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Green for Dummies: Driving

Green for Dummies: Driving

It may seem a little antithetical to talk about “being green” and “driving” in the same breath, and, while there are certainly greener ways of getting about, the reality remains that many of us are going to continue to drive our cars, despite any other earth-friendly behaviors and all the good intentions in the world.…

Designer Spotlight: Molo Design

Designer Spotlight: Molo Design

Vancouver, BC-based molo design [www.molodesign.com] are experts at starting with something that’s static and two-dimensional and creating a design with structure, style and life. “soft” is a collection of products whose look is hinted at by the name, as they’ve created very smooth, organic shapes that look delicate, but not fragile. Their media of choice…

Walking the Recycling Walk: Where to Get This Stuff

Walking the Recycling Walk: Where to Get This Stuff

All this talk of recycling, and how to do it, and what happens when you do (and don’t do it) is great and all, you might be thinking to yourself, but what happens when the rubber meets the road and it’s time to take action? We thought you’d never ask! 1) Apparel company Patagonia [www.treehugger.com]…

By the Numbers: Recycling

By the Numbers: Recycling

Recycling is one of those behaviors that is so easy that it can seem inconsequential; what’s the difference if you put that one bottle in the trash can instead of the recycle bin, right? Though it might not seem to matter that much, recycling is one of those things whose impact can really be felt…

Recycling Help

Recycling Help

Recycling your bottles and cans is definitely a good thing, and a good start toward cutting back on your waste and being a little greener, but there’s certainly more that you can do. Recycling isn’t just about putting stuff in the blue bin and putting it out on the street once a week; if something…

Green for Dummies: Recycling

Green for Dummies: Recycling

Almost four decades ago, a US paper company wanted a symbol to communicate its products’ recycled content to its customers. The design competition they held was won by Gary Anderson, a young graphic designer from the University of Southern California. His entry, based on the Mobius strip, (a shape with only one side and no…

Designer Spotlight: Hase Weiss

Designer Spotlight: Hase Weiss

Kids furniture is one of those things where going green really makes sense; you want the best for your child, and you want you kids to be healthy, right? You never know what kids are going to get their hands on, or what they’ll put in their mouths and chew on, so it follows that…

Just Like Mom Said: Eat Your Veggies

Just Like Mom Said: Eat Your Veggies

We mentioned earlier this week that cutting back or completely removing meat from your diet is one of the most impactful, earth-friendly decisions you can make in your lifestyle. This can be sort of a touchy subject for folks, but, happily, eating less (or zero) meat doesn’t have to mean tasteless chunks of tofu and…

Well-Traveled Food: Is Local Always Best?

Well-Traveled Food: Is Local Always Best?

It’s easy to think, “Local food is always the best answer,” and leave it at that; most of the time, it might be right, but new information is emerging that disputes local’s lofty position at the throne of TreeHugging food. The notion of “food miles,” the distance your food has traveled to get to your…

Dig in A Little Deeper: 100 Mile Diet

Dig in A Little Deeper: 100 Mile Diet

The “100 Mile Diet” is pretty much what it sounds like: you source everything you eat (or as much as possible) from within a 100 mile radius of your house, and, in many ways, it has become the poster child for eating like a TreeHugger. Because everything you eat (or, again, as much as possible)…

Green For Dummies: Eating

Green For Dummies: Eating

Today starts a new series of posts, that’ll appear once a week here on the TreeHugger blog. We want to make it easy and fun to take positive action to add some green to your life, so we’ll be breaking it down by category, suggesting a handful of ways to take some green steps, and…

Designer Spotlight: Viesso Furniture

Designer Spotlight: Viesso Furniture

The furniture and interiors TreeHugger often encounters that offer sleek, modern designs combined with green materials and production also often comes with a big price tag. This can be discouraging for those of us who want to live green and look good, too; for some, it also perpetuates the stereotype that green stuff is astronomically…

Bend It Like Plywood

Bend It Like Plywood

Okay, so we learned yesterday why bent plywood is such a cool material for TreeHuggers; today is all about the eye candy. Bent ply lends itself very well to the sleek, modern shapes that induces drooling at TreeHugger HQ; because so much of it is made from a single sheet, it’s nearly impossible to overdo…

Bent Ply: The Best of Both Worlds

Bent Ply: The Best of Both Worlds

So far this week we’ve been chatting up cork as a great sustainable material, which it is, when used correctly and enjoyed in moderation. Of course, materials use isn’t all there is to sustainable design or engaging in green behavior or buying green stuff; production methods and the way things are built play a big…

Cork Does it All

Cork Does it All

TreeHugger likes cork, not just for its sustainable properties, but for its remarkable versatility: it stretches; it bounces; it absorbs; it floats; it dampens…it’s pretty great stuff, and really quite sustainable [www.treehugger.com] as it turns out. Here are just a few of the ways that cork can help us all be better TreeHuggers. 1) Designer…

The Wonderful World of Cork

The Wonderful World of Cork

Cork is one of those materials that seems to have been created with the sustainability planets in alignment; there isn’t much that we don’t love about it, from its growth, harvesting, production and use. It’s a wonderfully versatile material that comes by its green credibility honestly; here are the basics of what makes it so…

Designer Spotlight: ply Design

Designer Spotlight: ply Design

After a week spent talking about flat-pack and pre-fab, it’s only fitting that we dedicate this week’s spotlight on design to another example of the efficient design philosophy. We’re scaling down a bit, though, from entire houses or rooms of furniture, to showcase a slightly smaller, but no less useful, version of flat-pack: it’s ply…

Pre-Fab, Flat-Packing Architecture

Pre-Fab, Flat-Packing Architecture

TreeHugger’s affinity for flat-packable buildings — known also as prefab architecture, for its ability to be manufactured in one place and constructed in another — goes way beyond aesthetics, though we do thoroughly enjoy the modernity with which many of our favorites are designed. It’s also about supremely efficient use of materials, smarter way to…

The Future of Flat Pack: You're the Designer; You're the Builder

The Future of Flat Pack: You're the Designer; You're the Builder

One of the things we like best about flat pack is the low common denominator from which all of the designs start: a flat material. This simplifies just about everything, from the materials selection, to the manufacturing and transportation (shipping) process, to the construction and maintenance of the product. It’s better now, but, in the…

Flat-Packing Furniture

Flat-Packing Furniture

We noted yesterday that design — that is, products like furniture and architecture — that packs flat makes a lot of sense, and is generally a better way to do things. It requires fewer resources to manufacture and produce, is more space-efficient for shipping and allows for quick ‘n easy modularity, for when you’re on…

Flat Pack: A Green Design Philosophy

Flat Pack: A Green Design Philosophy

There are a few ways of designing our built environment that really make a lot of sense to TreeHugger, and flat pack is one of them. The idea is pretty simple: by designing objects that can be constructed or assembled and given shape, form and structure from essentially flat pieces, we can cut back on…

Designer Spotlight: Henrybuilt

Designer Spotlight: Henrybuilt

The kitchen is often the busiest, most used, most loved room in the house. It’s where you congregate to eat, drink and be merry, and whether you fancy yourself a gourmet chef or just stop in to eat and run, kitchens tend to be the soul of your house. To help create a truly beautiful…

The Future of Ethanol

The Future of Ethanol

We haven’t been entirely kind to ethanol and the agro-political machine that supports it here in the United States this week, but it’s not all bad, or at least doesn’t have to be. While it’s quite clear that using corn may not be the best idea, for a number of reasons — suspect energy balance,…

Spin Cycle: Don't Believe Everything You Read About Ethanol from Corn

Spin Cycle: Don't Believe Everything You Read About Ethanol from Corn

After taking in some of the number and pros and cons about ethanol, it’s pretty clear that ethanol born from corn is not a particularly viable solution for an alternative to an oil-based economy; it just takes too many resources and has consequences too far-reaching, in terms of negative environmental and economic impact, to be…

Pros and Cons: Ethanol

Pros and Cons: Ethanol

Like many things in the green world, the viability of ethanol as an alternative fuel all comes down to who you listen to, and whom you want to believe. This subject has received nearly exhaustive coverage on TreeHugger (hey, who doesn’t like a good, lively argument, right?) so today we break it down a little…