Near Whale Beach on San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, sits a group of four houses that pay homage to the areas natural beauty. Built on a plot of 4000 square meters that were authorised by the city, the condominiums were built so as to keep impact on the local environment and vegetation as minimal as possible, featuring green roofs, open plan interiors to promote cross ventilation, and certified wood finishes and local materials. Architect, Arthur Casas, known for his elegant houses with neutral tones was in charge of the structural and interior designs and made sure that every room faced the sea, because not only is the homes’ location spectacular, but by using natural light in the homes, utility costs are reduced, making the homes even more eco friendly.
Before you rant and rave in the comments below at the fact that I’m putting disposable plates in the Eco section, hear me out. These beautiful plates are most definitely disposable, and the reason they are so eco friendly, is because of what they are made of. Japanese company Wasara have constructed these plates, bowls and tumblers from a mixture of reed, bamboo and bagasse pulp. Bagasse is a by product of sugar cane processing and production, and this is just another was of using this by product in a way that helps the environment.
When architects Buckley Gray Yeoman were challenged to re-design the holiday home, what they came up with shook the holiday home industry. There were claims by critics that the industry was not ready for such modern designs, but The Retreat has proven that the public is ready for high quality, sustainable, innovative, architectural design. The homes are designed for easy mass production, making them more affordable, which appeals also to a wide range of purchasers while meeting all the required building codes and regulations of the area. After five years of research, design and development, The Retreat is available for purchase in the UK and is for export all around the world.
The Meera House, designed by Guz Architects, is located on the resort island of Sentosa next to Singapore and is an amazing example of sustainable futuristic architecture. While the roof is covered in grass, shrubs and trees, the interior is modern and beautiful, awe inspiring to say the least. From above, the house almost disappears into the surrounding landscape, revealing it’s presence only by the sliver of swimming pool that is seen. The balconies provide spectacular views of the nearby water and the swimming pool is revealed as a masterpiece only when one enters the house.
Green Furniture is all the rage, I was watching an episode of Renovation Nation and saw a company, Staples Cabinet Makers that took discarded wood of absolutely any type and made it into furniture. They receive calls from friends, family and neighbours letting them know about old wood in dumpsters and garage sales that might fit their requirements. All their furniture is completely hand-made and is set to last for the next one hundred years to end up as heritage pieces in homes around America. Paul Choate does the same thing, he takes “second hand” wood and makes it into another hot trend, combination furniture. The stools double as low side tables and if you need one, a wooden shelf when affixed to the wall.
Do you live in a house but have limited garden space? Do you subscribe to the idea that self sustainable is the way to go to save our planet? That local is lekker (best), as they say here is South Africa? Over the last few years we have seen a mass exodus by restaurants and chefs from getting the most exotic produce to products that are as local as possible. This not only reduces costs and the chances of the raw materials going bad during transportation, but it also reduces the carbon foot print of each dish. The method also supports farmers and producers close by to keep the community sustained.
Ok, now I know that in this day an age we are all becomming more and more eco friendly, be it trying to reduce the amount of bio fuel that we consume or even trying to master the simple task of recycling the different kinds of waste we produce in our homes. But I do have to say one thing, this next eco friendly gadget really really made me smile.
To be honest my first thought when I saw it was heck no, that can’t be real, but you know what it is real. I bet you would get some definite acknowledgement if you pulled up in this baby at the next world enviroment summit! Yes folks you’re not seeing things…it’s a mobile home on wheels!!!
Now that’s one way to reduce your carbon footprint! Go Greenies go!
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Nowadays, everybody likes to think of themselves as green. But just how green are we?
Being green can fall under any category, & there are as many ways to be green as there are the colour green. I must admit though, if I had to compare myself to other green people I probably wouldn’t be considered as a true greenie. I do make a conscious effort to separate my rubbish, you know the usual paper, plastic, tin etc, but where else could I improve my green standing?
Pizza lovers can pretend and play chef and server by taking orders, creating custom pizzas, and serving guests. This colorful 27-piece set features four slices that can be stacked with toppings galore to dish up any personal pie. Each realistic part is made in the USA from food-safe 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mama Mia! The Green Toys Pizza Parlor is open for business.