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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.

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?

Plastic bricks from trash

New Zealand businessman Peter Lewis designed the Byfusion, a machine that turns raw plastic into compacted bricks.plastic-bricks It takes just 45 seconds to wash, dry and compact the plastic to convert it into a brick.

Each brick contains about 10kg of plastic – anything from drink bottles and packaging boxes to meat wrappings.  They can be used in many innovative ways – see more at  GreenMuze. Even Mrs Green could lift these…

Living buildings

Living BuildingVia GreenMuze – “Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre will be the first building in Canada to have a living building certification when completed.”

As well as various other requirements, living buildings need to use zero net energy and water for one year in order to qualify for the certification.    It’s scheduled for completion in March 2011.