Author: Green by John

READ: A worm that eats plastic bags

This is amazing- a biological solution for the mess we’ve made? In a paper published in Current Biology on Monday (April 24), Bertocchini and her colleagues described 100 wax worms chewing through a polyethylene shopping bag—the kind that people discard at a rate of 1 trillion per year globally—in around 40 minutes. After 12 hours, the bag was significantly shredded. – From QZ.com

Ryan's recycling

WATCH: 7 years old and he’s recycled over 200,000 bottles

Ryan is doing more for the environment than you are. 7 years old and he’s already recycled 220,000 bottles in his lifetime. He’s the President of his own recycling company. Ryan is a hero.   In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and decided that recycling was in his future. The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Not only did the local neighbors save their cans and bottles for Ryan but so did their friends, families and co-workers. Today, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA and he has a passion to recycle that is amazing. Ryan spends a part of every week sorting thru cans and bottles from his customers and getting them ready to take to the recycle center. Read more about …

Cooking with Dr Gundry

WATCH: Cooking with Dr Gundry

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Dr Gundry’s. His books have changed my life. Excited to find him on Youtube with some great recipes like this healthy, lectin-free Pad Thai. About Dr Gundry Dr. Steven Gundry is a cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author. His mission is to improve health, happiness, and longevity through a unique vision of human nutrition. During his 40-year career in medicine, he performed countless pediatric heart transplants, developed patented, life-saving medical technology, and published over 300 articles and book chapters on his research. In 2008, his best-selling book, “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution,” focused on diet and nutrition as a way to help people avoid surgery. He currently operates his private practice at the Center for Restorative Medicine, with offices in both Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA. He has lots of great recipes- check out his whole playlist below.

TEDTalk Sacred Space

WATCH: How do you build a sacred space?

Beautiful TED talk from the architect of a Ba’hai temple. To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.  

Summerhill School from Wikipedia

WATCH: Summerhill School founder speaks

A.S. Neil talks about freedom and his Summerhill School in England. Summerhill is often said to be the first school based on freedom and democratic ideals. The documentary was called “Here and Now”.   Summerhill School is an independent British boarding school that was founded in 1921 by Alexander Sutherland Neill with the belief that the school should be made to fit the child, rather than the other way around. It is run as a democratic community; the running of the school is conducted in the school meetings, which anyone, staff or pupil, may attend, and at which everyone has an equal vote. These meetings serve as both a legislative and judicial body. Members of the community are free to do as they please, so long as their actions do not cause any harm to others, according to Neill’s principle “Freedom, not Licence.” This extends to the freedom for pupils to choose which lessons, if any, they attend. – From Wikipedia

Bambu Indah in Architectural Digest

Bambu Indah in Architectural Digest

Come stay with us in the jungle! Huge honor to be featured in Architectural Digest. To read more of the article, head on over to the article.  Beautiful photos by Stephen Kent Johnson and text by Aaron Peasley. Of the new houses, John explains: “We looked at the view and it was sublime. But how do you build without blocking the view? So we left them open and built a netted sleeping arrangement so there would be the possibility of privacy and safety. I like to call one of them the Love Nest, and the other is called the Moon House because there’s a beautiful copper bathtub in the garden for moonlight bathing.”  

Ananda House by Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest featuring Ananda House at Green Village

Hot off the press! IBUKU’s latest creation for David Hornblow and family at Green Village is in the May edition of Architectural Digest. “It’s really important to me that we move beyond the bamboo-hut idea,” explains Elora, the creative director, emphasizing Ibuku’s integration of technical innovation with local craftsmanship. The combination has resulted in properties that are surprisingly ambitious in scale—one of these surreal tropical mansions boasts six floors and measures more than 8,000 square feet. “As we continue to push the limits, my role is to be the connector,” says Elora, who grew up in Bali and has never studied architecture. “With the client and Ibuku’s architects, model makers, and craftsmen, there’s an entire dialogue that unfolds when we create these houses.” Read more here.

Plant Paradox by Dr Gundry

READ: The Plant Paradox by Dr Gundry

The new book by Dr Gundry is out! The Plant Paradox The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Is it possible that everything you’ve heard about diet, weight, and nutrition is wrong? Dr. Gundry’s second book promises to shatter almost every myth you’ve been told about what makes up a “healthy” diet. “The Plant Paradox” reveals the #1 danger in the American diet: a toxic protein hidden in plants called lectins. Lectins are found in hundreds of common foods, like wheat, beans, potatoes, nuts, and diary. “The Plant Paradox” offers a full list of high-lectin foods, simple substitutions, a step-by-step detox plan, and delicious lectin free recipes. This Program, outlined in the book, has helped thousands of Dr. Gundry’s patients to lose weight and recover from long-standing health disorders.    

John Hardy in Malang

World’s biggest bread slicer in Malang

Went on a boys trip to Malang last month to check out what was happening in the world of stone and petrified wood. We stayed in the incredible Tugu Malang. The petrified wood– wood turned into stone- is amazing. Only now do they have the tools to cut it with the diamond blades. World’s biggest bread slicer. The water keeps the diamond blades from overheating. The world’s biggest bread slicer A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Apr 6, 2017 at 11:24pm PDT Here it’s made into sinks. The tools they use are just incredible. It’s the ultimate man’s machine land. Big saw, medium saw, small saw. The plywood factory—making it out of tree bark! Just incredible product. Goonie land. The vehicles the workers use are just completely nuts. Other beautiful things we found over there. Black palm rope, bamboo brooms, rag rugs- so cool. The psychedelic kampung of Jodipan in Malang. More on how/what/why here. A young unmarried man’s sarong. The shopkeeper wouldn’t let me buy it. Visited the master bronze caster. He uses bits …

Black lives matter by Zaid Ahmed

READ: Wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times and got into Stanford

An incredible story about a young activist who got into Stanford with a unique essay. After completing his Stanford application, high school senior Ziad Ahmed realized an important component was missing amid a flurry of standardized test scores and extracurricular activities: his voice and passion. That’s when Ahmed took a gamble. In response to a question asking “What matters to you, and why?” the teen wrote “#BlackLivesMatter” exactly 100 times. Last Friday, Ahmed received an acceptance letter from the California school and tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. The question was part of a larger application that delved into his leadership roles and included a number of prompts. –  Read the rest on NBC