Wednesday, 22 December 2010

TPRF Assists Thai Farmers In Wake Of Massive Flooding

Photo: Betterment of Life Foundation

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) is providing nutritious food and clean drinking water to an estimated 1,500 people in 300 households impacted by flooding in 16 villages around Amphoe Pho Thong in the Ang Thong Province of central Thailand.

A grant of US$15,000 to Thailand’s Betterment of Life Foundation (BoLF) is assisting families dependent on produce from small farms in Bang Chao Cha and Ongkharak districts, where rice fields and orchards could not be harvested after they were inundated by heavy rains in the worst flooding in the region’s recent history.

TPRF is particularly interested in helping people in need who are not receiving aid from other organizations,” said Linda Pascotto, TPRF president. "The Foundation is pleased to be able to partner with BoLF in assisting these flood victims who have lost their crops.

Sang Arum Limwongtaworn, coordinator in Amphoe Pho Thong for BoLF, said the floods ruined village farmlands but not their places of residence. “As a result,” she said,” these 300 households did not receive any government help in the way of food or drinking water. At present, their farmlands are still mostly flooded, as water levels have been dropping slowly.

TPRF responded to BoLF’s plea for help shortly after the torrents began. In addition to drinking water, a two-week supply of rice, noodles and cans of fish, peas and other vegetables is being distributed to about 150 residences through the program within each district.

Photos: Betterment of Life Foundation


Monday, 13 December 2010

Converting Plastic Into Sustainable Bricks

Inventor Peter Lewis has developed a machine called Byfusion, which can turn anything from drink bottles to meat packaging into blocks. Waste plastic is transformed into bricks that can potentially be used for building garden retaining walls, landscaping walls and shelters for hurricane and tsunami struck areas in the Pacific Islands. 

His 8-year-old prototype at the Green Island landfill requires 10kg of plastic to form a one brick. The production version of the Byfusion machine will be capable of producing 250 blocks daily and has already generated interest from prospective national and international buyers.

Via: Otago Daily Time

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Eco-Friendly Advent Lights For Christmas

Wilma and Friends have created beautiful eco-friendly advent lights using recycled candle cups. The creative candlestick is called “Fine” and each piece features stylishly designed heads and lights up to give eye-catching shadows of a Christmas tree, reindeer etc.

In addition, Fine advent light comes flat packed, thus saving space during transportation making it a perfect gift for Christmas and any other occasion to friends and family members.

Via: igreenspot

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