Hand made birdhouses and bird feeders.
The Cubano (featured) is hand-made from a recycled cigar box and finished with a soy based oil which protects against water, mildew, and UV rays. It reminds us of those summer camp projects with bow tie maccaroni and gold spray paint. This one has no toxicity, so it wont hurt the birds and it's a great looking re-use design.
Great piece in Design Observer from a couple months ago exploring the new economy of the Christmas tree, which is being redefined by growing environmental consciousness and recession frugality. Highlighting some of the tensions that exist in the Christmas ritual - pagan vs. Christian, natural vs. artifical - the essay goes on to underline some of the welcome trends in Christmas tree production......read more
It doesn't get more sustainable than this: the wool is 100% Australian, biodynamic, merino wool – Demeter certified KbT, by IVN, Germany. The sheep are bred under biodynamic control. The soaps and spinnings oils used are biodegradable. The wool is not super-washed and no moth repellents are used. The dyes used do not contain heavy metals. The textile is woven, then milled without soap in......read more
The city of L.A. unveiled a pilot program Tuesday to encourage more recycling of beer bottles, old newspapers, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables. Called RecycleBank, the program gives points to individuals who recycle, worth as much as $400 per year per blue bin. Angelenos already reduce, reuse or recycle about 65% of their waste -- the highest rate of the country’s 10 largest cities.......read more
Feautring cacti and succulents, air plants and billy balls, Litill's custom-made terraniums add a wonderfully bizarre mix of vegetation to your home or office. And taking care of them is simple - all they need is a little water (a watering pipette and instructions are included - just don't overwater!) and a bit of indirect sunlight, and you have yourself a thriving little plant world....read more
I had heard about Flora Grubb through several un-related people. She's created a native, drought-tolerant beautiful oasis that has become the city's crown jewel of plant shops. One friend mentioned she'd been profiled in Vogue, another that he buys his fruit trees from her and that his kids love going there. While attending our good friends Kestrin Pantera and Jonathan......read more
Guerrilla gardening, or the illicit cultivation of someone else's land, is a movement that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a response to the fact that few people own land, and often those that do neglect their land and do not take full advantage of its potential. With countless benefits from guerilla gardening including community beautification and food production,......read more
Made from 100% recycled materials, the CompoSpin is a tumbler composter that cleverly avoids the one major pitfall of composting—having to mix up the rotting stuff inside. With the ball-shaped Ecomposter, all you need to do to mix up the contents is roll it around your garden, creating nutrient rich compost in as little as a month. Easy!...read more
Finnish design outfit Lasistudio specializes in reformatting discarded glass into great glassware for the home. Made from reclaimed beer bottles, the crew's popular Hik! glasses maintain the used bottles' original shape, using less energy than melting glass. Pretty cool concept, and knowing the Finns' love of the sauce, empty beer bottles will never be in short supply....read more