by Ross Dulmaine @ 11:26 am post a comment »
The Italian design group Manoteca creates eclectic, OOAK home furnishings from recycled and reclaimed materials. The See-Clo lamp and wandering library is created from a 1960′s Italian tricycle, with an adjustable, vintage iron headlamp – the rear foot holder has been replaced with a solid piece of wood, on which to store magazines and books.
The piece is from a series of tricycle-based designs, many of which honor great Italian cyclists. A five-foot long power cable allows the piece to be freely rolled into new positions.
The group website describes them thusly: “Manoteca is a wooden house in a garden, a laboratory where old abandoned things and salvaged materials are taken care of, thought-of a second time, and re-assembled.”
All designs are one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted and treated with natural, non-toxic paints. You can contact them directly for pricing information.
related: more eco-friendly design previously on alternativeConsumer.com
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 10:46 am 2 comments »
Have you ever needed convenient flip-flops for bopping around for a day or while on vacation but you don’t want to pay $10 or more for something you’re not going to use for very long? I certainly have, and the only cheap flip-flops that you can throw away are the pedicure ones you receive at a nail salon, which are flimsy and really only for women.
Well, not anymore! With the EzFlop Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, if you pledge $3 you will get your own pair of recyclable flip-flops. These flip-flops are durable, recyclable, and fold in half for quick storage in a purse or backpack … ideal for pedicures or a lazy day at the beach. (more…)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 2:00 pm post a comment »
Chase and Denise Mekaelian are old-school green. They set out to start a sustainable business that created aesthetically pleasing planters primarily from recycled liquor bottles. Their company, Bottle Gardens, is now a successful and sustainably green business. The stylish bottle planters the company designs are intended for growing low-maintenance air plants and succulents.
In addition to using natural (note the sea shell air plant magnets above) and reclaimed materials, the couple has endeavored to make all facets of the business green by using less energy (going solar), creating less waste in their production process and by featuring recycled, upcycled and reusable materials in their packaging and shipping containers.
The heat intensive cutting process used to cut the bottles requires large amounts of water for cooling, so California-based, Bottle Gardens now re-uses much of its water — lowering its water consumption by over 90% (more…)
by Katherine Shi @ 9:34 am 1 comment »
Did you know that less than 2% of plastic bags get recycled? How about this: Regular plastic bags often take over 100 years to degrade. Though cheap and convenient, plastic bags fill our streets, waterways, and landfills, and often do not ever become plastic bags again (even if recycled).
BioBag is a company that provides bags and films for the collection of organic (food, yard and pet) waste for the purpose of composting. Unlike your typical plastic bags which are made from polyethylene/polypropylene-based plastic, BioBags are created from an entirely unique material – a resin derived from plant starches, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers from renewable raw materials and fossil raw materials – a material called Mater-Bi. It can be readily composted (more…)
Monday, March 3, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 1:03 pm post a comment »
(above) I’m always on the lookout for great, natural alternatives to items to add to my daily skincare regimen. I recently happened upon The Herb Appeal on Etsy, and immediately got in touch with the store-owner, Jeannine, to set up a purchase.
All of her products are homemade, completely natural, and have no artificial colors or overpowering scents. Plus, every item only has a short list of ingredients so rest assured, your body will thank you.
I purchased the Eucalyptus Mint Softening Fizzy Drops Bath Bombs, Sugared Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Scrub and Lovely Lavender Solid Lotion Bar. I received the items in a few days and the packaging was very cute and would make the items perfect as gifts or a treat for yourself.
The Eucalyptus Mint Bath Bombs, (above), have a wonderful scent, and after using them I felt that my sinuses were cleared and I was relaxed. Sweet aromatherapy! The item comes in a set of four and you can use one or up to all four, whatever your preference. Also, at a price of $4.50 for a four-pack you can reward your skin without hurting your wallet.
(above) The Lip Balm Scrub comes in five flavors and the organic sugar helps to exfoliate your lips to make them healthy and soft. I was happily surprised (more…)
by Samantha Javier @ 7:24 am post a comment »
- With California facing extreme drought conditions, the rain this past weekend has been met with relief. However, this rain will not get California completely out of the drought it is facing. To create more drinking water the state is building a new facility in Carlsbad, calling it “the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere.” This plant will be finished in early 2016 and is expected to “provide up to 50 million gallons of fresh drinkable water every day.” The plant – which will cost $1 billion dollars – is “drought-proof” and will help alleviate San Diego’s and the rest of California’s need to import water. Read more at: npr.org
- Ocean acidification is taking a toll on marine life everywhere, and now its effects have claimed about three years worth of the scallop population in British Columbia. The waters of the Georgia Strait have “increased so dramatically that the PH levels have dropped from 8.2 to 7.3 in the past year.” Weather.com has a great article outlining the impact this event and the effects ocean acidification could have on the U.S. oyster industry.
- “Experts are more certain than ever that human activity is changing the global climate” and the U.S National Academy of Science with the United Kingdom’s Royal Society hope to move the debate about climate change away from (more…)