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Playing catch up: Going places
This week: Seventh Generation arrives at Walmart, an Oregon couple retreats to an eco-shack in the woods, and a travelin' Truck Farm wins Nau's Grant for Change.
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 1:15 PM
— slideshow time! — how a resourceful and DIY-savvy Portland, Ore. couple built the Signal Shed, a rustic 'adventure outpost' measuring 130 square feet plus a deck, in the Oregon wilderness for $57,000. That's it pictured at left.
The Los Angeles Times admires
Elmer Avenue, a once-unexceptional San Fernando Valley strip that's become the "Rolls-Royce of L.A.'s Green Street initiative" thanks to a beautiful, water-wise makeover that includes solar-powered street lamps and bioswales that capture rainwater and reduce urban runoff.
the unique and eco-friendly Gebhartstrasse Apartment Building in Liebefeld, Switzerland. The multifamily home was designed by Halle 58 Architects.
that Seventh Generation will (finally) be selling nontoxic cleaning and laundering products at WalMart stores and on Walmart.com.
The Independent also talks green cleaners
with a story on Ecover's Mick Breman, a man who believes "that no product, be it a lavatory cleaner, a hybrid car or a locally sourced punnet of strawberries, is technically environmentally friendly."
this year's winner of Nau's $10,000 Grant for Change: Truck Farm, a "1986 Dodge pickup truck converted to house a traveling farm that boasts heirloom seeds and green-roof technology." I've blogged about Truck Farm before, a project that hits close to home given that it's frequently parked outside of my apartment building (one half of the Truck Farm team, Ian Cheney, is my neighbor). Congrats!
The Wall Street Journal advises
on how to throw an eco-friendly backyard cookout complete with compostable palm leaf bowls, additive-free charcoal briquettes, and recycled aluminum foil.
Readymade gets crafty
with instructions on how to give an ordinary dog house an exceptional eco-makeover.
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