Tuesday, November 20, 2012

World's first recycled plastic asphalt paving trialled in Vancouver- Springwise

picture from springwise.com

We’ve already seen recyclable plastics enjoy new lives as stools, clothes and oil. Now the City of Vancouver has created a plastic-based asphalt which it is trialling for paved roads in the Canadian metropolis.

You may find the rest of the article on the Springwise website here.

AMAZON GOLD- Ecomb Cinema Green on November 29


November 29 | 7 pm | 53 min
Miami Design Preservation League Auditorium
1001 Ocean Drive | Miami Beach | (305) 672-2014
RSVP at cinemagreen@ecomb.org

Suggested donation of $10 and $7 for ECOMB Members and Students with ID.
Members must provide their ECOMB Green Card.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie  Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists led by a Peruvian biologist uncover the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. They bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. An animated Agouti springs to life to tell the story of his ecosystem. Left in the wake of surreal images of once extraordinary beauty turned into hellish wasteland, Amazon Gold reaffirms the right to exits as a repository of priceless biodiversity.

Directed By: Reuben Aaronson | Produced By: Sarah Dupont & James Cavello
53 Mins.

You may find the movie press kit here.
You may see the trailer below:

Homemade Christmas Cards- Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade cards are not only appreciated but they are also environmentally-conscious as you can make them from materials you already have around the house or materials you want to recycle.
It is also a great crafting project to do with your kids over Thanksgiving.
Please see some examples from Better Homes and Gardens here that I hope will inspire you.

picture from Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, November 19, 2012

Miami Underwater Festival- Miami Science Museum

sent by Laura Bracken

You may find more info here.

RSMAS Community Garden- New kids on the block

This morning, I brought some vine (that will give yellow flowers) and planted some milkweed from my backyard  in the new butterfly garden. Little did I know that two Monarch caterpillars had hitched a ride and are now officially the two first tenants of the garden.
If everything goes well, they will become much bigger and turn like this:

Pumpkin Decorations Made from Recycled Books- Crafting Mom

picture from craftingmom.com
This is the perfect craft for books that you do not plan on passing to anyone and that are falling apart. Instead of being recycled, they can be upcycled.

See the tutorial on craftingmom.com here.

Doorknob Artistic murals- Trendhunter

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David Goldberg might not be an artist, he is a hardware store owner after all, but he sure has an artistic streak. After collecting various discontinued doorknobs and other door accessories, he has finally put them to good use. David Goldberg has created a large-scale mural outside of his shop Union Hardware in Bethesda, Maryland.

See the rest of Meghan Young's article on the Trenhunter website here.

How to get rid of the weeds in your yard: eat them!

There are some weeds in my yard that keep coming back relentlessly. I used to pull them out and a few days later, they would be back, as if they were defying me. Until recently, when one day, I looked at them more carefully and realized that they were very similar to dandelions. I wondered if they were edible. I tried them and they were surpisingly good with just a tad of bitterness. So now I'm not worried about their abundance anymore because I eat them in salads.

Disclaimer: you should only eat weeds that grow in your yard if you do not spray chemicals.Also please make sure to wash them thoroughly. Last, only eat what you can identify as being edible.Do not take any chances, as some plants might be poisonous.

Dollar weeds

Find some edible plants of Florida on the Wild Floridian website here.
Find a dip recipe for dollar weeds on the Cutting Edge website here.

Friday, November 16, 2012

RSMAS Community Garden- Growing and growing

First little tomatoes

First flowers on the peppers

Arugula seedlings growing


Vine trying to attach to the fence

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Milk and Juice cartons wallets- Milkmuny

picture from milkmuny.com

from milkmuny.com:

More than 510,000 tons of milk and juice cartons are generated every year in the United States, but sadly, less than .05% ever get recycled according to an EPA report of (MSW) Municipal Solid Waste). That’s what got us thinking and how Milkmuny.com was created. Milkmuny is reaching out to schools and non-profits, desperately in need of funding, paying them for the collected ‘empties’, then making clever origami-esque wallets and other products and selling them on this site and at specialty retailers. We are on mission, join us! Read the blog, learn more, and please recycle.

You may find more info here.

However if you would rather make a similar recycled juice carton wallet yourself, please see below:

picture from Spoonful.com

You may find the instructions on Spoonful.com here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

RSMAS Community Garden- Four weeks after planting

A month has passed since the first planting and the garden has already changed a lot. Kieran Bhatia added some soil on Thursday, November 8 (with the help of Teddy Allen, Honghai Zhang, Christy Borsky  and Joni Lum) and  on Monday, planted some carrots, lettuce and spinach (with the help of  Sharein El-Tourky and Brittanica). He had previously planted some arugulas and they just started to come out. On Monday Jefferson and Max also planted some milkweed and I attached a passion flower vine on the fence.Both plants were donated by Lynne Fieber and are the start of a butterfly garden.

Arugula seedlings





Tomatoes flowers

Starting the Butterfly garden


Passion Vine

Friday, November 9, 2012

World's first low-water, low-energy vertical farm opens in Singapore- Springwise

With an ever-growing global population and ever-diminishing natural resources, solutions for low-carbon compact farming could prove vital in the future. Japanese company Daiwa House Industry has already offered its Agri-Cube hydroponic unit, and now the Sky Greens vertical farm in Singapore is the world’s first low-water, low-energy urban food production space.

Please see the rest of the article on Springwise  here.

The Sky Greens website is here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Vegetable Garden- Kevin Leaman

First picture is south to north, second is north to south.

Tomato, pepper, beans (two varieties), chinese cabbage (two varieties), swiss chard, lettuce, radish, carrot, collard greens, mustard greens, onion. The planter has herbs... chives, parsley, cilantro, basil)

Monday, November 5, 2012

RSMAS Community Garden- Two weeks after planting

These pictures were taken on October 31st. You may notice some growth and a new tap provided by Facilities which makes the watering much easier. You may also notice some new tomatoe cages purchased by Kieran Bhatia. The eggplants had some pests but they are being taken care of. Kieran Bhatia, Honghai Zhang and Christy Borski dug a new part of the plot assigned for the garden to add some more soil and plant some seeds. The garden is expanding and we may also add a butterfly garden thanks to Lynn Fieber who will give us some seedlings.
The garden is being watered every day thanks to volunteers: Monica Arienzo, Sharein El-Tourky, Honghai Zhang and Lisa Bucci. If you want to help, contact Kieran at kbhatia@rsmas.miami.edu
Thanks to all of you who make this garden a success.