Category Archives: sustainability

Abundance by design

As part of the ongoing technology reviews, abundance and the shifting paradigm keep coming up. It’s worth looking at these concepts some more. Imperial style neo-liberal economics relies on artificially generated scarcity. Warehousing is one name for a system based … Continue reading

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Printed food

Io9 did a round up the other day, of 3D printer food. There’s a number of the usual suspects, like pizza and sugar confectionery, which vary from quick and basic to works of art. It’s a great list, of work … Continue reading

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Sino-Aussie hemp paper mills

The hemp resources group in WA has signed a partnership with a Chinese business, to use a chlorine free process to produce hemp paper. Construction of the local mill, which has potential to expand into Australian paper and fabric production, … Continue reading

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Hemp fabrics

There’s been renewed interest in hemp fabrics recently, and many growers are starting to process and spin hemp yarn themselves. It makes sense, since there’s plenty of spinning equipment sitting around in sheds all over the place. Wool growers invested … Continue reading

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Speaking of serving to Barnaby

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture was greeted by protesting koalas late last week at his Tamworth office. It seems the good people of Gunnedah are unhappy about the prospect of having much of their home country bulldozed and koalas killed or … Continue reading

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Carbon capture technologies

What if we could stop making plastic out of oil, and start making it out of carbon pollution floating around in the atmosphere? That’s a good question. What if we could use all that Carbon? There are a number of … Continue reading

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Hemp for 3D printing

It was never going to take long. The winning combination of a resource friendly, abundant crop and the incredible technology that is 3D printing was bound to happen sooner rather than later. Here’s five stages from hemp to fibre from … Continue reading

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More amazing 3D printing tech including replacement bones

Today’s msm featured a story about some nufty stoner who printed hisself a lego gun. And knuckle dusters. Because plastic is really good for breaking and embedding in your digits. We’ll side step the obvious, that the gun wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Sony coming to the Open Source party

Recently I was writing about the potential for companies like Sony to take advantage of internet communications and 3D printing in bio-plastics. They’re too clever to have to wait for me to make suggestions. The Playstation 4 code is partially … Continue reading

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Hunger

Hunger is not an issue of charity it is an issue of justice. I’m considering this in light of what’s happening in the Australian bush. The supermarket duopoly and trade laws mean farmers get squat for their produce. Imagine humping … Continue reading

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