TAG: Biodegradable

Compostable Tableware Served Up From Japan

Compostable dinneware

Here is a humble tableware collection that is fully compostable and still, very elegant. Conceived by top Japanese creative director, Shinichiro Ogata, Wasara is pure, textured and white. It’s also very warm and nice to the touch. Made from a new mix of biodegradable composite materials that doesn’t include trees, the cups, plates, bowls and vases are made from a mix of agricultural waste including bamboo, reed pulp and bagasse. Perfect for taking to a tea party or picnic at the park Wasara is extra light. Designed to be fully compostable when finished with, it can be disposed of in… read more

Try Composting Indoors

Real_Compost

Although an item may possess the ability to biodegrade, that does not ensure that it will. It is the environment that will either enable or prevent the bio-degradation of any object. Grapes and corncobs in decent shape have been found in landfills decades after they were thrown out. Whether or not an object is natural, the anaerobic environment of landfills are clearly not suited for the natural breakdown of organic waste. This is what makes composting important not only for the health of your garden, but as a measure of waste reduction. Even if you don’t own a yard, there… read more

Homemade Candles

Homemade Candles

Candlelight emits a relaxing glow, but store bought candles can be expensive. They can also have an overpowering scent or be laden with toxins that can be released into the air when burned. Making your own candles allows control over the ingredients, scent and presentation. There are some general techniques for candle crafting. Container candles basically involve melting the wax and slowly pouring it into a heat safe container. Candles made in molds require a bit more effort, especially when applying advanced techniques, but it is a skill worth learning. Hand dipped candles take some time to complete but can… read more

Biodegradable Houses

Biodegradable Houses

Materials that are made by nature can be consumed by nature. Being as such, bio-degradation has been around since Earth’s beginnings. Yet, innovations continue to create ‘new’ biodegradable items. This is essential for items like packaging where materials are otherwise artificial and non-biodegradable. However, some people are taking it a step further, using the barest of materials to create biodegradable houses. In a way it is actually more like backtracking, only today’s biodegradable houses are built for modern lifestyles. They are often constructed using raw materials like bare tree limbs and even the Earth itself, achieving a minimalistic design. Though there are still those that incorporate a woodland feel, if not appearing altogether as a modern… read more

PUMA’s Sustainable Line

PUMA InCycle collection

Puma presents their newest concept of sustainable footwear, apparel and accessories for Spring/ Summer 2013. The product will be sold to help its consumers reduce waste and lessen their personal environmental footprints. PUMA will be launching a collection of shoes, apparel and accessories that are either biodegradable or recyclable. When consumers return the used goods to PUMA’s “Bring Me Back Program,” the work will be done for them. With the PUMA “InCycle” collection set to hit stores in Spring/ Summer 2013, PUMA will take the first step toward reducing the environmental footprint of its consumers’ disposal. By taking on the… read more

The organic home

Organic home

If you haven’t noticed the onslaught of “natural/organic” products in the past few years then you have been hiding in the Himalayas. Pure products are omnipresent and it seems the “organic” industry can only get bigger. Amongst some stellar natural products, there are also some dubious impostors that claim to be something they are not. Of course the only way to truly know how natural the products are, is to make it yourself. In a modern world there are some commercial beauty and cleaning products I cannot live without, however, there are some common natural products found in your cupboard that can… read more

Plastic bags are evil

Plastic bags kill turtles

Plastic bags last for five hundred to a thousand years