Polar Umbrella: Self-Sustaining Metropolis Rebuilds Ice Sheets as It Navigates Polar Waters

March 13, 2013 by  
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Pelcor Unveils Stylish Umbrella Made From Sustainably Harvested Cork

March 1, 2013 by  
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April showers? Bring them on! Pelcor just unveiled a stylish umbrella made from renewable cork . Predominantly found in Portugal, cork is impermeable, elastic and has a nice natural feel to it – which makes it the perfect material for shedding drops of water when the weather turns sour. Read the rest of Pelcor Unveils Stylish Umbrella Made From Sustainably Harvested Cork Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accessories and Fashion , Botanical , cork , cork umbrella , green materials , Pelcor , portugal , recycling / compost , renewable material

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Upcycling ideas: bows & flowers & tins & umbrellas & everything

October 4, 2011 by  
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a “links round-up” post about some of the things that I’ve been emailed or spotted around the greater internet recently so … here goes!   With the major gift giving time of the year looming in the near-distance, I love this idea of reusing colourful children’s pictures to make gift bows instead of using generic plastic ones. Of course the same idea can be applied to any old paper – as the tutorial shows black-on-white newspaper text looks pretty cool too.   I’m always a sucker for stuff made with drinks cans but these flowers are rather cute – I especially like the painted ones.   Tinplategirl emailed recently her new tutorials site about working with tinplate – the smooth heavier-weight metal from various large tins & cans. The site includes a number of free videos introducing the craft – where to find the materials and how to work with them – and how-to PDFs for making all sorts of things (some free, some costing up to $9.95). A great resource for people wanting to move on from working with the more malleable drinks can metal.   And speaking of large tins, this tiered unit made from old biscuit/chocolate tins has been around for a while now but I thought it was worth mentioning because it’s a lot of fun and useful.   Another thing that’s a bit old but feels newly relevant given the sudden switch to autumn this week: how-to recover an umbrella frame . Great for revamping a brolly or fixing it if it gets torn – double up your green points by using old fabric (an old tent? old synthetic clothes?) for the umbrella and reclaiming the best bits of the original fabric for other craft projects (a water resistant swimming bag? or to make foam bath cushion?)   Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, do check out WeUpcycle.com , which started as a 30 day/30 upcycled things project but is now a wider collection of upcycling ideas. No how-tos but lots of inspiring, pretty pictures.   Have you seen any fun or interesting reusing or recycling projects recently? Or have you got anything you’d like to show off of your own creation? Do leave a comment below!

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How can I reuse or recycle the metal frame from an old umbrella?

March 18, 2011 by  
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Over on the “suggest an item” page, the bookstorebabe said: Broken umbrellas were done a few years back , but most of the suggestions were reuses for the umbrella fabric. How about specifically the metal frame, as is or taken apart? Any clever ideas, anyone?

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Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles

October 11, 2010 by  
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Project UMBRELLA just took the $5,000 first place award in The Architect’s Newspaper and SCI?Arc’s recent Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, which asked entrants to envision downtown LA as an incubator for green technology and jobs. Designed by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak, UMBRELLA features a series of umbrella-like solar evaporators that collect and clean city sewage so that it can eventually be released into the streets, generating a “transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes.” Read the rest of Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , architect’s newspaper , cleantech corridor , Green Building , green design , Los Angeles , Sci-Arc , sustainable design , umbrella

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Enjoy the rain under recyclable PET umbrella

August 2, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Eco-friendly umbrella made from waterproof recyclable PET. It’s raining cats and dogs and I am sure your hunt for an umbrella has just begun. Let me help you in your hunt by introducing you to an innovative and sustainable umbrella by Kam Leang

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Fractal Structures: Prefab, sustainable gateway to intelligent universal spaces

August 2, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Economical, self-sufficient and rapidly deployable models for universal buildings. Catering to the need of shelters, both permanent and temporary, Shradha Bhandari came up with an architectural research and development project that showed way to a prefab, modular, low tech building designs. Based on fractal origami, the fractal structures have a high degree of flexibility

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Awesome reducing, reusing & recycling links

May 19, 2010 by  
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Here’s this week’s awesome reducing, reusing & recycling links round-up: These leather scrap mushrooms are a great idea for using up scraps & leftover material from bigger leathercraft projects – or recycling bits of leather from old clothes/accessories. Kris of Resweater pointed out a very easy tip to extend the life of children’s plastic summer toys & games – tidy them away to reduce the plastic’s sun exposure. Friend of Recycle This Alison Bailey Smith emailed to tell us about an art show starting today in Birkenhead on the Wirral (in the north west of England)

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How can I reuse or recycle hot tub water?

May 19, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Linda: i want to use the water from my hot tub on the garden, it is a great waste to just put it down the drain. the water has chlorine in it. if i drain the water into water butts, is there any way i can remove the chlorine from it to make it safe to water my garden

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