petition

STOP THE PLASTIC PACKAGING OF ORGANIC PRODUCE

09 09 15

styrofoam.jpg4 organic bananas

time to consume: 1 week
material: wrapping = transparent stretch film (material undisclosed)
tray = PS (polystyrene)
labels = adhesive paper

time to biodegrade: paper = 1-3 months   plastics = hundreds of years
(source :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradation)
distributor : Market Basket, Demoulas Super Markets, Inc., USA
origin of produce : Columbia
manufacturer of packaging : Cryovac, Sealed Air corp., USA

styrofoam-2Bempty.jpgOrganic produce is packaged IN MANY TIMES MORE PLASTIC than conventional produce. Read More

zerowaste

GETTING RID OF JUNK MAIL

07 23 15

garbagemailsmall.jpgIt’s polluting and wasteful, and I don’t want to spend 8 months of my life dealing with it.

As often in this world, it will take you some energy to fight the system, but if we all do it, we might get results. As to this day, I am practically free of junk mail myself – the one that keeps inundating the house is my husband’s (hi, honey!).

Let’s make it at least useful by using it as an example of how to fight it. Read More

zerowaste

Saying NO to disposable cups

05 16 15

mug.jpgHello all!
Sorry I was away for so long – been in nomadic mode for the past 2 months, with lots of moving in and out – had the internet, but my brain wasn’t available to sit down and write.

During these travelling times, I lived out of a suitcase, which I enjoy because it makes me realize how easily I can live without some items, and which objects are absolutely necessary (more on this later).

Also, there was a lot of working in coffee shops. Read More

body

ORIENTAL WAX

02 10 15

oriental-2Bwax.jpgSugaring is an ancient oriental waxing method using a mix of white sugar, lemon juice, salt and water (plus honey if you feel so enclined).

It was a total pain for years, having to purchase waxing strips from the store (the only ones I can use are full of chemicals, available only in certain countries, and expire/dry up if stored for too long), or gathering the courage to use the noisy, painful electric epilator (here come my army of rotative tweezers, muahaha). Read More

apparel

IR4 CONVERSE

02 01 15

IR4-2Bconverse.jpgIR4-2Bconverse-2Btext.jpgA few weeks ago I introduced you to IR4 (Industrial Revolution #4): 10 principles for future design and manufacturing.
Today, here is the first of a series of ‘ideal objects’, where I either feature objects that already follow the principles of IR4, or imagine what a popular mass-produced item would be if it was IR4 compliant.
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