Category Archives: recycle

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 …

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.

Building with plasic bottles

exterior plastic bottles schoolVolunteers built a school in San Pablo in the Philippines  out of thousands of recycled plastic bottles.

The bottles were filled with liquefied adobe and steel bars and then cemented into place. interior plastic bottle schoolThe result is claimed to be three times stronger than concrete.

Read more about it at GreenMuze . Hugitforward has more information here about the how, why and where of bottle schools, and more  useful information here.

Cold beer and ice for the G&T’s are mandatory off the grid

When living off the grid in the Klein Karoo on off the grid livinga part-time basis, this is non-negotiable.  Yes – he’s my real cousin and and he’s married to Cathy. I’ll start at the (almost) beginning, a year ago. John writes:

“I’m constructing the super-insulated coolbox of all super-insulated coolboxes, ever, is that cool or what? This one should keep ice for a week in full Karoo sun. It’s all in the thermodynamics, or rather, the lack of ? Thermo’s will not Dynamic into my beer, is the plan, which is important after digging pipe trenches.

Whooo hooo, tank delivered, water reticulation plan designed, now I is a-shoppin’ for pipe fittings and valves and other farmer-type stuff ! Who wants to ride shotgun to the farm? No canopy … if no human comes, Ushki (the dog) gets it ! A free night at my 5 trillion star bush camp ? going going… ”  I, for one, want the coolbox plans.

Recycled tyres in your bathroom?

Recycled rubber sinkA basin made from recycled car tyres. It won an award from Architect Magazine.  “The rubber from the tires is melted down and cleansed of debris, and the tiny inherent metal fibers that give a tire its road resistance are then formed into a sheet. This sheet is stretched over a base frame–made of wood, metal, or any other material out of which bathroom furniture can be fashioned–and anchored down by the drain collar. This creates a shallow-sloped surface for water to be siphoned away, but not a clunky profile … ”

More information and a slide-show that includes a diagram of the construction on the Architect Magazine website.  Bouncy!