Social mission: Read our childrens' book ECO-FUN with Mr. Blu View all

Mr. Blu is a fun cartoon character that wants to help children and adults make small changes in their lifestyle to help heal our planet. He is not a teacher or a preacher, but just a good friend with some advice on how to improve things in a playful manner. He strongly believes that changing things around doesn't have to be boring. He likes to reward children for their good actions. Mr. Blu is about to publish his first book in a few languages, you can see a preview right here, and, please, give us your suggestions and comments to make it better. As you can see on the right side, you can download the eco-fun board-game and print it bigger so you can play it at home. We are preparing the pages of the book without colors so you can download them and color them at home. The Mr. Blu cartoon explains, in a simple manner, what our company Orta Blu is all about. Soon there will be a Mr. Blu Club with lots of presents to be had. We are also developing a Mr. Blu iPad App with more fun and games. This page will grow pretty fast, so stay tuned and come back to see us soon.

View the eco-fun-book11/12/2011, 10:10 am

Mr. Blu is about to publish his first book in a few languages, you can see a preview right here, and, please, give us your suggestions and comments to make it better. As you can see on the right side, you can download the eco-fun board-game and print it bigger so you can play it at home.

Climate denial in the classroom03/14/2013, 7:50 pm

Source: LATimes It’s bad enough that we’re doing so little to fight climate change; let’s not ask teachers to lie about it too. The culture wars have been fought in the classroom for decades, waged over such issues as school prayer, the teaching of evolution and whether the Pledge of Allegiance should include the phrase “under God.” But the conflict usually pits backers of religious instruction against secularists. The latest skirmish, by…  »

Designers Leander Angerer and David Ross Create a Musical Staircase that Can Be Played Like a Harp03/07/2013, 9:32 pm

Industrial design duo Leander Angerer and David Ross have redesigned a late Victorian-era staircase over three stories in a private home in northwest London for Cathal McAteer, founder of Folk Clothing. Reusing the existing joinery, Angerer and Ross have converted an exquisite Victorian staircase into a contemporary, light and musical structure by replacing the banisters with tennis racket strings.

Green esCAPE Playhouse Is The Perfect Backyard Haven For Nature-Loving Kids03/07/2013, 9:27 pm

by Beth Buczynski, Source: Inhabitat A family in Cape Cod recently won this amazing Green esCAPE playhouse in a raffle benefiting local charities. While we applaud their success and generosity, it's hard not to be just a little bit jealous of their kids who will get to enjoy the grand prize. Designed by the talented …  »

School Propped up on Plastic Drums Floats on Nigerian Flood Waters03/07/2013, 9:20 pm

by Tafline Laylin, Source: Inhabitat Lagos has long been plagued by periodic flooding that wreaks havoc on day-to-day life, so Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi conceived an idea that would allow local communities to live in harmony with nature. Eschewing the model of placing homes on stilts, Adeyemi proposes to build a floating…  »

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray03/07/2013, 9:10 pm

by Ana Lisa Alperovich, Source: Inhabitat Dutch firm 24H-architecture has designed a magnificent ‘Children’s Activity and Learning Centre’ for kids visiting the 6-star Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand. Made entirely from fast-growing local bamboo, it shelters a wide range of entertaining activities that raise ecological awareness within a…  »

Gorgeous Green Renovation at the Art Gallery Of Ontario Is A Learning Centre For Kids05/01/2012, 2:37 pm

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LEGO Rolls Out a Line Targeted at Girls – Progressive or Regressive?05/01/2012, 2:30 pm

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Five apps to entertain and educate your toddlers03/21/2012, 2:28 pm

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The Perfect Green Tech Toy for Kids03/20/2012, 3:21 pm

by Jaymi Heimbuch, This is a toy for the next generation of kids — kids growing up with smart meters attached to homes with energy management systems always tracking how much renewable energy is coming in, and how much is being used. It’s for kids that will think solar power is second nature, and renewable energy is so, like, duh. Designed by Endrit Hanjo, Quad is a toy that has to be…  »

Thousands of School Children Create a Living Mosaic Backdrop for North Korea’s Mass Games12/22/2011, 5:14 pm

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How To Set Up a Home Recycling Center with Your Kids12/09/2011, 5:29 pm

by Julie Seguss, Want to teach your kids the importance of recycling? Get them involved in the process! Once your kids discover how much of our everyday trash can be recycled, and how easy it is to keep those items out of the landfill, you can bet they’ll be eager to help. Start by explaining the concept of recycling and then work together to create a home recycling center. Remember, recycling can be fun. In fact, we often look to the…  »