Category Archives: design

Storage hacks for small spaces

under-stairs-storage-from-http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/10-unique-storage-ideas-tiny-house

pic via livingbiginatinyhouse.com

 

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?

Super-recycling design goodness

Mrs Green discovered the wonderful people at Supercyclers.natural grain kite stool

Reading about design innovation from the Natural Grain Kite stool (pictured here), to newspaper wood, and polystyrene works with glazes like melted computer keyboard, has had Mrs Green spending far too much time today exploring the site and pondering the items in her recycling bins.

An attempt to make those water-proof containers from plastic bags is on the to-do list …

A very small footprint indeed

Whilst on the subject of summer and feet and the covering thereof, Mrs Green today continues the theme and segues into a story about a remarkably small motor-home/camping carbon footprint. Via Treehugger, who also wrote about an 80 cm x 120 cm box that hides furnishings enough for an entire room, we are introduced to a portable modular living system that fits into a car.

swiss room box in carUnfortunately, in latest news,  the SwissRoomBox needs to make it to industrial production to give you a multi-functional home in your car. Cook, eat, take a shower and sleep. By sliding the box-shaped units over each other, holiday makers can access a sink, hob, dining table, picnic table and chairs, a shower, and a double bed. Oh – a hot water boiler too.

Mrs Green learned, amongst other things, at springwise.com that  “Once connected, electrical devices such as the pump and water boiler, as well as optional add-ons such as the fridge, and iPod and computer chargers, will all power themselves off the car battery, which will cut out once the battery only has 11 volts remaining — the minimum required for starting an engine. The battery will then recharge as the car is driven.”

Camping, anyone?

Paperflops for summer

Mentioned at  Green Diary, these earth-friendly flip-flops are made from paper flops shoesrecycled newspapers with the addition of re-purposed coconut shells, palm tree roots and recycled rubber.

The newspaper  supports the feet and the straps, base and sole are made of the sustainable re-purposed materials.

The re-purposed materials give durability, water resistance and a good grip, 1 kg of newspaper is recycled for each pair, and for an even happier result a project is afoot (Mrs Green did not initially intend that pun) to create employment opportunities by making Paperflops for disabled and underprivileged people in Yogjakarta, Indonesia.