5 Extraordinary DIY Eco Homes

With the earth shifting so rapidly, we need to build housing that reflects our connections with the earth and with one another.

There are so many different types of off grid, sustainable living houses that are incredibly cheap to create!

Here are a few good ones:

Earthships

Earthships are probably the most popular type of self sustaining housing.

They are so incredibly beautiful and it all comes from recycled materials! This eco home uses tires for insulation, bottles and cans, packed clay and almost anything you’d find at a garbage dump.

They are one of the more cheaper ways to create a life off grid and they are all over the place.

There are many organizations building them all over the globe but it can be more labour intensive than other types of housing. earthships1

Hobbit Houses

Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own hobbit house?!

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One of the most famous examples of these magical hobbit homes is known as a “A Low Impact Woodland Home.”

 

 

It was built in Wales and took just over 4 months to build and 3000 euros.

The creator Simon Dale, used stone and wood that was around the property and used straw bales covered in plaster for the walls.

The roof is covered in plastic sheeting along with some mud!

These houses are amazing in that they are the most interconnected with the earth – literally! They are created almost inside a hill, and the roof is a grass landscape.

Out of all the off grid housing, hobbit houses are the most entangled with nature.

 

Cob Buildings

These houses are suppose to be able to last 500 years!

How is this even possible?

The combination of the housing is made with clay, sand and straw which when combined is called ‘cob’.

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Once it dries, it’s extremely durable and is able to withstand fire and severe weather.

A man in Missouri built his own cob for just $3,000 and shows the entire process hereVancouver_cobhouse

 

The inside design of Cobs are circles within circles or a complete Fibonacci spiral!

They are truly magical inside and out.

 

Earthbag Buildings

These cozy clay coves are made with woven polypropylene feedbags that are then filled with dampened soil and compacted from above.

earthbag-homeThey’re held in place by two stands of barbed wire and can be filled in place, eliminating heavy lifting.

Earthbags can be an ideal alternative to cob in areas where the soil has a low percentage of clay, and they also make it easy to construct domes and other rounded structures.

Like hobbit houses, they can be immersed with the landscape where they are built within hills.

 

 

Cordwood Buildings

Cordwood buildings are made from wood stacked firewood-style, and lots of mortar.

Debarked logs ranging from 12 to 36 inches can be arranged into walls either in load-bearing round structures or in combination with post-and-beam framing.

cordwood-cob-houseUsually, softer woods like cedar and pine are used because they are more stable, with less expansion and contraction.

These walls offer both insulation and thermal mass.

Comparing to the other houses, this type is more labour intensive but the results are well worth it!

In Shanghai There’s A Hidden Bar Behind This Vintage Coke Vending Machine

There’s a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine in Shanghai that hides a delightful and tasty secret – it’s actually a door into a stylish up-scale speakeasy called “Flask.”

The otherwise unassuming Coca-Cola machine stands in The Press, a sandwich shop that operates as a front for the trendy bar hidden behind it. As Alberto Caiola, the architect who designed this establishment, writes, “the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colours and lighting [in The Press] —within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity.

The interior fuses both modern and speakeasy-era elements effortlessly, with vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles.

More info: albertocaiola.com (h/t: cubebreaker)

The 30 Most Ridiculously Photogenic People Of All Time

2. Mugshot of Daniel Lohill, 19th century New Zealand criminal

3. Brandon Lloyd diving into the end zone

4. Spartan Race competitor crawling under barbed wire

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5. Alex Rodriguez sliding into second base

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6. Long-haired woman at rock concert

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7. Long-haired man at rock concert

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8. Beyoncé photobombing a teen taking a selfie at her concert in Australia

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9. MMA fighter Ian McCall being submitted

10. Crashing mountain biker

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13. Police officer escorting murder suspect

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17. Hurdler at Sioux City Relays 2014

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18. Redditor WhosThatGirl_ItsRach following lung surgery

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20. Extreme race participants jumping flames

22. Homeless man having a smoke

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23. Alexis Creque and Russell Murphy, arrested for graffiti

24. Professional wrestler Dolph Ziggler performing a headlock

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25. Grenoble, France rugby player being tackled

26. Buffalo Sabres’ Mike Weber getting checked by Canadiens’ Brandon Gallagher

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27. Olympian Voula Papachristou performing a triple jump

28. Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel hurdling a dogpile

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29. Jiu Jitsu master Clark Gracie being thrown to the ground

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Photographer Freezes Dancer In Time As She Spins Through Clouds Of Powder

Brussels-based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte, together with creative agency Norvell Jefferson, has created a photo series and video that beautifully capture a dancer’s elegant movements with expressive bursts of white powder.

The whole photo/video shoot was organized as an advertisement for Campina Friesland Kievit, a Dutch company that makes coffee creamer. The results, however, are art nonetheless. The team used high-speed cameras to capture slow-motion footage and photos of each cloud of powder left behind by the dancer’s expressive movements.

Vanhoutte has a lot more visually striking work, so be sure to visit his website to see some other great projects!

More info: jeffreyvanhoutte.be | norvelljefferson.com | kievit.com (h/t: mymodernmet)

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Cop Sobbed After Killing Unarmed Man, Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Death (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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Montana police have released a graphic dashcam video of a Billings police officer sobbing after killing an unarmed man who was high on methamphetamine last April. The jury in a coroner’s inquest found the officer was justified in the shooting.

Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison killed Richard Ramirez, 38, in April 2014 after he thought he saw Ramirez reach for a gun. The victim was high on methamphetamine and riding in the backseat of a red sedan. The footage of their interaction and Morrison’s subsequent reaction was captured on the police car’s dashboard-mounted camera.

Morrison pulled the car over, then told the four occupants to put their hands up – a command he repeated seven times throughout the incident. He realized quickly that Ramirez, whom he had met at least once previously and who was suspected in a robbery and shooting the previous night, was one of the passengers.

“What are you doing? Why are you moving your hands so much?” Morrison says in the video. “Get your hands up. I will shoot you. I will shoot you. Hands up!”

The five-year police veteran then fires into the car, hitting Ramirez three times.

After the shooting, Morrison walks toward his vehicle before appearing to collapse just off-screen. He can be heard saying, “I thought he was going to pull a gun.”

Minutes later, another officer is seen attempting to comfort Morrison as he begins sobbing on the hood of the patrol car with his head in his hands.

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Two bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine and a syringe were later found near where Ramirez had been sitting, News.com.au reported. The victim did not have any weapons, however.

During a two-day coroner’s inquest, Morrison related the events of the night.

“I shot him…I thought he was going to kill me,” he told the seven-member jury, the Billings Gazette reported.

“I was getting very scared,” Morrison said. “He pulled away from me, and he again did the exact same thing. He shoved his hand down to his side and started jiggling it up and down. I told him I was going to shoot him if he didn’t listen to me and put his hands up.”

The officer, who is now assigned as a prescription drug diversion task force officer and is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, noted that he regretted killing Ramirez.

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Get Less Clutter And More Awesome With These Simple Organizing Tips

Everyone knows it’s hard to get anything done when the house (or office, or desk, or anything) is a mess. For one thing, you can’t find any of the things necessary for getting work done because everything is a huge pile of old paperwork, food containers, and dirty socks. For another, there’s no way you are going to be comfortable perched atop said mound of paperwork and dirty socks and if there isn’t room for you, then there isn’t room for work. Or play. Or company. Or, you know, having a life like a functional adult.

But cleaning up, especially when it gets really bad, can be daunting. First, life gets in the way. You have to go to work, make meals, take care of kids, and (if you’re lucky) get some sleep. And hey, that marathon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t going to watch itself, right? Second, even if you have the time to clean, where do you start? And where does everything go?

Luckily, a bunch of cleaning enthusiasts came up with easy solutions to organizing your life that will not only look great, but are also affordable, many times using things you probably already have.

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1.) Bungee Cords: Good in the Home, Too

An old board and a bungee cord make for a cheap, lightweight rack to store not-too-heavy things like sunglasses, scarves and wires. Just thread the bungee cord through holes drilled into the boards and fasten with staples. If you want to get fancy, you can also decorate the board.

2.) DIY Pen and Marker Holder

This nifty pen holder is made from toilet paper and/or paper towel rolls, trimmed to size and lined up inside a shoebox. Feel free to decorate the box with paper for a stylish look. You can organize the pens by type and color, too.

3.) Scarf Hanger

A regular hanger and some shower curtain rings make for a space-saving way to hang up your scarves, as well as a way to pick them out easily.

4.) Magnetic dishes

These magnetic dishes make it easy to store tiny metal things like pins, tacks, and clips vertically, which will save you space. A coat of spray paint will add color without affecting the magnetic properties.

5.) Sheets IN the pillowcase

File this one under how-did-we-not-figure-this-out: store sheets (and the other pillowcase) inside their matching pillowcase for easily stackable and grabbable packets.

6.) Mason Jar Crafting

Not just for food, mason jars can store anything, including craft supplies. Add labels to the lids so you know what’s in each one.

7.) Makeup Brush Organizer

A bamboo placemat and a strip of elastic make a cheap, easy way to keep your brushes organized and clean. Simply roll up to store or travel.

8.) Maximizing Shelves

If you have a lot of low-profile dishware, you might be wasting vertical space in cabinets. Clamp-on hanging selves can double your space.

9.) Notebook Storage

If you’re a notebook user, you can simply glue an envelope onto the back cover to store odd scraps of paper (receipts, notes, etc.) that would otherwise end up in a flurry on the floor.

10.) Hidden Toothbrushes

This one requires some power tools, but it’s a neat way to keep toothbrushes out of the way and prevent them from falling.

11.) Recycled Organization

That’s right, recycling IS fun. Old cans and other containers (washed out, of course!) covered with decorative contact paper make for great storage containers.

12.) Accessory Rack

Made from chicken wire and an old window frame, this rack makes jewelry and accessory organization easy. If you don’t need such a big one, you can also do this with a piece of old screen and a picture frame.
13.) Instead of letting your phone dangle on the floor where it could be damaged, you can make this hanging holder out of an old lotion bottle. Simply cut out the shape and hang it over the plug while your phone is charging. This one is covered in decorative fabric and Mod Podge.

14.) Artistic Earrings

A palette for paints can also be used to store smaller items of jewelry, like earrings. It’ll also make picking out what to wear easier in the morning.

15.) Spray Bottle Storage

Here’s another one of those ideas that we can’t believe we didn’t come up with, it’s so simple and space-saving. Just stick a tension rod in an under-sink cabinet and use it to hang up spray bottles, thus clearing up shelf space.

16.) Peg Boards: Your New best Friend

Peg boards are awesome because you can use them to hang anything from tools to jewelry to crafting supplies, and they can be arranged in any way that suits you. And if you find you need a change, they’re easy to rearrange, too.

17.) More jar ideas!

These are jam jars, but really any jar with a metal top will do. The lids are screwed into the bottom of a shelf, making a row of “floating” jars that store little odds and ends while also doubling space.

18.) An Upcycled Mail Organizer

And old shutter hung on the wall makes for a great way to store mail. You can even make up a system of arranging mail by priority.

19.) Keep Your Cords Untangled

Just stick a binder clip onto the edge of a desk and thread cords through the metal loops. This will keep your wires from becoming a tangled nest, and also keep them up off the floor.

20.) More Mason Jars!

This is especially good if you have jars without lids kicking around. Hot-glued into this pyramid formation, they become a way to store pens, pencils, and other smaller items. And they won’t roll away.

Once you have your belongings tidied up, you’ll probably find you feel more relaxed and more inspired to be productive. And keeping your space clean will inspire you to keep keeping it clean, which means less work in the long run! Happy organizing!

20 Amazing Hacks That Will Enable You to Hack Everything Around You

…except the computers, of course.

These life hacks became our thing these days because we really tend to make our life easier by any cost.

You are lucky because we are offering these life-hacks completely for free so you don’t need to worry about spending money.

I haven’t met a person that doesn’t want to save a little time with these hacks that will make his life easier. I have already started importing some of these hacks into my life and I can say that they are really helpful.

You got to say a big thank you to LifeProTips team members who dedicated themselves to solve some of your annoying problems.

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Some People Just Throw Plastic Bottles Away, Others Make This…

 

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Practically everyone drinks soda and if you are someone who prefers 2 liter bottles, you may have mounds of plastic to throw away at the end of the month. Instead of throwing out those bottles, why not do something creative? People are increasingly creating different ways of reducing the damage we are causing to the planet bringing intelligent ideas about recycling and reusing daily objects.

Vertical Garden

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Chandelier

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Broom

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Beautiful Mosaic From Caps Left By Hurricane Sandy

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Spoon Lamp

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Jewelry Stand

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Cherry Blossom Paint Stamp

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Parking Canopy

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Bouquet Lamp

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Christmas Tree

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Cute Planters

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Intricate Bottle Vase

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Durable Purse

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Sci-Fi Rocket Jet Pack

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Hanging Chandelier

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Lake Boat

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Pencil/Marker Organizers

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Solar Light Bulb

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Ottoman Seat

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Curtain

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Bottle Cap Decoration

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Bird Feeder

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Simple Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life Forever

It’s important for you to make the most complicated stuff look simple. Simplifying these stuffs through these kinds of life hacks is awesome.

When I have a difficulty doing something I’m always eager to find a new “hack” that will make things easier. No luck so far, but I’m pretty sure I’ll find one sometime before I die.

Don’t worry, I’m young enough.

Until I find something that will change my life, someone already found couple of these life hacks. I can see people finding these hacks on daily basis and share them on Internet in order to help you.

I salute you people!

Apparently I’m not that clever to find something like this, but if I do eventually, I will file a patent to the patent office and make sure the world knows it’s me who did it!

I can’t say apparently without laughing about the “apparently kid” who showed up on TV and became famous with this word.

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