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Dressing up switch plates
Although not blatantly eco-friendly, Cubic Switchplates serve as an aesthetically pleasing reminder to unplug appliances and turn off lights.
Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 2:17 AM
Since ordering a Cubic Switchplate
from the talented ladies at Brooklyn-based Design Glut
for a light switch in my living room, I can’t take my eyes off of the switch in question. I purchased the switch plate — electric switch plates are also available
— to cheaply spice up a barren wall with a visual gag, but I’ve found myself more concerned with the position of the switch. Every time I leave the room, the Cubic Switchplate catches my attention and, in turn, I remember to flip the switch to “off.”
For most, electric and light switch plates aren’t a numero uno décor concern. Standard white or whatever color matches your paint will do in most cases, although if you have a fairy/kitty fetish, you’re also in luck
. But as I’ve found out, a striking switch plate can serve as a silent alarm for chronic-forgetting-to-turn-off-the-light’ers and never-unplug’ers. Why not highlight
the source of your household energy inefficiencies?
And with Earth Hour
coming up, it's a fine excuse to dress up those switches in honor of their 60 minute nap-time.
In addition to the Cubic Switchplates, Design Glut’s Liz Kinnmark and Kegan Fisher create some most excellent products like the Slow Food Tray
, a must-own for eco-epicureans.
Design Glut Cubic Switchplates (light or electric in black or white) @ Design Glut, Supermarket, and other stores
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