Wednesday, June 27, 2012

British Petroleum Claims

The Deepwater Horizon disaster, in April 20, 2010, is the worst maritime spill in U.S. history.
It happened when an explosion sank the platform leased by oil giant BP in the Gulf of Mexico.

Although not recognizes its responsibility, British Petroleum (BP) reached a settlement of 7.800 million dollars with private plaintiffs.
The settlement will benefit thousands of people affected by the spill.

To know if you are included in the settlement is recommended to read carefully the following information.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Recycling paper

HOW TO RECYCLE PAPER
(Yield: 4 sheets legal size)

Preparation time: 20 minutes approx.

Ingredients:
  • 20 sheets of paper, approximately letter size (you can use any type of paper)
  • 2 cups of clean water
  • 2/3 cup of white latex paint (or other)


Utensils:
  • scissors
  • plastic container with a capacity of 2 liters
  • paddle or wooden spoon or plastic
  • blender
  • metal frame 30 x 40 cm, can develop with one or more steel hooks
  • 1 half pan, frame size and depth between 5 and 10 cm


Preparation:
  1. Using scissors cut the paper into small pieces and allowed to soak into thecontainer with water for 10 minutes, stirring constantly with the help ofthe spoon.
  2. Once you have been well soaked, place in blender and blend at lowspeed, gradually add the latex paint to form a homogeneous mixture.
  3. The mixture is poured into the container and is reserved for later use.
  4. To form the frame, take the steel hook and a rectangle (using thetweezers), approximately 25 x 40 cm and the average is placed, opening and inserting in it theframe.
  5. The frame is placed over the tray and the mixture is poured over and cover the frame is removedcarefully and dried in the sun on two poles, so as to aerate on both sides.
  6. Once dry, the sheet follows carefully.
  7. The mixture is poured from the tray and empty the container and placed back on the racktray, repeat step 5 to complete the mix.


Interesting Fact:
The problem of soil contamination is somewhat different from air pollution andwater as municipal and industrial wastes remain in the same place where the depositedfor relatively long periods, this causes the increase of insects and rodents.

The recycled paper is used as an alternative to reduce wastage, which mayreuse the waste for a maximization of these.


Benefits:
By recycling your used paper help reduce the pollution caused by waste generation.
You can reuse as often as necessary leaves using this technique of recycling.
The resulting paper will have a resemblance to the bark paper.


How to use:
You can use this paper to make drawings with watercolor, crayons, oil paints or other.

To make crafts such as boxes, photo books, cards, envelopes, tablecloths, pastesnotebook and books that you can decorate with dried flowers and seeds. 

Recommendations:
For a more leaves increase the amounts of ingredients as often aswant.

You can make more than two racks to make multiple sheets at a time.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Monday with Pictures

Is there any better way to start a week than to show off the pictures I recently received from my friend Andy Padian at the green consulting firm Steven Winter Associates ? I think not.

Last week he sent me a number of cool infrared thermography photos of common electronic objects, showing the heat they generate (and energy they waste) even when they are off. He also sent some interesting photos showing the energy wasted through poorly insulated windows and walls.

The photo above right is of an average electric razor charger, showing the energy wasted even when the razor is not attached. This photo came at a perfect time, as im still struggling to figure out the comparative environmental impacts of shaving with disposable and electric razors.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Recycle medical plastic tubing

That seems to be a really useful thing - the kind of thing that would make a welcome addition to any toolbox. Some ideas of reuse that come to mind: the use of plants for the (gently) and tree stands, wrapped around (and probably glued in place) a management tool to provide some cushioning and I suspect that some intelligent people can use drip irrigation systems for greenhouses or the like.

Could be used to craft items in their own right too: I've seen people making jewelry line statement before, I've been watching the lights hanging recently and saw one of the loops from (although thicker) pipe , and I wonder if it is sufficiently flexible to be used for macramé or crochet / knitting - anyone seen projects that could use lengths of the tubes?

(A word of warning. Apparently, this type of tube will fade (yellow) over time when exposed to ultraviolet (sun) light)

Finally, it is worth that contains the medical supply company to see if he would take back for recycling - if people do, they might be forced to do something.