Malta Earthbag Community Center

Malta Earthbag Community Center in Nepal

Malta Earthbag Community Center in Nepal

“CASD USA (Common Action for Sustainable Development) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that facilitates funding and promotes the programs of our partner, CASD-Nepal, in order to improve quality of life through community-driven, rural development projects.

We have purchased land in a village called Malta in the Lalitpur district. In April, 2017 we began construction using earthbags to build our first community center. It will soon house an existing and thriving women’s micro-finance organization (whose previous office was damaged in the earthquake) and a variety of community driven programs.

CASD intends to implement a robust after-school education program for the local children and in-demand classes for adults. Our goal is to provide computer classes, reading and writing instruction, an agriculture program, and possibly domestic abuse counseling and sex education.

The priority is to offer our classroom as a safe space for learning and communication amongst the villagers, and to listen to their needs to determine how we shape the programs.”

Common Action for Sustainable Development

Benefits of Cork – One of Nature’s Great Resources

Benefits of Cork – One of Nature’s Great RESOURCES

Check out this video in which Candace Olson talks about why she likes cork flooring.

Cork, used for everything from wine bottle stoppers to bulletin boards, has become very popular among designers. But what makes cork flooring such a good fit for your home or business? Read on to discover some of the many benefits of cork.

Renewable

Cork comes from the bark of Cork Oak trees. These trees are native to the Mediterranean region where they can live over 200 years. The bark from the trees is first harvested when the trees are about 25 years old and after that it is harvested every 9-12 years.

Sustainable

Cork Oak trees are not harmed when their bark is removed and will in fact continue to grow. In many Mediterranean countries Cork Oak trees are protected by law and can only be cut down with government permission. In addition, the Cork Oak forests provide homes for a number of endangered species.

WEZP-PA-Beja-CAFF_Vignette_1Recyclable

Cork is recyclable and there is very little waste in the process of turning cork bark into consumer goods.  Some cork flooring is created from the remnants left from making cork bottle stoppers.

Healthy

Cork is naturally hypoallergenic and it resists dust mites and mold. In addition it repels some insects.

Easy Care

Due to its nature cork both repels water and resists fire.  It also retains its shape even when heavy furniture has been sitting on it and it resists wear and tear.

Insulating

Cork provides thermal insulation, aiding in the regulation of temperatures, and it helps to absorb ambient sound.

Comfortable

Cork flooring feels warm and, because of its elasticity, cushioning.  As a result it is easier to stand on for long periods of time than harder floors.

100% Cork Candice Olson Discusses Benefits of Real Cork.wmv from EcoTimber onVimeo.