Happy Friday, everyone.
Even though I'm not really a qualified outdoorsman (okay, not at all) I'm heading up to the Finger Lakes region of New York this weekend to celebrate the 30th birthday of my friend and fabulous artist, Molly Mullahy
, in the middle of nowhere. In the woods. In a tent. In somewhere called Moravia.
I've packed a giant bag of compostable cutlery (my contribution to the party supplies), a canteen full of rum (it's supposed to be chilly out), and a pack of biodegradable hand wipes (we're barbecuing). I'm also going to try and follow my own advice
when it comes to bathroom etiquette while camping. Let's just call this excursion the "Blair Ditch Project."
In the event I don't make it out of the woods alive, please remember me by checking out this assortment of green home links from across the web and from MNN.
Dwell steps inside
the humble abode of Andreas Stavropoulos: a 1959 Aistream Trailer (pictured above) that's situated in a co-op garden in North Berkeley, Calif. Lucky for Andreas, one of his neighbors is the landmark sustainable restaurant, Chez Panisse.
The Los Angeles Times profiles
the determined turf scientists of the University of California, Riverside who are working to develop drought- and pest-resistant grass.
The Wall Street Journal previews
a range of energy-saving, grid-connected "smart" appliances set to be released including a line of dryers from Whirlpool that can save users in the ballpark of $20 to $40 a year.
consumers to "Be Careful When You Shop for Compact Fluorescents."
Inke Heiland's Birdhouse Lamp. It's a really beauty made from 100 percent salvaged French Oak and comes with a CFL bulb.
De Dietrich's Onis Dishwasher that recycles water and replaces detergents with vinegar and ultrasound. Yes, ultrasound.
Dornob just says no
... to low-flow shower heads with a look at a shower head filter that aids air to the middle of water drops resulting in dramatic water savings without sacrificing the nice, steady streams provided by full-power shower heads.
There's also been tons of great home-related posts published by some of my MNN co-bloggers this week:
that the CEO of the USGBC has titled Brad Pitt's Make It Right New Orleans the "the largest and greenest community of single-family homes in the world."
and Jenn shares some ideas
on how to make DIY doll house furniture out of recycled household objects and craft supplies.