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my aim for this publication was for it to be produced in a way that had the least amount of harm on the environment as possible. this was so that the book itself represented the concept the content depicted. this would hopefully show the viewer the small changes individuals can make, to in turn, have a greater positive impact

calverts is a book designing, binding and printing company based in shoreditch. through researching their website it is clear they use multiple techniques within their company to ensure they are environmentally conscious. “we work with our clients to deliver print and design solutions that are socially and environmentally responsible as well as beautiful and effective. we are FSC® certified and adhere to the ISO14001 environmental standard”

a case study in printing sustainably

used 320gsm cairn natural 100% recycled board left over from a previously printed job – no need to purchase and transport paper. the inner pages of the book were a selection of recycled papers. 

the inks used were vegetable oil based and biodegradable

the printing process itself was powered by renewable energy, and by using recycled paper (made from post consumer waste which would otherwise have gone to landfill) 137kg of carbon was saved

*designers need to know about imposition, because along with a basic understanding of printing press formats, they can use imposition knowhow to cut both the financial and the environmental costs of paper and print

get creative + print sustainably

this is the company i would go to in order to print this publication, i would discuss ways in which the bookbinding itself could be sourced sustainably too. i would gain an understanding of the process used to print the book, in order to learn this information for my future creations

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I’m thinking of making a docs to eventually upload online about solarpunk. It’ll be free access. I’m looking for anyone and everyone interested in being a part of this– this project will be divided into two parts: the first will be information, a How To sort of thing, while the second will be more about our hopes for the future. Essays, short stories, art, poems, and more will all be a welcomed part of this project.

The name in progress is: An Obtainable Future: The Sustainability of Kindness.

I’m going to list a bunch of things I’d like to seen discussed– DM me or reblog if you’re interested by the way!

  • Helping indigenous peoples, disabled people, and the homeless
  • How to push legislation that is ecofriendly
  • Making Things! (Soaps, candles, paper, inks, dyes, compost, whatever!)
  • Reusing (coffee grounds in gardening, fixing or “upcycling” clothes)
  • Fighting deforrestation
  • Unionizing
  • Indoor gardening for apartments
  • Organizing community things, like a tool library or a community garden
  • Fighting against oil companies
  • Fighting desertification (Africa and that huge swath of Acacia trees they’re planting for this purpose! Which leads to–)
  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Green energy/oil alternatives
  • Infastructure
  • Home remedies for things like headaches and colds
  • Cleaning the ocean
  • And more!

I need help with this. I’m 18 and only know things for some of this. People need accessible, free resources for how to better our lives and the health of all people and the world. I need to know that people are willing to contribute to this when we aren’t making a profit.

I haven’t been able to find a comprehensive resource for solarpunk things and ideals.

Most of this should really be in lay man’s terms, so that everyone can truly understand and access these.

If anyone has any ideas etc for this, please let me know c:

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Over the past few decades, U.S. dairy farmers have been able to reduce their environmental impact by 60%; and dairy farmers continue to strive to be leaders in sustainability. Even while doubling milk production, the number of dairy cows in the U.S. has decreased from 25.6 million cows in 1950 to only 9.4 million today. Doing more with less is a philosophy that has enabled dairy farmers to reduce their environmental “hoofprint” and drive real change in the industry and environment.

Cows are part of the world’s ecological system and dairy farmers have harnessed this biological advantage. The “waste” that cows create is necessary for good soil health. Healthy soil holds more water and provides a richer life for the microbial life of the soil. The manure goes back onto the soil to regrow the grass and other crops that cows eat. The planet needs cows as much as cows need the planet

It should be noted that the methane cows emit stays in the atmosphere for about six years; this means in every year that new methane molecules are added, they’re offset by the expiration of molecules produced in years prior. As long as the number of cows doesn’t drastically increase, this cycle has a net-neutral effect. By contrast, emissions from cars last in the atmosphere over 100 years. So, every idling car is adding emissions that will last for a century.

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OKAY time for a SUSTAINABILITY RANT. Sustainability is not just going vegetarian or vegan. It’s not just bringing reusable cookware wherever you go. It’s not just filling your compost bin to the brim. It’s not just having an off-the-grid solar panel tiny house. It definitely INCLUDES all of these things of course, but I think a lot of people get the wrong message with this (greenwashing cough cough). It’s not all or nothing!! Now I’m not saying people who want to do those things shouldn’t try, but I want to offer an alternative for people who don’t do any of those things but still want to have better habits. 

Not a vegetarian? That’s okay! People still eat meat whether it’s for cultural familial reasons, or just cause bacon is delicious. Something to try that’s still more sustainable: just eat it more in moderation. You don’t need a steak every day and by no means is that good for you. Buy more ‘sustainably farmed’ meats! Better yet, buy it as local as you possibly can. This not only cuts out ghg emissions from the travel time, but it also helps support local farmers, which YES is part of sustainability. Supporting huge companies never did the environment any good.

Do you not carry steel straws and a fork with you? That’s fine! It’s not practical or affordable for everyone! Other things to consider: don’t eat out so much! Cooking can be much cheaper, healthier, and will allow you to WASH your dishes afterward. Still have a plastic fork from your Chipotle bowl? Then consider making it the best possible recycling. Clean that fork, shit wash it if you can. This isn’t talked about but most recycling doesn’t actually end up recycled. It’s either the wrong material because people throw whatever the hell they want in there, or its TOO DIRTY. Like your greasy pizza cardboard box? Yeah most likely ended up in a landfill.

I’m sorry do you NOT compost??.. yea its okay!! Composting everything, everyday, can be difficult to do given peoples’ different resources and knowledge. One goal I try to have instead of just composting? Just reduce your food waste! I hate to see a lot of people leaving perfectly fine food to rot and then “going green” and composting it later. There’s plenty of hungry people in the world that I’m sure would have loved to eat your food, but due to poor planning and overindulgence unfortunately we produce a lot of food waste. So try to lessen that! Maybe then we wouldn’t have been able to fill a compost bin anyways.

What??!! You don’t live in a tiny house and aren’t completely solar? You TURN ON your heater?? Don’t sweat it. This should be self explanatory but nobody has the time or money for that lol. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention to our energy consumption though. The key here is to just be mindful of our energy usage and how it may differ depending on where you may live. For example apartments! They’re a smaller space and have less outside walls, making it easier to heat/cool a space. On top of that sometimes they have shared water heaters with multiple neighbors. In contrast in a big single family home you might have to leave the cold water running for 6 minutes (yikes) to get hot water. It might take whole hours to heat or cool a house (yikes). That doesn’t mean turn off your heater! Consider setting it on a timer, or setting it to a lower temperature. If you’re freezing that doesn’t mean it needs to be 80 DEGREES in the house. Why not set it to a comfy 71, and you can still wear thick sweaters! … and it saves money but you know that. 

So yeah this was a hella long rant.. thats what happens when you get stuck in a shelter-in-place due to COVID-19. Now I have to continue my online environmental education at home hahahahaafwehio. This was sparked by being stuck with my parents now who I swear to god I have seen eat more meat in the past week than I have had for a whole semester and throw away more old food. There’s plenty of other things but that’s my rant. Goodnight.

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‘Rainbow Tree’ Residential Tower, Cebu, the Philippines,

Vincent Callebaut Concept

Revealing the cultural and natural Filipino heritage, the project, named after an iconic and colorful tree from the Philippines the Rainbow Eucalyptus, was entirely conceived in a way to reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

With notions of passive bioclimatism and advanced renewable energies, The Rainbow Tree opts for a structure made of wood, the only natural, abundant, and renewable material, overlayed with more than 30,000 greeneries from the neighboring tropical forests.

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The Wijaya’s Family Project 🌻

Di postingan 24 Februari lalu aku menuliskan mimpiku dalam proyek keluargaku dengan konsep yang sangat sederhana, yaitu dengan menyisihkan uang dari pengeluaran bulanan yang selanjutnya akan digunakan untuk dibikin beberapa nasi bungkus dan di bagikan ke orang-orang yang membutuhkan dengan tujuan selain bersedekah adalah untuk mengajari Aira (dan adik-adiknya kelak) akan indahnya berbagi dari apa yang kita miliki untuk orang lain yang kondisinya tidak seberuntung dirinya.

Qadarullah, dalam jangka waktu yang sudah ditentukan selain uang yang akan digunakan dalam project ini belum cukup banyak terkumpul untuk membeli bahan-bahan pokok, tetapi juga sudah muncul himbauan dari pemerintah untuk masyarakat yang tidak memiliki keperluan keluar rumah lebih baik #dirumahaja karena outbreak virus corona ini, sehingga di bulan ini tdak memungkinkan fampro ini akan terlaksana. Tetapi aku sudah membuat sebuah mind map mengenai fampro ini agar tetap terjaga konsep, tujuan, visi & misi, juga jobdesk masing-masing.


sebuah mind map yang mem-break down berdasarkan O3M (Open mind, Opposite Start, Opportunity, dan Management) yang insyaAllah akan menjadi acuan fampro ini. Harapanku selanjutnya adalah semoga Allah Ar-Razzaq memberikan rizkinya kepada kami untuk bisa melancarkan project ini dan semoga virus outbreak ini segera musnah agar semua orang bisa tenang dan tetap sehat. Aamiin aamiin yaa Rabb.


sunshine 🌻

25 Maret 2020


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phyrmPhoto “haeckels Take only what you need / Meet some of the young fishermen we worked with in Hinase to harvest the eelgrass for our Japanese vegan soap. With everything that’s going on, I was thinking about the relevancy of this project. It always terrified me to fly our products all over the world - from Margate to Japan. So we tore up the rule book, and began making similar products but with localised ingredients only available in Japan. Localised production allows us to still be a global brand, share the same values as Margate but with a more conscious supply chain.”

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🌍𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐚𝐧𝐝 our 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝!
𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴 @𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦
𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 👉𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞.𝐩𝐱𝐟.𝐢𝐨/𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐲𝐧𝐫𝐲𝐚𝐧

#robynryan #grovecollaborative #caribbeanbeautysecrets #cleanerworld #sustainability

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I harvested a bunch of vegetables from the school/community garden I teach/work in yesterday since schools are shut down for the time being and the garden was teeming with ripe vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. I’ve become the designated harvester apparently, but that’s a whole other story. Anyways, I reached out to the community to try to get rid of the surplus, and I got most of it picked up in just a few hours. Then this lady messages me and tells me she can trade whatever greens I have left for some seed packets she has as well as some thyme and mint. Can I just say… this is the kind of sustainable mindset and infrastructure I want in my life. I’m all here for it. Who else is down?

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