Posted on 01 August 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Photos: Groves-Raines Architects
Who said composting bins have to be unimaginative, boring boxes? Taking composting to fancier heights is Scottish architecture firm Groves-Raines Architects (GRA), which designed this free-flowing composting and storage shed in Edinburgh. Made out of re-bar that’s woven into an undulating form, the structure is open on one end to allow access, and is topped with a green roof. It may be just a shed, but its innovative design has earned it some surprising accolades and awards, internationally a…Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Posted on 06 June 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Photo Credit: lessismorebalanced, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License.
I’m always looking for cheap composting and vermicomposting projects. Pre-made vermicomposting bins or systems can be pricey. I’ve made worm bins from plastic storage bins, and they work well, but I’ve been on the lookout for something smaller that will fit well under my kitchen sink.
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Posted on 25 April 2011 by Sustainability Digest
Image credit: Permaculture Science
From building your own worm bin to how to build a compost tumbler, we’ve covered plenty of simple, DIY solutions for home composting here on TreeHugger. But what about a worm bin that literally spreads its own contents in your garden? That’s the idea behind a worm tower, which—it is claimed—uses free-ranging compost worms to break down organic waste and…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 05 October 2010 by Sustainability Digest
photo: Alan Levine/Creative Commons
In case you haven’t heard already, those much-touted, supposedly 100% biodegradable bioplastic bags that SunChips rolled out a while ago are no more. Apparently the issue wasn’t many of the genuine questions about the …Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Posted on 02 June 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Image credit: Peak Moment TV
It’s been called creepy by some, but my obsession with pee and poop is not without good reason. (Hey, it got me on Lloyd’s Valentine’s Day list.) From peeing in public to the selective flush, how we deal with our bodily wastes on a Global scale has huge implications for our sust…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 21 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Image credit: Slow Muse
Wow. Clearly I am not the only one who spends too much time thinking about language. My post yesterday on why soil is not dirt garnered a whole bunch of responses —from those who agreed that “dirt” suggests a dead, inanimate substrate, to others who felt that “soil” is a prissy term, and “dirt” seems more real. I even had one friend email me and muse about the reclaiming of “dirt” as a positive term, much how others have reclaimed “queer” or “bitch”. And a Palestinian friend and client infor…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 16 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
photo: Zoey Kroll
Zooming by Oak and Fell Streets in San Francisco, you may not notice the bustling growth that is taking place behind the fence on the corner of Laguna and Oak. When the City removed the Laguna freeway off-ramp, there remained 2.5 acres of unused space, from Oak to Fell and from Laguna to Octavia Streets. The plot was originally slated to become condos, but then the economy tanked and now the plan has been shelved for the next 2-5 years. In the meantime a group of urban farmers, garden educators, and landscape designers have joined together to get permission from the City of San Francisc…Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 11 May 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Image Source: Jason Tester
Dear Pablo: Our café uses dishes by Ecoproducts. Each plate has “Compostable” and “Tree Free” embossed on the surface. Does this plate need to go into a compost? Or can it be thrown into a recycling bin? What happens if it ends up in a landfill?.
Over the years many of us have become conditioned to divert resources from the landfill by recycling. This not only keeps landfills from overflowing but it also displaces some of the need for virgin materials f…Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Posted on 04 April 2010 by Sustainability Digest
Glass-recycling bins in Germany, one of Europe’s best recyclers. Photo by maveric2003 via Flickr.
New statistics on waste and recycling show that there is still a major gap between east and west in Europe, where the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency reports that “poor legislation, insufficient infrastructure, lack of environmental awareness outside cities, and a shortage of political will” have left Read the full story on TreeHugger
Posted on 11 March 2010 by Sustainability Digest
A market for salvaged goods in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph by David Lazar.
What does “sustainability” mean to you? That’s the question that JPG Magazine, a publication of reader-submitted photography, posed to members of its online community, who posted hundreds of images of peaceful landscapes, freshly grown Read the full story on TreeHugger