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strata – new eco furniture by ryan frank


Used and exhausted office furniture is given a new lease on life with Ryan Frank’s latest design, an elegant eco-furniture range built from the waste wood of old, battered and abused office desks.

‘Strata’, consisting of a chair, stool, coffee table and dining table, has been commissioned by leading Portuguese furniture developer, IMADETrading, who will be distributing it across the UK and the rest of Europe.

The pieces will make their debut at TentLondon, the design event being staged by the duo of Jimmy Macdonald and Ian Rudge being held at the Truman Brewery and also 100% Design at Earl’s Court during the London Design Week in September.

strata.jpgThe Strata range is comprised of a mix of different woods layered together. Salvaged materials make up approximately 60-70 per cent of each product’s composition; the remaining material is FSC plywood, required to provide the structural strength. GreenWorks, a charity and social enterprise, which reclaims timber from redundant office furniture collected around the UK, will supply the material and assist in the production process.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

poppy organic skincare – birch bark


As of right now, Poppy Organic claims to be the first and only organic skincare brand to include birch bark extract in their ingredient mix. Why is this important, or useful, or exciting? For the fair skin-types, like myself, who have to be extra careful in the sun, BBE (birch bark extract) might “prevent and help to treat UV-induced skin cancer.” I know just from looking in the mirror that the sun has caused some damage to my skin, so I’m about to take a closer look at this unique line of skincare.

OK, so I like the philosophy of the company, and their commitment to the environment. Now, what about the fine print? Let’s take a peek at the product ingredients for their cream for sun-damaged skin. There’s one ingredient, a preservative, phenoxyethanol that seems a bit suspect. According the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep study (a great resource for skincare ingredients), over 4000 products contain this preservative, and it’s rated a 1 or 2 (very low risk) on EWG’s safety scale.

If you’re already familiar with poppy organic, let me know whatchyathink. I’ve always loved birch trees; it would be so cool if this beautiful bark actually helped to save my hide:)

find more info @

click here to review the poppy organic product line

related: for skin info (beauty facts: preservatives)

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monday’s mixed bag of green news


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