This pinecone-inspired gazebo is a playground for kids and adults alike

May 2, 2018 by  
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This nature-inspired mobile gazebo is a place where both kids and adults can play. Czech designers Atelier SAD designed the structure, named “Altán Šiška,” as a small building with pinecone-like scales that facilitate natural ventilation and double as drawing boards for kids to express their artistic sides. The building was crafted from 109 waterproof scales made of plywood . The boards are coated with a glaze to make them more durable. They are joined by galvanized joints, creating a structure that is strong and sustainable. The structure’s scales are deliberately spaced for ventilation. The gazebo is perfect for taking a classroom outdoors, practicing yoga or enjoying a campfire. Related: Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water! “It is on the cutting edge of architecture and design, and can even serve as a meditation space ,” said designer and owner of Altán Šiška, David Karásek. “During the design process, we were aiming to smash boundaries and move forward. The Pinecone project was a big challenge for us because it was more than just a one-dimensional product,” the designers said. The building can be placed anywhere — from a backyard, to a park, to school campuses — in one day. + Atelier SAD Via Archdaily

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Hawaii is about to ban reef-killing chemical sunscreens

May 2, 2018 by  
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Hawaii lawmakers just approved a ban on coral reef-killing chemical sunscreens. If the governor signs the bill, the state will be the first in the nation – and the world – to outlaw the products. Chemical sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate have been shown to alter the DNA of young coral so that it isn’t able to develop properly. Yesterday, state lawmakers passed a bill that would ban sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. In addition to harming coral reefs, there is some evidence that these chemicals pose a danger to humans by acting as endocrine disruptors and potentially damaging human DNA. Related: Three-fourths of sunscreens don’t work as they claim and may contain harmful chemicals Opponents to the ban say that Hawaii, which already has a high incidence of skin cancer, will experience an increase in skin cancer rates. The ban won’t include prescription sunscreens that contain those ingredients, nor does it include sunscreens with physical sun blockers like zinc, so protection options will still be available. If signed into law, the ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Via Huffington Post Images via Channey and Deposit Photos

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UltraTech’s Ever Dry Nanocoating Makes Virtually Anything Water and Oil Repellant

February 13, 2013 by  
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A new amazing water and oil proofing agent called UltraTech Ultra-Ever Dry is taking the internet by storm . But the miracle product, which causes goo of all kinds to slip off everything from treated boots to treated bricks, should not be used by the faint of heart. Although it seems that this product really does seal and lock surfaces from oil and water damage , its application involves the evaporation of highly toxic chemicals that could hurt the user if not correctly dealt with. Read the rest of UltraTech’s Ever Dry Nanocoating Makes Virtually Anything Water and Oil Repellant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , oil repellent treatment , sustainable design , Ultra-Ever Dry , UltraTech , water repellent treatment

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Brazil Announces Massive Plan to Survey Amazon Rainforest, Cut Deforestation by 80%

February 13, 2013 by  
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Amazon rainforest photo from Shutterstock Brazil recently announced plans to count and catalogue the trees in the Amazon rainforest as part of a massive conservation measure. The survey will provide more insight into the condition of the Amazon forest cover, 60 percent of which lies within Brazil ’s borders. Teams sent across the country will sample about 20,000 points at 20 km intervals, recording the number, height, diameter and species of trees. Read the rest of Brazil Announces Massive Plan to Survey Amazon Rainforest, Cut Deforestation by 80% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon deforestation , Amazon rainforest conservation , Brazil Amazon conservation , Brazil Amazon survey , Brazil deforestation , Brazil rainforest , Climate Change , environment conservation , environmental destruction , natural resource conservation , tropical rainforests , wood conservation

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Recycled POTOGREEN Planters Disguise Parisian Parking Poles as Mini Gardens!

August 10, 2011 by  
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Apple Recycling Program Will Now Accept Old PCs for Free

August 10, 2011 by  
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Apple has decided to open its recycling program to a wider electronics world and will now be accepting old PCs, iPods and iPhones for free. They used to charge PC owners $30 to take their old computers – unless they bought a new Mac, in which case they’d recycle the old one for free as a thank you. Now there’s no need to hop onto the Mac wagon or shell out dough – your PC will be accepted and responsibly recycled , no questions asked. In the newly reconstructed program you can also get a gift certificate if your old device is still worth something, and most recycled iPods will score you 10% off a new one. Read the rest of Apple Recycling Program Will Now Accept Old PCs for Free Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple ipod recycling , apple pc recycling , apple recycling program , apple telephone recycling , computer recycling , electronics recycling , how does apple recycle , how to recycle your computer , phone recycling , what does apple recycle , where to recycle electronics

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