Indoor plants in your home are a no-brainer: they bring the outside in, improve air quality, provide lots of natural color and texture, and encourage you to take an investment in the spaces you spend your time. They literally (and figuratively) add life to your home. Learn how to rock the green look with these six guy-friendly decor ideas. No floral wallpaper need apply.1: Mix and match. (pictured above) Go freestyle! Hit your nearest nursery and select a few different varieties. A few ideas include: palms, ferns, Massangeana, and rubber tree. Make sure to ask them about any special care requirements for each one of them (prior to
Dr. Jeff Wilson, professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a 36-square-foot dumpster. It's part research, part social experiment, and part to learn how to "to gradually transform the dumpster into 'the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.' "
Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow.
Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
"The selection of these two books
Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."
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At ManMade, we've always argued that the DIY approach should extend into all areas of our life, including what we wear. Several well chosen, long-lasting pieces can be transformed into a multitude of appropriate looks, and will always beat a preassembled, off-the-rack deal.
And, as the seasons change, "fall is now upon us, and with winter around the corner, we’re bundling up and breaking out the cold-weather gear. Fortunately, with the recent resurgence of high-quality heritage menswear, there’s never been a better time to invest in classic frost-battling essentials that are built to last. From warm woolen knits to sheltering coats, we’ve rounded up our picks for sustainable garments that will help you withstand the worst that fall—and winter—have to offer. So suit up, boot up, and hit the jump for the greatest green gear to weather the cooler months to come."
Eco-design blog Inhabitat has teamed up with Gilette to create this list of gadgets, each with style and a small footprint. Looking over the collection, I think most gents can safely say, "Yes, I'd want that." And while the care that goes into making each one is reflected in the fetching price, they're actually not completely unaffordable. Certainly, you'd get what you paid for.
Talk about greenwashing. As it turns out, the Italian Mafia has taken quite an interest into the wind power business. Inhabitat reports, " Fraud is rampant in Sicilian mob strongholds like Corleone, where the Mafia owns many wind farms. The reason: power from wind farms is sold at a high rate because of generous government subsidies intended to expand the renewable energy sector. All the mob has to do is buy off local politicians and voila, the Mafia owns the lucrative wind power business."
Nearly every local restaurant I've hit up over the summer has featured fried green tomatoes as a special or as a seasonal appetizer. And for good reason - they're pretty fantastic. And, for my money, they're even more fantastic with the counterparts of their - brethren - bread, lettuce, and bacon. This take on the BLT works in a few ways - the acid still comes from the tomatoes, but their greenness allows the bacon to provide most of the sweetness. And their crunchy exterior provides every reason to leave the bread untoasted, which now gives the sandwich its toothsomeness once provide by the firm, red tomato.
In short: it works. Believe
Any urban cyclist can tell you - even the smallest, two-door coupes can seem monstrous while they're three inches from your handlebars and whizzing past you at forty-five mph.
So, the possibility of this 600-pound, four-person-powered bicycle (quadcycle?) that can roll over a car is certainly...interesting.
The Big Dog is "a wonderfully impractical assemblage of bicycle, go-cart, and golf-cart pieces and parts, drainage pipe, steel tubing, and patio chairs. This four-wheel vehicle allows four passengers to travel in minor discomfort at speeds approaching a brisk walk, for relatively short distances, on completely flat terrain."
Over the last few years, there's been a trend in filmmaking and commericial work towards using frame-by-frame stop motion techniques to animate, well, animated objects, namely human beings. And I say great! It looks cool, adds an element of humor, and provides for wacky situations to place persons without the need for CGI.
"Drive on Chairs," produced by Nissan to share their hope for a zero-emissions vehicle, has all of those features, plus a bit more, like a blinking orange as a turn signal.
If you simply must express your voice on a giant piece of public property, but can't get passed the illegality of defacing something you don't own, try scrubbing your design into the grime that already exists on the wall.
"Offering a refreshing and very welcome take on the contentious art form, is a group of ex Durban Vega Brand and Communications School students, who were inspired by the work of British street artist Paul Curtis (AKA “Moose”) who began pioneering his form ‘Green’ or ‘reverse Graffiti’ three years ago. Curtis (legend has it) first hit upon the idea while working as a kitchen porter in a restaurant scrubbing mountains of pots and pans. One dreary evening while trying to erase a grease stain on the sink wall before him, he discovered he had cleaned a large white patch onto the grimy surface. It didn’t take long before the aspirant street artist began conquering the cityscapes of London, applying his vigorous selective scrubbing to more prominent walls and bridges."
Sunday's Weekend Edition included a story about Bamboo Bike Studio , three lads in Brooklyn who create...you guessed it, bamboo bicycles. How? Well..."the bamboo's outer skin is treated with a torch, and the stems are baked in a homemade oven. The brown stems are then fastened into frames by connecting them with a sawdust and resin mixture. The joints are wrapped with a thin, ribbon-like carbon fabric that soaks up epoxy.
Thankfully, those three fellows are not the only folks doing this sort of thing. Bamboo, the eternally evident superstar material of the aughts, maintains special properties that allow it to be heat treated with