Articles tagged with ‘sustainable materials’
By Anny on May 7th, 2013
Elis and Kresse are a designer duo who create innovative accessories from recycled fire hoses in Britain. They source this hoses from various fire brigades and after they have been retired and set to be disposed, and process it into an unique material that is used to create belts, bags and many more accessories. What’s more- these accessories which have been made from a robust and durable source are very easy to maintain, and can be cleaned with any Eco-friendly furniture polish. These accessories are not heavy, and are of the same weight as any other similar accessory made from leather etc.
The duo have been instrumental in recycling almost 155 tons of fire hose waste. They also use recycled materials such as coffee sacks, lens boxes, used newspapers etc for packaging .The finishing materials is also made from recycled materials such as used office furniture, waste parachute silk etc. This makes the whole concept and their creations very Eco-friendly as the choose to recycle waste and constructively use in their design.
You can check their website for their range of accessories such as bags, totes, belts, straps, wallets, iPhone and Blackberry cases, cufflinks( You can personalize them to) and may more. Their creations are also retailed across major stores in many countries. You can check their site to view their retailers at a place near you. You can also order from their website and have it shipped to your address.
They also are committed to improving the society and have partnered with “Remploy”-which is a social firm offering employment to people with disabilities. 50 % of the profits from products made with recycled fire hose are donated that to Fire Fighters charity. Do check out this unique and impressive range at the below line.
By Anny on May 5th, 2013
Resins are compounds that are used to patch, fill and join surfaces and contain a high degree of adhesive properties that enable them to form a solid patch upon drying. World over they are used in industries, construction, automobiles etc. Within your home-you would be using a resin to fix a leaking pipe or join your broken furniture. Resins are also used in the manufacture of polymers and plastics and are also used in varnishes.
Resins are primarily sourced from natural sources such as the sap of certain trees which form a solid mass upon drying. However, within the last century, there has been an increased production of chemical resins which are called as synthetic resins. Not only are they more easy to manufacture, but are also more sturdy then natural resins and can be used on a vast variety of surfaces. However, as with any chemical product, particular art hose engineered for a special need, there is always a danger of the pollution it causes while being used or produced. Also, the product can be at time harmful to heath.
Let’s look at some Eco-friendly alternatives for resins. Eco-green resins is a manufacturer of Eco-friendly resin and putty which is deemed as a green resin solution for a variety of needs. Eco Green Resins, LLC based in Nevada was founded by Arthur Katzakian, Craig Katzakian and Brandon Newell. Their products are used in diverse applications such as for desalination of salt water, household and industrial uses and many more.
Their flagship product Eco-green resin is sourced from vegetable oils and natural sources, and does not contain any harmful chemical constituents. It has 43% bio-content and comes with minimal shrinkage in normal uses. It can be used for Composites, Coatings and also as an adhesive and a sealant. It does not contain substantial amounts of VOC’s and is virtuallynon-toxic.
Do also check out Magic Fixer repair putty which is an epoxy system that can bind metal, plastics, cardboard, glass, wood and other such materials. The putty can be used in your house to fix broken pipes, furniture, crockery etc and can also be used in industrial uses and in automobiles.
You can purchase them online from their site in handy containers beginning from 24 oz kits. Free shipping is offered within USA. Over seas customers can directly contact them for orders outside USA.
By Anny on April 29th, 2013
Sustainable fashion is a collective term for an Eco-friendly and ethical form of fashion design which can involve using organic materials, decrease or omit chemical usage, not using animal product, generating a lesser carbon footprint and also creating an ethical business process. The idea behind sustainable fashion is to create a safer, healthier and naturally derived range of apparel. Let’s take a brief look into a few fibers which are being widely used in Eco-friendly and organic clothing ranges.
1) Jute: Jute is the second most widely cultivated textile crop after cotton and has been traditionally used for bags and sacks. Newer varieties of jute are being widely used in apparels, furnishings etc. Jute fiber is strong, durable, bio-degradable and is sound and heat insulating
2) Flax: Flax fibers are soft and lustrous and are used for delicate clothing needs. Flax is generally less elastics then cotton but is stronger.
3) Hemp: Hemp fiber was traditionally used in making ship canvas. It has a texture similar to linen and is now being widely used in clothing ranges as well as for packaging sacks.
4) Bamboo: Not many of us are familiar with the fact that a fiber can be extracted from the Bamboo shoots which has natural anti-microbial qualities. It’s now being used in clothing as the unique fiber allows the skin to breathe through the fabric there by reducing perspiration.
5) Ramie: Ramie is one the oldest fiber crops and has been used since the ages to make coarse fibers. It’s very strong and cloth made from Ramie doesn’t wrinkle much and is lustrous. It usually is blended with other fibers such as cotton, wool etc.
6) Abaca: Abaca is a variety of the banana plant and is mainly found in Philippines. It’s used in making handicrafts and also a variety of paper which is used in tea bags. Abaca has been recently used in making regular apparel too.
7) Kapok: Kapok is also called as Java cotton and is a fiber which is derived from the seed pods of the plant. It extremely light-weight then cotton and can support up to 30 times it weight. It very fragile and cannot be spun and is mainly used for stuffing and for special king of clothing required for diving.
We also see the term organic cotton being widely used nowadays. It means cotton which has been cultivated without the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, and consequently does not cause any pollution to the environment
By Anny on April 17th, 2013
Biopolymers are polymers derived from natural sources. One such example is Ingeo, which is derived from sugars produced by plants during the cycle of photosynthesis. Plants convert air, water, nutrients from soil in presence of light to starch, which is the basic constituent of all fruits and vegetables. In an initial stage, Ingeo has been made from corn sugar, but can also be made from any natural sugar source.
It involves synthesizing this sugar into a resin, which is then converted in to fiber and can be used for garments, personal care, appliances and as a bio packaging material. This makes it a natural plastic, which is derived from 100% natural sources, and does not pollute the environment as its biodegradable, Ingeo uses less energy while being produced, which mean lesser emission of greenhouse gases.
Research is in progress to harness other sources of natural sugars, such as from cellulose, agricultural waste, and other plant sources. The carbon footprint during the manufacture of Ingeo is estimated to be 60% less than that from ordinary PET synthesis, and hence is Eco-friendly. This natural polymer can be used just as normal plastic resin in the manufacture of consumer goods, containers, films, cartons, apparel, textiles, electronics etc.
Let’s look in detail as to how this is done.
Firstly, natural sugar is obtained from plant sources, and is converted into lactic acid by special Microorganisms, which alter the chemical structure of sugar.This lactic acid molecules then link with each other to form long chains, similar to ester chains in normal plastics. This long chains are called Ingeo Polylactide polymer chains, and are converted into pellets. This pellets form the starting point of its wide usage, and they can be molded into different shaped and sizes to create a versatile range of
Now let us look at one more aspect of using plastics-which is disposing plastic wastes. Conventional plastic goods are often burnt or end up in landfills which does pollute air and soil. They are also recycled and produced into new goods. With Ingeo, you can safely dispose the used plastics gods, as they arebiodegradable, and do not pollute the environment. They also do not release toxic gases and can beeasily incarcerated. Also, disposable utensils made from Ingeo can always be safely composted, which isone advantage over using normal plastics for disposable foodstuffs.
Ingeo can be made from natural sources, and do not require any genetically modified crops. They can be synthesized from natural plant sugars such as wheat, sugar beet, sugarcane etc. Also, the current usage of corn for making Ingeo is only 0.05% of the total corn production, and hence does not affect the food cycle.
For more details on Ingeo, please access their site at www.naturalworksllc.com. You can also buy Ingeo pellets online, and can also find manufactures who use Ingeo for their product ranges.
By Anny on December 25th, 2012
World over, people are becoming more environment conscious, and there is an increased focus on protecting the environment, reducing pollution, and using eco-friendly materials. One such term we often get to hear is about the carbon footprint. Carbon footprint is the measure of pollution (In terms of emitted greenhouse gases) which a product, or a manufacturing cycle, or even our day to day activities create. You can get a measure of your own carbon footprint for your household, your daily office trip or even the weekend party you just had last week. All of these activities require energy, be it electrical power or gasoline in your car tank. When we burn fuels to create energy, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane are released into the atmosphere. These gases pollute the environment, and also disturb the ecological cycle. So, all our daily activities certainly impact the environment causing immediate repercussions such as pollution of air and water resources, and also broad range of ecological calamities such as global warning, ozone layer depletion and many more.
Hence, in order to measure and standardize the amount of greenhouse emission an activity or a person does, a standard way of measurement has been created called as a carbon footprint. In very simple terms, it’s the measure of CO2 or its equivalent which is emitted in an activity. Once we know the carbon footprint of an activity or a product manufacturing cycle, we can take steps to reduce the footprint levels either by reducing its frequency, or moving towards an alternate source which gives a lesser footprint.
Often an estimation of the carbon footprint for a product can be reached by looking into its primary constituents. For example, a plastic box made of PET would have a definite carbon footprint in terms of its manufacturing cycle. Every time you use an automobile, you directly cause a greenhouse emission by burning fuel, and also the automobile itself had gone through a manufacturing cycle requiring energy to be consumed. Also, the fuel in your car did require energy to be drilled from earth, refined and transported to your local gas station. All of the above are associated with a specific carbon footprint which gives a measure of how much it’s going to impact the environment.
Common greenhouse gases are methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, sulpur fluoride etc. Often, carbon dioxide is taken as a benchmark for calculating the carbon footprint, and other gas emissions are expressed in equivalents of a CO2 emission.
You can use the below websites to check the carbon footprint for your household, or for any activity or product.
A small change in our daily activities can make a difference to the carbon footprint we leave behind. Using alternate energy sources, opting for eco-friendly products, using community transport are some examples we can incorporate into our lifestyle to do our part for nature.
By Anita (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 18th, 2011
These Biodegradable Sky Lanterns are a great way to make any occasion a real celebration. Unlike conventional lanterns, these are constructed from biodegradable and sustainable parts, helping them to pose no hazard to farm animals or wildlife and be eco-friendly.
By Anita (EnviroGadget Writer) on July 4th, 2011
This EcoCradle Mushroom Packaging is a great way to package items safely without the need for the chemically made packaging materials. The packaging naturally breaks down in even a garden compost heap, and is created from mycelium growing around agricultural by-products, and so can be grown into any shape desired.
By Anita (EnviroGadget Writer) on April 1st, 2011
Building homes from mud is an age old way of constructing safe warm homes from very little. This new Hydraulic Compressor By MecoConcept can create a solid compact brick from mud in around 30 seconds. Each brick from the compressor has a LEGO brick like appearance helping it to be used with ease to quickly build houses even in disaster struck areas.
By Anita (EnviroGadget Writer) on March 18th, 2011
These Birchwood Disposable Cutlery utensils are a great eco-friendly alternative to the standard disposable plastic cutlery often used at outdoor events. The wooden cutlery is made from sustainable material and biodegrades once disposed of.
By Anita (EnviroGadget Writer) on January 17th, 2011
The Bicycle Green Eco Edition Playing Cards are a set of green coloured playing cards that have been created to be as eco-friendly as possible. The durable playing cards are great for anyone who wishes to be eco-friendly and enjoys playing card games.