7 Modern wonders of green technologyWith the newfound popularity of going green has come a surge of interest followed by some amazing innovations. It seems like every week there is a new avante garde green technological innovation or a cutting edge ecological design in the works.
Urban skyscraper farms, floating eco-cities, glowing solar towers, turbine-driven skyscrapers, magnetically levitated wind collectors - they all sound very futuristic.
But interestingly enough some of these are already reality, some are soon to be and some may never see the light of day but all are awe-inspiring in their own way. These examples push the limits of ecological architecture and contemporary urban design.
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High density polyethylene (HDPE) is a material that is currently being used and recycled in various applications - outdoor furniture being one of them. Although high density polyethylene is not bio-degradable, the material itself is the most-often recycled plastic for the manufacturing of alternative products. HDPE products have the number 2 on its recyclable symbol and is traditionally used in products and packaging such as milk jugs, detergent bottles, margarine tubs, garbage containers and water pipes.
HDPE is a highly resistant material that can retain its shape and structure against the effects of uv, salt water, chlorine, pollutants and high temperatures, thereby making it perfect for outdoor and pool-side furniture. This type of furniture has been sold in contemporary shapes and forms to the South African market by MBM Africa and Modern Garden for a few years already and is tried and tested by the African sun. It is easy to clean, requires no maintenance and is much more comfortable than wrought iron or wood as it has a subtle flexibility that forms to your body as you sit on it.
The SPI resin identification coding system is a set of symbols placed on plastics to identify the polymer type. It was developed by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) in 1988, and is used internationally. The primary purpose of the codes is to allow efficient separation of different polymer types for recycling.
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The campsite itself is of reasonable size, non-commercial and is very well situated with a big green field along the tranquil Dwars River edge for tents. There are fireplaces and hot showers/toilet facilities. All sites have electricity for an extra small fee. Specific sites are made available for caravans, and there are also cottages that can be booked if camping is not your style. The cottages sleep six people and supply basic cooking utensils, eating crockery/cutlery, fridge with a small freezer, beds but no bedding.
A half hour walk along the banks of the river leads you to pockets of interesting rock pools. Kids can easily access these rock pools and quick dips along the route are loads of fun for all. A quick hour hike up the steep slopes of the mountain behind the campsite takes you to a location high above the valley where the 180 degree vista of valley and mountains leaves you in awe of the beauty of nature. Other well know sites that are easily accessible within acceptable hiking times are Wolfberg Arch, Wolfberg Crack, Sandrift Crags and the Maltese cross.
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