California winery innovates with sustainable recycling creation

January 6, 2020 by  
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In the California city of West Paso Robles, architecture firm Clayton & Little has given old oil field drill stem pipes unexpected new life — as an equipment barn that offsets over 100% of the energy needs for a sustainably-minded winery. Covered with a photovoltaic roof, the Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is not only self-sufficient, but also champions environmentally friendly design principles that include material reuse , rainwater collection and responsible stormwater management practices. The simple agricultural storage structure was strategically placed at the property’s vineyard-lined entrance as an icon of the winery’s commitment to sustainability. Located in the Templeton Gap area at the foot of the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard, the Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn was constructed with a frame made from reclaimed oil field drill stem pipes. Along with timber and welded WT steel flitch purlins, the pipe structure supports a series of laminated glass solar modules that provide shelter and serve as the solar system capable of producing a third more power than needed — roughly 87,000 kWh per year. The pipe framing has also been fitted with a gutter system to accommodate future rainwater harvesting . In addition to offsetting all of the winery’s power demands, the minimalist building provides covered open-air storage for farming vehicles, livestock supplies and workshop and maintenance space. The salvaged pipes were left to weather naturally and are complemented with 22 gauge Western Rib Cor-Ten corrugated perforated steel panels for added shade and filtered privacy to equipment bays. Pervious gravel paving was installed for all open vehicle storage bays and livestock pens to return rainwater to the watershed. Related: Old ruins are transformed into a cozy, off-grid guesthouse in France “ Salvaged materials do more with less,” the architects explained in a press statement. “Barn doors are clad in weathered steel off-cuts that were saved for reuse from the adjacent winery shoring walls, re-used in a ‘calico’ pattern to fit the oddly shaped panels to tube steel framed door leafs. Storage boxes are skinned with stained cedar siding with the interiors clad with unfinished rotary cut Douglas Fir plywood.” + Clayton & Little Images by Casey Dunn

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5 Tips to Heal Naturally

November 26, 2019 by  
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Nearly two-thirds of all Americans take prescription drugs, with the … The post 5 Tips to Heal Naturally appeared first on Earth911.com.

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We Earthlings: Saving a Rainforest Lowers CO2 Levels

November 26, 2019 by  
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Existing rainforests are our most effective natural method to prevent … The post We Earthlings: Saving a Rainforest Lowers CO2 Levels appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Beat the Blues: 7 Ways to Boost Your Home & Mood Naturally

November 9, 2017 by  
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With daylight saving time trailing freshly behind us, shorter days … The post Beat the Blues: 7 Ways to Boost Your Home & Mood Naturally appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Get your hands on the world’s first 3D printed phone accessories made from wood

January 29, 2016 by  
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To coincide with the release of the new Fairphone 2, the environmentally-conscious smartphone , artist Alan Nguyen teamed up with 3D Hubs to create world’s first 3D printed phone accessories that are made from wood. All designs can be downloaded and 3D printed, and thanks to this locality and the material used, the process is as sustainable as can be. Right now, a Fairphone 2 Nightstand and the Fairphone 2 Amplifier is avaiable. The Nightstand was inspired by the simplicity of the Fairphone 2’s clean aesthetic and the Amplifier was inspired by conch shells due to their naturally acoustic structure. “What I really liked about this project was the ability to make use of a distributed manufacturing project helping to lead a ‘new way’ for products to get made. Not only are we helping minimize waste and help the environment, but we’re also helping lay the foundation for the future of local manufacturing,” said Nguyen + 3D Hubs Fairphone Accessories 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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Women With High PBDE Levels 50 Percent Slower to Conceive, New Study Says

January 28, 2010 by  
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35% of Mountainsmith’s Pack Range Made of Recycled Fabric

January 28, 2010 by  
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Photos: Mountainsmith Back in 2007 outdoor pack manufacturer, Mountainsmith started down the track of moving its product out of virgin nylon and into recycled polyester fabrics. That transition is continuing apace. No doubt encouraged by winning a Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Green Award for their efforts, the company, has for 2010, been able to move 35% of their line into recycled polyester and sustainable materials, which they reckon is a feat not matched by their competitors

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American Apparel’s New Nail Polish is Eco-Chic (and Cheap!)

December 24, 2009 by  
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