Chances are, you've probably been preoccupied the last few days transforming your master bath into a sustainable love den or taste-testing chocolate. Because I heart my MNN readers, I’ve assembled twelve green home news items to end the week. Have a lovely weekend.
The Huffington Post offers a Last-Second Valentine's Day Guide. Among the suggestions: Get naked, buy-eco bling, share a shower, or don't celebrate at all.
The Guardian paints the town green by naming five of the best eco-paints on the market in the UK.
Inhabitat checks-in at an unusual home away from home. A retired Boeing 747 has been transformed into a hostel at the Stockholm-Arlanda airport (photo at left). The 25-room Jumbo Hostel has three bunk beds per standard room, a deluxe cockpit suite, free WiFi, and a lounge. No word on complimentary beverage service.
Ideal Bite recommends that New Yorkers rent, not buy, home improvement tools to free-up valuable closet real estate and keep new tools out of production.
The Independent likes this trend: Interior designers turning to Mother Nature for inspiration. Jonathan Adler and Tord Boontje are two of the earthy, animal-loving designers profiled.
GreenBiz offers a bit of eco-optimism: Consumers are still making green purchasing choices despite the troubled economy. A recent survey found that half of consumers have not changed their green spending habits while 19 percent are actually buying more green products than they were prior to the economic downturn.
WebEcoist sets the table with "12 Cleverly Sustainable Tableware Designs."
Ecofriend summons the Jetsons (or perhaps Neo) with a glimpse at a “conceptual 3D urban matrix apartment project” proposed by Herold Apartments. The apartments are “highly adaptable to a bioclimatic concept achieved by exposing the northern apartments to greater thermal isolation with small openings and apartments to the south with a glass floor to the ceiling that provides a generous balcony protected by the overhang of the balcony above by at least 2m.” Phew.
TreeHugger shares a list of NASA’s top air-purifying indoor houseplant suitable for both space stations and studio apartments.
The Stranger wonders whether a P-Patch — Seattle-speak for a community garden — planned for the city’s densely populated Capitol Hill neighborhood will ever get the chance to bloom.