Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

May 7, 2012 by  
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AIA San Francisco’s Marin Living: Home Tours Returns This Weekend!

May 7, 2012 by  
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A special announcement for San Francisco Bay Area Inhabitants: AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours are back! It’s well-known that the hills of the North Bay are overflowing with architectural treasures — you just have to know where to look. Every year, the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects gives tour-goers an opportunity to take a peek at some of the most innovative residences in the area — inside and out — and this year will be no exception. On Saturday, May 12 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM you can tour homes in Sausalito, Mill Valley and San Rafael, meet design teams, and learn more about the design process. Want to get in on the fun? Head over to AIA SF and register now ! + 2012 Marin Living: Home Tours + AIA San Francisco Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA san francisco , AIA SF , AIA SF Home Tours , bay area , Ewald Tajbaksh Architecture , Jay Behr Design , marin county , Michael Rex Associates , Miers Architects , mill valley , Ohashi Design Studio , San Francisco , San Rafael , sausalito , YamaMar Design

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How can I reuse or recycle the nets you get around wine bottles?

March 12, 2012 by  
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Long time Recycle This friend (and very frequent commenter!) Anna has a question about the protective sleeves slipped around wine bottles: Any ideas what to do with the plastic nets they put for wine bottles for protecting them when you buy one? I don’t drink wine so I had to turn to my friend Google to see what those nets are like – some have big holes and look foamy, whereas others have smaller holes and look more like the thin plastic netting you get garlic bulbs in (a smaller version of orange/onion nets ). I think the former are to provide some “bounce” protection while the latter just keep all the big bits of glass together in the event of a breakage. (Please correct me if I’m wrong about those assumptions.) Either way, the first suggestion has to be reduce if you can: if they only add the netting at the shop after you’ve bought the wine, don’t let them: either take an old net to reuse or throw caution to the wind and just go nude 😉 As for reusing them for other things, the thinner/smaller holed nets can be filled with bird seed to make your own bird feeders, filled with the ends of old soap bars and hung on an outside tap for garden clean-up, or bunched up to make washing scrubbies. I’d be tempted to throw a few of the foam type ones in with our reusable shopping bag stash for when we go to the supermarket for a big shop – they could cushion glass jars and other glass bottles to save them clinking together all the way home. Opened out flat, the foam ones would also be useful as cushioning under heavy plant pots (so they’re less likely to damage/dint the surface they’re stood on) or between occasionally use crockery to save that knocking together too. How do you reuse or recycle those nets?

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Photo of the Day: Polar Bear Plays King Of The Hill

September 15, 2011 by  
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Friend and conservation photographer Rebecca Jackrel recently went to Svalbard to photograph polar bears. This is one of the images she captured — and quite possibly my favorite photo of a polar bear ever. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Timeshare A Backyard? Yes A Piece Of Summer In The LES

August 22, 2011 by  
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photo by Bonnie Hulkower Only in New York, where space is scarce and summer is brief, would one be able to pay to rent a backyard for a few hours. But that is what my friend Ben Pomeroy , of Now or Never radio, did last week. He rented a space called ” Timeshare Backyard .” Timeshare Backyard is a formerly vacant lot at 145 Ludlow Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side , which for the month of August has been transfor… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Hacked Up Barbie Dolls Make Cool but Ghoulish Jewelry

August 13, 2011 by  
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All Images Courtesy of Margaux Lange When I was little, my friend and I tore the heads of his sister’s Barbie dolls. After that, the game was pretty much over. Designer Margaux Lange shows a similar penchant for tearing apart Barbie and Ken dolls, but she doesn’t stop there. She takes the dismembered heads, arms, legs, breasts and accessories, and makes some very unique- if somewhat macabre- jewelry…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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GiftRocket and the Art of Green Giving!

June 13, 2011 by  
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Gift cards take the hassle out of gift giving. Every year Americans spend billions of dollars on gift cards for special days like Father’s day

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Put Some Bark in Your Green Efforts

June 9, 2011 by  
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Whether you’re a business owner, an animal owner or both, you’d be surprised what you can do in caring for your friendly pooch, feline or other animal in helping the environment out.

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Mickey Mouse: Ravager of Rainforests?

May 19, 2011 by  
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Activists from the Rainforest Action Network are targeting The Walt Disney Company for a slack paper-buying policy that allows children’s books to be printed from rainforest-destroying pulp.

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Green Marketing and the Death of Curmudgeonly Contrariness

May 19, 2011 by  
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In response to my friend Joel Makower’s recent article on the death of green marketing, I’d like to say: You’re missing the point.

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