But that hasn't stopped me reading e-mails, and I was sent one, by my friend, Linda, which I am sharing with you now:
There is a school in Kommetjie, Cape Town, which has been busy teaching their children the benefits of recycling.
Two clever teachers (who were visiting from Brassington Primary School in Derbyshire, UK) shared with the children what had been done at their school.
Firstly, they asked their children, and their childrens' friends, to collect as many empty cool drink bottles as they could. They then got the kids to help them string the bottles onto a dowl rod. This rod was inserted in a frame:
Finally, they had enough "walls" to create a room! Brilliant. Not only have they shown the children how to make use of something which is normally thrown away (hopefully into a recycling bag) but they have also sown the seeds for them to view their rubbish from a different perspective!
The end result?
A working greenhouse! Just love it - the light can come through, and a certain amount of air (but not the hectic wind we can be subjected to).
All in all it has to be quite an effective little structure, which is teaching the children all about recycling, as well as developing their little green fingers... :-)
Well done! Clever, clever teachers.
But, last night on National Geographic channel, RMan and I watched an episode of Megastructures about an architect in Taiwan. He is passionate about creating sustainable buildings. He was tasked with designing a building for the 2010 Taiwan International Expo.
Taiwan has grown dramatically in the past 20 years, and with growth, naturally, comes more (human) waste matter. Given that this tobacco leaf shaped island has a limited amount of land, they have a problem with where to put all the garbage, as their landfill sites are inadequate. Especially plastic. So, apparently, what he did was this.
He got together with the biggest manufacturer of recycled bottles and with his (financial) assistance, a new recycled bottle was created, specifically for the purpose of building. They have called them Polli-Bricks :-)
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Good grief - I feel so useless. There are so many brilliant idea's out there - why doesn't my head function properly LOL
Thank goodness there are teachers out there who are inspiring the youngest generation on how to use their "recycling" brains for the benefit of our planet.