In this section you will find some of my daily thoughts and ideas, reactions to news and articles read. Please beware that this will be highly subjective but might also inspire you, the reader.

Paper Recycling in Rodney

Background information: (From http://www.rodney.govt.nz/EnvironmentalCare/rubbishrecycling/Pages/KerbsideRecycling.aspx) Tie up flattened paper and cardboard with string or put in a plastic bag no larger than your blue recycling bin.  Flattened card or paper can also be placed in sealed cardboard boxes, as long as the box is no larger than your blue bin. I sent the following email to…

Scientists Report Success in Biodegrading Pretreated BPA Plastics With Fungus

From GoodCleanTech: Mukesh Doble and Trishul Artham, of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, grew cultures of three different kinds of fungi on polycarbonate plastic (including the industrial-strength white-rot fungus, which has been shown before to effectively biodegrade industrial pollutants). Duble and Artham found that the fungi grew best on plastic pretreated with ultraviolet light…

“Thin” or “Slim” tiles

I read the following article and was wondering how those slim tiles would perform in NZ conditions (ie timber frame, moving with various moisture loads, particularly radiata pine). From my experience, the thinner the tiles, the better the substrate has to be. You have less tolerance to play with ie mediating substrate unevenness. They have…

NZ’s “unique” climate conditions

Just something I want to share with you. It’s about the unique New Zealand climate conditions. Have a look at http://www.climate-charts.com/World-Climate-Maps.html NZ has a similar temperature to southern Europe also with similar rainfall. The wind speed in NZ is slightly higher (should rather be a reason to build airtighter and watertighter) and humidity levels are…

EcoStore auto dishwasher tabs

As we ran out of EcoStore dishwashing powerde, I had the pleasure of buying the auto dishwasher tablets instead because Pack’n Save didn’t have anything else. When I opened the cardboard box, I was first shocked about the plastic warpper around each tablett. But they felt we weird. As it turned out, it was made…

Which Toilet Paper Brands are greenest?

Extract from Kiwi brand toilet paper suspected in forest loss Greenpeace forests campaigner Grant Rosoman says: Earthcare: “as it is recycled”. Sorbent, Purex and other SCA products “mostly from NZ-grown plantations with some from Canada, which is OK”. Cottonelle and Kleenex: “because Kimberly-Clark have committed to not buy from Indonesia, and have Canadian and Brazilian…