Bee Saving Paper "works like an energy drink for bees"

June 4, 2018 by  
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Urban development and industrialization hasn’t been great for bees — they have to fly longer distances, which has played a role in their declines, according to the initiative City Bees. The initiative’s  Bee Saving Paper  offers a juicy solution: biodegradable paper that functions like a bee energy drink. Out of 469 bee species in Poland, 222 are on the verge of extinction, and the sad story is similar around the world. City Bees teamed up with Saatchi & Saatchi IS Warsaw , Manufaktura Papieru Czerpanego w Koby?ce , paper craftsmen and entomology experts to create Bee Saving Paper, a bee-friendly product with many uses: bags, coffee cup sleeves, picnic plates and more. Related: Vacant lots are being transformed into urban bee farms in Detroit How does this product work? It’s created with what the initiative called an energy-rich glucose that won’t make the paper sticky but is appealing for the buzzing insects . Seeds from the Lacy Phacelia plant are also incorporated in the paper . Finally, a water-based UV paint helps attract bees to the paper; the paint is applied in a pattern of what bees see as red circles, similar to how they view meadows. The designers hope bees consume the glucose and collect the Lacy Phacelia seeds to redistribute them so they grow into flowers . “We’ve managed to develop and produce what is probably the first paper nature would not only like you to use, but maybe even to drop,” project senior creatives Tomasz Bujok and Anna Gadecka said. “We know our innovation won’t solve the worldwide problem of the declining bee population by itself, but we hope we’ll at least make people realize how important bees are to us.” Bee Saving Paper has been tested in the field by a beekeeper , the team said, and they’re ready to work with large brands and mass-produce the paper. You can find out more on their website . + Bee Saving Paper Images via Bee Saving Paper

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Niko Niko’s Plantable Postcards Grow Edible Flowers That You Can Bake into Delicious Cakes

October 1, 2014 by  
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It’s always nice to receive a postcard from a loved one, and Dutch duo Niko Niko wants to make that snail mail experience even more special with their line of plantable violet postcards. The two cards–’Hooray, let’s eat cake’ and ‘Celebrate the everyday’ are made from biodegradable paper embedded with Viola Tricolor seeds. Niko Niko has even included two recipes–the Violet cake and Violet jam–for those who want to chow down on the cute little flowers. + Niko Niko The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable paper , biodegradable postcards , niko niko , plantable cards , plantable paper , plantable postcards , postcards , viola tricolor , violet cake , violet jam , violets

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Takayuki Hori’ Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

February 22, 2012 by  
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From solar cell origami lamps to cute nano-origami animals , we can’t get enough of the Japanese art of folding paper. The newest origami creations to catch our eye are Takayuki Hori’s beautiful folded figures, which feature 8 endangered species. Dubbed Oritsunagumono — things folded and connected — these X-ray origami works of art include a sea turtle, a waterfowl, and 6 other animals that are in danger of disappearing altogether. Read the rest of Takayuki Hori’ Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , biodegradable paper , endangered species , ephemeral art , green materials , Japanese art , Japanese design , Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Award , origami , origami animals , Oritsunagumono , paper art , paper sculpture , recyclable paper , recycling / compost , Takayuki Hori , trasluscent Origami , X-ray Origami

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Artist Anna-Wili Highfield Creates Magical Animal Sculptures from Paper

February 16, 2012 by  
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Pandas, horses, cows and plenty of birds are recreated as amazing paper sculptures by the hands of Sydney-based artist Anna-Wili Highfield . The daughter of a puppeteer, Anna spent her childhood exposed to people making amazing creations. She now translates what she saw into her own incredible sculptures, using archival cotton paper , cotton thread, brass rods, watercolors and ink. Her countless hours of creative handiwork give way to ephemeral animals with just a slight rough edge. Read the rest of Artist Anna-Wili Highfield Creates Magical Animal Sculptures from Paper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal paper sculptures , Anna-Wili Highfield , Art , australian artist , biodegradable paper , ephemeral art , paper sculptures , recyclable paper , recycling / compost , sydney art

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Valerio Romondia’s Kyoto Clock is a Recycled Wood Wool Time Block

February 16, 2012 by  
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Wood wool is a material made from leftover slivers cut from logs – it’s mainly used in packaging, filling, or bonded to form boards . As a celebration of this wonderful eco-friendly material, Italian designer Valerio Romondia created a simple eco-friendly clock using a single wood wool brick and a standard set of recycled aluminum hands. Measuring 7x4x3 inches and dubbed Kyoto Clock, this design elegantly combines minimalist and recycled design aesthetics. + Valerio Romondia Via Designspotter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly clock , green materials , green products , Kyoto Clock , Recycled aluminum , Recycled Materials , Valerio Romondia , wood slivers , wood wool

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Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

February 16, 2012 by  
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British Artist Bekx Stephens Creates Amazing Origami Sculptures From Simple Sheets of Paper

January 22, 2012 by  
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