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Breathing Mobile Washer Review and Demonstration


 

Washing your clothes manually doesn’t have to be as difficult as you would think. Watch as MissRandie shows you how with the breathing mobile washer.  As a matter of fact, you can wash your clothes much quicker and more efficiently than even compared to top quality electric washers. The mobile washer works differently than a clothes agitator.  The webbing and the “breathing” holes allow it to push and pull water through the clothes.  This is a much more effective method of washing than using an agitator or washboard and is even safer on your clothes making them last much longer than other washing methods.

Here are just a few benefits of manual washing with the breathing mobile washer

  • Saves power
  • Saves water
  • Faster
  • More efficient
  • Gets Clothes Cleaner
  • Very affordable
  • Great for off grid situations

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Culticycle Pedal Power Tractor


 

Watch as Farmhack demonstrates their Culticycle pedal power tractor.  This is quite simply one of the coolest Farm inventions I’ve seen in a while.  Alternative energy enthusiasts will love this.  Maybe the culticycle could be a solution for farming in developing nations. Survivalists may want to consider building one as a post economic collapse method of farming. Whatever the reason, I think we are going to start seeing a lot more of these.

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Bottle Tower Garden: DIY instructions on how to build your own


 

Watch Willem Van Cotthem demonstrate how to build a bottle tower garden.  These are really great because not only are you recycling the plastic bottles and keeping them out of the landfill, you are also building a sustainable garden.  By being vertical the garden saves space and can allow you to grow vegetables even on an apartment balcony.  This is a very easy way to grow organic vegetables while avoiding the extra work of pulling weeds and managing pests.

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Sustainable Grow Tower: Instructions on how to build your own


 

Watch MIgardener demonstrate how to make your own sustainable grow tower.  Vertical tower gardens are great because not only can your vegetables be grown in tight spaces, but they also conserve water and nutrients.  Plus a sustainable grow tower is much easier to maintain, manage pests and eliminates the need to pull weeds.

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Floating Barge Home and Workshop Built by Teens and Dad


 

Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen as she interviews Eddie Ebel and his teen sons who are constructing their floating barge home.

Floating Barge Home and Workshop

Teens and Dad start a mission to construct a floating barge and workshop to house their family of 12 in an effort to travel between Oregon and Alaska teaching communities how to become more self-reliant and to live sustainable.  They want to help people fix things and learn to fix things. Their barge is the beginning of a “Live-aboard” community that they call the Pacific Iceberg.  Using floats, they invented a construction technique that allows their barge to act as a floating dock that can be expanded in order to grow.

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Island made from plastic bottles


 

Watch this video from Rose Robin in an interview with Richart Sowa as he describes his floating island made from plastic bottles.  Amazing how he’s constructed it and how the plants and trees tie everything together.

Now I’m thinking Kickstarter project to build a free country out in the Pacific Ocean where all that floating trash is. Of course if it’s successful no country would ever allow it to last very long.

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Automated Aeroponics Garden


 

Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen as these students build an automated aeroponics garden kit using NASA technology.

The more I learn about aeroponics and aquaponics gardening, the more excited I get about the prospects of the future.  Maybe humankind can actually avert future food shortages with these techniques.

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Shipping Container House


Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen about a Shipping Container “cabin” in the redwoods

 

If you’ve ever considered building a shipping container house, then here are some pros, cons, and some resources that you might want to use.

First for the Pros:

  • Abundance.  There is a huge surplus of shipping containers that pile up at ports in most western nations.  This is primarily due to the trade imbalances with Asia. Also, because of the high cost of transportation to ship empty containers back to their origin, it is often cheaper just to purchase new containers.
  • Price.  Because of the huge supply and low demand, most shipping containers can be purchased for less than $2,000, some even as low as $900.  They can make a great alternative for anyone wanting to save on the cost of building materials. But because of the explosive growth in the shipping container house movement don’t expect these prices to remain low for long.
  • Stackable  They are designed to be stacked.  This makes them great for building multiple levels if you wanted a 2, 3, or 4 story home.
  • Easy to customize.  With the right ingenuity, tools, and welding equipment, a shipping container house can easily be customized to your preference.
  • Expandable.  If you want to add more rooms, just add more containers!

Now for the cons

  • Transportation.  The cost of transporting your shipping containers to your location can get quite hefty depending on how far you have to transport them.  Depending on size, you’re only going to be able to fit 1 or two of them on a flatbed truck
  •  Harmful  Chemicals.  The paint and coatings on shipping containers are going to contain harmful chemicals such as lead, phosphorus, and chromate.  Pesticides are also used in the wood flooring of most containers.
  • Prep work.  With the additional prep work needed to make your shipping container house safe and habitable, you might not find the cost savings that you had previously expected.

You can read more here about the pros and cons of a shipping container house.

shipping container houseHow to build your own shipping container house

Some ideas for your first shipping container house

Where to get shipping containers

  • Check with your nearest shipping ports
  • Local equipment storage facilities
  • Equipment auction and salvage yards
  • Check your local classifieds and nickle ads.  Often times individuals will have one that they’d like to sell.
  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Search Engines.  You can find many dealers just by searching online

 

 

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5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics DIY video for beginners


DIY 5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics

Watch this video as Dennis McClung from Garden Pool shows how to construct your own DIY aeroponics system.

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Hydroponic Garden Tower – DIY


 

Watch this video as the narrator from Food Abundance shows how to build your own DIY hydroponic garden tower.

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