The End of the Tupperware Age: Choosing Safer Food Storage Containers

May 4, 2018 by  
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The companies storing energy in cold air

March 16, 2018 by  
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Renewable sources of energy are getting more efficient by the day – yet energy storage remains an obstacle standing in the way of wide adoption. To fill this gap, some companies are thinking outside the box and investing in developing energy storage that relies on cold air. “Compressed air is an interesting technology,” Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage at Greentech Media told the BBC . “It can be a form of bulk storage.” Alacaes in Switzerland is one company that has explored cold air energy storage by drilling a hole in the side of the mountain, in which compressed cold air is stored until needed to drive a turbine. Read on to learn more about this and other efforts to hold energy in cold air. Alcaes’s mountain drilling technique may prove effective, though it is limited in its applications. “The downside is it has to rely on specific geological formations… It needs underground caverns which in itself is a limitation,” said Manghani. The United Kingdom-based Highview Power Storage is pioneering an alternative method for cold air energy storage by using refrigeration to cool air to -196 degrees Celsius, at which point air becomes liquid. This liquid air is then held in low pressure environments until it is needed. Related: New rooftop cooling tech beams excess heat into outer space Highview has constructed a facility near Manchester that uses heat generated by burning waste gas from a landfill to expand liquid nitrogen in the stored air. The expanded air is then channeled through a turbine, which generates electricity. Highview expects this facility to be connected to the UK energy grid in spring 2018. Highview hopes their facility will serve as a model for a planet that desperately needs clean energy storage solutions. “Globally the world is realizing that true grid scale, long duration storage is a requirement if we’re to go for a decarbonised future,” Stuart Nelmes, Highview’s engineering director, told the BBC , “and this tech will play a key part in that.” Via BBC Images via Gasworld and Highview Power Storage

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10 Ways to Upcycle Baby Food Storage Containers

November 13, 2017 by  
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Rotating indoor garden grows up to 100 herbs and vegetables every month

July 14, 2017 by  
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Growing your own home garden has never been easier or more beautiful. The innovative Ogarden is a spherical indoor garden with a rotating circular wheel that provides an optimal growing environment for leafy vegetable and herbs. The compact, clutter-free home gardening system allows virtually anyone to grow up to 100 herbs and vegetables a month, with very little maintenance. Ogarden is a soundless, odorless growing system that was designed for any home environment and it comes with its own storage space inside the unit, making it an attractive garden space with little-to-no clutter. The system comes with a small bag of organic soil , and owners can choose from a catalogue of seedlings including lettuces, basil, brocolette, onions, cabbage, chives, etc. The first step is to plant the seeds in the soil provided and place under the neon lamp in the storage shelf. When the seedlings are ready, they should be transplanted into the growing tubes and placed in the individual slots inside the wheel. Related: Chic, minimalist hydroponic garden makes growing your own veggies a snap Once the plants are in place, the wheel slowly begins to rotate around a central lamp. A programmable bulb inside the lamp turns on and off depending on the plants’ cycles, providing consistent light to each plant. The greenery should be watered once to twice a week and – voilà – a variety of organic, home-grown veggies right at your fingertips. + Ogarden Via Uncrate Images via Ogarden  

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De Stijl-inspired home in Kiev features massive pergola wall for privacy

January 27, 2017 by  
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RBN House stands out from its surroundings as a sleek, modern residence that makes use of wood in a variety of ways. The house, designed by Kiev-based Workshop Grynevich Dmitriy , features a series of trendy statements, including a wooden pergola that continues down the side of the home to act as a huge screen. The house is surrounded by a large garden which features wooden walkways , pebbled beds for shrubs and lush grass. The wooden deck on the ground floor offers the residents a partially sheltered space where they can relax and enjoy the outdoors. The slated wooden structure offers protection from the sun. Red and black-painted windows act as accents that remind of De Stijl and Gerit Rietveld’s designs. Related: YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine Inside, casual furniture pieces create a laid back atmosphere. Natural light floods the open-plan living room, where wood is also prominently featured. The customized wooden decorative panel above the modern fireplace and a similar piece that holds the TV provide warmth and make the space look more cozy. Space-saving design features such as the storage space underneath the staircase add functionality to the building. + Workshop Grynevich Dmitriy Via Homify

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Charming off-grid Scandinavian-inspired tiny home is passive and energy efficient

December 9, 2016 by  
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Vivid colors and a light-filled interior beckon tiny house aficionados to NestHouse , designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland . Avery’s goal was to create a super sustainable, super efficient tiny home, and he succeeded with the gorgeous NestHouse. Blending retro and Scandinavian aesthetics, the tiny home boasts an off-grid option, creative storage, and even a wee bathtub. © Jonathan Avery Tiny House Scotland NestHouse has it all: Passive design. Sustainability. Energy efficiency. At 3.4 meters, or a little over 11 feet, wide, and with three options for varying lengths, the house can be 107 to 320 square feet. Starting prices are very reasonable: 17,000 to 38,000 pounds, or almost $21,400 to nearly $48,000, with the goal that the final build will be under 50,000 pounds, or close to $63,000. The home can be hooked up to the grid, fully off-grid, or run on hybrid power. Related: Tiny new flat-packed off-grid homes offer affordable housing breakthrough © Jonathan Avery Tiny House Scotland Inspired by bird nesting boxes, NestHouse offers snug accommodations. The attractive tiny home is highly insulated, according to Avery, and is built with sustainable wood and minimal waste. In his Tiny House Scotland Manifesto , Avery mentions passive ventilation and passive solar orientation as features that help ensure the home uses power efficiently. © Jonathan Avery Tiny House Scotland Like many tiny home designs, NestHouse takes every opportunity to maximize space, but frequently does so in creative, unique ways. For example, the sleeping loft ladder twists around a wood stove, saving space, and pull-out storage beneath the winding staircase ensures dwellers can make the most of the tiny house. Details like a drying rack suspended from the ceiling and an actual – albeit small – bathtub add livability to the space. © Jonathan Avery Tiny House Scotland Avery says on his website Scandinavian design influenced cozy NestHouse, from physical elements like brightly painted wood to an ethos of simplicity and contentment. © Jonathan Avery Tiny House Scotland Not only does NestHouse offer a quaint, eco-friendly option for everyone from first time homeowners to empty nesters seeking to downsize, now Avery’s homes will help house the homeless too. Social Bite , an Edingburgh-based charity combating homelessness – and supported by Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney – is building a Tiny House Village that will be populated with ten of Avery’s homes. You can check out Avery’s website and get in touch if you’re interested in your own charming NestHouse. + Tiny House Scotland Via Treehugger Images © Jonathan Avery Tiny House Scotland

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Norway builds unique Bicycle Hotel to encourage more commuters to travel on two wheels

November 30, 2016 by  
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Norway’s “best cycling city” has added a new feature to make two-wheeled transport even easier for local residents and visitors. The new Bicycle Hotel (or the native “sykkel hotell”) adjacent to the main square of the train station in Lillestrøm (near Oslo) will give bikes a cozy space to bunk up while riders are off in the city. The project, commissioned by Norwegian National Railways as a public space, offers just over 5,000 square feet of bike storage space that is protected from the elements. The aim is to make cycling even easier for people commuting around the city, and bicycle hotels such as this one are popping up near railway stations throughout the bike-friendly nation.

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How can I reuse or recycle a wheelie bin?

November 18, 2016 by  
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Hi. Long time no blog! Sorry about that. This has annoyed me so much though that I feel compelled to post! Bradford Council has started charging for their previously free garden waste collection service. Only about a third of eligible household have signed up so the Council estimates there are around 55,000 “brown bins” no longer in use around the district. The Council estimates around half of those 55,000 will want to keep their wheelie bin as a spare or for other usage , and are starting to collect the other half. However, a local councillor doesn’t think that many people will want to keep them. Cllr Rebecca Poulsen, the local Tory spokesperson for waste, said: “I can’t see most people wanting to keep them for other storage purposes, really. “I can’t think there’s an awful lot to do with them.” Then you don’t have much imagination, do you Rebecca! On our allotments, old wheelie bins are prized possessions – a couple of holes drilled in the right places and they easily become sturdy water butts or compost bins . They’re also cheap, dry storage for plant pots, canes, plastic sheeting & netting, and woodchips. At home, I use old bins for storing my chicken feed and my in-laws use them, with an access hatch cut in the bottom, for storing firewood and multifuel . And they’re not just for grow-your-own hippies like me: I know other people who use them for storing kids garden toys, sports equipment and patio cushions out of season . And they’re just some of the easiest, most boring reuses! I’ve seen them cut in half to be used planters or wheelbarrows , and my old neighbours in Leeds even once transformed an old wheelie bin into a go-cart ! What other ideas are there for reusing wheelie bins? What would you do with one?

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Modular Amuneal shelves create flexible wall storage for tight spaces

May 31, 2016 by  
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Amuneal’s state-of-the-art system has been installed in museums, retail stores, and private residences around the country. Each unit is made in the USA and built in Philadelphia, PA out of oxidized oak and glass shelves, steel hooks, and a solid brass framework that secures to the wall. Replete with credenzas, industrial strength storage baskets, and elegant space to display collectibles, the modular series can be configured for a variety of needs. The swinging shelves make it especially easy to access stowed items, and LED light bars can also be integrated into each Collector’s Shelving Unit . This luxury shelving is built to last with beautiful materials that truly stand the test of time. Each unit is customized for the buyer’s interior, and so it will cost a pretty penny. The varied designs range from all sorts of subtle shelving styles, with each unit designed to accentuate collectibles (hence the name). Once the framework is installed, the shelves can be seamlessly exchanged for different finishes, colors, and styles. The company’s meticulous attention to detail, simple use of materials, and customization capabilities all work towards a goal of making smaller spaces more chic and livable. RELATED: Stylish and minimalist micro-apartment makes the most of small-space living One of the most interesting features of Amuneal is their modular glass option that is specifically designed for kitchens. These 1/2” thick shelves are a gorgeous way to display dishes, pantry items, or even plants, as demonstrated in this stunning display at the 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during New York Design Week. + Amuneal All images © Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat.

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World’s largest commercial rooftop solar array is on a shopping mall in the Philippines

May 31, 2016 by  
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A shopping mall in the Philippines now boasts the world’s largest commercial rooftop solar array , which generates 2.9 MW of clean energy to help run the mall’s operations. The project is also the biggest private solar power system designed for self-consumption in the country. The Philippines-based property developer behind the venture, Robinsons Land, has plans to add rooftop solar panels to its other retail centers, for a total of 12.5 MW by the end of this year. The 2.9 MW solar array was switched on this month atop Robinsons Starmills shopping mall in San Fernando, in the province of Pampanga. It is the latest in a series of solar projects backed by the Robinsons Land company, which announced in March a lineup of six currently on deck – they are were targeted for completion by May. Two others are expected to be up and running by the end of this year. The company switched on at least two other solar plants on mall properties in 2015, and each project is bigger than the one before. Related: 1 Liter of Light project illuminates thousands of Filipino homes with recycled bottles In total, the developer is aiming for 12.5 MW solar power capacity across 10 solar plants, all located on the rooftops of shopping malls. The company said in a release that those 10 plants combined will generate almost 16 million kW/h of clean energy , saving 8,760 tons of CO2 emissions each year. According to the developer, that is equivalent to planting 223,965 full grown trees. By the end of this year, Robinsons Land promises the plants will, together, generate around 30 percent of the energy needed to run those shopping malls. The developer eventually plans to install solar power arrays on the rooftops of all of its 41 malls, although the timeline for that expansion hasn’t been released. Via PV Magazine Images via Robinsons Land and Wikipedia

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