Environment

become a window farmer

Windowfarm is an idea by artists Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray in February, 2009. Riley read the article by "Why Bother?" Michael Pollan in the New York Times Magazine in conjunction with Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody. She wanted to grow some of her own food but lived in a 5-story walk-up in Brooklyn. Rooftop growing was problematic, so harnessing the light in the window plus the year-round climate control of an apartment seemed promising. With limited space, dirt growing was not an option. So, the challenge was to make hydroponics vertical and optimized for the window space.

Here is what they created:

 

Since the public launch last year, the community of windowfarmers on our.windowfarms.org have contributed innovations from the perspective of end uses that helped evolve the Windowfarms designs. The community has grown to more than 13,000 members around the world. The project has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in dozens of publications.

 

It a perfect gift option for our urban dweller friends. Its a gift that keeps on giving.

http://www.windowfarms.org/

bees that stride

HK Honey Michael is out promoting something new to create awareness of our friends of earth - bees! He has designed a pop-up Beehive with a Strida that allows bees to pollinate and harvest honey from different local flowers.  How thoughtful he has blended design with eco-friendly thoughts and most important of all, he brings thoughts into actions! Keep the bees alive!

Strida Riding Green X K11 Design Store exhibition 23rd June – 14th August 2011 Daily 11am – 10pm

Paper green alternatives

Yanko Design has a couple of terrific green alternatives to some common stationery items. The first item is Stapleless Paper developed by Sherwood Forlee. This simple solution to staple waste works for up to 20 sheets of paper and is self-explanatory - just follow the pictures! You can check out this Yanko Design veteran's portfolio for more ideas & concepts. slotted_sheet_2.jpgslotted_sheet_3.jpg slotted_sheet_4.jpgslotted_sheet_6.jpg slotted_sheet_7.jpgslotted_sheet_8.jpg

The next item is developed by Korean designers Wonjae Lee, Sunkyu Kim & Sangjun Hahn. Their Paper Wrap concept is an eco-friendly substitute for the strangely addictive, yet equally annoying product - Bubble Wrap. The package protection comes flat with corrugated holes which are punched through to create shock absorbers. I'm not sure how much more effective this is than regular bubble wrap, but credit is due to the design team for thinking "inside-the-box".

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