Happy Friday everyone. I'll be in Washington, D.C., this weekend clutching an umbrella and checking out 20 collegiate entrants in the Solar Decathlon 2009
(that's the home of the big winner, Team Germany
, pictured below). Keep an eye out for my behind-the-scenes posts next week. In the meantime, check out MNN's photo slideshow
of all the competing homes and my special preview posts
from a couple weeks back. And, of course, take a few minutes to peruse the below great green home news links carefully collected by yours truly.
The New Ecologist picks
the "Top 10 Natural, Eco-Friendly and Anti-Pollutant Houseplants." What's numero uno? The beautiful and fragrant feston rose plant.
The Daily Green gets its slideshow on
with a roundup of 26 unusual pieces of recycled and upcycled home decor. On the list: bean bag chairs made from recycled highway signs, chandeliers made from CD jewel cases, and bowls made from bike chains.
The Washington Post picks the brains
of four interior design pros — Janet Morales, Stu Eli, Amy Rutherford, and Sally Steponkus — to see how they make the best out of flea market, craiglist, and thrift store finds.
The Guardian lists
10 good, U.K.-based alternatives to the popular recycle/reuse website Freecycle. The U.S. and U.K. arms of Freecycle recently split over management squabbles.
TreeHugger invites readers
to send in photos of their own green home improvements. Interested? Snap away this weekend since the deadline is this coming Monday at 11:59 p.m.
into uncharted territory — the Des Moines landfill — as part of blogger Caitlin Thornton's "A Week Without Garbage" series.
The Chicago Tribune recommends
that Chicagoans stop by the Merchandise Mart this weekend to check out the Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo. This free expo features over 140 exhibitors showcasing eco-friendly home renovation products geared towards older homes in need of green revamping.