Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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True story. Yet those plastic fuckers will survive most post-apo scenarios. Well… the ones that don’t involve plastic melting flames and scorching heat.

But you’ll have to grow food and you’ll have enough to do without trying to guess which shit you planted where. This are cooler than Popsicle sticks because they’ll last year after year.

Start hoarding the Sharpies now. You’ll need them.

 

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If Higgs Boson Calculations Are Right, A Catastrophic ‘Bubble’ Could End Universe

This has to be the worst news all week for Preppers everywhere.

‘The universe wants to be in a different state, so eventually to realize that, a little bubble of what you might think of as an alternate universe will appear somewhere, and it will spread out and destroy us.'”

According to Discovery News, Lykken said if this happens, it’ll happen at light speed, which means if anyone is around to witness it — our solar system will be long gone — they’ll be gone before they realize it.

All this prepping for nothing. The world may end faster than anyone can say, “Quick! Let’s get to the Bug Out Shelter!” and none of us will be around to put all those  jars of canned butter and hoarded cans of soup to real use. Oh, Higgs-Boson, how you make me evaluate the true meaning of life.

When I first saw this house made entirely from plastic  bottles, I didn’t see shelter . I saw a greenhouse.

A family in Argentina built the house  using huge number of plastic bottles, Tetra Packs and CD cases . Originally it started as an artistic project but it eventually became a way to illustrate how much waste is created and to encourage environmental stewardship.

In a post-apocalyptic situation, you’re going to have a lot of empties and no recycling center to deal with them ,so why not recycle them by building a greenhouse?  Even with adequate space to farm food, a greenhouse is essential for expanding your growing season and variety of produce.

In Scotland, The Sustainable Communities Initiative has created a easy-to-build greenhouse , using plastic bottles and a simple wooden frame as the building material. They’re easy enough to build that they’re ideal for schools and other community groups.

With lots of children to help gather the bottles and wash them, it’s a great re-use educational structure that really works. A standard construction of 2m x 3m will need around 1400 bottles to be collected and rinsed. The bottoms are cut off by the children with their safety scissors, two tabs are cut on either side near the top by an adult with a craft knife to stop the top bottle sliding down it.

Now it is ready to be placed in the wall. A sturdy frame is built with wires spaced at 30cm intervals up the frame and roof: the wires hold the bottle in place and it is the cross tie wire that binds it into a solid wall, closing most of the gaps. On a sunny day it can easily be 10 degrees hotter inside the plastic bottle greenhouse than outside.

The old Byker city farm closed some time ago and the new building (now known as Ouseburn farm) is a great community facility, very much designed from a sustainability point of view. The greenhouse is made from recycled plastic bottle treaded together within a timber frame.

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There are free downloadable  plans from REAP Scotland here.

Here’s another way to build a greenhouse with recycled materials that could be scavenged fairly easily:

 

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
Novella writes about her experiences farming in a rough section of Oakland with wit,humor and poignancy. I appreciate not only her sense of humor, but also her determined spirit. There’s useful info and inspiration in here ,too. In her urban setting, she manages to raise livestock, grow vegetables, keep bees and even forages for wilds.

I blogged on my personal blog about this book.Twice, I liked it so much.
http://dumbsainthood.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/what-im-reading-and-why/

http://dumbsainthood.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/foodies-reading-challenge-farm-cityin-the-green-kitchen-growing-a-farmer/