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Read This

urbanhomesteadbookI got this book as a christmas gift and it’s turned out to be the best present I ever received. It’s called The Urban Homestead, and it was written by an LA couple -Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen – who have a real knack for sustainable living in the urban environment. They cover all sorts of things, from making your own homegrown booze to city bike travel, but my favorite parts of the book are the sections on growing food. These guys have a full-fledged food forest in their back yard, and have also cultivated all sorts of crops on the road median out in front of their house. The book offers a slew of tips on mulching, container gardening, irrigation, and is a great place to start if you’re interested in growing some food but don’t have tons of experience. It’s been a pleasure to read this time of year, while I make decisions about what seeds to buy and daydream about digging in the dirt.

The authors also have a blog, which I recommend checking out, too – the web ads a layer of interactivity and accessibility to the authors that I can really appreciate. These guys are real pros – and they can write, which is always a plus. And they have chickens, which I’m kind of jealous about (for some reason I’m finding myself increasingly draw to animal husbandry – unfortunately I think my cats would torture and perhaps even kill a chicken if given the chance).

Big props to Kelly and Erik – you’re an inspiration! And if you ever find yourself in Brooklyn, you’re welcome to stay at my house and help me make my yard into an urban oasis.


January 31, 2009 at 5:41 pm 4 comments

Modicum of Greenness


This weekend beheld the box office opening of the latest James Bond oeuvre, “Quantum of Solace,” a film that millions of Americans are turning to in an effort to escape the reality of an economically repressed November. I was among the hoards participating in this mass delusion, and waited in line for nigh an hour to get good seats, anticipating an entertaining hour of mindless action, violence and sex. Little did I know, in addition to this triad of Bondyness, I was also in store for a light dose of environmental commentary.

That’s right, James Bond is the latest of many hollywood hits to bring eco-consciousness to the big screen. And unlike “Wall-E,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” which unabashedly shovel the greenness into your face, “Quantum of Solace” subtly spoons it to us like a mom who doesn’t want her kid to realize that he’s actually eating brocolli. (more…)

November 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

Story of Stuff


I highly recommend checking out this video and passing it along. It’s about 20 mins long, so you should set a little time aside to watch it, but it’s highly worthwhile and very informative.


January 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Extreme Makeover Goes Green (once)


I was pleasantly surprised last night when I saw an ad for the next episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, (a fine family program for cheese-loving do-it-yourselfers like me). And no, it wasn’t the spikiness of host Ty Pennington’s hairdo that got me riled up, but rather the announcement that the next episode is going to be totally green. (more…)

October 24, 2007 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Delicious Dish Soap

I’ve never wanted to drink dish soap as much as I do now. I actually got this soap as a freebie when I ordered something from, and was pleased to find that it’s all-natural and smells like paradise. Seriously, it smells so good that after I do the dishes I just want to hang out in the kitchen and breathe deeply. Plus it works great and leaves my dishes sparkling clean!
Check it out: Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products – they’ve got hand soap and lotion, too (I haven’t tried them but recommend them anyway).

And yes, that’s a ziplock bag drying in my dish rack. As a child I was embarassed by my parents when they washed and re-used ziplock bags, but now I do it all the time and embarass my friends. Oh, and I promise not to drink the dish soap.

October 17, 2007 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

Toxic Nails (part deux)

As you may recall from one of my recent posts, I’ve been exploring the notion of nail polish as a tool of the devil. In an effort to keep my nails looking pretty without contributing to the ultimate doom of the planet, I ordered a bottle of nail polish from a company called Mad River Science, the producers of Go Natural Nail Polish.  

 The result:



October 11, 2007 at 2:57 pm 2 comments

Best Bag Ever!

I LOVE my re-usable shopping bag. I love it so much that I plan on buying one for each of my family members for Christmas this year (that’s my subtle way of forcing family members to go green – last year I gave them wind-up flashlights).

The bag is made by Reisenthel, which has lots of different models, but mine looks like this:
Except mine is black, and I usually don’t dress like a space-age mime when I go shopping.


October 2, 2007 at 5:51 pm 1 comment


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