(10/07) WORLD DECENT DAY: Trade union organizations promote decent work governance in African countries

Supporting trade union action on economic issues to make decent work a reality in Africa’: such is the title of an international trade union cooperation project initiated by ITUC-Africa in collaboration with two French trade union centres, namely CFDT (Confederation Française Democratique du Travail) and CGT (Confederation Generale du Travail), and co-financed by AFD (French…

World’s first plastic bottle village

The first of an entire village of plastic bottle homes is being constructed on Isla Colón in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. By recycling plastic bottles for use as insulation in what will eventually be 120 houses, Plastic Bottle Village founder Robert Bezeau is helping to preserve the island’s luscious surroundings and diverting toxic materials from the landfill. But plastic offers…

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green

As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines. The basic premise,…