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  • The Oil Age Hut - hutliving in the age of oil
    about its travels and about the way we live now it s multi cultural items of plastic from all over the world wash up on our beaches Plastics in the sea can travel thousands of miles When it comes to marine litter the local truly is global you can add to it if you get fed up with items around your home things get broken or you receive unwanted gifts why not use them to build an extension or reinforce your walls it s colourful and it s unique each item has been weathered by nature in a distinctive way no one s hut will ever look like yours And if you get bored with the style of your hut you can easily change it round to give a give your home a fresh look the materials will probably last forever H ow to make an oil age hut of your own To make an oil age hut like the one pictured here simply collect the plastics that wash up on the shoreline each time you visit the beach Each tide brings in a new harvest of unique plastics ready for you to collect and use Get your family and friends to help you there is more than enough for everyone In fact the UNEP estimates that the amount of plastic in the sea is doubling every two or three years Sort your plastics by colour or type if desired this is your chance to get creative and then just get building But be sure to read the warnings below before you start A legacy for our children Approximately 9 of the world s oil is used to make plastics and demand for oil may soon exceed supply Some scientists believe that household plastics could be the oil reserves of tomorrow In fact a safe and user friendly machine is already being developed in Japan that will allow the small scale harvesting of oil from plastics so our homes really could become the oil fields of the future Be prepared The Oil Age Hut provides a convenient and useful way to sequester store oil locally potentially providing a ready source of oil for your children and future generations to mine for their energy needs Plastics even disposable ones last indefinitely in the natural environment so they will always be there for you and your family when you need them What better legacy for our children IMPORTANT WARNINGS Marine litter has an unknown history and may be toxic due i its possible constituents ii its unknown history and former use and iii its tendency to adsorb and concentrate toxins in the water Edges my be jagged and could cause injury take care when handling your building materials Avoid touching the walls of your hut and always wash your hands after any building or maintenance work on your home Keep your hut well ventilated at all times Note plastic items floating on the sea often have peck marks where birds have attempted

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/oilagehut.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Tree houses
    down as I walk always keeping an eye out for what treasure or horror may have washed up in my path Not any more For a current project I am on a new mission searching the woods where I walk

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/treehouses.html (2016-02-09)
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  • a million years of stored sunshine...
    Energy from the sun which fuelled the growth of these tiny organisms many millions of years ago has been converted into the liquid energy which we rely on to fuel our 21st century lifestyles Careless disposal has resulted in the items pictured a balloon plastic bottles a sanitary towel and a tampon applicator being returned to the North Sea and then cast up by the tide on our beaches Enjoying

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/storedsunshine.html (2016-02-09)
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  • A present from... souvenirs
    beach debris and package it as souvenirs Whether in the gallery the market or on the beach I set up stall and offer the products for sale in return for a donation to the Marine Conservation Society A publicity campaign accompanied the launch event at Thorpeness Suffolk in April see press release and coverage included live radio interviews Further events have taken place at Dunwich Wells next to the sea

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  • Up and under - the natural way to fight sea level rise due to global climate change
    created an ideal mole breeding habitat here moles love our sandy coastal soils so I can easily pass on the technology and moles to replicate my success in other threatened areas So how does it work It s simple and works like this First dig a small hole and introduce moles to your land Create ideal breeding conditions for your moles adding organic nutrients to your soil is a great way to encourage eathworms moles favourite food Over time as your mole population multiplies trust us it will you will notice soil forming in mounds and the overall level of your land rising During pilot trials land rises of up to 50cm have been witnessed in just a few years Scientists well me calculate that the forecast 1m rise can easily be combatted within the necessary timescales Tread lightly on the earth to avoid molehill compaction and tunnel collapse Molehills can be lightly raked over for aesthetic purposes if required As well as raising land levels UP AND UNDER offers the additional benefit that the underground network of tunnels can also serve as drainage channels in the event of flooding thus helping to protect your property though the moles may drown Keep adding organic matter to your soil to ensure a mole friendly habitat is maintained Not only is UP AND UNDER effective in areas of potential coastal flooding we believe significant benefits will also be experienced in areas which are vulnerable to river flooding or run off after major rainstorms subject to soil suitability land covered in concrete or tarmac is not only more vulnerable to flooding due to its non permeability it s also pretty unpopular with moles Giant mole breeding programmes may deliver even greater benefits we believe this approach is currently being secretly tested in a

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/up%20and%20under.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Sea Wall - protecting the sea from the land
    land based pollutants plastics sewage etc but also helps cleanse the sea of pollutants at the same time It is proposed that an amphibious glue like substance is researched and if necessary developed and applied to surfaces along vulnerable stretches of sealine existing seawalls gabions cliffs etc and that we allow nature to do the work On average there are an estimated 46000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of sea These plastic pieces move around our oceans like a giant soup washing in and out of our shores with the tide On exceptional tides the plastics thrown up by the tide I estimate there to be thousands per every kilometer of UK coastline will adhere to the sea walls reinforcing them with plastics creating an accreting rainbow reef of 100 recycled colourful plastic protecting the sea from the land and also the land from the sea And at the same time helping to free the sea from the pollutants that threaten to swamp it If you would like to help make this idea a reality please contact seawall flyintheface com Expertise in amphibious glue like substances is particularly sought for this project We hope that this will be

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/seawall.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Amphibiliving - living with water
    events and which potentially could make more land viable for future habitation even perhaps making life more fun A future of Amphibiliving might see the development of floating houses designed to rise and fall with water flow yet retaining their services in tact floating gardens tree houses communal rafts and whole new networks of work and leisure opportunities and ways of getting about I have developed a website amphibiliving net

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/amphibiliving.html (2016-02-09)
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  • A year at the edge - walking and collecting on the Suffolk coast
    year at the edge records one year of walks and collecting at my favourite beach Thorpeness starting from September 2011 Some of the things that wash up are treasure old weathered and with a journey that I can never know but most of it isn t and I would prefer not to see any of it there at all The coast at Thorpeness is forever changing weather seasons tides beach

    Original URL path: http://www.flyintheface.com/yearattheedge.html (2016-02-09)
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