Difference between revisions of "Parras alternative materials gallery"

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===Parras Lechuguilla===
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*'''Description:''' Lechuguilla is an excellent example of an alternative material. Lechuguilla is used instead of synthetic or animal products to make rope, brushes, brooms, matts, etc.
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*'''Justification:''' Lechuguilla is a locally harvested material that is used by local workers. It does not pose the human health hazards that synthetic materials do, and does not create the waste and moral issues that animal products do.
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*'''Issues:''' The lechuguilla is currently harvested from the wild rather than farmed. While this might be very appropriate for a certain amount of production, it could cause problems with the ecosystem in the surrounding area if the wild plants are over-harvested for greatly increased production.
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*'''Location:''' On Ramos Arizpe, behind a huge metal gate. Look in, and if you see a short dirt road leading to an open arch door, you're at the right place.
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===AltMat Bucket Retriever for Well===
 
===AltMat Bucket Retriever for Well===
 
*'''Description:''' This is an example of all-natural and reused materials.  It's a huge log with a reused bar stuck into it for a handle. It's used in a wind-pumped well to retrieve buckets of trash when it needs to be cleaned.
 
*'''Description:''' This is an example of all-natural and reused materials.  It's a huge log with a reused bar stuck into it for a handle. It's used in a wind-pumped well to retrieve buckets of trash when it needs to be cleaned.

Revision as of 22:44, 7 June 2006

Parras Lechuguilla

  • Description: Lechuguilla is an excellent example of an alternative material. Lechuguilla is used instead of synthetic or animal products to make rope, brushes, brooms, matts, etc.
  • Justification: Lechuguilla is a locally harvested material that is used by local workers. It does not pose the human health hazards that synthetic materials do, and does not create the waste and moral issues that animal products do.
  • Issues: The lechuguilla is currently harvested from the wild rather than farmed. While this might be very appropriate for a certain amount of production, it could cause problems with the ecosystem in the surrounding area if the wild plants are over-harvested for greatly increased production.
  • Location: On Ramos Arizpe, behind a huge metal gate. Look in, and if you see a short dirt road leading to an open arch door, you're at the right place.

Lechuguilla.jpg


AltMat Bucket Retriever for Well

  • Description: This is an example of all-natural and reused materials. It's a huge log with a reused bar stuck into it for a handle. It's used in a wind-pumped well to retrieve buckets of trash when it needs to be cleaned.
  • Justification: This reduces waste by reusing materials, and is a better choice for the environment than synthetic or new materials.
  • Issues: Depending on where the log came from, it could be contributing to deforestation.
  • Location: Located on a Nogales orchard underneath one of the wind pumps on someone's property north of town.

Log.jpg Crank.jpg


AltMat Fence

  • Description: This is an example of alternative materials. It's a fence made out of scrap wood instead of new lumber.
  • Justification: This is appropriate becuase it is reusing local materials that were already lying around. It helps cut back on the use of new wood. It is also much more visually pleasing.
  • Issues: Wood deteriorates over time, so the fence will have to be replaced sooner than if a stone wall or metal fence was used instead. Also, since each piece of wood is very unique, the strength at different places on the fence probably varies. However, since all the pieces of wood are fairly large, there may not be a problem with the fence being too weak at any given spot.
  • Location: Located on the border of a Nogales orchard on someone's property north of town.

Fence2.jpg Fence3.jpg


Instructions

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===NAME OF TECHNOLOGY===
;Description
:WHAT KIND OF AT IS IT?  HOW IS IT USED?  FOR WHAT?

;Location
:WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

;Justification as Appropriate
:WHY DO YOU CONSIDER IT AT, BASED ON A DEFINITION OF AT?

;Issues with the Appropriateness
:IN WHAT WAYS DOES IT NOT MEET A DEFINITION OF AT.

;Notes
:E.G. LINK TO THE ORGANIZATION OR PROJECT, DELETE IF NOT APPLICABLE.
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