Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:Anyone have a low-budget replacement for light bulb that's less bright? "heat lamps" from the reptile store are about $4 per bulb, I'd like to get at least 3 bulbs for that price.
Jordan Lowery wrote:Most of the year I sleep in my mayan hammock. It's large and comfortable. And in the morning it gets hooked to the wall. A benefit to people living in small spaces. It's made from all natural fibers.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I'd be worried the bodies might not decay in deep cold water, but might become preserved indefinitely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sic1fxVDklo
Erica Wisner wrote:
Plate glass is cheap and ubiquitous in our modern, industrialized world, and I attribute this mainly to our near-limitless access to energy for both manufacture and transportation. We also have widespread access to the chemistry information, which used to be trade secrets...
But glass is not easy to repair or reproduce in the woods; and it but might not always be so easy to find in a less-industrial time and place.
"Infinitely recyclable" glass may be - but once broken, it takes about as much energy to re-form glass into sheets or containers as to start from scratch (sand/soda), which makes it a poor candidate for most recycling efforts. Our local recycling center can't accept glass unless/until someone is interested in processing it locally, because the cost to ship it to the nearest recycling smelter is more than the recycle(able) glass is worth.
This energy investment is a major reason I have not attempted to build a glass kiln - because if we ever run short on industrially-produced glass, we'll likely be even shorter on the fuels needed to inefficiently roast our own. Like many high-energy processes, it's more efficient to melt glass in large quantities than at the backyard scale. I'm tempted to tumble or rough-melt glass scrap into gravel, or find uses for it where possible, rather than ship it multiple times over great distances to complete the recycling loop.
Once glass breaks or ends its useful service life, it's basically a weird rock.
A pretty, shiny, breakable, somewhat fragile, sharp, and dangerous rock. If we had less of it, it might be considered semi-precious, but common as it is, it's a disposal problem.
There's something in me that loves knowing what everything is made of, and loves pondering truly biodegradable alternatives (or enhancements) to some of our common industrial conveniences.