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Sharing the awesome

April 16, 2010

I wanted to share a great tutorial I just read from Just Something I Made.  Cathe took a vintage book and used it to make a cover for her planner.  The instructions are easy to follow and the pictures really illustrate her directions. Check it out.

Vintage book planner tutorial

I love blank journals, and planners, and diaries. I cannot wait to try this project for myself. Which I will do as soon as I find a vintage book I don’t mind cutting up. 🙂


Déjà Poo: The Living Machine Sewage System

June 18, 2009

Déjà Poo: The Living Machine Sewage System

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Picture the lobby atrium of a new, green building, one filled with leafy plants and trees. Now imagine that those trees are growing in waste collected from the building’s toilets.

If that idea has the whiff of failure about it, well, sniff again. Increasingly, building designers are managing sewage in-house—really in-house. The Port of Portland, for example, is integrating waste management into the lobby of its new headquarters under construction. The Living Machine uses soil and bacteria to filter out pathogens, essentially turning wastewater into nonpotable water. But the signature element of the system is the plant life that grows up and out of it—right into the lobby. “It’s going to provide a kind of greenhouse feel,” says Greg Sparks, engineering design manager for the port. “It’ll soften the hard edges of the typical office building.”

Everybody likes trees, but (aesthetics aside) sending poop from the bathroom to the lobby may seem sort of icky. In environmental terms, though, it’s a solid choice. Just as photovoltaics can help take a building off the power grid, living machines take strain off the pipes and municipal wastewater facilities on the “sewage grid.” They also show that being green means thinking more creatively about our brown and yellow.

1 Wastewater from the entire building flows into a holding tank where solids settle, like in a septic tank. The reclaimed liquid up top gets pumped to the lobby.

2 Garden-like “wetland cells” layered with plants, soil, and rocks collect the water and capture biological compounds and pathogens.

3 On its way out of the garden, the water is further sterilized by ultraviolet light in the pipes. Then it’s recycled back into the plumbing system.


Solar Powered Bags

August 29, 2008

Wow is this neat!

One of the blogs I peruse had a link to a company called Reware.  I checked them out and wow, they are so cool.  They have bags made of recycled plastic bottles which is great, because hey, plastic bottles are getting a second life and not clogging landfills.  They have a process that turns the plastic into a fiber and then the fiber is used to make hobo bags, messenger bags, and more.

BUT, even better, they have bags that contain solar panels that you can use to recharge all your electronic gear.  This is so cool to me because now, you can just use your bag to recharge on the go and you don’t have to lug a heavy charger with you, or worry about if you will have access to an outlet!  Going to the beach?  Let your ipod or camera charge while you frolic in the waves then take great sunset shots while you let your hair dry.

I’m always looking for a great recycled product or a new solar product and here, I found both.  For the record, I have no contact with this company and they are not paying me to review them.  I just think this is an awesome product and I wanted to share it with you.

Do you have one of these great bags?  If so, how do you like it?