Where each city will have it’s fab-labs to build open source everything for its people

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Call me a romantic but I am trying to stray away from corporate world domination rat race and envision a life where communities will take their freedom back by democratizing most, if not all, of their needs and open source is a big part of that world. Fortunately its happening all over the globe, with innovative startups showing that it can be done.

Although we can’t escape the money incentive economic system yet « Read the rest of this entry »

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Minimalism: getting rid of stuff vs upcycling (and not buying new stuff in the first place)

August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

You are not a minimalist if you are generating so much waste you need to throw away to be left with little stuff. Being a minimalist is about having as little material possessions as possible to live a happy life as much as buying as little stuff you wouldn’t have to dispose of to have less. Being an environmentalist person you know that upcycling beats recycling at energy costs and is of greater value as thinking, craftsmanship and sweat are also involved. Also you should know by now that “there is no away” to throw or dispose of your waste.

I’ve read some time ago that not the minimalism as a lack of possessions state should be pursued but the minimalism in the sense of having the minimum amount of stuff that works for you and helps you achieve your maximum personal growth and spiritual evolution to the degree you want it.

Trying to balance is the tricky part here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Starting as a fishing chair. Quite like a director chair. But ending up a little more.

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

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director chair with a twist (not the one in the pic)

Designed by Spanish studio Mr. Simon, these chairs can be stacked into a sideboard (they refer to it as a desk), thus serving as a multi-purpose piece of furniture.

Cóm-oda is made from wood and cotton, the chairs detach from the whole and provide additional seating for impromptu guests. « Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap and fast and modern(ified) decor

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

old figurines, modern looksEver wondered how could you add some interest to your collection of figurines or some wooden/china animals? Perhaps you just don’t want to trash them up or store them somewhere only to add clutter to your already crowded living space. I once wrote about a « Read the rest of this entry »

DIY air-dried porcelain

August 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

air-dried porcelain necklacePerhaps you’ve stumbled upon one of my previous articles on ceramic lamps and if you read my blog you know that I always try to find great designs which are functional and eco-friendly. That’s why I bash petroleum-based plastic and other toxic materials. Clay/Porcelain  is easier to obtain than glass or metal but it’s still energy intensive while making. Air-Dried Porcelain would be a dream come true for DIYers. Consumerism is a plague these days so anything self-sufficient and sustainable is a blessing.

Originating from Argentina, this Cold porcelain, aka “porcelana fria”, is a « Read the rest of this entry »

Ever dreamed a late dinner cooked with solar power? It might just become real…

August 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

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Sun Leftovers for late dinner cooking

After spending some time in Nigeria, where people rely mostly on wood to cook their meals, which  leads to all kind of respiratory illnesses as well as pollution,  MIT professor David Wilson designed a solar cooker that stores the sun’s power in the form of a melted mineral salt which can then deliver the heat for 25 hours at a time with constant  temperatures of above 450 degrees « Read the rest of this entry »

Good news on the mushroom green materials from Ecovative front

April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

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green packaging, compostable car parts

Just want to quickly point this out: ecovative, the company that has developed the green packaging and insulation materials made using mushroom mycelia, and which I have already covered in a couple of blog posts, have made some significant steps to go into mainstream products.

First they have teamed up with « Read the rest of this entry »

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