Commonly today referred to as the “Oya”, the traditional “Olla” or “Aulla”, an unglazed ceramic jar with a wide body and narrow neck, dates back to ancient Rome, where it was originally used for cooking and storage, and as a funeral urn. As Roman culture spread across Europe and co-mingled with other cultures, in Celtic Gaul the “Olla” found common usage in agriculture, and became a symbol of Sucellus, the God of agriculture. In later years “Ollas” found popular use as the required vessel for the preparation of localized foods in Spain and Catalonia.
Similar vessels became popular in the American southwest, and while they could have been introduced to the region by Spanish settlers it is more likely that Native American contemporaneously developed them on their own. In the New World they were used for storing water, cooking and serving, as well as for other uses.
But the primary use of the “Olla” was is irrigation, primarily among the Spanish and then Native Americans. As water slowly seeped through the unglazed ceramic walls of the Olla”, its use in agriculture become obvious, and widely used. “Ollas” would be buried in the earth with the necks sticking out above ground. Fruits and vegetables would be planted around the “Ollas”, and the “Ollas” were then filled with water. The slow seepage of water to the roots of the plants made for effective and efficient growth, with little waste through spillage or evaporation.
With today’s climate crisis and pervasive drought conditions, the use of the “Olla” is a water-saving and cost-saving effective way to garden for virtually anyone with a little plot of land where they wish to grow vegetables, fruit or decorative, flowering plants. Continue reading
On the go? Need that phone or tablet available every time you need it? No time to let it charge before you’re out and about? Used it all day and still need it now – no time to sit and wait for it to charge?
Well, with the Solar On-The-Go Backpack Charger from Touch of Eco, waiting around is a thing of the past!
Charge almost any USB powered device, including phones, iPods. smart watches, Kindle Fire, speakers and more, on the go, with the revolutionary solar integrated Touch of Eco Solar On-The-Go Backpack. Equipped with a flexible and incredibly rugged integrated 3 watt solar panel featuring solar-on-plastic technology, the solar panel adds only minimal weight allowing the backpack to remain flexible enough to allow it to be fully packed without risking damage to the panel or to the bag. Features include: Continue reading
The burgeoning commercial use of hydroponics – the growing of plants in water without the use of soil – has led to the development of aquaponics, where fish are raised in the plant water, suppling the bulk of needed nutrients without the need of constant monitoring and the frequent adding of outside supplements. In commercial applications, large-scale tanks are used and thousands of fish are raised, supplying nutrients to large agricultural crops.
Now, however, you can combine this economical and ecologically friendly method of growing of house plants with the additional hobby of maintaining a home aquarium, enhancing your green linving and raising your favorite tropical fish, with the home aquaponic Water Garden.
A low-maintenance, mini aquaponics ecosystem, the Water Garden is a self-cleaning fish tank that grows organic sprouts and herbs. The fish feed the plants and plants clean the water, Continue reading
I first read about and began writing about Solar Roadways almost two years ago, and I had the opportunity of bringing this new technology to the attention of some of the consultants working on the new General Plan for the future of my city of residence, West Covina, Ca. While little has been heard regarding advances in the development of Solar Roadways recently, at least in the United States, this week a significant new development has occurred, with the state of Missouri now involved in a plan to redevelop an existing and popular roadway with this new technology. This would be a significant advance in Green Living and pro-environment benefits for all of
|today’s society, as a single popular road rebuilt in this fashion could spur the widespread utilization of Solar Roadway panels and the further reduction of the demand for fossil fuels.
The Missouri project, a test that is very limited in scope, will involve the rebuilding of a portion of historic Route 66 near Conway, MO, with the solar panels, with the promise of producing
enough energy to power a nearby rest stop. Continue reading
Take your green living on the road with you for your next trip, with Eco-Friendly luggage! From McBrine Luggage, comes this stylish and durable luggage set that features each piece with an ABS shell manufactured from 50% recycled materials. Contemporary style and plenty of storage space among the three pieces, this Eco-Friendly luggage will make your next trip that much more satisfying.
- Three upright cases measure 19″, 23″ and 27″ tall respectively
- Fully lined interior
- Push button aluminum trolley system
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- Top and side grab handles for easy lifting
- Interiors include criss-cross tie-down straps, a zippered mesh pocket, elastic pockets, and a zip around divider that creates two separate packing compartments
- Hard sided
- #10 zippers
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The ingenious Eco Living Wall modular system is created from recycled HDPE-like milk jugs and detergent bottles and provides a planter frame for you to plant your own, customized wall of green in a size and style to suit your space, enhancing your green living experience.
- Crafted from 100% Recycled HDPE Plastic
- Each is 15.7” Sq. x 5.5” D
- Features a water dispersal system – fill the reservoir with water at the top of the frame, and it will slowly drain into each separate cell
- With The Eco Living Wall, water dispersal system, your plants can be watered while it hangs
Arrange several Eco Living Walls for a dramatic and stylish interior design element that embodies your commitment to green living.
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Bambeco is the premier brand for sustainable home goods, offering an assortment of products that are all reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, renewable, natural, or organic, and made with respect for the planet and its people.
With global climate change having devastating effects on weather conditions throughout the world, one of the most significant ongoing results has been widespread drought conditions throughout many areas of the United States. In California, we are in year four of the worst drought in the state’s recorded history, resulting in unprecedented restrictions on water usage and a plethora of projects designed to conserve, protect and transport the state’s limited water resources. With the impending El Nino conditions about to reach the US, contrary to popular belief, much of the affected areas will suffer worsening drought conditions, as at the same time some areas will receive significant and needed, but short-lived, rainfall. While parts of California, for example, will likely receive substantial rainfall, parts of the state, much of the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountain region, the Great Lakes area and the Ohio Valley, will all see worsening rather than improving drought conditions. Continue reading
Your dedication to Green Living can be a guiding factor as you choose among a wide variety of kitchen utensils, decor, and storage items. And, you do not have to sacrifice utility or style in making your selections. This has never more true than in your selection of a safe and attractive product to store your kitchen knives. The Angled Reclaimed Wood Knife Holder with Bamboo Sticks is just the perfect choice.
The sustainable style and understated elegance and utility of the Angled Reclaimed Wood Knife Holder with Bamboo Sticks is more than evident – it’s produced from reclaimed wood and features bamboo sticks to keep your knives in order and convenient, just as you like them. And the knife holder, created as it is, is unique from all others, as each Angled Reclaimed Wood Knife Holder is individually handcrafted and no two are alike. 11” H x 8” D x 5” at its base.
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