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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Environmental Tuesday: Recycling Wine Corks

Becky

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Yes, at random, Environmental Tuesday is back. As I’ve been decluttering, I have not been able to toss out the mason jars full of wine corks I’ve collected for years. I never really intended on making a corkboard out of them (though this is a good idea and a great way to recycle them), but I could not bring myself to add them to a landfill even though I was trying to purge clutter like crazy. Perhaps I sensed that there was somewhere out there that would take them all along, because…

…There is a great new organization called ReCORK by Amorim that combines two of my favorite things, WINE AND SHOES! They want your used corks. Started California wine country in 2008, ReCORK is partnering with restaurants, wineries and airlines to collect used corks so that they can be reused in products like floor tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment…and SHOES! In particular, they have partnered with a shoe manufacturer called SOLE to make shoes out of the wine corks.

A quick glance at how it works: Check the ReCORK site for drop-off areas in your city and take your corks. If you don’t have a drop off area, ReCORK will send you a shipping tag, however, in order to keep carbon footprint down and not erase all of their good efforts, they want 15 pounds of corks at a time. Atlanta, even though I first read about ReCORK in the AJC, according to the site, we don’t have any drop off centers yet! Atlanta restauranteurs and wine shop owners, how about it? You may sign up just to recycle your own corks, or to be a collection partner, so that people can drop off their corks with you.

By the way, if you have any green resources or ideas you’d like us to spread the word about, please let me know in the comments section. I’d love to revive this series.

all images via ReCORK.org

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

New on DP: The MASH Studios PCH Canopy Bed

Lindsey

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MASH Studios PCH Canopy Bed

Oh, canopy beds. So romantic and dreamy. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted a canopy bed but have never found the right one — mainly because modern canopy beds used to be hard to find. In recent years, more and more of them have been popping up and now there are quite a few great options out there. Enter the MASH Studios PCH Canopy Bed (or as I like to call it, the Most Perfect Canopy Bed Ever). Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s made from sustainable, plantation grown, grade-A solid teak coated with a natural, nontoxic oil finish. Beautiful and eco-friendly? Yes please!

View the entire MASH Studios line here.

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

New From Lights Up!: Walker 5 Arm Chandelier

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Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier

Say hello to the Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier AKA my new personal favorite light fixture from Lights Up!. I am a huge fan of faux bois everything and these shades are no exception. Gorgeous! If faux bois isn’t your thing, don’t worry — this chandelier comes in 31 shade fabric options and they are all made from 100% Recycled PET fabric! If that’s not enough to make you fall in love, you even have a choice between candle clip shades (shown above) or a large drum shade (shown below). How great is that?!

Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier

Click to check out the Lights Up! Walker 5 Arm Chandelier and the entire Lights Up! collection.

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Green Idea of the Week: Coffee Bag Chic

Becky

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Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.

Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

See the entire house tour here.

images via Apartment Therapy L.A.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Environmental Stocking Stuffer of the Week: Seed Bombs

Becky

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Our pal VisuaLingual’s Seed Bombs have been getting mad press lately, and it couldn’t have happened to a more better product. Maya and Michael have designed the bombs to make random acts of gardening a cinch.  They have chosen native seeds that are bird, bee, and butterfly friendly.

The seeds were chosen because they are native to the midwest, but they will work all over the U.S.A. They include:

Queen Anne’s Lace, Upland White Aster Aster, Prairie Aster, Pot
Marigold, Cornflower, Siberian Wallflower, Shasta Daisy, Godetia,
Farewell-to-Spring, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Sulphur
Cosmos, Wild Cosmos, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Wild Larkspur, Sweet
William, Purple Coneflower, California Poppy, Perennial Gaillardia,
Indian Blanket, Globe Gilia, Baby’s Breath, Wild Annual Sunflower,
Dwarf Sunflower, Dame’s Rocket, Rose Mallow, Baby Snapdragon,
Candytuft, Scarlet Flax, Blue Flax, Perennial Lupine, Russell Lupine,
Annual Lupine, Four O’Clock, Baby Blue Eyes, Evening Primrose, Red
Poppy, Mexican Hat, Prairie Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa
Daisy, Sweet Coneflower, None-so-Pretty

The muslin bags were made in the USA and screenprinted by hand with the Midwest Seed Bombs design. Inside each pouch is the full list of the seeds included. Each filled pouch weighs approximately 4-4.5 ounces. When you’ve used up the seed bombs, reuse the pouch or frame it!

To order, click here.

P.S. If you’d like a house tour of Maya and Michael’s former beer hall home and studio, click here.

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