Category Archives: Natural Life

Rest in Power Dr. Llaila Olela Afrika

 

I have done work with many healers and ALL give thanks and praise to Dr Llaila Afrika. His work will be carried on with each and every student his wisdom has touched. Take the time and watch some of his work and pick up his books to learn more about health and wellness holistically.

African Holistic Health by Afrika, Llaila O.

The Textbook of African Holistic Health by Afrika, Llaila O

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19 Edible Plants Found In Nature

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on? Some plants will keep you alive and are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals, while some could make you violently ill….or even kill you.

Which of course makes proper identification absolutely critical.

Below we’ve given a primer on 19 common edible wild plants. Look them over and commit the plants to memory. If you’d like to discover even more edible wild plants, we suggest checking out the SAS Survival Handbook and the U.S. Army Survival Manual.

In the coming months, we’ll be publishing articles on edible wild roots, berries, and fungi. So stay tuned.

Plants to Avoid

If you can’t clearly identify a plant and you don’t know if it’s poisonous, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Steer clear from a plant if it has:

  • Milky or discolored sap
  • Spines, fine hairs, or thorns
  • Beans, bulbs, or seeds inside pods
  • Bitter or soapy taste
  • Dill, carrot, parsnip, or parsley-like foliage
  • “Almond” scent in the woody parts and leaves
  • Grain heads with pink, purplish, or black spurs
  • Three-leaved growth pattern

Many toxic plants will exhibit one or more of the above characteristics. Bear in mind that some of the plants we suggest below have some of these attributes, yet they’re still edible. The characteristics listed are just guidelines for when you’re not confident about what you’re dealing with. If you want to be completely sure that an unknown plant is edible, and you have a day or two to spare, you can always perform the Universal Edibility Test.

Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus and other species)

Amaranth Amaranthus retroflexus flower edible plants

Native to the Americas but found on most continents, amaranth is an edible weed. You can eat all parts of the plant, but be on the look out for spines that appear on some of the leaves. While not poisonous, amaranth leaves do contain oxalic acid and may contain large amounts of nitrates if grown in nitrate-rich soil. It’s recommended that you boil the leaves to remove the oxalic acid and nitrates. Don’t drink the water after you boil the plant. With that said, you can eat the plant raw if worse comes to worst.

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

wild Asparagus bunch along dirt road edible plants

The vegetable that makes your pee smell funny grows in the wild in most of Europe and parts of North Africa, West Asia, and North America. Wild asparagus has a much thinner stalk than the grocery-store variety. It’s a great source of source of vitamin C, thiamine, potassium, and vitamin B6. Eat it raw or boil it like you would your asparagus at home.

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Burdock Arctium lappa common edible plants

Medium to large-sized plant with big leaves and purplish thistle-like flower heads. The plant is native to the temperate areas of the Eastern Hemisphere; however, it has been naturalized in parts of the Western Hemisphere as well. Burdock is actually a popular food in Japan. You can eat the leaves and the peeled stalks of the plant either raw or boiled. The leaves have a bitter taste, so boiling them twice before eating is recommended to remove the bitterness. The root of the plant can also be peeled, boiled, and eaten.

Cattail (Typha)

Cattail Typha common edible plants in wild

Known as cattails or punks in North America and bullrush and reedmace in England, the typhagenus of plants is usually found near the edges of freshwater wetlands. Cattails were a staple in the diet of many Native American tribes. Most of a cattail is edible. You can boil or eat raw the rootstock, or rhizomes, of the plant. The rootstock is usually found underground. Make sure to wash off all the mud. The best part of the stem is near the bottom where the plant is mainly white. Either boil or eat the stem raw. Boil the leaves like you would spinach. The corn dog-looking female flower spike can be broken off and eaten like corn on the cob in the early summer when the plant is first developing. It actually has a corn-like taste to it.

Clovers (Trifolium)

Clovers Trifolium close up common edible plants in wild

Lucky you — clovers are actually edible. And they’re found just about everywhere there’s an open grassy area. You can spot them by their distinctive trefoil leaflets. You can eat clovers raw, but they taste better boiled.

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory cichorium intybus in wild common edible plants

You’ll find chicory growing in Europe, North America, and Australia. It’s a bushy plant with small blue, lavender, and white flowers. You can eat the entire plant. Pluck off the young leaves and eat them raw or boil them. The chicory’s roots will become tasty after boiling. And you can pop the flowers in your mouth for a quick snack.

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Chickweed Stellaria media in wild common edible plants

You’ll find this herb in temperate and arctic zones. The leaves are pretty hefty, and you’ll often find small white flowers on the plant. They usually appear between May and July. You can eat the leaves raw or boiled. They’re high in vitamins and minerals.

Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)

curled dock plant in wild common edible plants

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You can find curled dock in Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. It’s distinguished by a long, bright red stalk that can reach heights of three feet. You can eat the stalk raw or boiled. Just peel off the outer layers first. It’s recommend that you boil the leaves with several changes of water in order to remove its naturally bitter taste.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

dandelion close up plant in wild common edible plants

Sure, it’s an obnoxious weed on your perfectly mowed lawn, but when you’re out in the wild this little plant can save your life. The entire plant is edible — roots, leaves, and flower. Eat the leaves while they’re still young; mature leaves taste bitter. If you do decide to eat the mature leaves, boil them first to remove their bitter taste. Boil the roots before eating as well. You can drink the water you boiled the roots in as a tea and use the flower as a garnish for your dandelion salad.

Field Pennycress (Thalspi vulgaris)

field pennycress plant in wild common edible plants

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Field pennycress is a weed found in most parts of the world. Its growing season is early spring to late winter. You can eat the seeds and leaves of field pennycress raw or boiled. The only caveat with field pennycress is not to eat it if it’s growing in contaminated soil. Pennycress is a hyperaccumulator of minerals, meaning it sucks up any and all minerals around it. General rule is don’t eat pennycress if it’s growing by the side of the road or is near a Superfund site.

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

fireweed plant in wild common edible plants

This pretty little plant is found primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. You can identify fireweed by its purple flower and the unique structure of the leaves’ veins; the veins are circular rather than terminating on the edges of the leaves. Several Native American tribes included fireweed in their diet. It’s best eaten young when the leaves are tender. Mature fireweed plants have tough and bitter tasting leaves. You can eat the stalk of the plant as well. The flowers and seeds have a peppery taste. Fireweed is a great source of vitamins A and C.

Green Seaweed (Ulva lactuca)

green seaweed plant in wild common edible plants

If you’re ever shipwrecked on a deserted island, fish the waters near the beach for some green seaweed. This stuff is found in oceans all over the world. After you pull green seaweed from the water, rinse with fresh water if available and let it dry. You can eat it raw or include it in a soup. Or if you’re particularly enterprising, catch a fish with your homemade spear and use the seaweed to make sushi rolls, sans rice.

Kelp (Alaria esculenta)

kelp plant in wild common edible plants

Kelp is another form of seaweed. You can find it in most parts of the world. Eat it raw or include it in a soup. Kelp is a great source of folate, vitamin K, and lignans.

Plantain (Plantago)

plantain plant in wild common edible plants

Found in all parts of the world, the plantain plant (not to be confused with the banana-like plantain) has been used for millennia by humans as a food and herbal remedy for all sorts of maladies. You can usually find plantains in wet areas like marshes and bogs, but they’ll also sprout up in alpine areas. The oval, ribbed, short-stemmed leaves tend to hug the ground. The leaves may grow up to about 6″ long and 4″ wide. It’s best to eat the leaves when they’re young. Like most plants, the leaves tend to get bitter tasting as they mature. Plantain is very high in vitamin A and calcium. It also provides a bit of vitamin C.

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Ancient Koh Ker Pyramid reveals Advanced Technology?

Hey guys, today we are going to investigate an ancient lingam which is 30 feet tall, yes Three Zero (30) feet tall and is made of transparent crystal. And this lingam is not new, it was created more than a thousand years ago, by Ancient Hindus and placed inside a temple, in the middle of a jungle in Cambodia. And this is the Hindu temple which has that crystal lingam. At first glance, I am surprised because it does not look like a Hindu temple at all, it is eerily similar to the Mayan Pyramids, but archeologists confirm that this is a Hindu temple which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Archeologists have also found inscriptions which talk about a Massive Lingam placed here. Normally, I would admire the structure and analyze the size and shape of the Pyramid, but I am cannot wait to see the Crystal Lingam. I realize that the original stairs are completely ruined now and have become unusable, but I think there should be more set of stairs on the other side’s as well. But when I began walking around the Pyramid, I realize I am wrong, the original stairs were built only on one side of the Pyramid, and there are no stairs on the other sides, they are all made of solid stone walls. At the back of the Pyramid, I see a strange ritual being performed. There is a small temple here, Perhaps the lingam is at this place, but when I reach there, I am surprised to see Cambodians worshipping the statue of an Elephant. I ask them where I can see the giant lingam, Cambodians do not speak much English, but they point to the top of the Pyramid. I find modern wooden stairs which go up the Pyramid, so I begin climbing it. A 30 feet tall lingam made of crystal, installed at the top of an ancient Pyramid ? This would be a spectacular sight to see. The stones of the Pyramid are calling me, they were cut and installed here more than a thousand years ago, but my goal is to lay my eyes on the Giant Crystal lingam. I finally reach the top, and I am deeply disappointed, because the crystal lingam is not visible, but I see a destroyed temple structure with giant broken carvings. There is just an empty chamber with wooden barriers protecting it. However, something tells me to climb up on these broken stone blocks. This is risky, but I feel like I may find something in this area. And then I find something truly extraordinary. A hole, circular hole, situated exactly in the middle of the Pyramid. Look at the giant walls built all around it, and the remnants of a square base, there was definitely a giant cylindrical lingam placed in this hole. This is not a theory, Archeologists and Historians confirm that a massive lingam was once installed here, and no one knows how it mysteriously vanished. The Cambodian Government has strictly prohibited anyone from getting any closer, But I need to take a closer look at the hole itself, so I take my zoom lens and climb up to find a vantage point. From some angles, it looks like a shallow hole with only a few feet depth. I try to see it from a different angle, and I could see that the hole was deeper. But when I tried to look at the hole almost from straight up, Look at these pictures I shot, this is not just a hole, this is a deep hole, clearly laid with neatly cut stones which, I mean we cannot even see the end of the hole. How deep is this hole? Is it possible that this hole goes all the way to the bottom of the Pyramid? Egyptian pyramids like the Great Pyramid of Giza have elaborate secret chambers inside the Pyramid. Does this Pyramid also have chambers inside? In ancient Hindu temples, people still worship Crystal Lingams, these are called Spatika Lingams. I have seen some big Crystal Lingams, but certainly a 30 feet tall transparent lingam would have been one of a kind, making it the largest crystal lingam in the world. Look at the positioning of the original ancient stairs: 1000 years ago, worshippers would have climbed this pyramid using these stairs and reached the top to see this giant lingam. They would have only seen 15 feet of this lingam, because the rest of it, another 15 feet would go under the floor level. Archeologists do confirm that there was once a 15 feet tall lingam here, because there are inscriptions found in this area which confirm this and remember, I have already shown you that Lingams are not just the visible part we see above the floor level, it is at least twice the size because half of the cylinder is buried underneath. And look at this hole, there should be absolutely no doubt that it goes at least 15 feet deep.

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Teenagers build robot to remove all 8.3b tons of plastics in every ocean

– 4 Teenagers from South Sudan have invented a robot to clean the world’s oceans of all its 8.3b plastic pollution – The team displayed their invention at the recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai – Reports indicate that over 300m tons of plastic waste is generated yearly in the world and a good amount ends up in the oceans Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in 4 South Sudanese teenagers have built a robot to rid the world’s oceans of over 8.3bn tons of plastic pollution. According to Face2FaceAfrica.com, the team displayed their invention that can clean water bodies of plastics and other pollutants at the recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai.

The Global Challenge to recover “trash from the seas” using robots is an annual international robotics and artificial intelligence competition held for the first time in Dubai. READ ALSO: Married lady narrates how she cheated on her husband with another married woman Reports indicate that 300 million tons of plastic waste are generated every year. This figure is estimated to be nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire population. Research indicates that more than 8.3 billion tons have ended up in the ocean and if care is not taken there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. The disturbing levels of the pollutant that come from human activities every year, kill marine life thereby affecting global populations.

According to team mentor Richard Ring, the robot can be used to clean the Nile of plastic pollution and the Nile is one of the 10 rivers contributing 90% of Ocean plastic waste. By extension, the robot can clean other rivers and oceans if the use is duplicated. How exactly the robot works to perform the job is not disclosed. It is thought that how it operates is considered a trade secret. Speaking about the groundbreaking invention, James Madut, one of the team members said: “As a youth, our main point is to unite and make a change and work with the community to clean the oceans. We can do it together”.

A  young SHS boy from Koforidua by name Kelvin Amaniampong has come up with an innovation that can save Free SHS policy ¢4m yearly Kelvin, from a humble background, who is in the double-track system realized how much time he has had to spend being unproductive and decided to provide a solution.

He came up with an app called Scrollbooks with the help of his uncle to provide free textbooks and past questions to millions of Ghanaian students nationwide.

Source : https://yen.com.gh/143839-teenagers-build-robot-remove-83b-tons-plastics-ocean-worldwide.html

Homestead Act of 1862, Free Land

Did you know you can get free land?

Sounds unbelievable, right?

I mean who, in this day and age, would give out free plots of land. Well, the answer to that question can be traced back to 1862.

Are you familiar with the Homestead Act of 1862?

If you recall your American history, the Homestead Act was a law that gives free land to anyone who’s willing to move west and till the land for five years.

This law was in effect for over a hundred years. The last claim was approved in 1988.

Today, you can still take advantage of free land. However, please note that the land is subject to different requirements before it can be given out for free.

But that’s free land for you. So it pays to study and learn about the details. Put in some time to research to see what you need to do to get free land.

Wondering how to get free land?

Let’s get started, beginning with the law that governs homesteading land for free.

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Here’s A Brief Overview Of The Homestead Act.

On May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act became effective into law. This facilitated the settlement in the western region of the U.S., allowing Americans to put up claims for up to 160 acres of free land.

As a result, the law paved the way for small-time farmers to enjoy grants of free land.

When the Civil War ended, there were around 15,000 homestead claims, and more followed thereafter.

Eventually, the then U.S. government approved over 1.6 million claims, comprising about 420,000 square miles or 10 percent of all government-held property.

During its entire effectivity, there were more than 200 million acres of land granted to recipients under the Homestead Act. The last approved claimed was in 1988 for 80 acres of land situated in Southeastern Alaska.

The Spirit Of Granting Homesteading Land Lives On.

Want tips on how to live cheaply?

Perhaps you might want to consider moving out of the city.

There are many small towns in the rural countryside that still give out free or nearly free lands.

However, if you’re interested, you may still need to conduct your own due diligence. A lot of lands in good locations have been scooped up.

So while there is no shortage, you might want to keep your eyes open for bogus land transactions.

CHEAP OR FREE GOVERNMENT LAND?

Here are the places you should start looking:

1. Lincoln, Kansas

This picturesque town is located in Central Kansas and is about an hour away from Wichita. With a population of 3,500, Lincoln features rolling hills and a quaint little downtown.

For over a decade, the local government is trying to entice more people to live in the town, offering lower property taxes.

Wondering what to expect in Lincoln?

You can look forward to peaceful suburban lots in this charming town. Plus, the offered lots are near the town’s baseball field. There’s also a golf course and a couple of major shopping centers nearby.

The utilities are already set in place. The streets, gutters, and curbs are also completed. All that is left for you is build your own home.

To learn more about this program, check out the town’s website.

2. Marquette, Kansas

This small town is another gem in Kansas. It’s a peaceful place that lies in the heart of America.

If you’re looking for a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family, you’ll love Marquette. The peace and order situation in the area is excellent. Plus, it has a great school system.

Marquette also has beautiful rolling fields and open views of the sunset. In addition, this quiet town features a new suburban-style development. It’s definitely an appealing, family-friendly prospect.

Interested in applying for free homestead land in Marquette?

Here’s the deal:

You need to start building your home within 180 days from getting the land and complete it within a year. There are also residential design standards and occupancy requirements to comply.

To learn more about this, visit the town’s website.

3. Mankato, Kansas

Mankato is a city with a small-town feel. It lies in Jewell County, Kansas, and has a population of only 900.

But what’s great about this little city is that everything’s near. You’re close to the school and hospital; restaurants and the shopping center too.

Are you looking to move into this pleasant city?

There are certain requirements you need to comply to get land for free.

You need to start constructing your home within six months from getting the lot. You have two years to complete the construction, counted from the acquisition of the land.

In addition, the size of your home shouldn’t be less than 1,200 square feet. This excludes the basement or garage if there are any.

For more information about Mankato’s free government land for homesteading, check out the city’s website.

4. Osborne, Kansas

Did you know Osborne offers free land for both residential and commercial uses?

Plus, it also puts up low-interest loans and other business incentives. This is to entice people to bring commerce into the city and increase its economic activity.

However, to get hold of the land, the City of Osborne requires a deposit of $500. This amount will be returned to you upon the completion of your new home.

You need to construct your home within 12 months after acquiring the land. In addition, you also need to move in within 24 months.

As for the structural requirements, your home needs to be at least 1,400 square feet.

Would you like to learn more about this free land program?

Check out Osborne’s website.

5. Plainville, Kansas

Did you notice Kansas keeps on popping on this list?

Situated in Rooks County, the City of Plainville has a population of 2,000 and is looking to grow its community. So it’s offering free land within its territory.

The offered lot is 155 feet wide by 93 feet deep.

To get hold of the land, you need to make a $500 deposit. And just like the City of Osborne, Plainville will return the amount once the lot is conveyed to you.

For the structural requirements of your home, Plainville doesn’t allow mobile homes. All homes must have a foundation. The construction needs to be completed within 18 months from the time the ownership of the land is handed over to you.

Check out Plainville’s website to learn more about this program.

6. La Villa, Texas

Looking For Free Land In Texas?

This sleepy town is situated in the southern part of Texas.

It’s offering 91 plots of land for residential development.

The land is given for free. However, you need to pay the corresponding property taxes.

In addition, a five-year lien attaches to the lot. Should you sell the property within that period, you will owe the local government a certain amount, which is usually equivalent to the value of the property.

To enjoy this privilege, La Villa has certain income requirements for prospective recipients.

Want to know more about this program?

Get in touch with the South Texas Economic Development Corp. at 956-969-3024.

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7. Flagler, Colorado

How About Free Land In Colorado?

Located east of Denver is Flagler. It’s a beautiful town that has good schools and peaceful neighborhood.

Under its free land program, there is an allotment of 480 acres for businesses to establish their shops.

The amount of land that you can get will depend on the number of jobs you can provide for the folks in Flagler.

If you want to check out its land incentive program, visit Flagler’s website.

8. Agate, Colorado

Discover Colorado’s beautiful plains in Agate.

Did you know this town is giving away parcels of its 60-acre property?

Of the people who grabbed the opportunity to own free land, many of them used it to raise livestock and grow crops.

The lot is free. However, you will have to pay the cost of your home’s construction. There’s also a donation of the portion of the crops or earnings thereof to the Meadowlark Cooperative.

If communal life is for you, then you might want to check out this program.

Read the full list of states offering land here at MomsMakeCents 

Solar Powered Barges Scoop Up 50 Tons of Plastic Daily

The ‘Interceptor” stops ocean plastic at its source, rivers

The teenage Dutch inventor behind the Ocean Cleanup has invented a solar-powered barge to intercept plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean.

The “Interceptor” is a floating robot the size of a large houseboat that skims plastic waste off the surface of the river as it flows downstream.

It’s capable of collecting 50 tons of plastic rubbish per day. The plastic is directed up the mouth of the barge, collected in dumpsters, then sent to recycling facilities.

The nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup, has been quietly developing the system over the last four years, while it continued to work on its main project—device that captures plastic trash already in the ocean.

A huge chunk of ocean plastic (2 million tons a year) enters  the sea through rivers.

Around 1% of the world’s rivers are responsible for the majority of the trash entering the ocean, and most of those are in Asia, near cities with inadequate recycling infrastructure.

Ultimately, “we need to move all the way upstream and reduce consumption and production of single-use, unnecessary plastics, and we need to better collect and recycle plastics and ensure materials are getting back into the supply chain for a circular economy,” Nick Mallos of The Ocean Conservancy tells Fast Company.

Source – ReturnToNow 

Design Tiny Houses DIY dome homes built from AirCrete Eco Friendly & Low Cost

First there was foamcrete, then there was papercrete and hempcrete, and now we’ve got AirCrete, a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement that is cheap to make, waterproof, fireproof, and DIY-friendly.

At one point, I fell under the spell of domes as a building form, and as I had plans to someday build my own home on some vacant land, I spent quite a bit of time and energy exploring the idea. Geodesic domes sure did look cool, but dang, there are a lot of angles and joints on a geodesic dome house that would not only have to be cut and assembled, but that would also be a potential weak point for water leaks for the entire life of the home, and almost all of the materials would have to come from off-site, so that design was out for me.

A rammed earth home, however, could be built with mostly on-site materials (plus a metric boatload of labor), but that technique would work best with walls that were vertical, not curved. Adobe blocks could be made on-site and built into a dome, and would be an appropriate choice for living comfortably in the southwest, but I wasn’t convinced that adobe was the best choice of materials for forming the roof of a dome, even if plastered and sealed. 

I then really fell in love with Nader Khalili’s Fired Ceramic Houses, which lead me down the path to learning about his SuperAdobe creations and then on to earthbag construction in general, which seemed the most accessible style of all. In the end, I ended up buying an old adobe home, so I never got any further into building a dome than doing the research, but I still keep my eye out for interesting and low-cost methods of DIY building, and I recently came across this new (to me) construction material that seems worthy of consideration.

DomeGaia’s AirCrete homes, which are the brainchild of Hajjar Gibran (who happens to be the great-nephew of the poet Kahlil Gibran), are made with a foamy mixture of cement and air bubbles, which create a lightweight and low-cost building block that is fireproof, waterproof, and serves to insulate the building. According to its creator, AirCrete offers a number of desirable attributes for use as a building material for single-storey residences, especially for the owner-builder, among them the ability to cut construction costs “by a factor of 10” when compared with conventional construction.

“It is waterproof, fireproof, and insect proof. It offers good thermal and acoustic insulation. It will not rot, warp, or corrode. Unlike concrete which is hard, heavy, cold and difficult to work with, AirCrete is easy to work with. It dries overnight and can be cut, carved, drilled and shaped with wood-working tools. It accepts nails and screws and is easily repaired. It had good compressive strength to make excellent foundations, subfloors, building blocks, poured walls, domes or whatever. It can be molded or formed into practically any shape.” – DomeGaia 

The key to AirCrete is in the foaming agent, which works to suspend tiny air bubbles in the cement mixture, and a small piece of equipment, a continuous foam generator, which disperses a mix of the foaming agent (which can be as simple as an all-natural “high foaming” dish detergent) into the cement mixture to be mixed together. DomeGaia sells a readymade foam generator unit, the Little Dragon, and has plans and parts for building your own, as well as selling a Foam-Injection AirCrete mixer.

DomeGaia also has building plans for sale for AirCrete domes, and offers 10-day building workshops in Mexico and the Philippines, as well as information and answers to FAQs, on its website. I came across a number of other videos about building with aircrete recently, and then found a UK organization called the Aircrete Products Association, but it seems to be referring to a different material (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) than the DomeGaia version.

Build this Cabin for 6k ?

 

What is needed to build a DIY cabin? Just the basic skills and a little over $6000. And that’s including the porch. A fellow built one for that price and blogged about it, named Steven Maxwell, and he’s since updated it with a modern price (the original cost him $4000 20 years ago).

The cost breaks down roughly like this: $1100 for the floor assembly, $3200 (the biggest cost) for the roof, $1300 for the walls and porch frame, and $450 for hardware, for a total of $6050. The cabin house is 14 by 20 with a traditional A-frame roof. It also includes a sleeping loft above the porch. Of course, this leaves a lot of leeway for customizing the large space. Maxwell built this little house himself, so he saved on labor costs there. The cost is of course just for the house itself, and after finishing it with doors, windows, and then whatever amenities the owner wants to have, it will be higher, but the price does include the shingled roof and floors, so it really is the price of building this cabin house.

The basic materials plan (click on our gallery) will give a really good idea of what’s included and the general way this simple cabin house is constructed, and home handy-people can probably tell right away if they can do it themselves (it’s really not an advanced building). There’s also a materials list that Maxwell has provided so you can take it right to your hardware store. If nothing else, this guy shows that you can build a sturdy, proper can home with a porch for well under $10k.

The photography is by Mountain King Log Cabin, illustrations by Len Churchill, and build by Steven Maxwell. For more about Steven Maxwell (he has a book called Build This Cozy Cabin, we’ve added him to our house builders directory under house bloggers. And for more kit homes, click here.

How Dr. Bronner’s Soap Is Made | The Making

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has been around since 1948, when it was founded by Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation soap maker who immigrated from Germany in 1929. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are all organic and sustainably sourced from fair trade facilities around the world before arriving to its factory in Vista, California. Bronner’s life mission was to promote his philosophy called the Moral ABC, which called for peace and unity over religious and ethnic differences. Bronner’s philosophy is written in tiny text on all of his soap labels. The company says there are 18 ways you can use its liquid castile soap, including washing your face, body, hair, home, and even your teeth. Celebrities such as Zoë Kravitz, Lady Gaga, and Meghan Markle are rumored to be fans of Dr. Bronner’s soaps. Their most famous soap is the Peppermint Liquid Castile soap, which can cool the skin and clear sinuses

 

MycoWorks Raises $17M to Leather Products Made From Reishi Mushroom

Made with Reishi
©Made with Reishi by MycoWorks

MycoWorks, creator of a sustainable, fine mycelium leather alternative called Reishi, today announces $17 million in Series A financing for its mycelium based fabrics for the luxury fashion market. The round was led by DCVC Bio, with participation from others including Novo Holdings and 8VC, Future Tech Labs, and AgFunder.

The brand’s material is made from a kind of mushroom called Reishi, otherwise known as the Lingzhi mushroom, and is  already utilised by multiple European luxury and footwear brands. The material is a commercially viable natural, sustainable option for leather. Furthermore, Reishi’s customizability opens up avenues for product design that are not possible with animal hides.

“Just as alternatives to meat have recently taken the food industry by storm, consumers are also looking for natural, non-animal materials to wear. With its incredible aesthetics, feel and performance, Reishi is the result of an entirely new and scalable manufacturing process that fills a clear need in the market,” said Matt Scullin, CEO of MycoWorks.

MycoWorks Made with Reishi
©Made with Reishi by MycoWorks

“As a natural material we’ve harnessed as an incredibly strong skin, Reishi is the only material that can meet the quality standards of animal leathers. We’re excited to continue to grow our operations to meet demand from our brand partners.”

The new funding will enable MycoWorks to continue to scale its manufacturing operations to meet enormous existing and growing demand in the market for its Reishi material. The company currently operates two production facilities and is about to open a third commercial plant with a production capacity of 80,000 square feet of material per year to support the launch of products which have been prototyped and tested with major luxury customers for more than 18 months.

“MycoWorks meets the aspirations of luxury leather and meets the criteria for the new green economy,” said Kiersten Stead, Managing Partner, DCVC Bio. “Large global luxury brands are lining up to bring Reishi products to market.”

Source – Vegconomist