Create your own eco-friendly recipes

June 2nd, 2011 - 

Conditioners are the products that help our hair look good every time. With ingredients that you can find in any kitchen: natural and effective. First step: pick a base: olive, grape seed oil or sunflower oil, mayonnaise or plain yogurt. Mayo contains both egg and oils so they are benefic for your hair and scalp.
Yogurt has also benefits for hair and skin due to the lactic acid that makes your hair shiny and smooth. So, it’s easy, simple add your favourite ingredient and apply. If you don’t have these at home, you can try also fruits: bananas, mango
or avocado or honey and aloe. they contain vitamins and minerals, potasium, beta-carotene or vitamin C. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, the most recommended is the aloe vera.
As about rinse, you can use green tea that you prepared yourself in boiling water. What else? Beer.:) You never thought of it, right? Pour beer after your shampooing. Beer will help the dammaged hair. And don’t worry, no offensive smell remains.

Via ecollo. 

Creative things to do with bubble wrap

June 2nd, 2011 - 
 

What can you do with bubble wrap? You can use them as a carpet and jump on it at a party to enjoy yourself with your friends. You could follow the scandinavian example and use it as a carpet also but this time brutally run over with your chair. Pop a lot technique.:)

Apart of the common thing to de-stress, there is a list of what can you do with your bubble wrap:
1. Make bubble wrap curtains – nice idea to use bubble wraps. Instead of the blue tape you can also use wood frames that you can color also. Bubble wrap could also function as partitions in your house when you want to isolate a corner for more intimacy. This, if your guest won’t quickly pop pop pop your creation:)

2. Use bubble wrap for your garden -it takes only 30 minutes to install this in your garden. Measure the sizes of your green house, fix the bubble wraps into the frame with nails or pins. You can play with large or small bubbles for more or
less light. This installation should be good for at least 3 years without replacement.

3. Paint and make beautiful bubble wrap stamps out of them. Use ink or watercolors to create nice paintings on the surface of the bubble wrap foil. Or you can make stamps and play with the dotted surfaces to create decorative paintings. You can use the bubble wrap after that, when the colors are dried. Cut the foil in shapes and make collages out of them, as you want: for your journal, for bookmarks to your beloved book or artistic cards to send to friends. See the pictures below from Daisy Yellow.

Renewable energy generating art installations

June 2nd, 2011 - 
 

Here are some art installations that have beautiful design but they also are examples of best energy savings.

The Lunar cubit is the winning design by the New York based team of Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus, and Adrian P. De Luca for the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. The pyramids are covered in solar panels that will provide energy for about 250 homes.The monuments will be arranged in circular form to create a huge lunar calendar.The proportions of the pyramids match those of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
The solar powered dunescape by designer Khourvy Levit Fong creates electricity also. The construction has mirror polished stones towards the sun. Concave eye-shaped surfaces reflect light upon pipelines, superheating their liquid contents and powering electricity generating steam turbines housed beneath their crests.
Windnest art installation that you can see below ( the picture with tubes) is used to produce energy from both solar
and wind power.Great structure!
The solar sunflowers are built in Texas. They capture the solar energy but in the same time they function like huge umbrellas for the people of Austin that can hide from the sun during days.
Apart all these, there are eco-art installations that provide energy due to the footsteps pressure of kids jumping around in the park. 
Via here.

Ways to save Earth’s energy without using yours

June 2nd, 2011 - 

Some useful tips on how to go green without doing to complicated things. The internet has a lot of eco ideas to offer but most of them are very difficult to put in practice. There are these small common sense things that one can do at home in order to protect nature and to save energy and comsuming.

First of all, Beware the cell phone charger. I’ve seen that a lot of people leave the charger plugged in after charging their mobile phones. Apart of the fact that this can affect your charger’s life, this is also loading your bill and also waste a lot of energy.Whether charging a phone or not, chargers continue to pull energy from the outlet at alarmingly
high rates, especially when they’re left plugged in constantly, which is the norm. Teach your family to be responsable and to plug the chargers only when they need to charge their phones.

Secondly, try to consume local fruit and vegetables. This will contribute to less resources and energy waste when transporting goods from one place to another.
At the end, do not forget to go for CFLs- meaning Compact fluorescent lamps that can save a lot of energy and also reduce your family costs in time. The energy savings are equal to about 40 dollars per bulb.
Via here.

Plastikoleum Tower converts waste plastic into oil

June 2nd, 2011 - 
 

The Japanese inventor Akinori Ito sells convertors machines that can transform plastic waste into raw petroleum that can be then converted into gasoline, diesel or kerosen fuel. The Japanese have created many sizes of these convertors and he train people to recycle plastics with a small desktop convertor version like this one:



His company, Blest Corporation, sells various scales of his converter from 1kg capacity to 50kg. The device can produce 1 liter of oil from 1 kg of plastic waste material. Starting from this point, there is this Plastikoleum Tower project that aims to improve this idea and to recycle plastic on big scale: I mean tones of plastics a day, using solar power. And all this because the converter Akinori created consumes a lot of energy in the process.The latest technologies are
very efficient when it comes to using solar power. While most solar towers are generally sized at around 20MW capacity, the Plastikoleum Tower is rated at 10MW. At 10 tons per hour capacity these towers could produce around 60 barrels of oil every hour. Via
Inhabitat, Plastics Today, Land Art Generator and Clean Technica.