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In Defense of Weeds

19 Jul

Earlier this summer I wrote a post in defense of weeds. Slate Magazine has just published a similar piece with more history and an excellent slide show. Be sure to check out the slide show, it has lots of fascinating information. While you’re there, also check out one of my favorite podcasts, the Slate Culture Gabfest, a thought provoking discussion on everything from MOMA exhibits to Lady Gaga.

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nuts! gnats!

29 Jun

We’ve all done it. Forgot to take out the trash, or had a tomato go bad sitting on the counter, and before you know it, your kitchen has gnats. They are irritating and difficult to get rid of. However, a friend showed me a great trick. Leave an open, empty wine bottle on the counter, and the gnats fly in and get stuck like environmentally friendly flypaper. Then just rinse and recycle the bottle! Thanks for the tip, Jen!

Update!

The Curbly blog recently published a DIY on the same idea using beer, but it’s more reusable.

Meditations on Toasters

13 May

Meditations on toast and the rampant consumerism in most of our lives from the brilliant minds at The Improvised Life: dept of unnecessary things: electric toaster « The Improvised Life. I love the low-tech alternatives to the electric toaster. More so since the upper heating element on my toaster oven no longer works.

Why being a foodie isn’t ‘elitist’.

2 May

Why being a foodie isn’t ‘elitist’ – The Washington Post. Once again, Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) explains why the rich get richer and the poor get fatter in America’s current food system.

Maps to Baskets from Sierra Magazine

27 Apr

I adore old maps. I hate to see them made obsolete by GPS, but here’s a great way to reuse your old maps and turn them into cool little baskets: Repurpose – May/June 2011 – Sierra Magazine – Sierra Club.

Design*Sponge Blog » eco winter reads

29 Jan

From the always lovely Design*Sponge Blog comes a list of 10 books for winter reading.  Start planning for your organic spring garden (or at least dream):  Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » small measures with ashley: eco winter reads.

cure for winter blues?

26 Jan

While this”park in a storefront” is a fascinating idea, I don’t think the fake trees is what I need mid-winter.  openhouse gallery: park here.

A much better solution: the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens, one of my favorite places on planet Earth. The scent alone will cure you of almost anything.

Green homes out of trash

18 Jan

This is some serious upcycling! Check out these amazing houses made from trash. They are beautiful, reasonably priced, and energy efficient.From the Grist.org website: Texan builds artful, green homes out of trash | Grist.

Sweater Recycling

18 Jan

This blog post contains an amazing number of resources for recycling on sweaters. Makes me regret giving away so many of mine as I moved farther south!   Always Chrysti – 100+ Ways to reuse your old sweaters!. Thanks to Etsy Knitter Mette for the link!

Green Perspective

17 Jan

Feeling overwhelmed by environmental problems? This cool tool shows the comparative impact of certain activities and products. Not exactly a scientifically rigorous tool for decision making, it’s still enlightening.

How Much CO2 Is Created By… | GE Data Visualization.

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