Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Do you buy in bulk?

Do you buy in bulk?

Here's a look at a few of the benefits, plus more: http://bit.ly/ZYt5uV

Monday, July 29, 2013

Types of Trash pickup in the ocean.

In 2012, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) helped to sponsor the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Over 550,000 volunteers collected 10,000,000 lbs of trash. This graphic represents the top 10 collected items.

Image via: Ocean Conservancy

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

State Water Quality Officials Approve Vanceboro Quarry Discharge Permit


 RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Water Quality issued permission for to discharge up to 12 million gallons per day of comingled stormwater and groundwater from a proposed mine near Vanceboro into tributaries of Blounts Creek in Beaufort County.

Martin Marietta is also seeking a water withdrawal permit from the N.C. Division of Water Resources. A public hearing on the Division of Water Resources’ permit is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 30 atBeaufort County Community College in Washington.

The quarry operation is to be located on 1,664 acres within a 90,000 acre tract owned by Weyerhaeuser Company, and is anticipated to include a 649-acre open pit aggregate mine when fully developed. The mine will extract crushed limestone for use in the construction industry.

The N.C. Division of Water Quality held a public hearing on the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit in March. As a result of comments gathered at that hearing and during the comment period, several changes were made to the draft NPDES permit before it was finalized. The changes included:

· Adding a monthly average effluent limit for iron of 1.0 milligram per liter. The limit is based on the state action level for the protection of aquatic life.
· Adding a requirement that within the first year of discharge, the company must submit a site-specific analysis of the effluent following requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency.

· Adding monthly effluent nutrient and temperature monitoring.

· Adding monthly in-stream monitoring for pH, salinity, temperature and turbidity (silt and soils suspended in the water column) at two downstream locations.

· Modifying the flow limits from a monthly average of 4.5 million gallons per day to a daily maximum of 6 million gallons per day at each of two discharge outfalls.

· Modifying the requirement to submit a plan for monitoring aquatic insect life so it must be approved by the Division of Water Quality before sampling begins.

· Reducing of the effluent pH limit range from 6.0-9.0 to 5.5-8.5.

A copy of the NPDES final permit #NC0089168, fact sheet and hearing officer’s report can be found on the N.C. Division of Water Quality’s website, www.ncwaterquality.org, under Hot Topics.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

You've been Framed

This is genius, no?

Here's another cool way to reuse old photo frames:
http://bit.ly/15lpjBY

[Image via TwistedSifter]
 
Photo: This is genius, no?

Here's another cool way to reuse old photo frames: http://bit.ly/15lpjBY

[Image via TwistedSifter]
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pallets with a Purpose

About 20% of all wood waste in U.S. landfills is from tossed ‪#‎pallets‬.

Time to get real
‪#‎creative‬ with these versatile objects: http://bit.ly/P0xQNo
Thanks to Kathy for sharing her repurposed project. Pallets can be found for free and turned into so many things!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

8 Things Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles


8 Things Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Earth911 and the International Bottled Water Association are working together to show that the possibilities for recycled plastic bottles are endless and often far from ordinary.
  Editor’s Note: Earth911 partners with many industries, manufacturers and organizations to support its Recycling Directory, the largest in the nation, which is provided to consumers at no cost. IBWA is one of these partners.
Homepage Photo: Water bottles, Shutterstock

Bridge

Scotland bridge made of recycled plastic
The world's longest bridge made out of recycled plastic is in Peeblesshire, Scotland. Photo: Axiom International
Scotland bridge made of recycled plastic
Photo: Sherwin-Williams
Photo: Miniwiz
Photo: Nike
Photo: Richart Sowa, Joysxee Eco Island
Photo: Ford Motor Company
Photo: Coca-Cola
hammock made of recycled plastic bottles
Last year, in Peeblesshire, Scotland, British company Vertech Composites wrapped up construction on the world’s longest bridge made out of plastic bottles and other household plastic waste. At 90 feet long, the bridge can support up to 44 tons of pedestrians, cars and vehicles carrying heavy goods.
The recycled composite plastic used to build the bridge has benefits beyond keeping materials out of the landfill, the company said.
Vertech CEO William Mainwaring told CNN that the material, developed by researchers at Rutgers University, has a longer lifetime than conventional construction materials like steel, timber and concrete.
“This technology creates enhanced stiffness and strength that is ideal for structures like a bridge,” he said.
Read More: World’s Longest Bridge Made of Recycled Plastic

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Upcycled Camera Strap

Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired
Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired
Tracie Stoll, author of Cleverly Inspired, garnered the most votes in June’s Craft a Camera Strap Reuse Design Challenge. Her cool update to a traditionally boring (but necessary!) camera accessory dazzled our staff and our readers. In Tracie’s own words, here’s a full tutorial so you can make your own:
Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired
Photo: Tracie Stoll, Cleverly Inspired
The materials I used were all things I had on hand, so hopefully you won’t have to look too far to make your own camera strap.
Supplies:
  • Button-down shirt (I used my hub’s old jean shirt!)
  • Scrap fabric or other shirts
  • Heatbond iron-on tape
  • Leather roping (about 8 inches, 4 on each side. Measure first to see where you want the camera to be on you)
  • 2 lobster hooks
  • 2 jump rings
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing machine

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Renew your Brew

Mother Nature Network
Monday morning has arrived! I bet a large number of you start your day with a bit of coffee. But, do you know how to make coffee?

How do you recycle your used coffee grounds?
http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/blogs/how-to-make-coffee
 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Love my Sanuks!

Fashion


Yoga Mats Reincarnated as Sandals

California-based footwear company Sanuk makes incredibly comfortable flip-flops out of the squishy pads that yogis pose upon.
Sanuk recycled flip flop Yoga Mats Reincarnated as SandalsThere is a second life awaiting old yoga mats thanks to Sanuk, a California-based footwear company that recycles spent mats into a line of flip-flops.
Yoga Mat sandals for women take the squishy, non-slip material and put it to good use as stylish footwear. The line contains 15 different styles, including flats and wedges. While most of the soles are black, the fabric that comes over the top of the foot is available in a rainbow of colors and patterns. Sandals are available on the company’s website as well as at select retailers. Prices range from $30 to $44.
A Sanuk representative claims the sandals are more comfortable than the average flip-flop and more durable than anything else on the market. Anyone who has done yoga knows how nice that material feels on the feet, and how good it is at helping even novices keep their Downward Dog from slipping into a pose that looks more like Dog on its Belly.
Experts in at least one flip-flop-loving field agree that Sanuk is on to something. In 2010, Sanuk’s Yoga Mat sandals won the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s Award for Footwear Product of the Year

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How to get rid of wasps naturally

How to get rid of wasps naturally
Photo: Sigc/Flickr
In my last post, I shared two reasons you may want to leave a wasp nest up in your yard or garden. However, there are a variety of reasons you may not want to do that, For us, our small backyard means that any wasp nest is easily disturbed — making for angry wasps, which can lead to stings. 
 
You should first figure out if you have honeybees, or a type of wasp or yellow jacket in your yard (you can use this helpful tutorial to figure out what you are dealing with). If you do find that you have honeybees, and they are not in a location that is safe for you (or them), you can try to call local beekeepers who may even remove them for free or for a small fee. Since our bee populations are in an alarming decline, doing what we can to protect them is a high priority. (Related post: 25,000 bees found dead in Oregon; pesticide suspected
 
But what if you do need to get rid of wasps? Are there more natural ways to go about it? The pesticides used in most wasp sprays are strong enough that pets that eat the poisoned wasps (and some will) are at risk of death. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not spray such a poisonous spray in my yard! (Note: If you were to use a typical wasp insecticide, professional insect control technicians tell us that most of us use way too much of the spray – a little goes a long way. And, also make sure that you thoroughly remove all dead wasps from your yard afterwards.)
 
According to my research, I found the following solutions that are natural but effective. It goes without saying that if the nests are in hard-to-treat areas, if you are allergic to their stings, of if there is any other reason that you feel it would be dangerous to self-treat, calling in expert help is the way to go. Most give the advice of thoroughly covering up to prevent stings (including wearing tight-fitting clothes, so they don’t climb into your clothing), and to treat at night or early morning when they are sleepy. Covering a light source (such as a flashlight), with red paper will help prevent them from flying towards your light.
 
Natural insecticide spray
Ecosmart’s Organic Wasp and Hornet killer uses 100-percent, food-grade ingredients, including peppermint oil. You can check out the ingredients here. When reading over the instructions for use of this spray, you will see that you use this just like the typical poisonous spray, so if you are wanting to simply treat the same way as usual but with a more natural spray, this may be your best bet. It will smell quite strong, like essential oils, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
 
Killing with soap
My friend Katie at Kitchen Stewardship tells how her husband got rid of a wasp nest simply using dishwasher soap and a hose-end sprayer! She gives her story and her instructions on how to do this method here.
 
Drowning an aerial nest
Eartheasy.com gives the following instructions for drowning wasps in aerial nests
 
“Aerial nests: Place a cloth bag over the entire nest and quickly tie it off at the top; as you draw in the tie, pull the nest free. The bag should be well sealed. Set the bag in a pail of water; drop a rock on the bag to keep it fully submerged."
 
However they caution removing nests in walls or underground yourself, but suggest hiring a professional in these cases. You can read all of their ideas here. 
 
Hanging false nests
Something that you can do to prevent a wasp problem is actually hanging a false wasp nest by your house (or by wherever you are wanting to deter them). There are a variety of products for this, some look very much like a paper lantern, and others look similar to a real nest, but they get good reviews online – even if they don’t work 100 percent of the time. They are supposed to work because wasps are territorial, and they won’t build next to another nest. Some even claim to have success by simply hanging up a brown paper bag!
 
Traps
There are also a variety of glass wasp traps that many claim are helpful in reducing wasp populations in their area. The trick is to make sure you keep replacing the bait, as wasps like fresh bait. And also, please consider using savory bait, such as tuna, as they will attract the yellow jackets and wasps, but not honeybees, which sweet bait will. The glass traps are actually very pretty, but you can also make your own inexpensive version out of any type of plastic bottle (soda pop bottle, or water bottle). Follow these instructions to make your own.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Buzz about Honeycombs

Why the honeycomb is so perfect
The hexagonal shape of the honeycomb stumped even Galileio, but researchers have finally determined how bees make their homes.
 
Laura Poppick, LiveScience
Photo: BotheredByBees/Flickr
The perfect hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells — once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects — has now been explained by simple mechanics.
 
Scientists have marveled at the angular perfection of honeycomb for centuries, but none have been able to clearly describe how it forms. Engineers in the U.K. and China have taken a step forward by showing that the cells actually start off as circles — molded by the shape of a bee's body — and then flow into a hexagonal pattern seconds later. The researchers reported their findings on July 16 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
 
"People have always speculated how bees have formed these honeycombs," said Bhushan Karihaloo, an engineer at Cardiff University in the U.K. and co-author of the study, citing Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler as two of the luminaries mystified by the problem. "There have been some incredible, esoteric, even bizarre explanations; [some people] believed the bees had an uncanny ability to measure angles. But it's actually much more mundane." [10 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Animals]
 
Honeycomb up close
Using a honeycomb grown at a research facility in Beijing, the researchers were able to carefully ward off the bees and photograph the bare honeycomb seconds after formation, providing the first clear evidence that cells naturally start as circles. They then observed honeybees heating the wax after the initial cell formation — a phenomenon identified in previous studies, but never analyzed in close detail — and found this to be the key step in hexagon-formation.
 
By heating the cells, the bees cause the wax to become molten and flow like lava. Once the wax starts flowing, the cell walls naturally fall flat and take on the shape of a hexagon, like adjoining bubbles in a bath. This is physically the simplest and most stable way for cylinders to merge, Karihaloo said.
 
The team still does not know exactly how the bees go about heating each cell, and explored the mechanics of two plausible scenarios: One in which the bees focus their heat only at points where neighboring cells touch (a total of six points per cell), and another in which the bees heat the entire cell all at once.
 
"My own feeling is that nature tries to minimize energy spent, and from that point of view, I would think that scenario one is most probable," Karihaloo told LiveScience. "But, on the other hand, from the perspective of the bees, they might just want to warm the whole thing and get away with it. That remains to be shown."
 
Honeycomb cells start off as circles within the first few seconds of formation (a) and then eventually morph into hexagons (b)
Honeycomb cells start off as circles within the first few seconds of formation (a) and then eventually morph into hexagons (b). (Photo: B.L. Karihaloo, K. Zhang and J. Wang)
 
Building like bees
The team calculated the amount of time each scenario should take, and found that circular cells should morph into hexagons within six seconds if they are warmed entirely, and within 36 seconds if only partially warmed. In their future work, the researchers hope these time constraints will help them assess which mechanism the bees use.
 
Juergen Tautz, a bee biologist in Germany who was not involved in the study, does not believe that bees can direct their heat to specific points in a cell, but still finds this study valuable.
 
"This paper is very important in my perspective because it not only gives us a deep insight into the mechanisms that honeybees manage to build very precise cells, but technology can also [take] from it," Tautz told LiveScience.
 
The team hopes their findings will eventually allow them to create an artificial honeycomb as strong as the natural material, which would be useful in strengthening a variety of building and structural materials.
 
Follow Laura Poppick on Twitter. Follow LiveScience on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Original article on LiveScience.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Fate of Shipping Containers

This ‪#‎modern‬ and industrial inspired space will make you rethink the fate of shipping containers.

We've rounded up our top picks for
‪#‎eco‬ friendly building materials that you can utilize in your own home --> http://bit.ly/10TjWFI

[Image via http://grandvisions.tumblr.com/]

Wrap up video of blind hiker

Wonderful wrap-up video on blind hiker Trevor Thomas' trek across the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dEJN1ScrdM&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

GREAT IDEA!! FOR BACKYARD FUN, NO BUGS!!

GREAT IDEA!! FOR BACKYARD FUN, NO BUGS!!
There was some discussion a while back on getting rid of mosquitos. While there's lots of products out there, here's on...e way to do it, have a stylish yard and keep the costs down too.

All you need is a package of Mason jars, some cotton string and some liquid citronella (find it in big jugs at any home-improvement store and even some grocery stores). Use a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the top of the lid, then pour in the citronella, put the top on and drop in the wick. Allow the string about 10 minutes to soak up some oil, then place them around your backyard and light them!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Instant Coffee

Isn't this the weirdest tea kettle you've ever seen?

The Sunrocket ‪#‎solar‬ kettle heats about 17 ounces of water in as little as half an hour. Check it out: http://bit.ly/18O6Ui6 [Slide 2!] ‪#‎Camping‬ ‪#‎Outdoors‬

Monday, July 15, 2013

Two Morehead City marinas certified as North Carolina Clean Marinas


 RALEIGH – The Morehead City Yacht Basin and Portside Marina, both in Morehead City, are the newest facilities to be certified as North Carolina Clean Marinas, a designation given to marinas that exceed minimum regulatory requirements.
The Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s owners prepare spill prevention plans and conduct safety and emergency planning. Marina operators also control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality.

Clean Marina is a voluntary program in which marina operators who choose to participate must complete an evaluation form about their use of specific best management practices. If a marina meets criteria developed by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, it will be designated as a North Carolina Clean Marina. Such marinas are eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.

Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.

The North Carolina program is a partnership between the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C. Marine Trade Association, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and N.C. Big Sweep.
For more information, contact Pat Durrett, with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, at 252-808-2808. 

Testing

This is only a test.

July 15th, already!

Can you believe we are more than half way thru this year? Where has 2013 gone??

Thursday, July 11, 2013

From Cooking Oil to Fuel

Turning Ordinary Cooking Oil into Biodiesel Fuel

July 8, 2013
A North Carolina-based program aims to remove used cooking oil from the state’s waste stream by recycling it into alternative, healthy fuel.
cooking oil biofuel Turning Ordinary Cooking Oil into Biodiesel Fuel
Before placing a slice of bacon or cracking eggs onto the skillet, one must always pour some cooking oil into the pan. However, once it becomes cleanup time, consumers are faced with a common double bind: One can either pour the excess oil down the drain or scrap the remainder in the trash. Either way, consumers are negatively affecting the environment without giving their actions a second thought.
Blue Ridge Biofuels operates a residential recycling pilot program for inhabitants of Asheville, NC, and the western reaches of the state by encouraging them to dispose of their excess cooking oil in various bin locations. In addition, Blue Ridge offers collection services to more than 500 restaurants and kitchens in the area. This one-of-a-kind program provides recycling services for local communities that were once thought to be unheard of.
Instead of wasting or dumping used cooking oil down the drain, Blue Ridge is educating consumers to dispose of these materials the proper way. What many consumers do not know is the adverse effects cooking oil has on sewer systems. Cooking oil that is not disposed of properly can potentially block pipes and affect water quality. Fixing these issues can cost communities thousands of dollars in sewer repairs.
To give consumers tips on how to recycle their used cooking oil, Blue Ridge offers cooking oil safety tips and answers other questions or concerns on its official website. Although one could seal the oil or grease and throw the product away, Blue Ridge views this as one more item being thrown into overcrowded landfills.
The recycled cooking oil is collected by vacuum trucks and processed into clean-burning biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel fuel is versatile in its uses, from powering any diesel engine to heating furnaces.
According to Blue Ridge, the production of biodiesel is better for the environment than traditional diesel, as it produces much lower greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the production of biodiesel is more beneficial for the environment for while keeping money and valuable resources in the local economy. Biodiesel even offers better performance and extends the life of engines and machine equipment. Using less energy and reducing air pollution, biodiesel fuels are an overall better choice for consumers.
Although this product could be shipped and used for animal feed and cheap cosmetics, Blue Ridge is working diligently toward using this resource as raw material for biodiesel production. Biodiesel is a rising commodity in the marketplace, as it is more cost effective than using soybean oil. Blue Ridge is even competitive in price with petroleum diesel and its product is compatible with current diesel engines.
Blue Ridge’s cooking oil recycling program is a small part in the organization’s strategic plan for biofuels leadership goal. By 2017, Blue Ridge hopes to distribute 10% of liquid fuels sold in the state of North Carolina. This company is at the forefront of the global push for sustainable resources and healthier communities.
Maggie Wehri

About the author

Maggie is currently a student at The Ohio State University. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree from the Fisher College of Business and plans to obtain art and entrepreneurship minors. She also enjoys designing and creating artwork in her spare time.…

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lemon Planter

Great idea from the GreenLivingAgent on Tumblr: "Start your seeds in a hollowed out lemon rind. Plant the whole thing and the lemon will decompose!"

Read 8 more things you probably aren't doing in your garden (and should be!):
http://bit.ly/JL60AR

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Make a Beach Bag from an Old Window Screen

Photo: Pascale Mestdagh/Between the Lines
Photo: Pascale Mestdagh/Between the Lines

Ready to hit the beach with a unique and upcycled accessory this summer? Look no further than this chic mesh beach bag from Parisian blogger Pascale Mestdagh of Between the Lines.
This fun carry-all is made from unexpected household materials, like an old window screen and a tablecloth, and is just as cute as a store-bought alternative but costs mere pennies to create.
Photo: Pascale Mestdagh/Between the Lines
Photo: Pascale Mestdagh/Between the Lines
In addition to looking seriously stylish, you’ll also enjoy another perk from your re-purposed mesh bag – less sand on your stuff (and the floors of your beach house).
Just shake out your bag after leaving the beach and enjoy noticeably less grit when you return home. Easy breathability also minimizes the icky wet towel situation. Simply genius!
Ready to give it a try? Get step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself at Between the Lines. Just be sure to wash your window screens first!

Monday, July 8, 2013

From Skate Board to Shelf

#HumpDay genius: Old skateboards as shelves: http://bit.ly/1ack6Ob

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Make Your Own Soap

Have you ever made your own soap? http://bit.ly/1832kfA

Saturday, July 6, 2013

From Pants to Plants

What a cool use for old fabric! #Reuse #DIY

Friday, July 5, 2013

Nike Engineers Plastic into a Jersey

Nike Engineers Plastic into a Jersey

Plastic bottles are recycled into a lightweight, high-performance soccer jersey.
Nike recycled DRIfit Nike Engineers Plastic into a Jersey
Nike’s Dri-FIT soccer jersey, made from recycled plastic bottles. Image via Nike.com.
One would never guess what becomes of the plastic bottle he or she just threw away in a recycling receptacle. Like a lottery, recycled items are gathered at a nearby facility to be crushed and distributed to companies such as Nike, which has bigger plans in store.
For consumers, finding the right athletic clothing can be quite the challenge. One expects these articles to be as versatile as the activities they participate in. From rock-climbing at the gym, to a pickup game on the driveway, athletic clothing should feel light and airy. Plus, it has to be stylish; no one wants to wear the shirt that not only feels like sandpaper but looks like sandpaper, too.
In addition, everyone wants to be conscience of the environment, so buying a brand new polyester shirt does not exactly make the most sense, considering that these products use excess energy and resources instead of recyclable materials.
So, what is the solution? Where does one shop for functional, comfortable and environmentally friendly athletic apparel? Well, Nike is taking the lead by developing lightweight jerseys with Dri-FIT moisture control. Made of 100% polyester from recycled plastic, Nike apparel has the looks, feels great and impacts the environment even better than before.
This innovative technology debuted at the World Cup games in South Africa in 2010, with Nike engineering a way to take 13 water bottles (on average) and producing a high-performance recycled soccer jersey.
To show consumers how it engineered such a brilliant process, Nike Better World released a hyperkinetic video featuring Dutch soccer star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. According to businessinsider.com, the video describes a rough 13-step process of how 13 plastic bottles become a knit jersey.
The process begins with recycled plastic running down a conveyor belt in a recycling facility. Slowly but surely, the plastic is broken down into thread and pounded into spools. Just like any other fabric, the thread is turned into cloth and dyed to fit its future purpose.
Then, the cloth is cut with a special die-cut machine producing the front and back of the jersey.  A Nike specialist reviews the job by placing the trademarked swoosh in just the right spot. The logo is then pressed into the jersey in a manner similar to applying a temporary tattoo. After sewing the final pieces together, viola, we have a beautiful jersey made from plastic bottles.
Nike’s revolutionarily recycling process is taking a spin on consumers and asking them to think twice before purchasing a jersey made from virgin polyester. This new technology could be the future of all athletic clothing, helping to reduce our society’s carbon imprint in the process.
Many of Nike’s recycled polyester jerseys are for sale on Nike.com.
Maggie Wehri

About the author

Maggie is currently a student at The Ohio State University. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree from the Fisher College of Business and plans to obtain art and entrepreneurship minors. She also enjoys designing and creating artwork in her spare time.…

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Happy July 4th Folks.  The administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership are closed today.

The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station will follow their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy Holiday!  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

19th Century water tower turned into a modern luxury home

This stunning London conversion, completed last year, transformed a disused 19th Century water tower into a modern luxury home that’s sure to make any design-lover drool. Click through to get a closer look and see what’s possible when pieces of our past are given brand new life.
Located in the Kennington district of central London, this incredible 4,483-square-foot conversion boasts five bedrooms, four baths, two living rooms and an eat-in, contemporary designed kitchen.
The tower has an extension, nicknamed “The Cube,” which houses the kitchen and living room, as well as roof space for a fabulous terrace with skyline views of downtown London.
Originally built in 1877, the Venetian Gothic-style water tower was converted by architect Mike Collier of ACR Architects, a London-based firm that specializes in residentia
Photo: Knight Frank
Photo: Knight Frank
l refurbishments.
Click through to catch a glimpse of every gorgeous square foot and see the hidden potential in historic spaces that may otherwise go to waste.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Watch this Grasshopper

This little creature was made from upcycled watches.

See what another artist does with old machine parts: http://bit.ly/ZfktS5

[Photo via Likecool: http://bit.ly/1aNhll4]

Monday, July 1, 2013

Holiday Schedule

The administrative offices of the Coastal Environmental Partnership will be closed Thursday, July 4th.

The Tuscarora Landfill, Grantsboro Transfer Station and Newport Transfer Station will follow their regular schedules.

Have a safe and happy Holiday!  

Home Electronics Disposal

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