Recycle Your Books

June 23rd, 2011 - 

You can realize how many books you have collected in time only when you move and you can see that more than half of your things are books. Sincerely, I find a reason for each one of them: this I will want to keep for my kids, these they will need at school, these I will keep ( maybe they will become artists like me and my husband) , this I get from my anniversary and this was the first book I bought and so on.
Most of us have a lot of books that we will never read once again. Many hospitals appreciate donations of books for patients to read. Try contacting the League of Friends in the first place if your hospital has one. Books can be donated,
given as presents or sold via online.
What I saw in Germany is that people leave books on benches, in the parks and this is a great idea when you are tired and want to rest and read something. And for sure, you didn’t think of bringing one in the park. Another great thing is to exchange a book to another. There is this bookcrossing here and please take a look a how it works.

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Make your own recycled furniture

June 23rd, 2011 - 

You don’t have to be very skilled or inventive to make use of what you already have at home and to transform your old things into something beautiful. Be eco just by making your furniture out of items that you would throw away. You will be eco in two ways: one, is that you will prevent trash from entering the environment and secondly, that you will consume less. And less wood consuming means more forests.
See below an example of how you can transform newspapers and magazine into funriture. All you have to do is to roll the newspapers – about 20 or 30 – and arrange them as in the pictures. To make an ottoman piece of furniture like these you have to attach a pillow or a seat cushion on top of it and here you are! Otherwise, here are some advices of
how to recycle your existing furniture: you can donate it or sell it on ebay, ask your family and friends if they are interested in the furniture- and maybe they will improve it or transform it in something different. When choosing a new furniture piece, make sure it is made in good quality wood that will last longer. Try to buy at second hand stores. Or, if you do not want to buy new furniture, it is better to recondition your old one: paint it as you like, cover it in fabric or transform it in other decorative pieces.
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Ways to save paper

June 23rd, 2011 - 
It is very easy to save and recycle paper. First, all you have to do is to arrange the paper into 3 categories: newspaper, office paper and colored paper– like magazines for example that may have toxic ink added. Keep in mind to use both parts of the paper when printing or photocopying.

When it is possible, refuse to receive advertising on brand that you are not interested. I all the time receive a lot of informations by post that I really do not need. Others: use the email more than sending stuff by post and when it comes to send some congrats or invitations it is always better to make it via online.  Pay your bills by Direct Debit and
ask to receive Bank Statements less frequently. When you have extra magazines or books that you don’t need anymore just donate them to hospitals, GP surgeries, dentists, libraries or anywhere with a waiting room.  Buy second-hand books or just borrow them from friends who have them already. 
See an interesting movie here about recycling and its advantages.

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Joseph A. Sarafian’s project Emergent City

June 23rd, 2011 - 

Emergent City is Joseph A. Sarafian’s project at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The artist plays with shapes and structures to create an imaginary world that could be born in the future after a huge extinction: after the 22th century and the world already distroyed by earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, some architects created an organism named the Arachne.
The Arachne swarm utilizes synthetic muscles derived from the high compression/expansion ratio of carbon nanotubes when they are given an electrical current. These species of spiders would collaborated with the human kind to create a new type of livings using Carbon Nanotubes, Porous Alumina, Nanogel, and Micro-Encapsulated Phase Change
Material. The future of the architecture and urbanism and also the meaning of architects imagined by the young architect would be in short like this: architects will be in the future a new species: they will have to be chemists, biologists and programmers in the same time.
Joseph recently graduated and he received the Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

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Recycled patchwork chairs by Kelly Swallow

June 23rd, 2011 - 

Kelly Swallow  creates unique textile designs for chairs, sofas and armchairs.The fabrics range from vintage to designer including  Kenzo, Zoffany, Liberty, Andrew Martin, Designers Guild, Osborne & Little, Lorca, Mulberry – an eclectic mix with exciting and surprising contrasts.
The artist can choose from a large range of textiles our together with you, when you will visit the studio in Hertfordshire. If not, and you are too far away, you can receive some patchworks by post and combine them as you want. At Kelly Swallow‘s studio you can choose even the style of yout furniture piece, the colors and fabrics desired. The artist is
inspired also by the fotos you can send for inspiration: something that you like or you would to appear in the design of the chair. Also, a picture of the place where these pieces of art will be exposed, will help a lot. Nice idea! And nice decorated armchairs.:)

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