Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Images from play.jps
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
But nothing made me smile as much as their "pack of dogs" line. Kirk has the full line of dogs, and you can order them online.
If you get more than one, you can arrange them, um, creatively. They are also made of FSC-certified teak, sourced locally in Mexico, where the furniture is built. Best of all, each dog is named after a Mexican wrestler. Shown, El Santo and Alushe.
Images from Pirwi
Friday, June 19, 2009
The whole thing starts at 9:30 at Marx Meadow in GG Park, then rolls to Delores Park at 2:30, then to Pier 7 around sunset. Check out the festival website for the route map, band line-up, photos, and tech details on how the whole thing works, from generators to photos of the custom bikes designed to carry things, like a piano?
The Bicycle Music Festival features: a 2000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, up to 7 festival stops, outrageous Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks.
With its completely bike-haulable stage, the event is packed up and deployed numerous times: staged sequentially at different public parks and also on a moving “Live On Bike” stage which rolls down city streets.
But really, get off the computer and go check it out in person. Whatever you do, have a great weekend!
Image from the Bicycle Music Festival
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
T and I have been doing a lot of research on eco-fabrics lately (more on that in a later post, maybe). In our search, we learned this: Victoria's Secret launched a series of organic cotton items last year. The pieces are cute, reasonably priced, and the cotton comes from women-owned farming collectives. Several of these stylish unmentionables are on clearance. I hope this is just an economic reset, and doesn't mean VS is stepping back from the green promise. Get yours before they're gone.
Organic button-front romper: $22.99
Organic cami: $12.99
Cute bra and hip-hugger (not pictured): $12.99 & $5.99
Images from Victoria's Secret
Thursday, June 11, 2009
By the numbers (I'm a numbers gal):
- 31% of what SF sends to the landfill is recyclable
- 36% of what SF sends to the landfill is compostable
- 72% of the city's waste is currently "diverted" (doesn't go to the landfill)
- 90% of the city's waste could be diverted, if we were better about composting and recycling
At home, it took a while before composting all the food scraps became second nature, and SF says the city will use multiple warnings (not fines) to help educate people about the new rules. What do you think? Good idea or too big brother?
- SF Gate has more details on the new legislation (and some concerns about it).
- sfenvironment.org describes the zero-waste goal and other city programs. Also lots of videos about SF's recycling and composting systems.
- Planet Green runs the numbers on how much impact recycling can have
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Inspired by traditional pre-plumbing sinks, the designer located the drain outside the basin. "To get rid of the grey water we have to tip the water out. By doing so we become more conscious of how much water we are using and mainly throwing away".
I'm not sure how practical it is, especially with in the house, but it's a lovely implementation of a thought-provoking concept.
Image from . Thanks to Re-Nest for the tip.
Monday, June 8, 2009
All this thinking about US furniture production inspired me to post about California-based Botanist, which is interesting on a lot of different levels:
- The benches appeal to my eclectic style, with minimalist forms combined with intricate surface graphics. It's hard to get simple just right, but the proportions and lines are very nice.
- The design process is lean: By limiting their product offerings to one basic design in three sizes, they can keep their engineering and tooling simple. Their partnership with designers allows the customization to happen with graphics and color.
- The manufacturing process is lean, flexible, and VERY simple: Cut, fold, weld, paint, add feet. Ship it. It makes it seem like you could bang out a new bench in an hour, plus drying time.
- Their process is naturally eco-friendly, not forced that way. By minimizing material waste, they also reduce costs. By keeping the process lean, they are able to manufacture in the US, reducing transportation costs and carbon footprint.
- The company is open, providing CAD of their designs, video of the manufacturing process, and enough details to satisfy even the most curious manufacturing geek.
- They donate a percentage of every sale to a charity or foundation of the designer's choice.
- By using one set of tools and changing the colors and graphics, the designs are easily customized (Tricia, this sounds a lot like another project we've been working on...).
The only real downside is that, like most designer furniture, the benches are out of my I-found-it-on-Craigslist price range, but they aren't crazy expensive, either.
Images from Botanist.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I wish I had the patience and talent to carve metal to look like wood, and the genius to use green felt to keep the oxidizing copper from turning your skin green. Created by Portland designer Nicole Fischer. Charming.
Images from Dust Breeding. Thanks to NotCot for the tip.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
On the local side, there are several LED street light experiments underway. You can check them out in person. There are a few demo units in front of PG&E on Beale, an elaborate (if dryly reported) lamp-off in the avenues to test drive different LED manufacturers, and a well-publicized effort to put smart LEDs in the Tenderloin.
Image from PG&E (Photo by Jon Manzo)