Tuesday, 24 May 2011

One To 1,000 Campaign To Help African Small Farmers

Johnson and his wife Lucy (with daughter Mariam) pick tomatoes from their farm in rural Kenya. With the help of two Kickstart irrigation pumps, Johnson is able to farm 3 acres. Once struggling to feed his own family, now Johnson can care for his family, earn an income and afford to send his children to school. Johnson now says, "I wish I had seen the pump before because I now realize how much time I wasted."

Bill Gates recently challenged readers of his blog to develop tools to increase awareness of the importance of small farmers in addressing the problem of hunger.
The Adventure Project (TAP) is responding with its One to 1000 initiative, and TPRF is one of its sponsors. This program will not only increase awareness of this important subject, but also help 1,000 small farmers in Africa through TAP's collaboration with Kickstart.
The idea is for at least 1,000 people to set up an about.me page that tells the small farmer story. Read all about it here, and then set up your own about.me profile.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Trap Light Saves Energy

 This new pendant lamp has been designed by Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson. It is completely cord and battery-free, being completely powered by light energy absorbed from ambient sources. This 'Trap Light' absorbs "waste energy" from surrounding light sources such as CFL and LED bulbs and at night lights up with a soft glow.

The lamp is produced using the Murano glass blowing technique, which allows easy embedding of photoluminescent pigments directly into the glass body of the lamp.

Via: Trap Light

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Stop Deforestation

Rather an amusing short commercial showing a tree stump and highlighting key events that the tree lived through before being cut down.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Value Of Breath

Image: YPI

Friday, 21 January 2011

Water Your Plants With Wet Umbrellas!

Wet umbrellas are a nuisance, aren't they! Well, Merve Sarisin has designed this Cavity Flowerpot, where you can put the dripping water to good use. The flowerpot is designed to hold wet umbrellas, collect the excess water and use it to water the plants. There are four receptacles that hold wet umbrellas, while a dish collects the water that drains off the umbrellas, which is then absorbed by the plant roots. Simple!

Via: Yanko Design

Friday, 14 January 2011

Haiti - 1 Year On

 It has been one year since the horrific earthquake in Haiti. The World Food Programme (WFP) now feeds almost a million Haitian children a day with its school meals programme - thus giving them the strength and incentive to keep coming to school.

WFP - New Book

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Solar City That Produces 4 Times The Energy It Consumes.

I think this is one of the most interesting eco-design stories from 2010. Rolf Disch designed the Sonnenschiff solar city in Freiburg, Germany, which not only doesn't use more energy than it produces but actually makes 4 times the amount of energy that it consumes!

It does this through smart solar design and lots and lots of photovoltaic panels pointed in the right direction. The Sonnenschiff (Solar Ship) and Solarsiedlung (Solar Village) emphasize power production from the start by incorporating a series of large rooftop solar arrays that double as sun shades.

The medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to Sonnenschiff, a mixed-use residential and commercial building that emphasizes livability with a minimal footprint. Advanced technologies like phase-change materials and vacuum insulation significantly boost the thermal performance of the building’s wall system.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Each Breath Is A Blessing

Image: YPI

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