DIY Solar Oven prototype #1

Cooking is something we all have in common, whether we do it ourselves or have someone do it for us. Almost half the world currently cooks by burning biomass directly; wood, coal, dung, waste plant material, etc. The other half of us burn fossil fuels such as gas, or use electricity generated from burning fossil fuels,…

$8 DIY Compost bin prototype using recycled pallets

Here’s the tutorial on creating a cool looking, sustainable compost bin! Don’t be scared by the sloped sides and sweet angle, you won’t need to measure or cut any diagonals, this is quite easy to build. Check this YouTube video to see the results: A note on composting. There are two main types of composting,…

DIY basics tips

This article covers common DIY basics, so I don’t have to explain them in every tutorial! If you have questions about any steps shown in any tutorial on this site, leave a comment so I can explain further. Getting things square. If you don’t own large builders square, you’ll need to square up your timber using a measuring tape….

Simple Aquaponic biofilter prototype #1 & #2

This article covers our ultra-simple Biofilter design, D.I.Y instructions, plus a little bit of science to help you understand what Biofilters do, and why you need one. Biofilters are not essential for every Aquaponic system, as certain types of designs, or systems with a huge excess of grow media may not need them, even if they…

‘Bottle top’ your pipes! Sustainable pipe caps.

Pipe caps  are common in Aquaponic and Hydroponics systems, and are used in almost every Practical Sustainability project that involves water. This article will cover our methods for crafting the cheapest practical pipe caps. Commercial pipe-caps Basically, your commercial cap options are either; A simple cheap cap that is glued on – but cannot be removed for cleaning…

New website!

We’re finally upgrading the website! The old website was functional, but it’s time to bring Practical Sustainability to mobile users and integrate social media functionality. Migrating the old content will take a while, but it’s high time for an upgrade. Stay tuned! -Chris