In a beautiful example of a closed but functional ecosystem, David Latimer has grown a garden sealed inside of a giant glass bottle that he has only opened once since he started it almost 54 years ago. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water into a 10-gallon glass carboy and inserted a spiderwort sprout using wires. In 1972, he opened the garden again to add a bit of water. With that one exception, the garden has remained totally sealed – all it needs is plenty of sunlight!
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Studio Total, a famous Swedish marketing agency, has come up with the perfect way to update the concept of sword into plowshares for the modern era. Their Flower Shell shotgun shells repurpose the 12-gauge shotgun from a destructive tool to a life-giving and creative one. The product’s message is about as strong as its blast – why destroy when you can just as easily create?
Located in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, this gorgeous tree-lined street is said to be the most beautiful street in the world. Planted 70 years ago by German employees in a former brewery site, one hundred tipuana trees stretch approximately 500 meters. In 2005, some of the trees were almost cut down to make a room for a shopping mall, however, local residents forced the mayor José Fogaça to sign a decree making the street of Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho “historical, cultural and environmental heritage of the city.”
About a week ago Design You Trust wrote about an amazing 13 meters tall Christmas tree “made of 40 thousands ‘SPRITE’ plastic bottles” in Kaunas, Lithuania. However, according to the original sources like Delfi and Lrytas, there are “only” 32,000 recycled plastic bottles, but the tree will have 40,000 Christmas lights. That’s why you should never trust anyone, even if they have a word “trust” in their name. Nevertheless, the Christmas tree looks really great, and it’s especially beautiful at night when it’s lit from the inside and the green bottles start to sparkle.
I’ve borrowed this cool idea from Design to Improve Life and made it look a little bit nicer. You can find the original version on their Facebook Wall here. What’s interesting is that according to Reno Rambler’s calculations in terms of fuel cost, it can be almost three times as expensive to ride a bike if you run on Big Macs as it is to drive a car. So, what do you choose?
Hu2 Design creates probably the coolest Eco Reminders to be a quirky, decorative and eco-friendly way to remind you not to waste energy and switch off the light when you or your guests leave a room. Loved by creatives, approved by eco-geeks, and made in the UK by a multi-award winning ethical business, these stickers is the easy way to decorate your light switches.