Evaporative off-grid toilets don’t need plumbing, water or electricity

April 20, 2018 by  
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2.6 billion people around the planet don’t have access to safe toilets . Not only does this impact health , but empowerment as well: women and girls “face high rates of violence when they don’t have access to safe and dignified sanitation ,” according to protein biochemist and entrepreneur Diana Yousef, CEO of change:WATER Labs . She’s working on a solution: a portable, off-grid toilet. “80 percent of disease around the world is attributable to poor sanitation,” Yousef said in a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards YouTube video ; she’s a 2018 finalist . Indigenous groups, people living in poverty, or refugees don’t have many options to deal with an absence of proper sanitation, according to change:WATER. So they’re working on a low-cost, off-grid, compact, environmentally safe toilet able to evaporate 95 percent of sewage sans energy with the help of a simple polymer membrane. Users wouldn’t need plumbing or water to flush the toilet. Related: Ergonomically-correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way Cartier Women’s Initiative says that membrane acts like a sponge, “soaking up and accelerating the evaporation of liquid contents without the use of power or heat…The vapors released are pure clean water, while the dried solids left behind are safely contained inside the membrane.” This volume reduction means toilets only have to be serviced once or twice in a month. Yousef said in the video the toilet sends waste water back into nature “in its purest form” in an attempt to promote a “cycle of use and re-use in a more efficient, sustainable, low-carbon way.” Field deployment could happen later this year; Yousef has three pilot partnerships in the United States, Central America, and in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the initiative. change:WATER is up for potential funding from the Chivas Venture (you can vote for them on the Chivas website ). Yousef said funding would allow change:WATER to get working toilets to 10,000 families by 2019. + change:WATER Labs Via the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and Chivas Venture Image courtesy of change:WATER

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The Cornelia tiny house is a peaceful writer’s studio built with reclaimed wood

April 20, 2018 by  
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One of the best things to come from the tiny home  trend is the peace of living in a quiet atmosphere – which is especially important for writers. At the request of renowned children’s author Cornelia Funke,  New Frontier Tiny Homes  created The Cornelia — which is just 24 feet in length and 8.5 feet wide. Funke’s tiny house is a serene three-in-one space that can be used as a writing studio, a guest house and a library. The Cornelia’s high vaulted ceilings provide the tiny house with plenty of vertical space. Abundant windows provide plenty of natural light and stunning views of the surrounding forest. Reclaimed barn wood covers the walls and ceilings, giving the home an inviting cabin feel. A small deck is covered with a wooden awning, creating a serene spot to enjoy the outdoors. Related: Firefighter’s self-built tiny house is an earthship on wheels The designers customized the layout of the compact space  to fit Funke’s needs. High ledges span the length of both walls to provide ample space for storing books. Minimal furnishings open up the space and keep it safe from clutter. The desk, which is located under a large window, can be folded down when not in use. A small, incredibly space-efficient kitchen is located on one end of the home and the bathroom is located in a corner of the living space. The loft, which fits a king-size bed, is accessible by a movable ladder. The efficient, modern design and lush surroundings offer plenty of inspiration for the tiny home’s creative inhabitant. + New Frontier Tiny Homes Via Apartment Therapy Images via New Frontier Tiny Homes

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

July 31, 2013 by  
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Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

July 31, 2013 by  
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Last month, the city of Los Angeles  completed the world’s largest LED street light retrofit , changing over 141,089 street lights to energy efficient LEDs. Other cities have since followed Los Angeles’ lead in the bulb swap, but the Californian city reigns as the largest, securing itself as a leader in energy efficiency. The city plans to further  retrofit , citing this first leg only as phase one. Read the rest of Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , CLinton Climate Initiative , Cree XSP series , eco design , green design , Hadco RX , led retrofit , LEDway Series , Leotek GC , Los Angeles Street Light Retrofit , sustainable design        

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Granary Row: Shipping Container Pop-up Market Jump Starts Industrial Neighborhood in Salt Lake City

July 31, 2013 by  
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Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire European Union Four Times Over

July 31, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A new report by The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has found that the European Union, from Portugal to Finland could source their all of their energy from floating wind turbines in the North Sea. Every dangerous nuclear plant and every dirty coal plant could be abandoned and every home, business and city could be fueled by clean, renewable energy. And not only could offshore wind farms fuel the entire EU, but they could power the EU four times over . Read the rest of Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire European Union Four Times Over Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: EU deep water wind farm , EU deep water wind turbines , EU green energy , EU green power , EU offshore wind capacity , EU offshore wind farms , EU offshore wind turbines , EU renewable energy options , EU wind power , European deep water wind turbines , European offshore power , European offshore wind power , European offshore wind turbines , European renewable energy options , European Union Offshore Wind Capacity , European Wind Energy Association , European wind power , European wind turbines        

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