Category: Recycling

  • Vertical garden

    Office walls alive with greenery are now possible with vertical gardens invented by Joost Bakker, an Australian sculptor, who uses raw steel and discarded objects among his construction materials. “I’m not really into luxurious finishes, I like using things that people perceive as ugly”, says Joost. Vertical garden is a sculptural, almost architectural form, allowing…

  • Queensland to get recycled water by 2008

    The Queensland government says the state’s south-east could be drinking recycled waste water as early as next year, whether they want to or not. Premier Peter Beattie and his deputy Anna Bligh announced the government has scrapped its controversial plans for a $10 million referendum on the issue, involving 18 councils. Mr Beattie said south-east…

  • A world without people

    A fascinating scenario by Bob Holmes in New Scientist. He writes: Humans are undoubtedly the most dominant species the Earth has ever known. In just a few thousand years we have swallowed up more than a third of the planet’s land for our cities, farmland and pastures. By some estimates, we now commandeer 40 per…

  • Wooden bicycles show their paces

    Handmade wooden bicycles are part of daily life in rural Rwanda.They’re not playthings either, and are used as virtual trucks to move goods and often to carry water.

  • Green concrete

    Making cement is one of the most energy-intensive industries, producing vast quantities of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. The relentless flood of concrete drowns more and more C02-absorbing vegetation all over the world, giving yet another boost to the cycle of global warming. Eco-Cement, developed by Tec-Eco of Tasmania, Australia, is designed…

  • Contained in Zurich

    Switzerland’s Freitag brothers, Markus and Daniel, have built up a worldwide market for their bags — of all shapes and sizes, and for all kinds of users — always created from recycled materials. Their raw materials come from original, used truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes, car seat belts and used airbags.