Summer Reading: Dig Into The Roots of Environmental Nonfiction

June 5, 2019 by  
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Half a century ago, we didn’t know the full impact … The post Summer Reading: Dig Into The Roots of Environmental Nonfiction appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Maven Moment: Summertime Driving

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Amazing new biodegradable insulation only burns after one-hour of fire exposure

February 27, 2018 by  
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100 percent natural insulation from Chilean company Rootman is also resistant to flames, according to ArchDaily . Rootman’s product, Thermoroot, absorbs sound and provides optimal thermal performance — and, according to its designers, the sustainable insulation only starts burning 60 minutes of fire exposure. That’s in contrast to polystyrene , fiberglass, or polyurethane, which will start burning in three seconds, 15 seconds, or one minute, respectively. With the goal of insulating buildings more efficiently, Rootman created Thermoroot, which they say is biodegradable , comprised of 100 percent natural fiber, and won’t harm the environment . They basically grow what they call a Radicular Mattress; in isolated chambers, they hydroponically cultivate oat or barley grain seeds in trays that, according to ArchDaily, “define the required thickness of the roots ” to create the mattress. The process takes between 10 and 15 days, and Rootman doesn’t employ chemical additives or draw on genetic modifications. Related: Hemp-based insulation makes a comeback in Belgium The germination process can happen in any geographical location or climate, according to ArchDaily. It boasts a low water and carbon footprint, doesn’t pollute, and trees don’t need to be cut down for the process. And in case of a fire, the green insulation offers a one-hour window before it burns. Thermoroot can entirely replace conventional insulators like Mineral Wool, Expanded Polystyrene, or Polyurethane, according to ArchDaily, thermally and acoustically insulating floors, ceilings, or walls. The publication said Rootman is working to offer an effective alternative for expensive natural insulators and synthetic insulators that are harmful for health and the environment. If you’d like more information, Rootman includes links to a technical information PDF, certification of sound absorption, a thermal conductivity certification, and a firefighters’ technical report on their website; you can find those here . The company also says their technology could serve as “a soil improver for the garden and agriculture .” + Rootman Via ArchDaily Images via Rootman SpA/ArchDaily

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To fix global poverty, look beyond income

March 23, 2017 by  
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Getting from the “what” to the “how” on lifting 1 billion people out of energy poverty means going to the roots of a complex issue.

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Why ShopRite and Compass Group have a taste for urban farming

September 28, 2016 by  
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No longer underground, vertical farms, rooftop gardens and aeroponics are moving beyond their roots to whet the appetites of corporate food giants.

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5 Tips To Cultivate Happy Gardening With Your Children

September 20, 2016 by  
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Getting children excited about gardening is one of the easiest ways to boost their connection to their food and to get kids to eat vegetables. And yet many children don’t know that grapes grow on vines and that carrots are the roots of a…

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Getting children excited about gardening is one of the easiest ways to boost their connection to their food and to get kids to eat vegetables. And yet many children don’t know that grapes grow on vines and that carrots are the roots of a…

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Affordable self-watering planter lets you grow a countertop garden with ease

March 15, 2016 by  
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Indoor gardening is now easier than ever. Oakland-based startup Back to the Roots designed a self-watering planter that uses ancient and low-tech technology that’ll do the watering for you without the need for expensive apps or micro-sensors. The key to the self-watering planter is the miniature clay olla—a low-fired clay pot used in North Africa for thousands of years—that holds water that seeps slowly out from the porous sides. The product also comes with a 64 ounce mason jar filled with “organic moisture-balancing biochar and organic nutrient-rich soil,” two organic fertilizer spikes, and organic cherry tomato seeds. You can find the self-watering planter at Barnes & Noble store nationwide and select Home Depots; the product will also be sold online in the near future. + Back to the Roots Self Watering Planter 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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These Old-School Rugs are Woven Out of Plastic Bags

April 16, 2013 by  
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Here at Earth911, we hear a lot about futuristic new methods of repurposing and recycling common waste materials. But Scranton, Penn.-born artisan Annie Cadden is living proof that going back to our roots can be just as beneficial for reducing…

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Refab Paradise: Ruined Factory Becomes Dream Retreat

August 26, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design . ] Not long ago, what remained of the Shihlin paper factory in Taipei was in ruins, nearly lost to time. Left to crumble along with many other structures in this forgotten area, the factory was predictably overtaken by nature – with stunning results. Rainwater poured in and ferns and other greenery began to flourish against the red brick of the walls. Holes in the roof let in sunlight. Eventually, the beauty of this abandonment was discovered by Interbreeding Field Architects . Rather than tear the remains down and start anew, Interbreeding Field preserved the chaos and deterioration, creating an incredibly moody atmosphere for a new exhibition space and cafe. The Paradise Lost in Time features wooden boardwalks and benches that allow visitors to tour the space safely. Wooden latticework provides a backdrop for performance or art exhibitions, sleek and new beside the peeling paint of the original structure. Clusters of seats resembling lanterns give the space an eerie glow. Outside, the once-dilapidated grounds of the paper factory have been transformed with elevated wooden platforms that echo the wood used on the interior as well as new greenery, rocks and other landscaping. This display of contrast between old and new, natural and artificial is a key concept in Interbreeding Field’s work. Says director Li H. Lu in an essay on the Interbreeding Field website , “The terms ‘interbreeding’ and ‘interfering’ are not architectural jargon. ‘interbreeding’ is a biological term. The botanical definition of “interbreeding” is ‘slip’ or ‘grafting’, and in zoology it means mixing of breeds. Whether ‘slip’, ‘grafting’ or ‘hybrid’, ‘interbreeding’ can be defined as crossbreeding of different species which then creates a new species and life form different from the parent generation.” Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Stylish, but Sustainable? Synthetic Super-Sized Wood Trees The massive Metropol Parasol opened in Seville, Spain recently: the product of four years of research, design and construction. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» 21 Great Green Designs for a (Post)Modern Home Green stuff for your home doesn’t have to be as obvious as you might think – these designs are out-of-the-way and outside-the-box sustainable design ideas. 2 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Upcycled Art: Paper Bags Return to Their (Tree) Roots The paper bags we get our fast food in are usually seen as trash. But at least one artist is taking them back to their roots and giving them new lives as trees. 3 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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