Monday, November 1, 2010

No-Energy Winter Rerigerator

If you live in a climate where the weather is routinely below 35 - 38 degrees F. Use natural cooling to keep food refrigerated without wasting energy to do it. Build yourself an insulated box that's going to attach to the outside of your house for the winter months.

More info on how to build this found here:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


King County in Washington state has put together cool tools to help folks renovate in a way that is friendly to the environment.

check it out here:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Recycling Clothes

This awesome blog is following a lady who is making a new dress each day for $1, using recyled clothing and her own inguinity.

Monday, June 14, 2010

How to get 99 mpg from your geo metro

The fifth annual Green Grand Prix expo and fuel economy rally in New York produced this pontiac firefly (geo metro) capable of 99 mpg, built by Darin Cosgrove. Read more about exactly how he did it...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group has developed a list of how different fruits and vegetables rank as far as the amount of pesticides are still on the food when we eat it. They used the US Department of Agriculture Pesticide Testing Program to create their list.

Not surprisingly, foods with a thick rind, or shell, like corn or cantaloupe, give us less exposure to these chemicals, where fruits and berries, like peaches and blueberries, give us high exposure.

Download a pocket-friendly list of the dirty dozen and safe 15 at their site or look at the full list to see where your favorite foods rank.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Public transportation sucks

...but I still use it. Got kicked off of one train then waited 15 minutes for the next which took us one stop and then told us we'd have to wait there another 15 minutes. Thanks BART for taking a half hour of my Saturday.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seed Bomb dispensers

Seed bombs are all the rage in gorilla gardening. This group on SO Cal, had the ingenious idea of taking some old candy machines and making seed bomb dispensers out of them.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sustainable Treehouses

What is more awesome than a treehouse? A sustainable treehouse!

Based out of LA and Minnesota, O2Treehouses builds beautiful high-end but sustainable treehouses, mostly in the backyards of private homeowners, but some other locations as well.

check them out:

or read their blog

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Recycled Bird Bath

Today we put up a birdbath made out of an old satellite dish that was otherwise destined for the dump. I got the idea from instructables

What's reat about the bird bath is that now there is a use for the old stump in our backyard.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rewards for Recycling

Greenopolis Kiosks can be found at many Whole Foods locations around the country, as well as other locations.

Each time you use the greenopolis recycling kiosk, you receive a receipt indicating the number of items recycled and a deposit statement with a prize code redeemable for points at

Go to the link below to find your closest Greenopolis Kiosk

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cat Collars Made from Bottles

I saw these in my local Petco - cat collars made from recycled plastic bottles, which is cool in itself, but not only that - they are made with appealing designs AND come in a variety of colors! Go Petmate!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stainless Food Containers

I love these they are durable, washable and recyclable.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Recycle your Formal Dresses

Do you have a formal dress or 15 in your closet that you bought for that one occasion and have never worn again? Here's a way to free up some space in your closet and feel good about yourself.

Donate it to the Pricess Project - an SF organization that gives them to girls who might not otherwise be able to afford a formal dress for their prom.

The Princess Project holds its Giveaway Events each spring in preparation for prom season, usually in March or April.

Do you live elsewhere? Check out their site for other programs around the US and Canada.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Zero Charger

AT&T is releasing a USB charger (hello iPhone users), called the Zero Charger that shuts itself down to stop vampire draw. Sign up at the link below to hear when it get released.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Green Waste Recycle Yard

These guys at Green Waste Recycle Yard take trees being cut down in the urban SF Bay Area and mill them into lumber flooring tabletops and much more...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Top 8 Green Breweries

As selected by the Huffington Post:

New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Fish Brewing Company, Olympia, Washington
The Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska
Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River, Oregon
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, New York
Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Sierra Nevada Brewery, Chico, California
Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

for more info on each brewery check out the article:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Vast Recycled Pavers

If you have a paver project coming up, like a deck or a driveway, you might want to look into these recycled, permeable pavers from VAST
Info from the site:
  • Vast pavers are 95% recycled material 
  • Can be cut with a regular wood saw
  • Every 1,000 square feet of VAST Composite Pavers saves 500 scrap tires and 15,000 plastic bottles from landfills
  • Manufactured with zero toxic or harmful emissions and zero waste
  • 100% of all VAST Composite Pavers can be removed and recycled into new pavers
  • Gets you leed points!
Use their building tool to see what your patio would look like with the different paver combos.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Peak Season for Food

Eating food that is in season locally, reduces the amount of food that needs to be flown and trucked into your local grocer from other parts of the country or world.

Check out this cool interactive map from Epicurious that tells you what is in season in your part of the country for any time of the year!

I also found this great seasonality chart, published in the guardian which is specific to the UK. One thing I really like about this chart, is that it includes seasonal meat, which Is something I don't think we in the U.S. have any concept of anymore.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Old Bike Tires?

I need some ideas on how to reuse these old bike tires.

I can recycle them at any tire shop, but they seem like they might be useful for some other purpose. Any ideas?