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.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Heard of seatbelt bag?

Have you heard of seatbelt bags?  No, they are not bags for keeping seatbelts.  They are bags that are made up of seatbelts woven into shape and sewn up to be used like your regular bags.

These bags are not only eco-freindly but should be stronger and more durable, don't you agree?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

What's in your personal care products?

Look at the labels the next time you are out shopping for your personal care products. Watch out for ingredients like polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) on it.

Don't be surprised if you see such plastic beads in the body or facial wash that your family have been using. Why are these microbeads in the product? Where do these minute plastics that you rinsed off flow to? Do you think you should continue to buy such product?

Get the answers to all these questions by watching this video from the "Story of Stuff Project" gives you clear .

In USA, the California State Senate has already passed the legislation to ban the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads.  If signed into law, by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

This means that "selling or offering for promotional purposes in this state a personal care product containing plastic microbeads that are used to exfoliate or cleanse in a rinse-off product" will be prohibited.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Can we start a Zero Waste Community?

Can we start a Zero Waste Community in Malaysia?  If you are wondering what that is, this is how it is being done in USA.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Algal bloom? Not a problem.

While others are complaining about algal bloom, researchers at the University of Michigan managed to pressure cook algae to extract its oil.  So, instead of millennia, we could create fuel in minutes. However, to cultivate algae on an industrial scale, in an open pond system, will require lots of land.

MasseReaction Inc.’s ViPARtm (Vertically integrated Photo Array Reactor) technology is going to change that.  The photobioreactor allows algae to be grown in vertically stacked reactor tubes. Going upwards, it will be taking up less space to cultivate.  As these reactor tubes will be stored in a greenhouse like structure it means that it can be operated in even cold or hot places where algae cannot survive.  This means that ViPARtm farm can be located anywhere in the world.

The idea is to have ViPARtm farm installed near electric power plant, as it will also clean up its exhaust before it is dumped into the atmosphere. This is because algae require CO2 for photosynthesis to produce their own supply of sugar, which is converted to oil.

Surprisingly, MasseReaction Inc. is looking for a "Strategic Partner” through Indiegogo Crowdfunding.  I would think that a project like this will be able to apply for grants from the US government to start. 

Looking at the concept, this is something that I would love to see happening in the near future.  I wish MasseReaction Inc. all the best in this venture.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Party's over. Now what?

When the party is over, start picking up those drink bottles to keep before they get discarded in the bin.  Find time to watch this video and decide what you want to do with your own collection of bottles.

There are definitely lots of stuff that you and your children can create so that they can have lots of fun during the weekends, even when they are spending them at home.

You can find the full "how to" instruction posted on Instructables at the following link:

10 Fun Things to do with a 2 Liter Bottle