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Storage hacks for small spaces

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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 …

Making and disposing of packaging the EcoCradle™ way

Growing packaging?  Ecovative Design does just that by growing bio-material in custom shapes. EcoCradle™ parts take about a week to grow.

grow custom packaging

This remarkable material is totally biodegradable and renewable and will easily break down in a compost heap.

The EcoCradle™ Mushroom Packaging website tells us that the packaging is  grown by: “… using mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells. This mycelium grows around agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks, oat hulls, or cotton burrs to any shape we make. In 5 – 7 days, in the dark, with no watering, and no petrochemical inputs, the mycelium envelops the by-products, binding them into a strong and beautiful packaging part. Inside every cubic inch of EcoCradle™, there’s a matrix of 8 miles of tiny mycelial fibers! At the end of the process, we treat EcoCradle™ with heat to stop the growth so there will never be any spores.”

Read more at Envirogadget.com and igreenspot. com.

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?