200,000 straws forms colorful plastic wave in Vietnam

each straw we use — for 10 minutes or 10 seconds — will likely float in oceans for 450 years. by 2050, there’s estimated to be more plastic in the sea than fish. these statistics and others like them are sewn together in a spoken word story by steve connell in the video above, ‘the last straw.’

Created by Von Wong


Neil Burnell visits the most haunted forest in Britain, and returned with fairytale photos

The Wistman’s woods has always been a source of errie folklore: tales of Druids, ghosts, and ancient evils so old and forgotten lurking and waiting to hunt humans, hence its name Wistman, which is “haunted” in local dialect.

But despite it’s reputation, the sights of several dwarf oak trees blanketed by atmospheric mist, boulders covered in moss, trucks carpeted in lichens, and entangled tree vines are quite pleasing, an under fog bears striking similarity to Mid-earth.

nicknamed ” the most haunted place in Dartmoor” this primeval forest evokes a mix of awe and fear; one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England, it’s prime estate for ancient, dwarf oaks trees.

Davon based photographer ,Neil Burnell, attempts to frame this complicated mystery into curated art, with his project , “Mystical” a series of mist covered photos. His shots offers a glimpse into the nature of this ancient forest in early morning fog, a feat which was difficult to achieve; Of his 20 tries Neil only had two opportunities when the mist was proper, to shoot.

” have enjoyed these photos so much because they remind me of some old folk tales about fairies I listened and read in my childhood” Neil said,

Although locals never venture near Wistman at dusk, Neil enjoyed his experience and would release several photos soon.

Stefano Boeri proposes vertical forest to clean Nanjian’s air ( China)


The Nanjing Green Towers project is  promoted by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned National Investment Group Co.ltd,  and would be the first Vertical Forest built in Asia when the last stones are set in, and the shrubs,trees placed into allocations. The design inspiration comes from the characteristics of  mountain terrain to green mountains shape for the design blueprint and for building integration into the local landscape.

The two towers are to carry  600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees (for a total amount of 1100 trees from 23 local species) and 2500 cascading plants and shrubs covering a floor area of 6.000 sqm. These vegetation would help  to regenerate local biodiversity, absorb over 25 tons of CO2 annually and produce 60 kg of oxygen daily. 


Planting suitable local tree species along the outer wall; blocking radiation and noise and creates for birds, insects, and small animals Eco-corridors ( patches of artificial greenery between natural vegetation. Building a watering system, using recycled water to maintain plant growth, and building wind energy and solar energy would keep the building in energy self-sufficiency mode.

With house over 2,500 shrubs and  1,000 trees

23  unique species of vegetation to clean 132 pounds of oxygen daily

Nanjing vertical forest-1 

This living settlement follows  the Vertical Forest and forest City charter which calls for the  introduction of both, in horizontal and vertical, the  distribution of green facade surfaces. The living environment creates an ideal space for symbiosis between man and nature with the added peaks of purifying city air; absorbing carbon dioxide , scrubbing dust particles, and manufacturing oxygen

 Located in Nanjing Pukou District (an area destined to lead the modernization of southern Jiangsu and the development of the Yangtze River economic zone), the two Nanjing Towers would  stand 656ft and 354ft respectively, and contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school and a rooftop club, and a 247-room Hyatt hotel.  They are characterized by the interchange of green tanks and balconies, following the prototype of Milan’s Vertical Forest. Slated to  be completed in 2018  would make them China’s first ever vertical forests as the Singaporean ParkRoyal has the tittle for Asia.

Park Royal in Singapore


 Italian architect Stefano Boeri  already has one of his Vertical Towers in Milan and similar buildings have been planned for Switzerland, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.

Similar building proposed in Lausanne, Switzerland

And two vertical forests, called Bosco Verticale, are in Milan, Italy

” House of Waste ” wins sustainability award

Kamikatsu : wan awards (h/t: demilkedufunk, inhabitat)

 Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture Japan  is one such community committed to zero waste : aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle centre like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaching an impasse, the world looks around to  great expectations to this traditional life-style Kamikatsu holds the beacon to that alternative.

In order to create continuity of production and consumption, and  to herald the path on continued productivity already followed , the town decided to collect all their waste materials and create a  warehouse / brewery. As a town centre to relax  and share a beer or two between members of  the milieu  also to display art-work and wares ; a general purpose eco-community centre.

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