This tiny home on stilts features an awesome secret patio

August 25, 2020 by  
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Known as LaLa’s Seaesta, this 410-square-foot tiny home located just blocks from the beach features reclaimed wood and a secret hidden patio. The home, designed by Texas-based Plum Construction, takes full advantage of its small stature with a dining nook that converts into a sleeping area and a swinging bed made from salvaged wooden doors. In addition to the 410 square feet of main living space, there is also an 80-square-foot interior loft accessible by ladder. The ladder to the loft was designed and built by Christine of Plum Construction and includes a closed system to stop it from falling and keep it flush against the wall while not in use. Christine also built and installed the beautiful wall treatment in the main bedroom that is made of old beadboard salvaged from a 100-year-old building in downtown Galveston. Related: This gorgeous tiny home features a greenhouse and wooden pergola The exterior is painted in a bold black hue, while the inside is soft pink, adding a unique contrast of tones. Inside, the dining nook and ottoman utilize custom upholstery, and the full kitchen contains custom Carrara marble countertops and a vintage-style refrigerator. This dining nook easily converts from a sitting area to a full-sized bed. The contemporary sofa, the centerpiece of the living room, was given a second life through reupholstering. Local artwork from a Galveston artist adorns the walls throughout the home, and the patio section has a painted mural inspired by a Brooklyn graffiti wall. The gable decoration in the front of the house is constructed from reclaimed cypress wood from a nearby house that dates back 120 years. The real hidden gem in this tiny home is the large patio underneath. It provides the occupant with a fun, bonus hangout space with ventilated slatted walls. The patio comes complete with several swings, a hammock, a bar, an outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach, a sitting area, electrical outlets for a fan or watching TV and, of course, the lovely swinging bed made from two salvaged doors. Century-old reclaimed wood was also used in the construction of the bar and swings. LaLa’s Seaesta is available for rent on Airbnb . + Plum Construction Images via Plum Construction

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Thousands of farm workers face extreme conditions in California

August 25, 2020 by  
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Have you ever thought about the cost of the sweet, fresh fruits you purchase from the store? While produce seems cheap, thousands of low-income laborers at farms are paying a heavy price. In the past few weeks, hundreds of wildfires have broken out in California , filling the air with thick smoke. From the COVID-19 pandemic to wildfires, heatwaves and drought, farm workers in California have been forced to continue working despite unhealthy conditions. Many farm workers who are forced to work under these conditions come from marginalized communities. They are already disadvantaged by the fact that they have no way to shelter from the virus . It is not possible for such workers to harvest produce from their homes. Further, many farms in California are not automated and as a result, farm workers have to manually harvest the fruits and vegetables. Related: Arctic wildfires rage through Siberia According to the Community and Labor Center at the University of California, more than 381,000 people in California work in the frontline agriculture industry. This means that they cannot shelter from COVID-19, as food is considered an essential service. “Whether it’s wildfire , pandemic, drought or storm, farmworkers are out in the field,” said Lucas Zucker, policy and communications director for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy. “It’s a largely immigrant workforce, many undocumented. Many are from Indigenous communities from southern Mexico who face even greater barriers to accessing services and reporting labor abuses.” Zucker said that the wildfires’ impacts on the workers are far-reaching. Some workers have reported experiencing chest pains and headaches after several days of working under harsh conditions. Each fire season, there are many farm workers who do not receive N95 masks to protect them from smoke. During the pandemic, these masks are even harder to come by. As such, farm workers are left to face the wildfire smoke and the virus in addition to heatwaves and drought. Zucker said employers need to provide workers with safety education and better protective gear. Via The Guardian Image via Bureau of Land Management

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8 Better-Than-Turkey Thanksgiving Entrees — Plus Two Guilt-Free Birds (Slideshow)

November 17, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flying Colours Ltd/Getty Images If the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner has always been a majestic stuffed bird, then it might be time to turn toward more sustainable options — like vegetarian entrees, stunning squash, rich pastas, and juicy sustainable salmon. And if your family isn’t quite ready to give up the turkey entirely, then choose an ethical bird…or shoot your own.

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New Plan of Attack on Climate: Shame Big Polluters?

November 17, 2010 by  
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Photo: thewritingzone , Flickr, CC Yes, the climate bill is dead . No, we’re probably not going to see any meaningful legislation to address carbon pollution for years to come.

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Readers, Send Us Photos Of Your Green Thanksgiving Feast!

November 25, 2009 by  
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Thanksgiving day feast: roasted pumpkin salad. 101 Cookbooks Was the centerpiece to your meal an organic turkey on tofurkey? Did you serve the meal with antique cutlery on an organic cotton tablecloth

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Cute Copenhagen Cargo Bike Storage System

November 25, 2009 by  
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images via goodmorning technology There are a lot of cargo bikes in Copenhagen, and they take up a lot of space to park.

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