental Science and Technology by co-authors Professor Jun Yang and his doctorate student Yu Yang of Beihang University, and Stanford University engineer Wei-Min Wu reported that mealworms can transform the plastic they ate into carbon dioxide, worm biomass and biodegradable waste which seemed safe to use in soil for plants and even crops.  They plan to study whether the microorganisms within mealworms, waxworms and other insects can biodegrade plastics such as polypropylene, microbeads and bioplastics.

This sounds like a good news initially, a great way to get rid of plastic waste, until I did a search and discovered some facts about mealworms from Wiki.

Do you know that mealworms are:

1) edible for humans and are considered high protein healthy snack food, baked or fried?
2) marketed as food for pets, such as, reptiles, fish, and birds?
4) fed to wild birds in bird feeders?
3) used as fishing bait?

It makes think, "What if mealworm farmers started using Styrofoam as feed on their farms? 

Styrofoam, as we know it, is polystyrene, which is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer. What happens if mealworms fed with polystyrene are ingested by fishes and animals that we eat?

Something to think about.



Thursday, 24 September 2015

A Song of Our Warming Planet

If earth can express its feelings about climate change, this is how it will sound.



Daniel Crawford based his composition on surface temperature data from NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. The low notes you hear represent the relatively cool years and it ends on higher notes which signify warm ones.

Could you vibrate with what earth is feeling too?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Container resort home, anyone?

Could you guess just by looking at this photo that this home is made up of six shipping containers?


It is located at Berjaya Hill, Bukit Tinggi in Pahang and took 4 months to complete.  Don't believe me?  Then watch how it is done by Anand Bungalows Sdn Bhd.



Like that?  Here are 15 more container home ideas to drool over.