VDM Survey: The Materials of Choice for Outdoor Furniture?

People continue to invest ever-larger sums of money in their gardens, balconies and terraces. For which reason the VDM Association of German Furniture Manufacturers wanted to find out what materials have the greatest market share in the construction of outdoor furniture. Recent research by the VDM showed that at present 35 percent of German Garden furniture is made of wood – with the trend continuing upwards.

Wood is a natural and renewable resource, and increasingly popular with customers. Not far behind, about 30 percent of outdoor furniture is made of plastic, including the highly popular and robust basket-woven fibre products. The ‘smallest’ main materials sector is that for metal furniture.

Of course, all three materials are often found in combination with each other, together with other materials such as stone and glass. The survey also included mention of other materials making up less than ten percent, such as rattan, cork and textiles.

International People Plant Symposium in the Netherlands from September 6th to 8th 2012

The symposium will take place at Castle ‘de Berckt’ during the Floriade World Horticultural Exposition in Venlo, the Netherlands, on September 6th, 7th and 8th 2012.

Kasteel ‘de Berckt’ is a beautifully situated convention center, only 8 km from the Floriade grounds.The theme of the IPPS 2012 is “Diversity: Toward a new Vision of Nature” and the focus will be on the benefits of nature on health and well-being.

As there is a growing dynamic knowledge of the influence of nature and gardening on people, this symposium intends to bring together individuals and groups from a vast array of sectors, all with a common interest in nature, health, horticulture, horticultural therapy and therapeutic horticulture.

“Diversity” provides a unique opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain exposure and share with a large and focused audience of like-minded people from across the world.

The organizing committee is currently arranging the program and creating a cultural program that will make the symposium an experience to remember.

Further information: IPPS2012.com

World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Planned for Brooklyn Making New York the Model for Urban Agriculture

A multi-acre farm will be built on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park—making it the largest rooftop farm in the world.

The state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse is being built by BrightFarms, Inc. in partnership with Salmar Properties LLC. The farm will grow up to 1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs, which will cultivate a new national model for urban agriculture.

The rooftop farm will be built on Federal Building #2, renamed Liberty View Industrial Plaza, an 8-story 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse building. Salmar Properties’ redevelopment of the building, coupled with BrightFarms’ visionary rooftop design, is part of the Bloomberg administration’s plan to revitalize Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront.

The rooftop farm will both help revitalize the building and revolutionize local produce. It will grow enough crops to meet the fresh vegetable consumption needs of up to 5,000 New Yorkers, create jobs, and prevent as much as 1.8 million gallons of storm water from going into local waterways. By eliminating the length and complexity of the produce supply chain, this farm will grow produce that is fresher, tastier, and more sustainable than produce shipped across the country.

“The partnership between BrightFarms and Salmar Properties to build the world’s largest rooftop farm is an exciting new model for sustainable, urban agriculture,” says New York City Council Speaker, Christine C. Quinn. “The farm will contribute meaningfully to the mission of FoodWorks, my vision to improve NYC’s food system by dramatically increasing local food production while positively affecting public health, the economy, and the environment.”

For further information: brightfarms.com

 

Design, excellence and exclusivity – Visit EGO Paris at spoga+gafa

EGO Paris is a brand reflecting people in their diversity. It’s a company for those who want to furnish their outdoor space in a special way.

There are some amazing products which combine design, functionality and comfort. For example, take a look at the outdoor canopy bed, appropriately named Eden. It symbolizes charm and peacefulness. The bed boasts a lavish four-poster frame of lacquered wood with backrests available in a palette of 16 different colors. Overhead, a dreamy, gauzy white or ecru curtain encloses the bed, gently filtering out the sun. It is the right place to lie back and let the mind wander to your own private cloud nine. And don´t forget to bring a friend, because there is room for two.

Further information: www.egoparis.com

 

Green industry employment increasing in the United States

For the first time the Bureau of Labor Statistics has come up with an official count of environmentally friendly jobs.

The report was published in March 2012 and its figures are from 2010. The analysis says that more than 3.1 million people in the United States are employed in green jobs, 2.3 million in the private sector and 860.300 in the public sector. Environmental groups cheered the report as an affirmation that green jobs are a real factor in nation´s economic growth. “These green jobs are very real and important to our rebuilding economy, said Cai Steger, energy policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

For further information: bls.gov