CRAZY WEDNESDAY: A FEW GREEN THINGS

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So the festivities are over, we’re counting down the days until we have to remove the Christmas decorations, work looms and everyone is stir-crazy after a fortnight indoors! If your house is like mine, the main result of seeing family and friends over Christmas is to catch up with all the germs we missed earlier in the year, so we’re all sniffing and sneezing away. For those who went out celebrating, as well as for those of us with colds and flu, here are a few gentle, fun things, with a green theme.

THE ANSWER, MY FRIEND, IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

Firstly, I love this video of the construction of a wind turbine. The first time I came close to a wind turbine was on a motorcycling holiday through Europe. We were travelling along the Dutch coast, and we came across a beautiful rocky coast, devoid of people but with an array of these statuesque turbines, and they were amazingly big – much bigger than I’d somehow imagined they might be. I’ve often wondered since how they actually get there, and this is the answer.

THE CHARM OF OLD THINGS

I wrote about Green Thing a while ago. It’s an on-line community where you can find inspiration to do a little something green each month, with the excellent twist of a constant supply of funny photos, audio files and videos on each theme. December’s Green Thing to do was actually aimed at Christmas present buying, and was to “give an old thing, not a new thing”. It works easily as well, though for that time after Christmas when we either try to get rid of the unwanted gifts we received, or clear out to make room for the ones we do want. The theme’s video is so gorgeous and nostalgic, it’ll have you crying into your turkey soup.

DIY SOLAR CAR

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There are so many solar, biofuel, electric, hybrid – whatever – green cars coming on to the market these days that I could easily only write about them. The problem is that they are largely incredibly ugly. Now, this one turned my head first because it is cute, but the back story makes it even better, as this bloke actually built it himself. This is a fascinating little video – it almost makes me want to do one myself

ECO-FRIENDLY FERRARI

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Hands up who got a sweater for Christmas! Now, when I was little, my granny used to knit jumpers for us, and when we’d grown out of them, we’d give them back to her. She’d unravel them, and knit something else. It struck me that this would be a good way of using up the knitted sweaters, socks, etc that you got for Christmas, but don’t like, and at the same time getting yourself the most beautiful eco-friendly car in the world. It runs on absolutely no petrol, and is 100% recyclable, but most importantly, it’s a Ferrari.

Amanda

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2 Responses to “CRAZY WEDNESDAY: A FEW GREEN THINGS”


  1. 1 millicent56 January 3, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hmmm go green friendly… that sound great! But lots of effort though!
    But one thing I nvr get to understand, like manufacturers producing green friendly items, why do it have to be extra expensive frm the exactly non green friendly item..?
    Sorry but this is what I see. Hope you not offended.
    By the way, if you could leave a comment at my website :http://mypollyourvote.wordpress.com/
    Cheers
    bluewood!

  2. 2 michael January 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    nice page – i love green ones 🙂 if you’d like to buy a new, green car go and check out http://www.loremo.com. i like it a lot 🙂

    go on with your good work!

    peace, love & a greener apple 🙂


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