Sugar or Glass? When Gastronomy Meets Glass, Positive Ideas Crystallise. (Photos)

October 20, 2011 by  
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Chef Christian Escribà making sugar hair… an alternative to nylon? Photo Credit: oh!BCN Bored of conferences? Looking for inspiration? Then oh!BCN might just be your thing. It is a new kind of happening based around the unusual association of glass and food . We listened to chef Albert Adrià (brother of Ferran from El Bulli ), and his … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Greek Company Gives Pay Rises to Employees That Protect the Environment and Themselves

September 15, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Coco-mat Recently I met the Spanish partners of Coco-mat , a greek company that makes sleeping products out of natural materials. The products are fantastic; made in Greece from renewable materials such as wood, wool, cotton , sea grass , horsehair, silk, linen, natural rubber, coco fibre and goose

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Eco-friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

August 1, 2011 by  
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A new kitchen can reenergize any home, but conscientious homeowners should be concerned about the impact that remodeling will have on the natural environment. Most manufacturing processes waste valuable natural resources and release pollutants into the air. Disposing of old appliances, cabinets, sinks, and flooring will add to the problem of overflowing landfills around the country. Homeowners who really want to be eco-friendly when creating their dream kitchen should carefully research each item before including it in their overall plan. The following suggestions are not only aesthetically appealing, but also are environmentally sound practices.

Check Out Renewable Products

Many of the new products are made from sources which can be replenished in a short period of time. Some of the most practical renewable resources to use in a kitchen upgrade are the following:

• Bamboo Products: Bamboo can be grown so quickly that there is almost an inexhaustible supply. It is great in the kitchen when used for flooring, backsplashes, and cutting boards.

• Cork Items: Formed from tree bark, cork is easily renewed. Because of its mold and mildew resistance and its ability to absorb sound, it is perfect for kitchen flooring.

• Cotton Material: Cotton fabrics are good for covering chairs or bar stools. They may also be used as curtains to help keep the temperature in the room from constantly fluctuating. If organic cotton versions are hard to find, search the local thrift store for secondhand bargains that could be recycled and give a new lease on life.

Choose Appliances Carefully

Appliances can sometimes last for decades with the mechanical functioning holding up much better than the outward appearance. When appliances begin to show some aesthetic wear and tear, the best solution for the environment may be to just touch them up with some appliance paint or purchase a new magnetic front panel in a more stylish color. If, however, the machine is an energy hog, it could be better to replace it with a new Energy Star model. The following hints may also be helpful in making decisions about which appliances are more eco-friendly:

• Check the seals on older refrigerators by closing a small piece of paper in the door. If it can be pulled out easily, the seal is not sound and should be repaired.

• Abandon the older side-by-side refrigerator/freezer units for the modern freezer on bottom versions. These keep the cold air in much more efficiently.

• Traditional ovens are particularly energy hungry. The new kitchen should contain a convection oven instead which cooks food much faster.

Think of the Indoor Environment Too

Besides just being mindful of the natural environment as a whole, homeowners should also know that their choice of cabinets can make a great difference in the air quality of their homes. Any items made from particle board or pressed wood can emit toxins into the air because they are manufactured with glues, resins, and formaldehyde. A healthier, more cost-effective choice is to use solid wood kitchen cabinets, which will last for years and won’t be harmful to the health of the household.

If the existing wooden units are sound, the greenest option would be to reuse them and give them a new look by simply replacing the doors with a more up-to-date style. Ready made wood doors are available in a range of different styles to fit standard kitchen cabinet sizes. An alternative would be to re-paint the existing doors using an eco-friendly paint.

By thoroughly examining all new materials, reusing or repurposing items where possible, and performing many of the simpler tasks themselves, homeowners really can create a fantastic kitchen on a small budget without causing harm to the environment.

Ask Pablo: Metal vs. Plastic Cutlery

January 4, 2011 by  
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Image Source: Neil Kandalgaonkar Dear Pablo: Which type of silverware is better for the environment: stainless steel or plastic? My office uses disposable everything and I am trying to make a change

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Celebrating Green Consumer Day in Style

September 29, 2010 by  
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Image courtesy of eBay Yesterday was annual Green Consumer Day, a day intended to build awareness around how even the smallest actions we take as individuals can help—or harm—the planet. To commemorate the occasion, we rounded up a selection of products—from reusable totebags to soy-based candles to vintage dresses—that not only make it easy to be green, but also allow you to stay stylish in the process….

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Ask Pablo: How Do Smart Phones Stack Up Against Phone Books?

April 12, 2010 by  
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Image Source: Daniel Y. Go Dear Pablo: You recently wrote about getting rid of phone books but wouldn’t the environmental impact be much greater if every granny got a smart phone instead? Phone books serve an important purpose for people that are not connected to the internet through smart phones or computers.

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Ask Pablo: Turn Down The Heat!

January 25, 2010 by  
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Image Source: cthoyes Dear Pablo: I have heard that using a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature while you are out saves energy but isn’t the same amount of energy used to bring the temperature back up when you come home? The short answer is no.

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Christmas Light Guilt Got You Down?

December 23, 2009 by  
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Image Source: tonystl Does your inner eco-warrior wag his finger at you every time you plug in that string of bulbs?

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Mop More Efficiently; Separate the Waters!

December 3, 2009 by  
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Carlos Rivadulla got the idea when he was sweeping floors in the army, and now, a few years later and with the help of his brother Juan Rivadulla, the siblings launched the Ecofrego , an eco-friendlier bucket that separates the clean water from the dirty one. It is really quite straightforward and we are surprised this hasn’t hit the market until now. A simple tweak to the traditional cleaning bucket can save you water, soap, and work….

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Your Treat: Save Money by Slaying Energy Vampires

October 31, 2009 by  
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Energy vampire. Image credit: PeopleJam I’m not one to dress up for Halloween, but I like to find creative ways to get on board with the spooky spirit of the holiday.

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