CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) Carbon dioxide is an odorless gas and a minor constituent of the air we breathe. It comprises only .03 % (300 parts per million, or PPM) of the atmosphere but is vitally important to all life on this planet! Plants are made up of about 80-90 % carbon and water with other elements like nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and trace elements making up only a small percentage. Almost all of the carbon in plants comes from this minor 300 PPM of carbon dioxide in the air. Plants take in CO through pores, called stomata, in their…
Scientists reveal which species act as air filters. Research have revealed popular plants may absorb toxins from the air. Their leaves remove volatile organic compounds released around them. Some plants are better at leeching the compounds from the environment. Bromeliads were seen to remove the VOCs from their living space
Itâ€™s finally time for Grow Calgary to plant seeds. Delayed over a year from itâ€™s June 2014 construction date, the earthship green house is finally breaking ground again, to grow crops year-round and support more than 20 social agencies and food access organizations with fresh produce. But it wasnâ€™t an easy path for Grow Calgary to get here.
When steven mankouche first saw the house at 3347 Burnside Street in Detroit, in 2013, it was buckling and scarred with burn marks. An artist named Andy Malone, who lived nearby, had just purchased the lot for $500 and was hoping to find some way to bring it back to life. Mankouche, an architect, and his partner, Abigail Murray, a ceramicist, floated a proposal to do just that, by commandeering the houseâ€™s foundation and repurposing it as a sort of plant nursery.
CEDAR CITY â€“ Worm poop. Thatâ€™s the secret to what Tim Ferguson and Kelton Wood, owners of Natureâ€™s Way Recycling in Cedar City, hope will be their success. Not necessarily just for their own sake but, more importantly they said, for the sake of Southern Utah. And maybe even the world. For $5 a month,Â Natureâ€™s Way RecyclingÂ will pick up your food waste, cardboard, paper and landscape trimmings, feed it to some worms and produce a fertilizer with up to 50 percent better water-retention rates than regular soil. Besides the water retention, Ferguson said, compared to regular soil, the growth rate…
If you have a green thumb, a window and a serious Do-It-Yourself ethic, you too, can be a farmer … even in your downtown apartment building. Spring is here, and for urban dwellers with no access to soil, hydroponic gardening is a way to grow fresh veggies indoors.
Earthship360 loves the earth, its in our name! 🙂 In our subtle way, we celebrate earth day and we built a beautiful tire wall with recycled can work and plants and flowers. Please be sure to visit Doylestown Auto & Tire in Doylestown, PA to take a look.
Wind-powered vertical Skyfarms are the future of sustainable agriculture. What if the future of farming took root in the city rather than in the countryside? London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners explores that idea with Skyfarm, a hyperboloid tower that combines different farming techniques – from aquaponics to traditional soil-based planting methods – in a bamboo-framed vertical farm designed to produce its own clean energy. The civic project was the 2014 winner of the World Architecture Festivalâ€™s Future Projects Experimental category and was praised by the jury as a â€œthorough, believable, and beautiful project.â€
Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably No longer just a flavorful garnish, cilantro has taken center stage in studies that show how the leafy herb might be a new, low-cost solution to purifying drinking water. Popularly used in Mexican and Southeast Asian cuisine, cilantro is being hailed for its potential as a â€œbiosorbentâ€ that can remove lead and other toxic heavy metals from contaminated water.
The Shaolin Temple dietÂ is a balanced way of eating that can help you live a long, active and healthy life. Â It provides a simple and streamlined formula for preparing vegan macrobiotic Â meals with relative ease. Â Learn how to eat like the Shaolin monks, some of the fittest and healthiest people on the planet. So who are the Shaolin monks, and what is the traditional Shaolin Temple diet? Anyone remember the 1970’s television series,Â ‘Kung Fu’Â with David Carridine? Â Kwai Chang Caine, the patient and soft spoken yet formidable character portrayed by Â Carradine, was known for his impressive skills in the martial…