Upcycling – the new green fashion?
Here’s another great tip for upcycling – a way to use up the wine corks from your favourite tipple! This comes from a HubPage on making your own cork bulletin board out of wine corks. Check out the info here:
Have you seen this Yahoo page on upcycling – or salvage art? Upcycling finds new uses for old items, instead of throwing them out, and the old items may have entirely different uses from their original purpose. So it’s not just painting an old piece of furniture in funky colours to give it a new lease of life, but it could include using an old shirt as a chair cover or bags made out of old inner tyres. The page gives links to Upcyclist which “reports on beautiful and innovative reuse of unwanted, unloved materials and objects from around the globe” and to Upcycling which has tips on upcycling and various projects you can do, such as turning plastic bags into drinks coasters! For a squidoo lens on how to upcycle old pallets, see this squidoo lens
Dirt cheap sustainable building
Cob homes are built from dirt, a mixture of clay and sand and straw. Building homes this way is a really ancient method of creating your own individual, fireproof, inexpensive home from sustainable materials, usually sourced from close by. Can you imagine anything cheaper and more sustainable than this? The cob that is used is made right next to where the house or other construction will be built and it is made as needed and in the amounts (big or small) that are needed. It doesn’t need a framework as it is load-bearing. Cob can also be used to create other constructions in the garden, such as walls, buildings and even outdoor ovens. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity and, can I say it again, inexpensive. As it’s made from natural materials, readily available close at hand, and containing no toxins, these buildings are not only sustainable they are also non-toxic. It is also an extremely durable material, provided it is treated properly. Cob is what is known as a “thermally massive” material. That means that it stores heat when the weather is hot and releases it slowly when the weather is cool, so cob houses are comfortable (cool in the summer and warm in winter) and require less heating or air-conditioning, so saving energy and money. Cob has been used in building for thousands of years and people who are interested in sustainable ways of living are now turning back to cob for creating their houses.