I don't know about you but I've just about had my fill on Halloween and the holiday hasn't even happened yet. Maybe I'm just crabby because I still haven't figured out my costume or found a matchless horror movie — eco-themed or otherwise — that's truly unsettled me (sadly, Piranha 3D isn't on DVD quite yet).
With the doomed souls seeking shelter from ravenous zombies in Night of the Living Dead in mind, I thought I'd provide a safe hiding place from everything and anything Halloween-related and instead focus on this week's best non-sinister green home news items. Read on, if you dare.
Design Milk admires Villa BH, a beautiful Dutch home built to accommodate both the environment and its elderly inhabitants.
The New York Times chats with Eddie Ross, a man who knows a thing or two about flea markets.
NPR confesses that caulk and insulation isn't very sexy in a report on the energy-saving, utility-bill-lowering, green-job-creating benefits of the Homestar bill (aka Cash for Caulkers).
USATODAY tours several remarkable American eco-abodes in Oklahoma, California, Minnesota, and Michigan.
Jetson Green dedicates a post to Deltec Homes, manufacturer of round, storm-resistant prefabricated homes that are popular in Canada.
Re-Nest gives the inside scoop on "9 Visual Feedback Energy Management Products."
The Los Angeles Times talks crafting with
Jerri Blank Amy Sedaris, author of the soon-to-be-released "Simple Times: Crafts for People". Click here for my review of Sedaris's "subversive, hilarious take on the made-by-hand movement."
Rodale examines the latest report on VOC-emitting household products published by Anne Steinemann, a professor at the University of Washington and "lead detective of the fragrance police."
The Guardian expounds on "the joys of urban beekeeping."
CNET reports that EnergyGuide labels will be appearing on televisions starting in 2011; fabulous news for all you energy-conscious boobtubers.
On that note, The Wall Street Journal gets to the bottom of questionable green claims found on an increasing number of consumer products. According to a recent study, 95 percent of products promoting eco-friendly attributes are guilty of a bit of old fashioned fibbing, particularly those claiming to be BPA- and phthalate-free.
Natural Home provides a straightforward "Guide to the Basics of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems."