The headmistress at a Georgian kindergarten has probably achieved hero status in the eyes of her students by recycling an old but functional Yakovlev Yak-42 from Georgian Airways into classrooms.
Ocean plastic isn’t a problem that is spoken about too often even in the current climate of environmental preservation. Although it now seems to be a bigger problem than originally thought, ocean plastic affects every one, not only those living in direct contact with the ocean but also those indirectly connected to it too…..basically we eat food harvested from the ocean!
In Barcelona at the Olympic Port, there has sprung a very strange structure. It is an ingeniously designed pavilion that was made for the very spot it occupies. The sun’s seasonal path was mapped and all of the pavilion’s odd angles were purposefully calculated so that the sun hits the solar panels at the optimum angle.
In 2010, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta got together and decided that there needed to be a lighting solution that could be easily and simply set up when utilities like electricity were not available.
They developed the LuminAID, a solar-powered lighting solution that was portable, lightweight waterproof and could float.
*More information on how to get the LuminAID solar lamp and how it works can be found on the LuminAID Lab website
When architecture graduate, Dai Haifei, finished his studies and faced getting an apartment in Beijing he found that he couldn’t afford the astronomical rent demanded by apartment buildings.
So he took his qualifications and decided to design and build with a little help from his friends his own house.
* More about the technology used in the Solar Egg House is available on Solar Lighting
40 Swiss cable cars were given a new lease on life by 40 Swiss artists, designers and architects. The project is a Swiss cultural project by the Make a Wish Foundation of Switzerland and Rock by Adrien Rovero, is the first to be revealed.
A selection of the other cable cars can be seen at the Design Miami in Basel in 2013 and the rest will be revealed during the fair week in 2014.
Ivorilla has found a way to reuse old gas jerry cans to make rolling luggage. An ingenious way to reduce, reuse and recycle, the Ivorilla Gas-Cases are available in suitcases and DJ or business cases.
The Gas-Cases have even been featured in Maison et Objet show in Paris!
You might remember the dinner plates we featured last year made from leaves and bamboo. Well I found another company that makes bowls, bake-ware, servers and utensils, among other things from bamboo. The difference this time is Core Bamboo, is part of Core Home, a company that makes some brightly coloured and beautifully crafted environmentally friendly housewares
You can read about why they chose bamboo on the Core Bamboo site
The Bolton Eco House was placed underneath the hillside to lessen its impact on the environment around it. Built by Make Architects, it was the first zero-emission carbon property in the North West of England and the client was heavily involved in the planning process. Although the overall quality of the finishes was a major factor in the building process, the idea of building a truly environmentally friendly and efficient home was paramount.
If you have ever stained floors or a piece of furniture and looked at the label, you will have seen the long list of horrible chemicals they put into stains to give them their colour and staying power. The Money Pit has a list of household items that you probably already have in your cupboard that can be used instead of the chemical-laden shop bought stains. The colours can be just as vibrant as stains from your hardware, but they are easier on the environment and easier on your allergies.
You can find the complete list of stains, from vinegar and coffee, on The Money Pit website