Ants Pocket

By: Faith Llera

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Ants Pocket means “Alphabet, Numbers, Toys, and Scrapbooking.”

It is a crafty, handy eco-friendly shop, and its mostly educational stuff from alphabets, animal characters, plushies, and stuffed toys.

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Ants Pocket shows that eco-friendly goes hand in hand with creativity.

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ANTS Pocket also has dolls they call Moody Dolls. It has 12 different faces, and children can change them according to atheir feelings or thoughts.

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ANTS Pocket follows zero waste production and they make sure that no scrap goes unused. They do crafts by hand sewing and they see to it that they strategically trace and cut the fabric that they use to make sure nothing goes to waste.

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Costa Del Sul

by: Faith Llera

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Eco-conscious furniture buyers will appreciate what they see in Costa del Sul. One of a kind furniture pieces are on display revealing the natural beauty of old wood with added design and purpose.

“All our furniture, cabinets, chairs, sofas are all done with recycled wood,” says Didier Kerveillant, the director of Costa del Sul.

Didier adds that the main purpose of Costa de Sul is “not to cut trees.”

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Costa del Sul sources wood from old houses, train rails, and old boats. They collect wood that is supposed to be thrown away and reprocesses them and assemble them into furniture.

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It is French design carried out by Filipino craftsmen and the outcome is spectacular.

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Not only does Costa del Sul sell custom-made furniture, they also give free designing tips to their customers. One thing they always emphasize is color.

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Water Sources

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Through the years, millions and millions of people have lacked access to clean and potable water. This fact alone has inspired individuals to come up with groundbreaking inventions and solutions that are now here in the country.

Wade Bodlovic, CEO of Greenfocus Inc. says “The Waterboy is an atmospheric water generation machine. We produce an unlimited supply of pure, clean water from the atmosphere.”

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Water is sanitized through a five-part filtration process using this machine.

Long-term effects of the Waterboy:

You know the source of your water.

The Waterboy on average saves 11,000 plastic bottles per year.

Another incredible innovation lets people drink potable water even from the dirtiest of puddles.

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LifeStraw is a microbiological water purifier and it has the technology of converting contaminated water into a safe drinking water.

Filters inside the straw remove 99.9% of water-born bacteria.

There are three kinds of LifeStraws:

  1. LifeStraw Personal is for individual use. It has a capacity of 1000 liters amd can be used for a year and a half.
  2. LifeStraw Family has a capacity of 18,000 liters which can be used by a family of 5.
  3. LifeStraw Community has a capacity of 100,000 liters.

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More than just everyday survival, the Waterboy and the LifeStraw are geared towards something bigger: a cleaner and more sustainable way of getting water in the next years to come.

Project Lightline

by: Faith Llera

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Project Lightline is uses old cellphone chargers and tries to make what is known as joule thiefs, which tries to get old batteries and extract its energy, so people can charge their phones and send very important texts that they’re safe in a storm.

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Project Lightline was a brainchild of Gillian Uy, a student of the National Institute of Physics.

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Lightlines are not replacements for chargers because of their source of power being ild batteries which cannot sustain long charging. They are enough for a person to send one text, hence the name Lightline.

Lightline’s idea is to give people one more text so they can relay their current whereabouta and whether they are safe and okay in times of natural disasters.

“Being green is really trying to make good use of what you have, the environment or even the things that you have and we have these chargers lying around, we dont know what to do but here in this project we can make use of those old chargers and give an extra lightline, lifeline to the people in need. So Project Lightline is actually giving not only the people in the disaster areas an extra lifeline but also an extra lifeline for your devices,” says Dr. Giovanni Tapang, I’m an Associate Professor of the National Institute of Physics.

Malong ni Mama

by: Faith Llera

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The malong is a traditional “tube dress” made of hand-woven or machine-made multi-colored cotton cloth, bearing a variety of designs. The malong is similar to the sarong worn by the people in Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

It is traditionally used as a garment by numerous tribes in Southern Philippines.

Now that we know what a malong is, let’s find out how this piece of garment can help make a difference.

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Malong ni Mama was created in order to give relief to calamity-stricken people. Aside from encouraging sustainability, also provides a more particular Filipino touch by sourcing local goods.

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Malong ni Mama also reminds us that it is as one community that we can provide better assistance to those in need.

Malong ni Mama’s packs are called “dignity kits.” Included in the dignity packs is a booklet that contains instructions on the many different uses of malong.

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Aside from encouraging sustainability, Malong ni Mama also provides a more particular Filipino touch by sourcing local goods.

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Visit Malong ni Mama at malongnimama.tumblr.com

Volunteering

by: Faith Llera

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There are still a lot of things that we can do to help our Kababayans affected by the typhoon.  Today on Green Living, we will share with you different ways on how people are taking part in the nation’s relief efforts.

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And of course, one way to lend help is by volunteering in operation centers.

What do I need to know about being a volunteer?

Tip #1: Be open-minded and expect to do random tasks.

Tip #2: Check social media sites for updates and information.

Tip #3: Bring an extra shirt and towel.

Tip #4: Verify first information, better to have personal connections.

Tip #5: Be a responsible social media user and help disseminate information.

Tip #6: Donate to verified organizations.

Tip #7: Dine in at restaurants that have relief efforts.

Tip #8: Attend benefit concerts and fun runs.

A Liter of Light: A Yolanda Special for Disaster Preparedness

by: Faith Llera

How can one plastic bottle make a difference?

Plastic discards, specifically plastic bottles continue to pollute the environment, but the green revolution has opened up opportunities for these junk to become useful…again.

Plastic bottles can go a long way. A Liter of Light or Isang Litrong Liwanag, a brainchild of Iliac Diaz, brings the eco-friendly bottle light to communities living without access to electricity. This simple technology makes use of recyclable plastic bottles filled with water and chlorine, and metal roof sheet.

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It’s simple and inexpensive, definitely something helpful during emergency situations.

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There is no stopping this guy from helping communities get a better and eco-friendly light source. Illac also came up with Liter of Light version 2.0— which can illuminate well into the night.

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These ideas can be easily adopted in the absence of electricity or in emergency situations. With available resources and a dose of ingenuity, you can have a brighter, well lit home.

Green Architect

by: Faith Llera

GA1When it comes to green and sustainable design, buildings and commercial spaces have reached quite some progress in the country. People are going towards the greener root. But its not just buildings that have been making this development. Some people have taken an extra mile to bring sustainable design right into our very homes.

“My pieces had something to do with green architecture because I wanted to change the way I approach design,” said Paul Pena, architect.

Paul adds, “I integrated nature with the buildings.”

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“My concept for residential design is that I wanted a place that would involve the environment and nature. So every time I design, I always put nature and the environment in top priority,” Paul said.

The most important elements are:

  1. the natural light
  2. the natural ventilation
  3.  the orientation of the house.

Architect Paul Pena’s design are characterized by modern Asian theme. But he mainly draws inspiration from the very simple Bahay Kubo.GA3

Turbulence Training

by: Faith Llera

The importance of daily exercise cannot be stressed enough when it comes to our everyday routine.

Created by Craig Ballantyne, a certified strength and coach specialoist, the Turbulence Training workout is based on 2 principles:

  1. You need variety or turbulence in your training.
  2. You need to up the intensity of your training.

Things you should know:

Perform each Turbulence Training workout for 4 weeks and then switch to a new workout.

  1. Every 12 weeks, take one week off from Turbulence Training for recovery. You can do light, low intensity workouts.
  2. Workout three times a week.

Bodyweight Warm-up Circuit (2x)

Bodyweight squat – 10 reps

Plant – 20 seconds

Pushup or kneeling pushup – 6 reps

Sample beginners workout A

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Repeat this cycle 2x for a total of 3 supersets

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Repeat this cycle 2x for a total of 3 supersets

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Repeat this cycle 2x for a total of 3 supersets

Eco Cars

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In recent years, electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient cars steadily caught the attention of a more eco-conscious population.

Here in the Philippines, it was a ragtag group of students from De la Salle University who took it upon themselves to build their own fuel-efficient models using resources supplied by the university as well as various sponsors and have gained international claim in the process.

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Chancing upon an invite from the Shell Petroleum Group of Companies to compete in the annual Shell Eco Marathon challenge, these students have been creating eco cars four years now.

Eco Cars have high efficiency, so it has more mileage than most cars today. They run on green energy meaning electricity, a hybrid or maybe a conventional gasoline engine with more mileage.

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Eco Cars don’t produce emissions that are harmful for the environment.

In the four years that the DLSU Eco Car Team has been competing in the marathon, they have come up with an impressive range of beautifully-designed eco vehicles, including their latest, and greatest, creation.

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The members of the DLSU Eco Car Team started out as Engineering students, and not really as advocates of eco-consciousness. But working closely in the industry for four years running seems to have made a lasting effect on the team, and they have taken it upon themselves to spread the green word to others, as it had so providentially appeared to them.