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Weekly Theme on THE GREEN: FURNISH #1

After working a long day, few things tantalize like a rapid descent into the plushy softness of a couch or the inviting arms of a lazy-boy. This week on THE GREEN, we focus on how we FURNISH our homes and work places. When resting a head or a hopefully not-so-rapidly increasing butt on furniture, one wants to know that it was equally as rewarding to make that furniture in the first place. The day that they perfect the art of making a bed made entirely out of moss should be intriguingly close.

BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET: FURNISH

S+S Hat Company is developing a new line of decorative bowls that are produced using “existing infrastructures that have ecological advantages.” This means that the bowls are made from biodegradable materials which are strong but yet can they can be made in a factory powered by “steam and human power” (or more aptly, a worker in the factory named Derrick). These bowls are very colorful and they love the environment almost as much as your neighborhood greeny, so make sure to check them out soon.

The two carpenters who collect wood that is dump-bound are so cool that it’s really hard to contain the excitement in telling you about them. These guys smartly figured out that businesses like furniture makers throw out a huge amount of scrap wood. Not only does paying for disposal of this wood scrap cost those businesses big money, but in many cases these scraps are perfectly fine wood that just does not meet the specifications of a high end operation. These carpenters turn these scraps into furniture, so basically they get all their materials for free. THIS IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE BUSINESS MODEL, ask anybody. Well, now that your monitor is in danger of short circuiting from my drool, check out this video of these two savvy carpenters.

ECO DOCUMENTARY: CLEAR CUT: THE STORY OF PHILOMATH, OREGON

This week exposes a very interesting conundrum in the form of a community that sprung up around a singular business, namely, logging. Philomath, Oregon is surrounded by lush forests and the logging industry has been going strong there for a long time. The logging “barons” in the town did so well that they sponsored scholarships for students at the local schools. The problems began when the teachers at those schools started to teach environmentalism. The loggers were going about business as usual, and then one day kids in the town started to mention the fact that logging companies were “murderers”. Naturally, this started up a firestorm that led to the logging companies threatening to cancel scholarships and funding for the local schools unless… For more on this story, check out THE GREEN Eco-Documentaries page.