Posts tagged sustainable
Posts tagged sustainable
Greetings! Happy Friday my sweet followers. For this week’s installment of repurposed items I’ve decided to focus on the garden, seeing as the weather is absoutely glorious and all I want to do is plant! Here’s some inspiration for using repurposed items in your yard to create a garden almost anywhere. Most of these ideas will work if you’re: on a budget, tight on space for a garden, don’t want to built raised beds, or just want to have a shabby chic/rustic look.
PS. Last sunday we made my garden oh so very shabby chic. I’ll post picture soon and share how easy and fun it is to turn even the most uninviting outdoor spaces into places you can’t want to host parties and entertain all summer long. Cheers!
Sources: http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-project-tin-can-hanging.html, http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/get-started-with-modern-plante-143066, http://frugalgranola.com/2012/04/5-frugal-repurposed-garden-accessories/, https://www.obaz.com/game/product/681/561?guest_token=561, http://theviolethours.typepad.com/blog/2011/04/time-for-teapot-planters.html, http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com/2011/05/wagon-wheel-herb-garden.html, http://www.anothermag.com/loves/view/18113/Bloomed_Bike, http://dosfamily.com/2011/04/bring-a-gift-of-spring/, http://www.smallgardenlove.com/diy-hanging-herb-garden/img_3337/
I watched this video on a lovely, sunny, and quite Sunday afternoon. It shook me up, but didn’t tell me anything that I didn’t already know, it just painted it in a light I found inspiring, rather than frightening. It was a good way to start my month of April and to begin this next week in a mindset of awareness and motivation. Hope it informs and inspires you all, as much as it did me. Please share!!
Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse, and sustainable condition.
Recognize Interdependence. The elements of human design interact with and depend on the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale.
Expand design considerations to recognize even distant effects.
Respect relationships between spirit and matter. Consider all aspects of human settlement including community, dwelling, industry, and trade in terms of existing and evolving connections between spiritual and material consciousness.
Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems, and their right to co-exist.
Create safe objects with long-term value. Do not burden future generations with requirements for maintenance or vigilant administration of potential danger due to the careless creations of products, processes, or standards.
Eliminate the concept of waste. Evaluate and optimize the full life-cycle of products and processes, to approach the state of natural systems in which there is no waste.
Rely on natural energy flows. Human design should, like the living world, derive their creative forces from perpetual solar income. Incorporate this energy efficiently and safety for responsible use.
Understand the limitations of design. No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face of nature. Treat nature as a model and mentor, not an inconvenience to be evaded or controlled.
Seek constant improvements by sharing knowledge. Encourage direct and open communication between colleagues, patrons, manufacturers, and users to link long-term sustainable considerations with ethical responsibility, and reestablish the integral relationship between natural processes and human activity.
In traffic-choked L.A., a car lane is given to bicycles: City officials unveil a new 2.2-mile path stretching along 7th Street from Catalina Avenue in Koreatown to Figueroa Street downtown. All that was needed was paint, a few signs and some traffic light adjustments.
Photo: A cyclist uses the new bike lane on 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles. The lane used to be for cars only. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Make your own solar jar!
Be sure to click on the picture and check out the Inhabitat article on this amazing gem of a wine shop, located in Zurich, Switzerland. The shop is called Albert Reichmuth and consist of over 1,500 reclaimed pine wine crates which are stacked in a planned geometric fashion to create hundreds of display nooks and shelves in an innovative and eye catching manner. The grid of boxes is carried through from floor to ceiling and covers the ceiling with unique texture, which also creates wonderful shadow effects. Practical, beautiful, and simply genius.
UPS has switched from using diesel gas to power their trucks, to a natural gas. According to Inhabitat, UPS has ” started substituting diesel fuel with lower-emission liquified natural gas”. Great way to shift the dependancy on diesel to natural gas. This is especially a not brainer since the price of natural gas has stayed constant or gone down, while the price of diesel has continued to soar.
House constructed of shipping pallets. Very interesting lighting effects and shadows are created throughout the day, and especially at night.