The only disadvantage I remember from driving LPG was the smell of the LPG on your hands after closing the pump. It always sprayed a bit on my hands; a nasty fart smell. I never understood why they didn't add a fresh pine smell or something like that, because LPG is odorless and the smell is added so you can detect it in case of leakage.
Driving with a gas tank in your car is as safe as driving with petrol, even in The Netherlands some people were afraid of LPG tanks, but there is no reason for it. I had a bad car accident in 1991, someone crosses the road were I was on (I drove 80) and the driver hadn't seen me and I couldn't brake in time so we had a collision, the gas tank, which was installed behind the front seats, (I had a two seater) came loose a bit and pushed me into the steering wheel but nothing happened. Yes, I had a huge scar on my forehead (nicely repaired by some plastic surgeon) and a soar back for months. The car was total loss, it was a dark blue one, my next car was a bright purple one (so everyone would see it from far) and the first thing I did was installing LPG!
This website lists all the kinds of waste that can be safely disposed of and recycled in WA, its a good reference for finding out where to go if you want to recycle things like old computers, white goods and even mobile phones
1) They consist of renewable resources or
2) they can be harvested directly from nature.
Some bioplastics even fulfill both requirements. Bioplastics are suitable for numerous applications: for example mulch film for agriculture or bags which can be used to hold your household biowaste after shopping. On compost heaps bioplastics completely decompose within a few weeks without leaving any residues behind.
There is currently a National Packaging Covenant target to recover 65% of post consumer packaging in Western Australia by 2010. It is a voluntary joint initiative between industry and government designed to reduce the amount of packaging waste going into landfill by conserving resources through better product design, and re-using or recycling packaging materials.
Though it may still seem a long way away from the concept of Waste=Food and Cradle to Cradle design, these recycling initiatives are a start in the right direction for designing and recycling responsibly in WA.
For more info checkout these websites:
This is my first time 'blogging' or doing anything that contributes to the cyberworld of technological exchange apart from the usual email exchange and current obsession with facebook that seems to be happening to most people in my demographic. I am usually quite the introverted person when it comes to things I really care about and wish to see change in the world, and usually just share my thoughts with close friends and people of like minds, which I’m sure many people do. So I am thankful to Wilma for starting this Blog up and setting up a platform for this kind of forum and information exchange. Thanks Wilma
I have so far only attended the one Green Drinks event at Kings Park, but was convinced enough that there are really enough people in the world who care about the important things. And as the results of this years election goes to Labour and not to the deaf ears of the Liberal Party, that’s enough encouragement to know that there are enough people out there willing to change.
And so as Julie the speaker from the second Green Drinks quoted Gandhi:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” I would just like to take this opportunity to just start blogging
Lab.3000 is pleased to announce 07 Best of the Best Award for Victoria’s most outstanding final year tertiary design students in 2007. There were three categories; communication, fashion and product design. It was good to see that two of the three winners in product design were sustainable! Have a look at the entries and winners here.
A sustainable dance club that uses dancing to run lights and sweat to flush toilets is on the cards for the Netherlands next year. Prototypes of an energy-generating dance floor have been tested at various events, including Live Earth, earlier this year. As well as using technologies such as recycled grey water, renewable materials, wind turbines and solar panels, the Sustainable Dance Club aims to rethink clubbing to minimise its environmental impact.
I had a similar discussion a few months ago with my friend Pat from NZ, she was wondering why all energy used at gyms wasn't captured to cover for the electricity of the airco, light, TV....
O2 is open to all eco-creatives in, fashion, interior design, graphic design, product design, furniture design, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, education, consulting and all the areas in-between. And of course the Green Drinks are open to everyone with a green mind set!
So if there is anyone out there willing to join me in this process to become an o2 liaison, please start doing it now, this is the time to do so!!! o2 is a global organisation and we in WA are part of it!
For more information and specifications click here. They also have an interesting foam for outdoor use which doesn't get mouldy so it's not thrown away after one season used along the pool area, although it's not a green foam yet.
I must admit that I didn't really understand the term "organic cotton" when I saw it on a batch of jeans at Target a while ago. This little video above explains a lot! And that I am not the only one is made clear in this video:
Here you can see the reality about growing cotton...
1ST PRIZE - 'sprout: symbols to cultivate change' design by : Savio Alphonso from usa
(the sun - plug) Have a look on their website to see the rest of this great collection of artwork!
Prof Richard Weller (UWA), Prof David Hedgcock (Curtin), Donna Broun, Karl Kullmann, Julia Robinson, Phivo Georgiou from Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts of UWA, have created a very interesting study.
This is the final bulletin from SmartandGreen – as far as we know! – to let you know the outcomes of the campaign you participated in or talked to us about. Despite our efforts, the price for renewable electricity (NaturalPower), went up on 1 October and now Synergy is promoting 'Joining the Green Generation' through EasyGreen block purchase renewable electricity options ($10 extra per bill). However this campaign led to:
- 36 letters sent to 13 WA MPs from across the State (most of them Labor);
- 48 letters sent to the managing director of Synergy (sufficient for them to request a meeting with us);
- 5 stories published in Community Group newspapers across the metro area (see links below); and
- A meeting with Energy Minister Fran Logan's representatives at which we expressed your concerns.
As two people who had never done something like this before, we were impressed that many people took the time to contact the institutions which make decisions on energy in WA – and in many cases, follow up standard replies from Synergy with informed, critical responses. We think that Synergy and the State Government are now on notice! We encourage you to continue your activism, for example by going to the following links below, joining this Sunday 11 November's national, massive Walk Against Warming from 1pm in Esplanade Park in Fremantle and continuing dialogue whenever you see government or industry failing the needs of the planet.
You may even wish to run your own campaign on an issue close to your heart! We have written a report on the SmartandGreen campaign, including tips for anyone wishing to do something similar and would be pleased to email it on request.
Lastly – and possibly most importantly – if you haven't signed up for renewable electricity already and can't afford your own photovoltaics, please consider buying green power through NaturalPower or EasyGreen. Even though this price rise stinks, we believe that by putting our money where our mouth is and buying green power, we are sending one of the most signal most important signals we can to Government to get serious on cutting emissions.
Eloise Dortch and Jasmine Horobin
Community newspaper story links: One - Two - Three - Four - Article on NaturalPower v. EasyGreen
It is still a learning curve; November is too cold for the park so we have to move that to the pub next year! I asked for volunteers for next Green Drinks to have a talk and found only one. I need a few more, so if there are people who want to introduce themselves or share their values, please come forward. I hope to see more people next time, because I had the idea a lot of people stayed in the warm pub after the races instead of jumping on their bikes off to Kings Park!