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Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.
Appropedia is the site for collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology and the sharing of wisdom and project information. It is a wiki, a type of website which allows anyone to add, remove, or edit content. Registration is encouraged but not required for contributors.

Appropedia has been described as an "appropriate technology wiki," but it is much broader than that - it is a green wiki, and a wiki for all matters of international development and aid. But most importantly, Appropedia is an open site for stakeholders to come together to find, create and improve scalable and adaptable solutions. For more about our motivation, see Appropedia:Mission.

To create a new project page, first browse the project articles and subcategories below for examples and check for possible collaboration opportunities, such as articles similar to what you're considering writing. If you are looking for ideas for your own project, check out our suggested projects. It is highly encouraged to tag your projects with their status -- you can do this with a few templates. Be Bold!

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Awsome thermal curtains
How to make awesome thermal curtains.

Step 1. Measure the windows to be treated with thermal curtains. Be careful on how you convert your measurements into the fabric yard.

Step 2. Obtain the batting material and decorative fabric material. It is best if you can use recycled or sustainable material. Keep in mind that you want sturdy material that is not going to stretch or rip easily. Twill works best, while jersey is impractical.

Step 3. Wash the decorative fabric material before you fabricate your thermal curtains.

Step 4. Cut the batting material and the fabric out according to the measurements of the window, giving an allowance of 2 inches around the perimeter of the decorative fabric material. Remember, it is better to be a little over than too short.

Step 5. Pin the fabric on to the batting material so that it makes sewing easier. With the Warm Windows batting material, the fabric-side of the batting material must face the decorative-side of the fabric material.

Step 6. Use a sewing machine to sew the fabric to the batting material.

Step 7. Make holes in the material along the top for the grommets to be put into.

Step 8. Sew Velcro onto the sides of the curtain panels that need to be sealed onto the wall. Position and set Velcro on the walls relative to the position of the Velcro on the curtains. This allows for better insulation.

Step 9. Install the curtain rod and hang up the curtains.

Step 10. Make curtain ties out of the extra material, if any, if you want to be able to tie the curtains back.

And Voila!

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FBP Nutsy

Nutsy, the modified Universal Nut Sheller for home use.

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Projects gallery


AEF greywater: Recreating a failing greywater marsh at the Arcata Educational Farm.  
Aleiha's parabolic solar cooker: A very hot parabolic solar cooker.  
Argentina photovoltaic: A small photovoltaic system for a natural building/permaculture institute in Central Argentina.  
Backpack frame bike trailer: Big Russ towing one of the least-expensive bike trailer designs out there built from an old backpack-frame.  
Bike snow plow: A retractable snow plow for a bike.  
Bloomfield Cobb Bench: A cobb bench at Bloomfiled Elementary School in Arcata, CA.  
Briceland PV: 960W photovoltaic installation in Briceland, CA.  
CCAT's Vermicomposting Bin: Beautiful, pentagonal, Douglas Fir worm bin.  
CCAT's Living Roof: A living roof for CCAT's Earthen Oven.  
Chris's ENGR305 Solar Food Dehydrator: A hybrid solar food dehydrator, that adheres to as many of the principles of modern food dehydration.  
DIF Adobe Senior Center: Building an Adobe senior center in Parras, Coahuila México.  
Ersson rainwater harvest and purification (original): Rainwater catchment and purification system, at less than $1500  
Greywater Ecuador La lagrima purificadora: Greywater in an Ecuadorian seed saving center.  
Hotel Perote Solar Pool Heating System: Solar hot water system for a hotel pool in Parras, Coahuila México.  
Kiva’s straw bale greenhouse: Year round veggies in a homemade, just under the permitting limit, strawbale greenhouse.  
Micro filter dams at Pedregal in Oaxaca, Mexico  
Occidental greywater: A five stage, activated sludge greywater system in drums.  
Open Solar Outdoors Test Field
Open source photovoltaic
systems performance data  
Openstreetmap
Copyright free
Map Making  
Photovoltaic system at St. Jude's church: St. Jude's Church, Cupertino, CA  
Rainwater catchment at Pedregal in Oaxaca, Mexico  
Reforestation at Pedregal in Oaxaca, Mexico  
Solar Charged Lawnmower: Converting a very used gas power lawnmower into a solar charged, low emission, almost silent, lawn cutting machine.  
Sunny Brae Yurt: Building yurt to brave Humboldt's winter. Arcata, CA.  
Terraces and Ditches at Pedregal in Oaxaca, Mexico  
Tire shingles: Roof shingles made from old racing slicks.  
UTC Solar Distiller: Building a prototype solar distiller in Parras, Coahuila México.  
Zaragoza Solar Hot Water System: Solar hot water system for a residence in Parras, Coahuila México.  

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