Today we received word from Chris Edwards, sales coordinator at Colorado-based New Wave Enviro Products. I believed my email box contained just one more of the many green promotional pitches I wade through, until I read further, especially the last line.
Here are clips from Mr. Edwards’ letter (emphasis place by me):
“…we manufacture and distribute water products, mainly through Natural Foods Retailers across the Nation. We have been in business for over 15 years and our products offer consumers a way to live litter free and chemical free lives by filtering the water they drink, they shower and bathe in, and a way to ease the problem with our nation’s landfills. Read more of this >>
Here are a few more photos from Doug Eichelberger’s Lucky Ranch. These were all shot inside his barn. The barn features a foundation of bailed recycled plastic bottles, and the walls are baled glossy magazines covered in stucco.
A few images from a recent trip to Doug Eichelberger’s Lucky Ranch, near Larkspur, Colorado. This was a fantastic trip, with a number of really exciting green building techniques being discussed. More to follow!
Off the coast of Portugal something remarkable has been happening for the last few months. Electricity is being generated by the movement of the ocean. Currently, the Aguçadoura wave farm consists of three P1-A Pelamis machines which generate 2.25MW of electricity, enough to supply 1,500 homes with clean, renewable power.
As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the environment and to sustainable development, Newmont Ghana is, under the supervision of Mohammed Bin Abubakar, the reclamation coordinator for Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo mine, employing a rather unique erosion control system.
Not content with the long-term environmental consequences associated with traditional plastic netting commonly used to control erosion around roads and waterways, Bin Abubakar sought a more responsible solution. What he came up with was a revolutionary project that forgoes plastic netting in favor of locally manufactured, biodegradable netting. Read more of this >>
Mohammed Bin Abubakar is the Reclamation Coordinator for Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine in Ghana, west Africa. In this short piece below, he and others discuss the nursery he oversees for Newmont Ghana and the ways in which his efforts are helping Newmont to change the perceptions about mining in rural Ghana.
Nabih Tahan, an architect in Berkley, California has built a “passive house” that captures and recycles heat produced in the home, thus eliminating the need for a furnace altogether. Essentially the house is very well sealed, making forced air ventilation a necessity. The heart of the system is a heat exchanger that strips the old, stale air of its heat and uses it to heat the incoming fresh air. Tahan explains that this concept is best applied to new construction or to major remodels, due to the extensive sealing and insulation required.
“By doing smaller insulating renovations, you can improve energy consumption and you’ll definitely make a difference,” he said. “But to get to Passive House standards, you really have to either rip out the outside or the inside of the house.”
With the holiday season barely half over, you and yours may have noticed a sharp uptick in the amount of post consumer waste your household is generating. You wouldn’t be alone if you had, but it doesn’t have to be all bad. In recent years, my family has been able to dramatically reduce the amount of waste that we generate at the holidays by opting for reusable gift bags over traditional wrapping paper, opting for gifts with little or no packaging, and making holiday meals mostly from scratch thus keeping can, box and bag waste to a minimum. But what to do with that old Christmas tree? Read more of this >>
There’s nothing like the holidays for putting the issue of post consumer waste front and center. And this raises a question: wouldn’t it be great if we could take some of that waste and turn it into a valuable resource instead? That’s the idea behind biodiesel–to take old, worn out frier grease and transform it into an environmentally friendly fuel for our cars and trucks.