How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water


How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water | Off The Grid News.

Step by step instructions to build a simple box that takes in open vessels filled with any impure water. The sun’s heat collecting in the box slowly boils the water, which condenses under the sloping glass top, and is collected in a tube at the edge. What is collected is pure distilled water. This simple device (and once you get the basics you can modify it for any range of needs… ) can deliver basic life-saving drinking water from the most polluted of sources, is inexpensive and does not need too much advanced skill to set up.. just spread the basic idea and you might just save a lot of lives in a disaster.

Permaculture – Free Online Sustainability Course – Regenerative Leadership Institute


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Soil regeneration and land restoration

Passive and active solar design

Food forests, trees, and garden design

Greywater considerations and system design

Business and financial permaculture

Waste recycling and treatment

Urban permaculture for sustainable cities

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via Permaculture – Free Online Sustainability Course – Regenerative Leadership Institute.

Raju and Shalini Titus : natural farmers in MP, Rishi Kheti


Raju and Shalini Titus have been engaged in no-till farming for over 23 years. Contrary to pop wisdom, their net income has gone up because of increased yields and a reduction in input costs.

Click to see full article: Farm like the rishis!.

Credits: Amita Bhaduri, article shared under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 IN license from India Water Portal

Millet brings a windfall


http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/millet-brings-a-windfall/article5435704.ece

A farmer of Muthukadu in Tamil Nadu has been harvesting a conventional minor millet “kuthiraivali” on his
fields recently.

The minor millet, with duration of 90 days, was raised on three acres of land and he is able to harvest an average 900 kg an acre.
“The kuthiraivali is a minor millet which can be raised on any dry land or wasteland,” says farmer Appavu Balandar.

The crop requires minimum
irrigation facility and is suited for
areas with less or poor rainfall in
the district, he says. It could
withstand drought-prone conditions up to 45 days. Against an investment of Rs. 2,500, the crop is expected to fetch prospective returns anywhere between Rs.11,000 and Rs.15,000 depending
upon the demand in the market as the produce was priced between Rs. 15 and Rs. 20 a kg, according to Appavu .

The crop was being revived through an initiative by Rose, a non-governmental organisation, which has been motivating farmers to re-discover the conventional crops which were raised in this part of the region.
According to Appavu, it could be raised as an alternative to paddy.

The crop is free from any pest
attack or disease. Less expenditure on cultivation and labour were the major advantages of this minor millet. There was a growing demand for the millet as it could be utilised for various dishes on the lines of rice.

Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting


Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting :

http://m.deccanherald.com/content/363491/this-home-free-clutter-power.html/

A wonder farm in Kerala


“Since 2007, this research station has gone from being a sleepy government facility to an engine of innovative agricultural practices – some local, some with far-reaching implications. Much of the credit for this energy and vision goes to Prasanna Rajendran, 53, who heads the ARS with the designation of assistant director of research.

Rajendran’s success has been such that the ARS’s annual income is Rs 2.56 crores. For next year, it has set a target of Rs 3 crores.

Compare that to Kerala Agriculture University (KAU) which earns Rs 8 crores annually from 3,500 acres. The ARS with just 25 acres adds Rs 2.56 crores to the KAU’s kitty.

What has led to this transformation? Rajendran attributes it to “just a little common sense and team work”. He adds: “Whatever we’ve done here is possible in any other research institution.”

Started in 1963, the Anakkayam ARS was once a cashew research station with 25 acres of rain-fed dryland. Only one scientist and five labourers worked here. Every summer, drinking water had to fetched from outside. The station’s annual revenue was a paltry Rs 4.92 lakhs. It had been all but written off.

Today ARS trains youth in agriculture, works with self-help groups (SHGs) and produces a variety of fruits and vegetables, some of which are processed and sold.”

read more at Civil Society Online – A WONDER FARM IN KERALA.

Indian knife innovation


Jugaad has been integral part of Indian life style,  creating useful items from the limited resources is the basis of jugaad technology,   Check out this amazing Indian knife innovation.

 

Nature’s lap – herbal organic products


Looking for a safe and healthy alternative for your household cleaning.Nature’s Lap has come up with a solution that is safe, healthy, ecofriendly as well as effective.Now no more need of those harsh,chemical based cleaners.
Nature’s Lap Herbal Floor Cleaner is a concentrated formula that has powerful and effective cleaning ingredients. It is made of essential oils that makes it a completely natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternative for cleaning floors and surfaces. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, child-safe.Gives a smooth shine to floors and has a pleasant aroma of citronella.It is antibacterial,antifungal,repels mosquitoes and flies. It is cost effective compared to other cleaners – only a few drops required per liter of water. Ideal for use in homes as well as public places like hotels, hospitals and schools. Certified by CSIR CIMAP (Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: a Government Research Institute). does not contain any preservatives, chemicals, Artificial Colors and Fragrances.Usage: Mix 4-6 drops per medium sized bucket of water and mop floor. Can be used to clean surfaces as well. Safe for adults and children of all ages.

Nature’s lap also has other herbal products,
For details check http://www.natureslap.in/products.html
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acebook them - http://www.facebook.com/natureslap

Countless Uses for Coconut Oil


http://www.realfarmacy.com/countless-uses-for-coconut-oil-the-simple-the-strange-and-the-downright-odd/

This article gives and explains a huge list of uses of coconut oil.

Arthakranti – a socio-economic proposal for better India


The ArthaKranti proposal is a well researched Scientific approach designed to completely transform the current Indian socio-economic scenario. This approach will enable ‘Principled, Prosperous and Peaceful living’ for all citizens of our country.

Apart from strengthening the economy internally India will achieve the prominent position on global canvas. Such a position of strength will enable us to lead the world towards our long cherished philosophy ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world as a family’!.

We are sure that the time for this proposal has arrived, keeping in mind the current state of affairs. Of course, the Government will need to be petitioned and pressurised through our elected representatives.

The need of the hour is for every like minded citizen to contribute in speeding the process through their active support.

To know more visit : http://arthakranti.org/

Rainy filters for Rain water harvesting


`RAINY’ First of its kind Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting Filters with self cleaning and auto flush out arrangements.

‘RAINY’R Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting Filter™ is the result of over 10 years Continuous R&D done by the team of FARMLAND RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM, by studying the pattern of rain fall in rural and urban India, intensity of rainfall, type of houses, pipeline used for rainwater outlets, re utilization, recharging of ground water and Tube well etc. In the past decade we have witnessed phenomenal changes in global weather patterns. The unpredictable and erratic weather patterns have resulted in torrential down pours and rainfalls of very high intensity. These heavy duty Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting filters are so designed; keeping in mind the capture of rainfall loads varying from 5mm to 75mm/hour without affecting the efficiency of filter and the operating required less than 0.06 kg/cm2 (2 feet) so the filter can perform even in low Roof areas. The design, stability and filter function efficiency is directly proportional to the intensity of rainfall. Different models of filters were set in place to capture rainwater from varied rooftops. This brought in affordability, to all cross sections of households and Industry.

Rainy filters are designed with self cleaning mechanism and can be fixed to the wall by connecting Rooftop rainwater drain pipes. The rainwater along with dirt particles enters into the inlet of filter through the hollow pipe tangentially to the filter housing and rotating slowly along the periphery of upper housing so as to flow into the SS 304 filter element placed in lower housing of the filter unit in angular motion at specific velocity, which creates cohesive force and segregates dirt particles and clean water individually. However when the intensity of rainfall increases the high volume of water moves in circular motion with high velocity in the upper housing and creates a centrifugal force. In both situations, involving low and high intensity of rainfall , the working principle of the filter based on cohesive and centrifugal force respectively, aids the filter element to divert clean water into the cistern/ recharging well and simultaneously flushes out automatically sand, debris, and dirt particles through the drain outlet.

For more info visit - http://www.rainyfilters.com/rainy-filters.html

Alaknanda – rain water harvesting systems


Rain is an ultimate source of all water resources on earth. Therefore, all water in use is, in effect, rainwater-harvesting systems. The process of rainwater harvesting would include catching rainwater, filtering or treatment and directing it to storage or recharge. Storage could be in tanks, ponds or lakes wherever appropriate and recharge of ground water through well/tube well/bore well or a specially designed well. Rainwater harvesting or rooftop rainwater harvesting is the technique through which rainwater is captured from roof catchments and stored in tanks/reservoirs/ground water aquifers.

 

Rain Water Harvesting  Rain Water Harvesting   Rain Water Harvesting

To know more and request quote visit : http://www.alaknanda.co.in/rain-water-harvesting.htm

Desi (heirloom) seeds by Sahaja Samrudha


Sahaja Samrudha or Bountiful Nature, a brainchild of a group of organic farmers was born over a decade ago mainly out of concern to protect our mother earth. Sahaja Samrudha started as a farmer initiated to exchange ideas, seeds and share knowledge on sustainable agriculture. The formation of Sahaja Samrudha was the culmination of their individual efforts into a more exciting and powerful force to make sustainable agriculture a way of life of the farming community. Sahaja Samrudha has spread out its network on publications, workshops & trainings, organising different melas and on marketing in order to encourage more farmers towards organic farming.

To know more visit these links :

http://www.sahajasamrudha.org/

http://www.sahajaorganics.com/

facebook them at : https://www.facebook.com/sahaja.seeds.3

to know the prices of various seeds or teh price list email them at  - sahajaseeds@gmail.com

Pedal-A-Watt – stationary bicycle power generator


A DIY idea to make a power generator which can be made to produce power using any bicycle. just take it along with you anywhere in the wilderness and your laptop and mobile will never fall short of power. All you need to know is the idea , which you will get in this link and basic electronics and mechanics which you can learn easily on net by googling the terms charge controller or voltage stabilizer to supply constant supply of electricity to your device, asking help to your engineer friend would make things further easier. Setup is similar to small generators attached to wheel for lighting headlights on bicycles easily available on many diy sites.


So check out this link to get the idea of making your own power generator —  http://www.econvergence.net/The-Pedal-A-Watt-Bicycle-Generator-Stand-s/1820.htm

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TOXICS ALERT – An environment news bulletin


Each and every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, and water by industrial facilities around the world.This amounts to approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year.Of these, over 2 million tons (over 4.5 billion pounds) per year are recognized carcinogens. This amounts to about 65 Kg each second.

Toxic substances can range from naturally occurring toxics like arsenic and bacteria to man-made chemicals like flame retardants, or pesticides.We can’t help but come into contact with a range of chemicals in our daily lives. More than 70,000 chemicals are currently in commercial use and little is known about their effects on our health. Substances can pose very different risks depending on how we come into contact with them, the amount that gets into our bodies, and for how long and how often this occurs.

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Whether or not a substance poses a risk to our health depends on many things, including individual sensitivities. Sometimes we sense an odor in our environment that we think is making us sick, and even if we are not being exposed to toxic levels of chemicals, that smell can affect our quality of life.

To keep yourself updated about toxins and its affect in India follow this bulletin - http://enews.toxicslink.org/

Roof top gardening


There is an increasing awareness today about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables to build immunity and good health, as well as about the harm that chemical fertilisers and pesticides do to our health as well as to the health of the land.

The vegetables and fruits in the market look bright and shiny but we have no way of knowing what chemicals make them look attractive. Processed foods boast of ‘added nutrients’, but how nutritious can dead packaged food be? Gardening at home is a great way to help everyone at home to learn about the goodness of fresh foods – especially children who’s contact with nature is minimal in cities.
To get your own garden on your roof top contact -http://www.chhatkisabji.com
facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/chhatki.sabji

Everything about bamboo – Sampoorna bamboo kendra


Bamboo has traditionally been used for centuries as a building and engineering material and in everyday items in various parts of the world and in India.  Traditional artisans have recognized its benefits for centuries, yet the modern world of engineers, architects and designers has failed to leverage this amazing natural resource to the extent that it was once used. Commonly mistaken for being a wood, it is actually a grass and has a set of features that make it tremendously beneficial to use as an engineering material in the modern context.
India has the 2nd largest amount of natural bamboo in the world.
hence this plentiful supply of bamboo in India helps to keep price down compared to other materials.

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services offered by SAMPOORNA BAMBOO KENDRA ARE :

  • Construction of Eco-friendly Bamboo Houses & Buildings
  • Building of Bamboo Furniture & Products
  • Teaching of Bamboo Craft, Furniture & Housing Trainings
  • Consulting on Bamboo-related Topics.

To know more visit : http://www.sbk.org.in/services.html

DIY Rocket Stove


A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which ensures complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.

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The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations.
A rocket stove achieves efficient combustion of the fuel at a high temperature by ensuring a good air draft into the fire, controlled use of fuel, complete combustion of volatiles, and efficient use of the resultant heat. It has been used for cooking purposes in many energy poor locales as well as for space and water heating.

Check out this design made of materials easily found around any house or farm - http://devandhema.blogspot.in/2013/11/a-really-exciting-rocket-stove-project.html

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