What’s black and white and carried all over town? Not a nun in a parade…Considering how trendy it is, I’m surprised more retailers aren’t offering reusable shopping bags for customers. I’m not talking about the high-end grocers that charge you $15 to buy a “sustainable” bag that lets you walk around town advertising for them. I’m talking about the every day sort of store that cares about the amount of plastic they spread around the planet.
Well, here’s a BYOB idea every store can fly with: Handmade Expressions (whose motto is “Fair trade = justice + peace + love”) has cool grocery bags that measure 12”x16” and are made of several layers of used newspaper and sturdy cardboard. They’re inexpensive and customizable. Best of all, they save new paper from being produced by using paper that would otherwise go into a trash bin.
And they’re totally affordable. At 60 cents a bag, now even Mom & Pops can get you to walk around town advertising for them.
Architect Michelle Kaufmann today is making custom table placemats using reeds or twigs. This is a pretty simple DIY project using some string and yard clippings. This is part of Michelle’s Green It Yourself Projects. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
With all this talk about what foods are best to transport and portable to eat on the go, there is still the question left of what to transport those foods in. Throw away containers like plastic disposable tupperware and plastic bags, disposable utensils etc. are not the most sustainable options, even if they are recycled or made of corn. Ideal is to find the best quality and G designed reusable containers and bags. So nothing gets thrown away, except for the organic food scraps unless you’re a lucky bastard and have a compost pile to toss them in.
So anyways, on the search for the best to-go ware products, I found a ton of stuff. I had no idea there were so many cool options out there. There is a solution for everything apparently, you just have to search for it. A lot of sites had all kinds of great bags and boxes and bottles etc. but this one I found was dedicated to nothing but this stuff and had the most variety and options available. In this 3 part series I’ll highlight some of the ones that caught my eye the most. Of course you can just go directly to their site as well and browse around to see what you like. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Architect Michelle Kaufmann shows us how to make beautiful energy saving wooden sun shades that slide along bard door tracks. These are the type of wood slat doors, you see on many modern green homes. This simple project cuts down on the amount of light which comes into the house and still allows the fresh breeze to come in. This is part of Michelle’s Green It Yourself Projects. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Don’t be jealous! Ever since I watched a green-haired Todd Oldham on “House of Style” back in the nineties, I knew that I had to get crafty with him one day. So, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Todd and I got together at his downtown NYC studio to show you how to make some heart-shaped gifts that come from the heart. We both agree that this holiday is all about affordable, DIY craftiness.
From his features in ReadyMade & Dwell, to crafting Amy Sedaris’ interactive vaginal diagram on the Chelsea Lately Show, and with a line of vases for FTD, a classic menswear-inspired carpet collection, and design book series called Place Space, Todd is a royal of the creative world. To top that, he is a photographer, filmmaker, interior designer, fashion designer, and can see through walls …well, maybe not the last part.
You’ve got the food carrier and cutlery all taken care of, but all that food is likely to make you quite thirsty. What are you going to use to carry around your drinks in? What is the most G option, and the most stylish? Again, SIGG from Switzerland comes out on top. This series of theirs not only features some of their coolest looking bottles, but they are also made of non-leaching food grade stainless steel. Plastic bottles leach all sorts of carcinogens and BPA. Their other bottles are made of aluminum, which might be ok due to their coating on the inside. But you know with these that stainless steel is the best option, now you have that with the coolest designed bottles from SIGG. The above traveler oval black flask includes a detachable cup. $29.95 The blue and red oval flask options are less expensive at $19.95 and are made of the same great quality.
Built NY has created some awesome insulated sleeves for your bottles to keep them nice and cool, or warm. Made of wet-suit material, it insulates and protects your bottle, if it’s glass. Machine washable, stylish and on sale for only $8.95
Recycled wood gets a big thumbs up from me. As does great design. Especially when it’s for the office, where I seem to be spending most of my time these days.
But this “Xcetera” desk isn’t working for me at all. Designed by Basten Leijh of Bieijh Concepts & Design, whose aim (according to his company’s website) is to “combine esthetics and function”, this new line of furniture was created with Westra, a Dutch company with a flair for office funkiness. And this desk is the first of many offerings in the collection that be brought to market in the hopes of visually jazzing up the workplace through its use of lively colors and groovy shapes.
Architect Michelle Kaufmann is at it again, making things out of stuff she has hanging around her house. This time she is making a garden table chandelier, using some chains and glass jars. This is part of Michelle’s Green It Yourself Projects. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Architect Michelle Kaufmann in this project makes a wine using used tin cans. This maybe a little tacky, but it works. This would be a great project for kids. This is part of Michelle’s Green It Yourself Projects. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
For about $100 you too, can have a Vegas inspired birdhouse. Why would only humans make use of eco-friendly technology? Studio OOOMS designed a birdhouse with a solar panel on it’s roof. During the day sunlight feeds the solar panel , charging a small battery inside. At twilight the transparent stick will light up and cast a tiny light on your garden.
Nothing invokes the warm spirit of Christmas like the eye candy of a glowing, ornamented pine tree in the living room. 25 million homes in the U.S. have one each year. The fresh natural scent of real pine permeating the room can instantly transport the imagination to lush, snow covered forests.
But just how pure and fresh are the Christmas trees? I always imagined, seeing how they’re just trees, that they grow effortlessly and without intervention on tree farms. So, you could imagine my shock when I looked into how they’re grown and discovered what a chemical-intensive crop it really is. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos