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Hemp, hemp, the wonderful plant, the uses and the South African status thereof

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We are rather fond of this plant. The non-psychoactive Cannabis species.  Sustainable.  Food, clothing, ropes, building – the list is long. Some history and uses of industrial hemp here, and more about the nutritional value of the seeds here – vegans take note.

The South African legal situation and business model regarding growing hemp appears to be in need of clarification. See here, here (.pdf) and here is more rather useful information.

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Fortunately the plant has a champion in Tony Budden (Nominative determinism anyone?) of Hemporium SA. The site has an on-line shop and plenty of excellent information.  Inhabitat interviewed him, and here is more. We also enjoyed  this site. Find plenty of video goodness here about  building with hemp.

Storage hacks for small spaces

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We are enchanted by Tiny Houses and the innovative storage solutions that they offer. One has, for the past while, been investigating this rather interesting trend.

Mrs Green will be examining more of these wonderful ideas and creations.

Innovative storage hacks, as well as Tiny Houses. Building one’s kitchen under the stairs – of more anon. Under-the-bed storage solutions too.

In the interim, stairs as storage.  Here and here and here.

Mrs Green is brushing up her  DIY skills. Learning about  sustainable options that one can employ to achieve the desired result.

Safety glasses on.

Water-powered clocks

 water-clockMrs Green has been pootling around the inter-webby learning about experimental battery storage technology.

On our journey we discovered, via Great Green Gadgets, a clever little clock that is powered by a battery that uses ordinary tap water.

According to Hammacher Schlemmer this little time-keeper can be powered for up to 12 weeks before needing a re-fill. Sadly, it seems that they are no longer selling it. Taking time-out perhaps?

A portable solar generator in a briefcase

Thousand Suns has produced a portable solar generator packaged in a flight-case.Portable Solar Generator

Unclip, fold out and position the solar panel using the fold-out legs and it will charge fully in six hours. The unit can also  be charged using a mains charger in about four hours.

EnviroGadget has plenty more information and pictures of this sleek 4.1 kg solution to powering phones and fridges among other things. Mrs Green is also happy to read that the battery is 95% recyclable and has a life of about 10 years.

Is wood the greenest building material?

wood is sustainableTreehugger has a rather interesting article that takes another look at using wood as a building material.

With links in the article to Discovery News, Future Science, and a press release from the University of Washington  and self-explanatory graphs, it seems that there is not much  information that Mrs Green needs to add here.

A quote to take away: The authors propose ” growing wood as fast as possible, harvesting before tree growth begins to taper off and using the wood in place of products that are most fossil-fuel intensive.”