While last week’s news
was all about celebrating (and respecting) Mother Nature, this week the media has been focused on — big shocker here — Swine Flu
. While my colleagues at MNN have been covering the epidemic
in-depth, here’s my personal advice: If you love bacon, keep on eating
it; if you simply must wear a face mask, make it a stylish one
; and if your upcoming vacation plans to Mexico entail anything that’s porcine-related, you should probably reconsider.
So go ahead and follow me here
. I can’t promise I’ll be as prolific as some Twitter-a-holics but expect a fresh Tweet or two daily. So far, I’ve been welcomed into Twitter-dom with open arms (thanks guys!) and found a great recyclable shower curtain
via Supermarket in the process.
Now on to regularly scheduled business, noteworthy green home news items from this week that you may have missed:
Jetson Green tours
the modern passive solar Cascade House, GreenSource Magazine'
s Best Green House for April '09.
Piet Hein Eek, a Dutch designer who started creating beautiful, sustainable furniture out of scrap material long before green became the new black.
Re-Nest shines a light on
Habitat ReStore, a network of over 500 locations that will take donated building supplies off of your hands and sell them to the public all for a good cause: Habitat For Humanity.
The Wall Street Journal doesn't inhale
in "California Grass," a profile of the remarkable, Big Sur, CA, eco-architect Mickey Muenning. His latest Big Sur creation is described as "part hobbit hole, part high-tech habitat."
the Green Design 100, a list of movers and shakers in the world of sustainable design. Congrats to all that made the cut including websites like Re-Nest and Inhabitat; pioneers like Paulette Cole from ABC Carpet & Home; companies like IKEA and Ligne Roset; and 95 more luminaries.
Inhabitat gives a sneak peek
of next week's BKLYN Designs event with a feature on Hugh Hayden's FUNature line. I'll be at BKLYN Designs taking notes, collecting press materials, and snapping photos to share with you the week after next.
The Los Angeles Times kicks off
May 2nd's Venice Garden & Home Tour with a visit to the quirky, verdant abode of actors Orson Bean and Alley Mills (and their cat, Mr. Cute).
Ideal Bite digs
the "upcycled home stuff" created by Brooklyn designer Michael Whitney. They evoke the spirit of one of the most annoying musical groups of all time in the process.
(Photo: A friendly looking fellow at the Mendocino County Fair/Matt)