Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
However, I'm trying to be a good sport about it. There are certain things I do enjoy. My horse-shaped sugar cookies are fun and delicious. I like looking at the ornaments on the tree - many are gifts or mementos from places my husband and I have traveled to. I like sharing a great meal with friends. In this spirit, I've compiled a few ways to have a green and glamorous Holiday while minimizing the waste factor. Let's just call it my "Dreaming of a Green Christmas" list:
- Wrapping - Buy eco-friendly wrapping paper & ribbon, and save used ribbon and wrapping paper that's in good condition to re-use next year.
- Décor - There are a lot of fantastic vintage ornaments and decorations available at both antique stores and online. I also found this great wall hanging , pictured below, made of an assortment of recycled tin products.
- Tree - Turn your Christmas tree into compost or mulch when you’re done with it.
- Food - Niman Ranch has an amazing selection of delicious meat that is humanely and sustainably raised. You can order online and they will ship it fresh to your door.
- Lighting - For your table and overall ambience, Pottery Barn has a very nice votive candle that is made with sustainable wax and housed in a recycled glass container. On the electric front, if you need new lights for your tree or house (or treehouse!) go with LED. I've seen them at the hardware store, or you can see an amazing selection and order online here.
- Gifts - There are plenty of eco-friendly options in the gift department, but I'm going to be biased here and give a shameless plug to the Glamour Goes Green collection of recycled glass products. I've included photos of these products below. These highly useful items are all made of 99% recycled glass. Visit the GGG shop for more information and to buy!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Their mission is simple: "At Flatbread we believe in the quality and freshness of local, organic and sustainably grown, ingredients. Most of our ingredients originate from within 300 miles of our restaurant, just a few hours drive. Where possible, we purchase our ingredients directly from family farms, growers, and producers to ensure integrity. Full of Life Flatbread also strives toward affording a livable wage for our employees and suppliers. They deserve it. You deserve it. We believe that food remembers the acts of the hands and of the heart. "
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Below are photos of some of the fantastic items available:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
On that note, I present below an actual ad posted in the Craigslist "Free" section. This truly is recycling gone wacky. I hope this fills you with Halloween Cheer! (If you are interested in picking these up, go to the original ad here.)
Once you've been inspired to responsibly recycle, check out this great A-Z guide from Real Simple Magazine called "How to Recycle Anything."
Friday, October 24, 2008
- beef jerky
- 4' x 6' oil painting of a Catholic bishop? deacon? high priest?
- taxidermied elk
- super-swinging acrylic bar
- more hipster-esque clothing than you can shake a stick at
After ogling the vast assortment of creepy wares, I did find a really cool vintage furniture vendor, Caught My Fancy. One of the best ways you can be "green" is by reusing existing resources, and these guys have done a great job at buying and freshening up vintage pieces. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of "shabby chic" for an entire room or house. However, I think some of their pieces, integrated into the right setting, could be really great. For example, the nightstands shown below would integrate beautifully with mirrored furniture to give you a truly feminine, glamourous, regency look:
Another great thing about these guys? Their prices are super-reasonable. The night chests shown above are just $415 for the pair! Check out the link here: Drexel Night Stands.