Sophie Uliano's Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products struck my eye at the library yesterday. I'm a sucker for books that claim they can help me green my home front, but most of them leave me disappointed. I've checked out far too many of these books and wasted far too many hours flipping through their chapters on using recycling bins and turning out the lights when I leave the room. I mean, my generation has been learning about recycling and conservation since elementary school. We don't need any more Love Your Earth 101 lessons, folks.
Why is the U.S. so far behind most of the world in terms of public transportation? Here in Boston, a city with public transportation better than many other cities throughout the country, the MBTA is running extremely outdated subways and trains on many of their lines. And then you go to other parts of the country with little to no public transportation options at all.
82% of voters say that "the United States would benefit from an expanded and improved transportation system." [source] Meanwhile, only 5% of Americas live within walking distance of decent public transit. [source]
That is horrible. It's time that a huge change is made.... read more
Last weekend, we went to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. (A very green zoo, btw, from their conservation efforts to many of the recycled items in their gift shops) Before you enter, there were some animal sculptures (pictured left) made of used containers from the nearby Sam Adams Brewery.
I thought it was an excellent and unique way of reusing something that would have otherwise been thrown away. It made me think of the "reduce, reuse, and recycle" adage, and how people are often good about recycling these days, but forget about reducing and reusing. And what better way to reuse something than to turn it into a cool piece of artwork?... read more
Head to Ghirardelli Square this weekend! It's the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival on September 11th and 12th. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (which I love) will be there, turning the fountain in Ghirardelli Square into a giant Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day SINK! Visitors will take a “bubble” out of the sink which will contain a Mrs. Meyer’s sample. For each bubble that is taken, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day will donate $2 to San Francisco’s Clean City Coalition!
It's refreshing to see handmade eco-friendly furniture in a day where flimsy, particle board furniture is the norm. I'm excited to be profiling Michael Amaral Furniture, a furniture designer and builder based out of Rhode Island.
Why it's Keen:
I'll let a picture of Michael's beautiful furniture speak for itself.
This summer my family and I purchased a share in a CSA. Shared Bounty CSA, to be specific. The experience has been fabulous in more ways than I could have ever expected. In fact, I have multiple blog posts about them (and my culinary experiments from the summer) just waiting to be written. This week, though, I realized just how fortunate we have been to be part of the Shared Bounty family.