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Magno wooden radios

magnoradiogrp.jpgLow-fi, high tech, and jungle design all in one sweet looking package.  Designer Singgih Kartono creates these organic looking wooden radios from sustainable ebony wood.  The radios are made in Indonesia by local craftsmen in an area of high unemployment.  Magno radios feature the most MP3 compatible electronics and both AM/FM and shortwave reception.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Remains

They happen frequently when our appetites greet the table and transform into delicious appetizers, main dishes, drinks, and possibly desserts. They are leftovers; resulting from the widespread eyes-bigger-than-stomach syndrome.


Although frequently dining out and succumbing to this syndrome many times myself, my feathers still ruffle witnessing leftovers fall into containers for their travels to peoples’ fridges, quite likely accompanied by a paper/plastic bag. Even when the leftovers are devoured and the food’s energy used, a different type of waste occurs as the one-time-employed containers hit the plastic garbage bags that soon after thump into a dump.

Most restaurant containers are either plastic, plastic/wax-lined paper, or Styrofoam, with the first being a recycling gamble and the latter two very rarely recycled. Thankfully, all can be avoided with our determination in remembering to bring a few staple food containers from our fridge to our eating locale. I’m talking about used margarine, yogurt, cream cheese, and hummus containers; peanut butter jars if you don’t mind the weight, and store-purchased plastic ware if that’s what you prefer. With a quick wash and dry, these guys can be stuffed into reusable bags and left in cars/packs to be at hand when needed.

fc2.jpgFor those who’d prefer using a container that’s not plastic, yet created for carting prepared food, check out the stainless steel Food Carriers from Healthy Kitchen. They’re available as a single container, and either 2-tiered or 3-tiered versions that come equipped with a handy carrying handle. Each compartment can be used as a bowl or to reheat foods (solid foods only, no liquids).

To make the process kinder to our wallet and the environment, many conscious restaurants now offer discounts for bringing your own left-over or takeout containers. No such luck at your favorite kitchen? You might try asking them and voicing your interest; they might even save some money by purchasing fewer containers.

If this whole bring-your-own container ritual is new to you, you might try it for a few weeks and reward yourself by not having to empty the recycling/trash bins as often. You quite likely will find self-gratitude as another reward.

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