Get Organized with Cereal Boxes

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While often adding to the clutter of empty food containers in your recycle bin, cereal boxes can actually be used to detract from waste accumulation and even serve to keep your house organized. As implied with the directions above, making your own cereal box organizer is quite easy, indeed. You may even wrap it with old newspaper instead. But this is not the only way in which you can to style your organizer. Courtesy of Pinterest, below are examples of alternate styles that fit just as nicely into any office or workspace as they would into a child’s play area…. read more

Self-Monitored Gardens

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The Greener Cities project, winner of the “Smart Cities, Smart Climate” challenge, proposes a way in which urban gardeners can poses the ability to know the state of their plants as they change. The class challenge was part of the larger International Space Apps Challenge, organized by NASA. It was designed to encourage public participation in the discovery of environmental connections with data-sets, such as traffic accidents; doing so using existing data, such as public health records. Greener Cities achieves this in three steps. First, the project introduces garden monitors, which will serve as low-cost sensors for urban planters. Secondly,… read more

Leaf Artists Make Natural Wonders More Amazing

Leaf Artists Make Natural Wonders More Amazing

Leaves are a natural outdoor exhibition, with their splendid and changing colors. Working with leaves as their materials, some crafty individuals have found a way to capture their everyday brilliance, but with a twist. This leaf art transforms the natural beauty of leaves into spectacular designs. Tang Chiew Ling creates whimsical images with different foliage. Arranging them around his drawings to make neat presentations, they are fun to look at. Lorenzo M. Durán is another artist that makes intricate designs in natural materials. His leaf carvings are remarkable. Initially the canvas was his display material, but after experimenting with a… read more

Upcycled Birdhouses

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Online media has been fairly extensive in its coverage of arboreal retreats for humans. These branch supported houses are prolific for a reason, offering up alternate accommodations that are as intriguing as they are environmentally aware. But, perhaps due to the traditional sentiment of the season, I feel inclined to take a more conventional route and write now of avian spaces for our feathered friends instead. Why, what could be exciting about birdhouses that are for, well, birds? Are they not self-explanatory already? Let me tell you, these are no ordinary hideaways on sticks and poles. Though conventional in concept,… read more

World’s Largest Bio-Wall Created In London

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To combat flooding, and to attract even more tourism, designers in London created a “living wall” on the side of a luxury hotel. Over 10,000 plants have been added to the tapestry–16 tons worth in total. One of the lessons in this tapestry is that it shows how nature is both functional and artistic. www.fastcodesign.com The total mass of the tapestry covers 3,770 square-feet. You can check out a quick video below showing you more angles of the tapestry than we have pictures of. To learn how to make your own “living wall”, visit Plants On Walls.

Crafty Uses for Take-out Containers

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Even when thoroughly cleaned and let to dry, Chinese takeout containers, due to their wax and plastic coating, are often unacceptable donors to the recycle bin. But with annual orders of Chinese takeout peaking above the billions, most don’t wish to idly stand and let the stacks of container waste rise, let alone participate themselves. So, while by no means a solid solution, as it doesn’t put a stop to the creation of new, equally un-recyclable food containers, up-cycling does allow you to put a creative dent in your own waste. And, in many cases it serves to reduce additional… read more

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens, or the seedlings of herbs and vegetables, have concentrated flavors and colors and are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals. One study that examined 25 varieties of commonly found microgreens concluded that a range of nutritive levles could be found in them. Researchers discovered that the cotyledon leaves of the microgreens contain amplified amounts of nutrients, more than the nutritional value of fully grown leaves of the identical, fully grown plant. Because they are not fully developed, the initial leaf contains highly concentrated nutrients. Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens can be fairly easily grown without much care or… read more

Window Farming

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Window farming is a new movement among urbanites who want to grow their own food but lack outdoor space. Many people living in city centers would love to grow fresh produce but don’t have access to a garden or even a paved outside space where they could place containers. Window farms, which are space-efficient indoor hydroponic growing systems, enable city dwellers to turn their sunny windows into productive food gardens. Window farm plants grow in vertical columns of containers that hang from a pole at the top of a window. There are stylish window farm kits available for sale, though… read more

World Food Day – Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Food is center-stage in festivals around the world. It is often a staple in celebrations to gather around, from small parties to community events. Leaning about events that are held in honor of food and its essential role in nourishing the world helps to foster an appreciation for those who grow and catch our foods. Food festivals with sustainably and ethically grown edibles as the emphasis occur throughout the globe. The following are a few annual eco-centric food assemblies that are for great causes. Every March 22nd is International World Water Day. This event began in 1993 and seeks to increase awareness… read more

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Undergraduate researchers conducting a study have discovered an interesting bio-absorbent material that can draw contaminants out of polluted water. Faculty and an undergraduate research team collaborated with a group of scientists to investigate more inexpensive means that could be utilized to filter contaminated water. Examining water samples from the Tule Valley region near Mexico City, it was determined that cilantro was an effective bio-absorbent material that was also wildly grown in the region. The area was selected because there are no readily available water filtering systems in place to remove some of the contaminates that they inspected, making it representative of… read more