Proposed EU measures to extend product lifetime

https://youtu.be/pvFh6fsfXQE I am happy to let you know that things are underway within the EU to ensure that products will last longer and will be easier to repair in the future. These are proposed measures at the moment, they're not law, but they soon could be. The idea, according to the EEB (European Environmental Bureau) … Continue reading Proposed EU measures to extend product lifetime

Why I fixed my wheelbarrow instead of chucking it to the scrap heap

This video explains why I chose to fix my wheelbarrow instead of throwing it away. (It has to do with conserving resources and reducing waste.) http://youtu.be/COBDkCxP3Uc Its inner chamber couldn't be patched after too many punctures, and when I went to Home Depot and Lowe's, I discovered I couldn't buy a new inner chamber, because … Continue reading Why I fixed my wheelbarrow instead of chucking it to the scrap heap

A look at what’s ahead in terms of resources and the economy

The TED channel published two interesting videos recently which present two points of view about the Earth, in terms of its resources and economy. The first is from Paul Gilding, entitled "The Earth is full", and the second is from Peter Diamandis, entitled "Abundance is our future". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZT6YpCsapg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BltRufe5kkI I invite you to watch both … Continue reading A look at what’s ahead in terms of resources and the economy

Modern lawn care: a lot of hot air

One of the things I strongly believe in is the need for manual labor, especially during these highly industrialized times. I believe such work yields better results and it keeps us grounded, in touch with the earth from which we ultimately draw our living. I dislike the "modern" methods of lawn care, where one uses … Continue reading Modern lawn care: a lot of hot air

Solar windows finally feasible

Back in 2004, I wrote about an idea of mine, to integrate solar panels into house or apartment windows, and thus help offset the cost of electricity. I'm glad to say it's come to fruition. The technology to do this has been discovered. Granted, it's still in the research phase, and the efficiency of these … Continue reading Solar windows finally feasible

POLLI-BRICKS reduce plastic bottle pollution

Plastic pollution is a huge problem. Most everyone has heard of the floating plastic islands in our oceans (the biggest is in the Pacific Ocean, but there are several others), all of which are made up of plastic bottles, wrappers, bags and other plastic waste that can float. They don't break down. They only break … Continue reading POLLI-BRICKS reduce plastic bottle pollution

How to make a compost tumbler

Last year, I made a composter using this plan from Boys' Life Magazine. I modified the wooden frame somewhat, in order to use more wood screws and brackets -- not bolts, nuts and washers -- because that's what I had to work with. Before I recommended the design to others, I wanted to see how … Continue reading How to make a compost tumbler