The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month.

The green cleaning brand Ecover will use the launch of its new Ocean Bottle washing-up liquid to highlight the long-term dangers of dumping plastic in the sea, which is killing fish on a large scale and threatening global ecosystems.

Ecover, a Belgian company, has been working with manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugarcane (which it calls Plant-astic) and recycled plastic, in what it is hailing as a world-first for packaging.

More: Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas | Environment | The Guardian



Instead of just using pallets as a bed frame, add lights to them! Look at how it changes the lighting! 

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Every September and October, a “hole” of varying size emerges in Earth’s ozone layer over Antarctica, an effect of a buildup of ozone-depleting human-made chemicals high in the atmosphere. Now that levels of these chemicals are declining as a result of international agreements put in place decades ago, scientists predict that the annual ozone hole is poised to begin a shrinking trend.

Learn more about this Science Bulletin.

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What happens to your beer can after you recycle it? Here’s What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Surprisingly interesting step-by-step breakdown!

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The blooming of an Amorphophallus titanum (AKA corpse flower AKA titan arum) at The Huntington Library last week inspired me!

If you think humans jump through a lot of hoops just to reproduce, check out this plant. It waits 7-10 years, storing up starch in a giant tuber, just so it can bloom for a single day. Then it pretends to be a hunk of rotting meat to attract insect pollinators. Then, months later, it switches tactics to a produce a sweet fruit so birds will disperse it’s seeds.

If you have never smelled a titan arum but for some odd reason you would like to … you are in … luck? Scientists have identified the exact malodorous chemicals that come off these strange flowers to attract pollinators - so you can create the scent at home!*

*please, for your own sake, don’t try this at home.

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Why (and How) Do Bees Make Honey?

Quick Questions explains how some bees can transform flower nectar into the liquid gold that you use to sweeten your tea.

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Back to the basics / de regreso a las bases

I´m back! I’ve been out for a while but here I am with a great recomendation of a book.

My dad likes to read a lot about people having experiences with growing and producing their own food (is something we forgot), our dream is to have our own little farm. He told me about “Animal Vegetable Kingdom” and I really loved it. The authors, Barbara Kingsolver with her husband and daughter, write their experiences when they move to their farm with the purpose of producing what they eat and if they can’t produce it, keep it as local as possible. What I´m loving about this book is that she writes so close to the reader, there is nothing imposible about what are they do and it can happen to any of us with all the family dinamic. There is not only experience but real facts about what they do and why they are doing it, for example the slow food movement or famers markets with links to non profit pages, etc. There are recipes too according to the products they can get from each season. 

If you are really interested in having a more sustainable life you should read books like this to give you an idea of how hard it can be and how people like you and me manage to achieve it.

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Estoy de vuelta! He estado fuera por un tiempo, pero aquí estoy con una recomendación de un muy buen libro.

Mi papá le gusta leer mucho sobre la gente que tiene experiencias con producir de su propia comida (es algo que hemos olvidado), nuestro sueño es tener nuestra propia pequeña granja algún día. Me habló de “Vegetable Animal Kingdom” y realmente me encantó. Los autores, Barbara Kingsolver con su esposo e hija, escriben sus experiencias cuando se mudan a su granja con el propósito de producir lo que comen y si no pueden producirlo, mantenerlo lo más local posible. Lo que me está gustando acerca de este libro es que ella escribemuy cercano al lector, no hay nada imposible en lo que hacen y es algo que le puede pasar a cualquiera de nosotros con toda la dinámica familiar. No es sólo experiencia, sino hechos reales sobre lo que hacen y por qué lo están haciendo, por ejemplo, slow food movement o mercados de productores  con enlaces a páginas de ONG’S, etc. Hay también recetas muy de acuerdo con los productos que se pueden obtener de cada temporada.

Si estas realmente interesado en tener una vida más sostenible deberías leer libros como este para que te hagas una idea de lo difícil que puede ser, y cómo la gente como tu y yo se las arreglan para lograrlo.

  • Question: Cada cuanto da cemillas la lechuga ? - chefdorantes
  • Answer:

    ¡Hola! Me da mucho gusto que sigas a experimento verde :)

    La lechuga da semillas cada año en verano que es cuando se cosecha o florea si la dejas. Ojo, cuando quieras semillas tienes que dejar a tu lechuga secar una vez que ya tiene florecitas.

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The Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) Building is the First Fully Algae-Powered Architecture

Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%. 

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