This futuristic bracelet that tells you how toxic your environment is

July 9, 2015 by  
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Become a citizen scientist , simply by wearing this bracelet. Researchers at Oregon State University recently found that common silicone bracelets — like those Livestrong bracelets that were once all the rage — could be altered to detect almost 1,400 different chemical compounds . Now, a company, MyExposome , has taken the technology and created bands so that everyday people (like you and me) can wear them and collect data to figure out what chemicals we are exposed to. Read the rest of This futuristic bracelet that tells you how toxic your environment is Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chemical exposure , chemical exposure bracelets , detecting chemicals , exposure to chemicals , fragrance exposure , MyExposome bracelets , OSU researcher bracelets

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Weed growers are a huge drag on Denver’s energy grid

July 9, 2015 by  
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The rise of legal marijuana in Denver may be bolstering the local economy, but meeting the demands is putting a strain on the local grid. With the pot business booming, the influx of growing facilities has spiked Denver ’s electricity use – and the business now uses 6-times as much energy as the pharmaceuticals industry. As the weed biz becomes legalized in more locales, if we want to curb the boom, growers need to turn to more energy efficient principles, like LED lighting and renewable energy providers. Read the rest of Weed growers are a huge drag on Denver’s energy grid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: denver marijuana growth , eco design , Energy Consumption , green design , LED lights , legalized marijuana , sustainable design

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This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

March 8, 2014 by  
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You know those plastic bracelets people wear to show their support for cancer research and the like? Well now a new version has the potential to save lives in a different way. Health and environmental advocates can talk about the danger of our chemical-ridden world until they’re blue in the face, but few people take notice until it affects their health directly. Researchers at Oregon State University recently outfitted volunteers with a slightly modified version of those silicone bracelets for 30 days and then tested the wristbands for 1,200 chemical substances. What they found was eye opening. Find out what they found. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bracelet , chemical exposure , chemical load , chemical toxins , Inhabitots , Pesticide Action Network , silicone wristbands        

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How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

March 8, 2014 by  
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What are your aspirations for the afterlife? These days there are more options than just traditional burial or cremation. We’ve explored many different options for green burial , like planters that turn your remains into a tree , and even the high tech liquid nitrogen burial. However, none have the curb appeal of an idea recently developed by Swiss startup  Algordanza . The company has found a way to turn cremated human remains and transform them into diamonds. How do they do it, and more importantly, how much does it cost? Follow the link below to find out. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Algordanza , alternative burials , ashes to diamonds , creamation , diamond rings , france , life after death , Switzerland , synthetic diamonds        

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The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

June 20, 2013 by  
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As the human race continues to expand and urbanize, air pollution becomes more of a serious and pressing issue. In major cities such as Beijing or Tehran and you can literally see the problem grow before your eyes. Electrolux Design Lab Semifinalist Alexandr Kostin has developed a personal solution to atrocious atmospheres. The Hand Tree is a bracelet that incorporates a small filter that purifies the air. The designer believes if a whole population of people were outfitted with such a device, the technology could help to combat smog much like a forest of mobile trees. Read the rest of The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , alexandr kostin , Beijing , electrolux design lab , filter , hand tree , tehran        

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15 Smoke-Dried Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

June 20, 2013 by  
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Brooklyn Industries Unveils Seed Bomb Bracelets for Earth Day

April 10, 2012 by  
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This Earth Day, give a gift to Mother Earth and yourself with Brooklyn Industries new Seed Bomb Bracelets . The simple earthy accessories each feature a piece of twine lined with three round beads made from a bloomable mix of clay, compost, and wildflower seeds. The limited-addition bracelets are a collaborative effort between local NYC designers Brooklyn Industries and  Greenaid , an eco-conscious social enterprise. Click through for details on where to buy the bracelets and set your city abloom. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brooklyn industries , Brooklyn Industries Seed Bomb Bracelet , Greenaid , guerilla gardening , plantable jewelry , seed bomb bracelet

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Create an Eco-Friendly Bracelet of Your Personal Photos With Wristpix

March 2, 2012 by  
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Made with reclaimed wood and all-natural finishes, Wristpix bracelets are fun accessories that you can personalize with your own photos. Each bracelet is made of reclaimed walnut and finished with 100% pure Tung Oil . The finishing process of each wooden link takes 14 days. Tung Oil has been used for centuries as a tough, highly water-resistant coating and is FDA approved for food contact. The images are printed on 200 year archival paper and encased in clear plastic resin that contains no VOCs and is UV stable. + Wristpix 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: eco bracelets , eco friendly jewelry , reclaimed maple , reclaimed walnut , reclaimed wood , tung oil , wooden bracelets , wristpix , wristpix bracelet , wristpix jewelry

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Seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects

September 26, 2011 by  
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Shallu Sharma: DIY recycled jewelry Seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects We all love to wear jewelry but jewelry bought from stores can leave many hazardous impacts on our mother nature. Materials used to produce ornaments might pose various environmental threats and can leave carbon footprints. Moreover, shipping these ornaments all over the world consumes lots of fuel thereby consuming leftover scarce resources and creating pollution in return. But then what is the solution, because women look incomplete without jewelry, especially in the countries where traditions and culture hold high values. The best way to solve this problem is by creating simple and cute DIY (Do It Yourself) jewelry by using wastes from landfills. Given below is the list showing seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects. 1. Paper bangles Paper Bangles DIY recycled jewelry Bangles form a very important part of jewelry and we can use paper bangles to replace metal bangles or glass bangles. They are very simple and easy to create. They are a hit among people especially school and college going girls who get to remain trendy wearing these bangles spending no amount of money. First of all, you need a hard but flexible card stock or chipboard. Cut a strip from this cardboard. Mask the entire strip using tape. You can use colorful tape to make it look fancy. Stick the tape tightly and let it dry. You can cut nice wordings from magazines or newspapers and stick it on bangle with the help of glue. You can also paint it to give it a stylish look. Various arts like collage or painting etc. could be performed on this simple piece of bangle. Diamond glaze or golden gloss medium could be used for giving finishing touch. 2. Crochet lace necklace Crochet Lace Necklace DIY recycled jewelry An elegant and beautiful looking necklace can be made at home following a simple method given by Karen Lee. You just need to have certain things like lace, necklace chain, pliers, plastic tray etc. that are easily found in any household. The process is very simple. Cut any ornament pattern that you would like to have in your necklace from lace pile using small pointed scissors. Soak this lace pattern in some good quality stiffening solution to make it hard. Squeeze out excess of solution and lay it on some flat plastic surface and take out excess of glue from every corner of lace piece. Dry it properly and iron it to give it a nice look. Cut the extra unwanted edges with sharp pointed scissors. You can now attach chains on both the sides or you can even use beads to decorate this necklace. 3. New look to old earrings New fancy look to old earrings DIY recycled jewelry Fashion keeps changing and jewelry gets outdated after few months. But now this jewelry won’t go waste if we use the following technique to recycle it. We just need pretty paper, glue and old earrings. Process is quite simple. Position your earring on the paper that you desire to use and cut it in the exact shape by first tracing the outline and then using the sharp scissors. Apply glue over the paper cutting and stick it to the old earring. Press it hard to stick it properly. You can make glitter designs on these earrings or use multi colored paper to make them decorative and attractive. 4. Spoon pendant Spoon Pendant DIY recycled jewelry A very unique and attractive pendant could be made using spoon. You just need to have a spoon, forceps, glittery glue, paper napkins and a chain. To start with the process, take a spoon and bend it back and forth till it breaks. Use forceps to bend the tail like a hook chain. Put the chain in it and decorate the spoon face with decorative painting or glitters. The gorgeous spoon pendant is ready to be worn. 5. Wired rings Wired ring DIY recycled jewelry Cute fancy rings could be made at home using simple things like a piece of electrical wire, wire cutter, pliers and a ring mandrel. The process is very simple. Cut a piece of wire almost 19 inches by removing its outer plastic coating. Twist one end of the wire in form of a hook and start curling up the wire against the mandrel. Wrap the ring tight and give it at least three turns. Take the ring off from mandrel and wrap the left piece over the top of the ring. Try to wrap the ring over the starting hook to keep the grip tight. Once the hook is covered, tie off the end of the wire and then pull it tight to make the ring strong. Cut the left over wire and your wire ring is ready to use. Different colored wires could be used to make rings in preferred colors. 6. Upcycled poppy necklace Upcycled Poppy Necklace DIY recycled jewelry A beautiful necklace could be made using poppies, earrings, hair bands etc. You just need to have a clip, three or more poppies of your choice, silk rose, chain, ribbon needle and thread. Take ribbon cutting for tabs and a long piece of chain. Pin poppies to cluster these designs and stitch them from back side. Cluster them to form a big design and pin a rose in the center to decorate it. Attach hook type shapes made up of ribbon on both sides of the design and attach chain to it on both the sides. Hook them up with the chain and attach ribbon to increase the length of the chain on both the sides. Your elegant party wear necklace is ready. 7. Jersey bracelet Jersey Bracelet DIY recycled jewelry Very comfortable and elegant bracelets could be made using soft jersey fabric. You just need to have three strips of soft jersey fabric. Fold these strips around your fingers. Wrap them around your four fingers in undulating manner. When a cluster is formed take them out carefully. A knot type of a cloth chain is formed when you take it out from your fingers. Slip the extra tail into both the loops to give it a bracelet like shape. Pull it tight so that it doesn’t loosen up. Tie knot to the bracelet and cut the extra cloth. Your washable bracelet is ready to use.

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How can I reuse or recycle old musical instrument reeds?

November 26, 2010 by  
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Amber sent us an email asking about reeds from musical instruments: I’ve got TONS of old alto saxophone reeds lying around, and was wondering if anybody had an idea about how to reuse/recycle them? I am incredibly unmusical but Wikipedia tells me reeds tend to be make from cane, although there are an increasing amount of synthetic ones in use. The first idea that springs to mind is turning them into some sort of jewellery – a subtle nod to your musical skills

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