"Carbon Neutral on a Shoestring," an article published in 'The NY Times' under the Home and Garden section is so inspiring. Petz Scholtus, a 28 year old product designer from Luxumbourg, retrofitted her 18th-century apartment in Barcelona as a green machine. She wanted to create a complete Green Home using inexpensive materials adhering to the three fundamental R’s of environmentalism: reduce, reuse, recycle.
The Article is a must-read.
Here are some photos from the Slideshow:
She constructed her own handmade bidon lamps. (bidón = jerry can or container;) She picked up a few from the streets, and fitted them with compact fluorescent bulbs and PVC-free wiring.
The DIY instructions can be found in her blog: Click Here
She added castors to the antique drawers found on the street.
Compost for her Herb Garden:
"On the terrace, worms quietly gnaw through her kitchen scraps, making compost for her herb garden." -- NY Times
A planter made from an old tire
These Collapsible felt storage containers are called Stuff Bumps.
They are are made from recycled wool and card stock.
Carbon Free Moving
Ms. Scholtus used the truck-bike to move her furniture. Luckily she had none at that point of time.
I am so inspired by her going green motives. We all can do a little to save our environment. Start off by getting rid of plastics when you shop, do groceries etc. Take your own shopping bag. Try to recycle. I feel stricter laws should be enacted for recycling in the United States.
We all are responsible for making our Earth a better livable place for our future generation.