New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

August 17, 2017 by  
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We know food waste is an issue, but often it’s all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It turns out 40 percent of the salad British families buy each year ends up in the trash – but a new refrigerator camera could help slash that waste. The Smarter FridgeCam helps people monitor expiration dates and even suggests recipes – for far less than the price of a smart refrigerator. London-based company Smarter says their FridgeCam can turn any refrigerator into a smart one for £99.99, or $129.50. The wireless FridgeCam allows users to monitor what’s in their fridge from anywhere using an app . But the product doesn’t just snap a fridge selfie. It also tracks expiration dates, notifies users when it’s time to buy more of a product, and offers recipes to help them use up food . Related: Peek inside the zero-waste kitchen of the future Smart refrigerators can cost thousands of dollars, but according to Smarter, the FridgeCam could save users as much as £400, or around $518, every year – meaning the device pays for itself in around three months. The company says their product will work with any refrigerator on the market right now, and their app works for iOS and Android. Smarter founder Christian Lane told The Guardian, “The supermarkets tell us that the way we shop has fundamentally changed. People are shopping little and often and using different shops. The more we developed and trialed this technology, the more we found that it could not just help reduce food waste but it also encourages people to shop in a smarter and more efficient way.” The FridgeCam is currently available for pre-order here . It’s slated for a September launch, and Smarter says free shipping is available for the United Kingdom and United States. + Smarter FridgeCam Via The Guardian Images via Smarter Facebook

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Rooftop farms in Gaza provide lifeline to the community

August 17, 2017 by  
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Meeting even basic needs in Gaza can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in the territory’s 141 square miles. Under  Israeli blockade, which prevents vital supplies from reaching Gaza and inhibits international trade, the Palestinians living there rely on resilience and innovation to survive with the resources they have. Squeezed out of arable land, many Gaza residents are farming upwards, on the rooftops of the dense urban Mediterranean territory. Rooftop farming is fairly new in Gaza. Starting in 2010, an urban farming project by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization equipped over 200 female-headed households with fish tanks, equipment, and supplies to build and maintain an aquaponics growing system, in which fish provide both edible protein and fertilizer for vegetables with roots growing into water, without soil. This initial design was adapted by others to suit their available resources and needs. The current model, designed and built by Palestinians, involves recycled plastic and wood being used to create garden beds, which are then planted with seeds from local farmers. Related: Gaza man’s DIY solar desalination machine can produce 2.6 gallons of fresh water every day The growing rooftop farming scene in Gaza is helping to met the needs of a population increasingly threatened by food insecurity. However, a garden is often more than simply the food that it produces. “There are many useful benefits with this project,” said Dr. Ahmad Saleh, an agricultural consultant, former professor, and community organizer who is helping to promote urban farming in Gaza. “Rooftop agriculture enables and empowers people. It allows them to find effective ways to confront environmental problems and helps create a healthier population.” Muhyeddin al-Kahlout, a former school director, sees his gardens as a social gathering spot. “We are experiencing severe power shortages and there is already a scarcity of recreational places,” he said. “Many of my friends liked the idea. Now they are starting to think about doing the same on their rooftops.” Via Sondos Walid / Electronic Intifada Images via  Mohamed Hajjar  and  David Berkowitz/Flickr

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6 Surprising uses for garlic you probably didnt know about

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It’s garlic harvesting season, and those glorious, aromatic bulbs are now adorning farmer’s market stalls just about everywhere. Garlic isn’t just good for flavoring bread and warding off vampires: it has many great uses for your health, as well as around your home and garden. Read on to find out some of its more surprising uses, and develop an even greater love for this fine and fragrant bulb. 1. Ear Infection Remedy The ancient Egyptians used garlic for its many medicinal purposes, as did the Romans and Greeks, and it’s safe to assume that it was used for thousands of years before anyone decided to commit such knowledge to papyrus. Olive oil’s polyphenols are anti-inflammatory, while the allicin in garlic is anti-microbial, as well as anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, so they work well together to treat bacterial as well as viral infections… much like the type that likes to nestle inside damp ear canals. What you’ll need and how to prepare it: The ratio of garlic to olive oil is 1:2, being 1 clove of garlic, minced (organic is preferable), to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. The allicin in garlic stabilizes best in a liquid, but loses its potency quickly: be sure to use this pretty much immediately after being made. Step 1: Heat the oil in a small saucepan on medium-low heat, and once warmed, turn the heat down to the lowest setting and add the minced garlic. Keep this on low heat for 20-30 minutes to draw the garlic’s healing properties into the oil without cooking it. Step 2: Remove from the heat and allow to cool a bit. You should be able to dip a fingertip into it without flinching. Step 3: Strain through cheesecloth or muslin, then use an eyedropper to administer 2-3 drops in the affected ear. Stop up the ear with a cotton ball and ask the sufferer to remain lying down for a few minutes to allow the oil to seep down through the eustachian tube.* Note: Garlic olive oil is also an effective treatment for ear mites in pet cats and dogs. Dip a cotton swab into the oil and apply to the affected ear, wait about 10 minutes, then use a clean swab to clean it away. The mites and eggs will be sloshed out, and remaining oil will help to treat the inflammation caused by their bites. Related: Researchers discover how nature makes powerful antibiotics that defy resistance 2. Topical Treatment for Cold Sores and Acne Those anti-just-about-everything properties mentioned above also work wonders for skin issues like acne breakouts and cold sores. You can just take a raw garlic clove, slice it, and rub the cut side on the affected area a couple of times a day to speed its healing. Another approach is to crush a couple of cloves through a press, and mix the garlic juice with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. Apply with a cotton ball and allow to dry on the skin. 3. Disinfecting Spray Cleaner Ideal for cleaning countertops in your kitchen or bathroom: fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar, and add 5 or 6 finely chopped garlic cloves. Let this steep for about an hour, then spray any surfaces you’d like disinfected. Feel free to add a few drops of grapefruit, orange, or lemon essential oil to both boost the cleansing properties and improve the scent overall. 4. Cough Syrup Garlic-infused honey is a startlingly effective cough syrup, especially for those dry, hacking coughs that can keep you up all night. Keeping in mind how quickly allicin’s potency dissipates, make this about 10 minutes before you’re ready to take it as a remedy. What you’ll need and how to make it: 3 or 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional) 1/2 cup honey (raw is preferable) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Mix everything together and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain, and take a spoonful of it immediately. Related: DIY throat drops and cough syrup 5. Organic Pesticide for House and Garden Plants This wonderful allium’s anti-fungal and pesticidal properties means that it can work wonders as a wide-spectrum treatment for all kinds of plant-related issues. What you’ll need and how to make it: 1 large garlic bulb: remove the skins from all its cloves 2 liters of water 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap Step 1: Crush the garlic cloves well with a garlic press, and mix with the water. Let this steep for 8 to 12 hours. Step 2: Strain well, and then add the castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s unscented. Step 3: Pour into a spray bottle, and spray your affected plants. This should help to eliminate aphids, borers, caterpillars, white flies, and slugs, and deter them from returning. Repeat every couple of weeks as needed. 6. Glass Repair This only works if you have a tiny, thin crack in glass. Have you ever noticed how sticky garlic is? Well, it’s a natural adhesive! If you drop your iPad and it develops a thin crack, slice a piece of raw garlic and rub it into the break. It’s sticky enough that it’ll keep the broken sides together, at least until you can get the glass replaced properly. *As with any other home remedy, this is not guaranteed to cure advanced infections, and can possibly cause more damage if the eardrum is ruptured. If the infection seems serious, or if the sufferer is in a significant amount of pain, consult a healthcare professional. Images via Unsplash and Wikimedia Creative Commons

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12 easy no-bake desserts perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth in summer

May 29, 2016 by  
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Are you looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without turning on the oven? You’re in luck. We’ve whipped up a dozen delicious no-bake dessert recipes perfect for the summer season. These vegan treats —many of which are gluten-free as well—are easy to make and can be stored in the fridge or freezer and served as a chilled snack. Keep reading to see all 12 recipes.

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Reusable Cocooon cuts down on food and plastic waste by keeping produce crisp

December 23, 2015 by  
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Wish you had a bag sturdy enough to take to the farmer’s market and put in your fridge? Meet Cocooon , a reusable and breathable bag built to carry and keep produce. Made from Tyvek and domestic materials , the water-resistant durable bag allows moisture to escape without letting liquids seep in to ensure that your greens stay crisp in your fridge. The bag is collapsible and extremely lightweight, making it cinch to throw into your bag when you’re on the go. + Cocooon 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!

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VANMOOF’s ‘Boncho’ is a brilliant folding rain poncho for bicyclists

December 23, 2015 by  
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Biking in the rain sucks. The streets are slippery, your hands get cold, and water assaults you from every angle. VANMOOF ‘s new rain poncho makes rainy day cycling suck less. The Boncho is a lightweight, waterproof and breathable shell that extends over your handlebars to keep your hands, torso, and legs dry. (It won’t save you from tire splash – but that’s what fenders are for.) A flexible built-in frame gives the shell structure, and the whole thing folds into a tiny pouch you can keep in your bag at all times. Did we mention it’s affordable? If you act now, you can pick one up on Kickstarter for $50 and breeze through rainy days on your bike. + Boncho Bike Poncho + VANMOOF

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Hearth & Market food truck is bringing the farmers market to you

December 23, 2015 by  
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Hearth & Market is a wood fired food truck & mobile farmers market that connects people to organic farms and healthy living. The main goal is to educate people about current food issues to create a dialogue towards better health and happiness, as well as make it easy to access the best organic food possible.  Offering nutrient rich, certified organic produce, Hearth & Market will visit cities across the country to share ‘made to order’ wood fired food prepared in the mobile kitchen and hand crafted food and products to take home and use in home kitchens, along with supplies, education and workshops to help teach people how to ‘do it yourself’ available online store. You can support this new endeavor on Kickstarter now and get some of their products as an early backer. Help Hearth & Market reinvent ‘farm to table’ into ‘farm to food truck’ with new meaning and mobility, as well as an authenticity and quality only experienced in the fusion of city and country. + Hearth & Market on Kickstarter + Heart & Market

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INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen

April 28, 2015 by  
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Did you know that popping a tab of Alka-Seltzer into the back of your fridge will eliminate odors within 24 hours? Or that adding a packet of lemon-lime Kool-Aid to your dishwasher’s rinse cycle will get rid of stains and mineral deposits? This infographic has a ton of tricks and tips on how to clean and refresh your kitchen without the use of harmful chemical cleaners . Read on past the jump for the full image—your kitchen will thank you! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alka-Seltzer , baking soda , cleaning hacks , Consolidated Foodservice , freezer , fridge , infographic , kitchen cleaning hacks , kitchen cleaning infographic , Kool-Aid , refrigerator , salt , stove , Tang , vinegar

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Texas A&M students design much-needed new hospital for Roatán Island, Honduras

April 28, 2015 by  
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Roatán Island lies around 35 miles off the coast of Honduras , and is home to a population of some 100,000 people—yet its outdated hospital has only 38 beds. According to Dr. Raymond Cherrington, a family physician at the hospital, this means that there are sometimes three patients in a single bed, creating a situation that is not only uncomfortable but hazardous as close proximity heightens the risk of infection. But, with support from non-profit Global Healing and architecture firm HKS , 27 environmental design students at Texas A&M have created seven proposals for a new, larger facility that is designed to suit the needs of doctors and patients alike, while addressing the particular needs of the Honduran climate. Read the rest of Texas A&M students design much-needed new hospital for Roatán Island, Honduras Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture student design , Design for Health , environmental design , global healing , hks architects , hks hospital , honduras hospital , humanitarian architecture , local materials , roatan island , roatan island hospital , sustianable materials , texas a&m

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DIY Chinese Pak Choi Parcels Are Healthy Finger Food for Kids!

August 17, 2014 by  
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Filled with rice, finely chopped sauteed vegetables and black sesame seeds, these  bok choi-wrapped parcels are a great way to make healthy meals fun. The great part is, the filling can easily be modified to fit whatever’s in season–or happens to be in your fridge at the time! Follow the link below for a step-by-step guide for making these vegan treats tonight! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: finger foods , healthy food for kids , healthy meals , kid-friendly meals , kid-friendly vegan recipes , vegan kids , vegan recipes

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