Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Motion Power

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Motion Power! How cool is this? a Company called New Energy technologies has developed a road-based energy harvesting system to capture kinetic energy of decelerating cars and trucks and convert it into usable energy.

The way it works is that passing vehicles drive along a contiguous deformable roadway surface. This surface compresses a fluidizing system that interacts with mechanical fixtures to produce electrical energy.

The company says the power from the 600-vehicle,  could be used in commercial applications, to light up electronic billboards or marquee for an entire day!

It sounds really cool to me!

Earth Blocks, like LEGO but green!

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

I am a LEGO fan and I hope that my little boy becomes a LEGO fan too. There is still something that LEGO should improve, their environmental foot print.

I found these blocks that they are “LEGO like”  and are made from natural materials—scraps of cedar bark, coffee beans and green-tea leaves—that have been blended with polypropylene for rigidity.

Earth Blocks are softer around the edges than the classic toy. As a result, they don’t snap together as tightly as LEGOs do, but we have to say that they are really cool!

You can buy them in the Guggenheim store.

Harvesting your garden and surroundings

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I should stop bloging while hungry because I can only think of food entries 😉

Now that we are in full bloom this summer I recommend you all to go harvesting all those blackberries, plums, berries, elderflowers, what ever you can think of and start making jams, drinks EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

If you would like to learn from a pro read this link from Ballymaloe web site about the art of jam making. Also take a look at this cool web site from Edible Ireland about the things you can cook by foraging things around your garden or local forest!

Bon appetite!

Veg Boxes

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

I just found a great idea on line that I felt I had to share with all of you! Veggie Boxes!!

Veggie boxes are full of locally grown, chemical-free, vegetables that can be conveniently delivered to your door or collected. The idea came from Green Home Farm. A farm  set up by Damien & Kelly Duffy in response to the demand from friends and family to source locally grown produce with zero air miles. They are based in Ballyglass, Turloughmore, Co.Galway.

Prices go from 10€ to 20€. It is totally worth it! I must find a supplier in Leinster!

 

Green roofs

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Green roofs are an important part of green infrastructure in urban areas or the country side. I really like how they look and I wish that there would be more of them around!

They are great for storm attenuation, biodiversity, noise pollution, energy efficiency,invertebrate habitat or horticultural therapy.

I found a great company in Ireland that creates them it is called Anú Green.

Here are some examples of their great work:

Cúl Green

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The Cúl Green initiative began in 2008; it is an exciting joint initiative between the GAA and Electric Ireland, aimed at making Croke Park a carbon-neutral stadium.

I think it sounds a really good initiative. What I really like about it is that it is an Irish one and that it is about an Irish landmark! If you would like to get more information about it visit their web site.

 

 

The ecovillage

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
The Cloughjordan Ecovillage is an ecological village that brings together a diverse group of people creating an innovative new community in Tipperary. It includes 67-acre site with beautiful and fertile land where people from the town grow their own food, and plants and trees to promote biodiversity.
The ecovillage includes:
More than 50 low energy homes and work units so far
A solar- and wood-powered community heating system
50 acres of land for allotments, farming and woodland
A green enterprise centre and hi-spec broadband
An eco-hostel for visitors
A nearby train station and community farm

If you would like to experience the village for a weekend you only need to book in their hostal!

Milk Carton recycle

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

It is amazing what one can do with milk cartons and a bit of imagination!

We are really big milk drinkers at home so we have a lot of milk cartons every week to recycle.

I think that I should consider turning them into something beautiful like in the following photos!

From maya made:

From Etsy:

From Kiwimag online:

From Lilla:

 

 

Pallet

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I know I posted before about pallets and how you can use them to make different things. However, I have a fascination for them. Look at this really cool photos of what you can do:

 

Pallet Shelves from High consumption:

A whole lot of inspiration from House and Home:

Green house in Lisbon

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

A while back I saw this amazing house in the interior design web site Freshome that really impressed me!

I wish I could say  that my vertical garden in my balcony looks as good and healthy as this but it does not!!

Isn’t it amazing?