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A really neat way to look at things

Posted by Lindy on November 19, 2011


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Kibera – cash for trash – a new video

Posted by Lindy on November 14, 2011


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Recycling earthquake rubble to build safe homes for Haitians

Posted by Lindy on October 19, 2010

By Bob Allen

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is entering a new relief phase in Haiti, moving families into permanent homes built from the rubble created by the Jan. 12 earthquake that left them homeless.

Using rubble from a family’s previous home, permanent housing for earthquake victims can be built for about $3,000.  The network has set a goal of building 1,000 permanent homes in the area of Grand Goave, Haiti, over the next three years.

Beginning with a trench foundation, steel mesh is erected into a basket-style wall form that is filled with earthquake rubble broken up with sledgehammers. Field-made metal hooks keep the mesh evenly spaced. When the wall baskets are filled, mortar is added to stabilize the structure. Additional coats of mortar provide a finished look, not unlike a concrete-block exterior.

Add a wooden roof frame covered with tin, Brendle said, “and you have a very serviceable home.”

Using materials from a family’s destroyed home allows them to remain in their old neighbourhood. It aids with cleanup and solves complicated land-use issues. Construction materials are purchased locally, and Haitians are employed, boosting the local economy.

“Many families with young children are eager to get out of tents and into such houses,” Brendle said. “As we learn and perfect this process, dozens of these houses can be built, providing permanent starter homes for Haitian families.”

Brendle said the homes will have a small porch in front and a privacy enclosure for a shower in the back. They also will have a composting toilet.

Because of the strength of the steel basket and the fact that the contents are allowed to shift during an earthquake, he said engineers believe the houses will withstand an 8.0 earthquake with only minor cosmetic damage.

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Tractor run

Posted by Lindy on September 8, 2009

A tractor run

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Slum Cooker Protects Environment, Helps Poor

Posted by Lindy on April 6, 2009

kenya-cookerThis cooker is a community resource which will burn the rubbish, save the forest and provide hot water for slum dwellers and people on refugee camps. This one has been set up in  Kibera in Nairobi in Kenya. It has taken a long time to design a cooker that will turn at a high enough temperature to break down the toxins.

Now the Kenyan Red Cross is preparing to install similar cookers in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps near the Somali border, where cholera has already broken out this year, and at least one European aid organisation is looking at wide deployment.

Juma Ochieng of the Red Cross told Reuters the Community Cooker had benefits for health, sanitation and conservation, and would create employment for young people working to build and maintain the stoves.

To see more look here

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How green is your wardrobe?

Posted by Lindy on August 24, 2008

Do you consume more or less than the average 35kg of textiles per year? What happens to it? Does most of it end up in the bin? Or do you recycle it? Here is an article looking at the issues.

Or maybe you would like to Ecotextilenews and find out how green your wardrobe REALLY is

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