With space at a premium for urban dwellers, a room dividing screen may provide needed separation of work and living spaces, or a temporary wall when guests are crashing at your pad. This rollable bamboo screen is strong, tasteful and flexible. Made from sustainable, eco-friendly and pesticide-free bamboo, it conforms to any space, then rolls-up and away when not in use. The elegant curved shapes you create, form the sturdy structural support and visual style. Treated with a nontoxic water-based finish. Reinforced edges. Suggested for indoor use. 8’W x 6’H. Natural (due to natural materials, color may vary).
30 lbs. Imported.
$259 @ gaiam.com
(Due to the size of this item, there is a $15 delivery surcharge and other shipping restrictions may apply.)
The state of Massachusetts
The Bay State is getting greener. Among the eco friendly projects going on this summer in Worcester County, MA, is Clark University’s decision to go green, starting at (where else?) the dorms. The construction this summer on the Blackstone Residence Hall is expected to be finished by September, just in time for incoming students. Some of the features of these new eco-dorms include:
- An energy-efficient polyurethane roof
- Dual-flush toilets that save an immense amount of water and sewer fees
- Recycled fin-like zinc shades that reflect heat rather than light from the dorms’ many windows. This vastly reduces the cooling cost for the building.
Local people and businesses have been joining the eco-friendly community in throngs. Some example include:
- 13,000 Hybrid cars owned by Worcester county residents
- Holy Name High School in Worcester plans to install a wind turbine that could potentially save the school $200,000 in annual electricity bills.
- A neighborhood in Gardener along with Worcester’s First Unitarian Church are being converted solely to solar electric power by a solar design firm based in Harvard.
- Worcester mayoral candidates are constantly trying to “outgreen” each other.
In Other News…
Live Earth went off all around the world last Saturday, resulting in raving accolades as well as contradicting, mixed reviews. While spectators seemed to thoroughly enjoy the musical performances (and the lengthy oratory of one, Al Gore), some spectators questioned the event’s overall effectiveness.
“I am torn between whether this is hot air or helpful,” Stacey from Oxford, Alabama, commented on the You R Here blog. “On one hand, I do see how this could raise awareness to the world, but on the other hand, I see this as being just a great show for people to go to. … If we were asked to donate the amount of money the ticket cost to helping the environment and to raise awareness, I don’t think most people would be selfless enough to do that.” For more viewer interviews, pictures and videos from the concert, visit mtv.com.
Green Quote of the week:
“If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” – Bill Watterson
(photos via mtv.com)
Stylized butterflies decorate this eye-catching vase. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass, and shipped from Spain.
If you’re in the mood, the butterflies also come in pink.
£60 @ biomelifestyle.com