Recycled tire traps are seven times more effective than traditional mosquito traps

April 12, 2016 by  
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The use of recycled materials  is not only good for the environment . Sometimes, it is simply the best way to get a job done. Such is the case with the ovillanta mosquito traps crafted from old tires and tested in Guatemala. Over the course of ten months, researchers supported by the Guatemala Ministry of Health’s Vector Control Program observed the number of mosquito eggs collected by the simple traps. Based on their pending study, the ovillanta tire traps captured seven times the number of eggs as a standard trap. The ovillanta traps are specifically deployed to capture mosquitoes of the  Aedes genus. These mosquitoes are those notoriously known for transmitting devastating viruses, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.  Aedes mosquitos can become resistant to pesticides and although adults only live for about two to four weeks, eggs can remain viable for up to a year. This enables populations to mitigate the effects of hazardous weather. Many communities lack the resources to deal with this resilient pest and are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. Related: World’s largest ‘mosquito factory’ in China to release 20 million bugs a week The ovillanta is composed of two 20-inch segments of a used car tire, which is joined together to create a basin. “We decided to use recycled tires – partly because tires already represent up to 29 percent of the breeding sites chosen by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, partly because tires are a universally affordable instrument in low-resource settings, and partly because giving old tires a new use creates an opportunity to clean up the local environment,” says lead researcher Gerardo Ulibarri. The mosquitoes are lured into the tire’s basin with a non-toxic substance that includes a special mosquito pheromone, which signals to pregnant mosquitoes that this is a safe place to lay their eggs. The eggs are then dropped on a small “raft” floating in the solution, which is removed twice a week so that the eggs may be removed and destroyed. This low-tech solution costs only a fraction of traditional techniques and does not harm other animals in the process of catching the mosquitos. A tutorial for constructing an ovillanta can be found here. Via TreeHugger Images via Daniel Pinelo  and Enrique Dans/Flickr

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

August 13, 2013 by  
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Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors to the National Museum of Women in the Arts

October 26, 2012 by  
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Rene Olivier Transforms Recycled Auto Tires into Comfy Chairs

October 18, 2012 by  
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Furniture designer Rene Olivier has come up with a range of fabulously comfortable furniture by taking unwanted lorry and car tires and turning them into quirky seating options. Olivier, who was recently named student furniture designer of the year at the Mixology Awards , designed the pieces for her master’s qualification as part of a project investigating movement and response. Read the rest of Rene Olivier Transforms Recycled Auto Tires into Comfy Chairs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , chairs , green design , recycled design , recycled tires , recycling , rene olivier , rubber , Seating , sustainable design , tire furniture , tires , tyre furniture , tyres

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The Common Project Updates the Classic Acapulco Chair With Recycled Materials

October 18, 2012 by  
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This classic Acapulco Chair – a celebrated 1950’s design – has been re-imagined by The Common Project with a fantastic sustainable twist. The Common Project updated the traditional beach chair from the Mexican town of Acapulco with a seat made of recycled UV-filtered PVC woven cord, ensuring it is versatile enough to be used indoors and out! Read the rest of The Common Project Updates the Classic Acapulco Chair With Recycled Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable furniture” , acapulco chair , green design , Recycled Materials , the common project

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Win This Recycled Inner-Tube Necklace From My Sister’s Art (Worth $600!)

April 8, 2011 by  
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Make a statement with your jewelry next time you walk into a room with this one-of-a-kind necklace made of discarded bicycle inner tubes . EcoFirstArt is giving away this avant garde, handcrafted necklace by My Sister’s Art (worth $600) to one lucky winner and it could be you. Entering is easy so try your hand at winning this gorgeous piece .

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Architect Wants to Rebuild Haiti with Recycled Tires, Needs Your Help (Photos)

March 30, 2010 by  
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Photos: Courtesy of Carlos Levinton. Argentine architect Carlos Levinton , who we’ve seen help Bolivian communities with PET , was asked by the UN White Helmets Comission to collaborate with ideas for the reconstruction of Haiti after the earthquake . He came up with a dome-house mad..

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