TIME is forced to use potty language in a trend piece that chats with followers of the human manure ("humanure") movement that eschews modern plumbing for the collection and reuse of people poo. That's humanure devotee David Bailey pictured above.

TreeHugger licks its lips with a look at gingerbread houses designed and baked by Vancouver-based green architects. 

Salon.com steps inside the home of Duke University grad student Ken Ilgunas that just happens to be his very own "Walden on Wheels," a 1994 Ford Econoline van. Self-described "radically frugal" Ilgunas lives in the van parked on the Duke campus in order to avoid student debt. 

The Los Angeles Times chats about fertilization and irrigation(or lack thereof) with Owen Dell, author of the book Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies

Dornob is in awe of Anatassia Elias' painstakingly crafted artworks made from a commonly trashed household object: cardboard toilet paper rolls. 

The San Francisco Chronicle admires the beautiful, built-to-last-and-not-be-tossed plastic Cindy Lamp from modernist Italian plastics company Kartell. 

Michelle Kaufmann is jazzed that the first LEED Platinum home to be built in Montecito, California, is about to begin construction. Check out the renderings ... it's a total beauty.

Ecorazzi sits down with a good bookArchitecture in Times of Need, a book that documents Brad Pitt's Make It Right green home building project in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. 

Planet Green lends a helping hand with a guide to the five best CFL bulbs on the market. 

Yanko Design gives props to the "Flotsam and Jetsam Table" from Melbourne-based Marcus O' Reilly Architects. It's a gorgeous coffee table made with hunks of reclaimed driftwood. 

The Daily Green recommends a gaggle of green gifts made from recycled objects. 

Re-Nest is inspired by Cape Town-based green designer Katie Thompson's seating line that makes whimsical use of discarded vintage suitcases. 

Photo: TIME 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Extreme green
This week in green news, we take it to the eco-living limits with the human manure movement, 'radically frugal' Econoline living, and toilet paper roll art.