Tag Archives: green

Great Green Gumballs

Squirrel nature photographer

I ran across this gizmo/gadget online at the Utney Reader site.

I think this is brilliant. It’s for erasing urban blight. It’s for creating green where before there was only brown, gray and dead spaces.

It’s seed bombs dispensed out of old gumball machines.

Where once there were super-bouncy balls and “diamond” rings, now flowers and blooming things are available.

Toss a few and watch them grow.

Hairy Situation In The Gulf

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is such a tremendous tragedy.

The gallons keep pouring out and it’s just a matter of time before the shit hits the fan oil hits the sand.

I had heard some tidbits about the use of human hair and animal furs to help absorb the noxious mess before it reached land.

Then I ran across an environmental page at Change.org that illuminates how we citizens of the planet can pitch in  in several different ways.

Upon spotting a link there that mentioned shaving your poodle to aid the cause, I clicked the link to Matter of Trust’s website. I didn’t realize just how amazing the fur/hair option is in cleaning up the oil spill.

This isn’t a new thing. They’ve been working since 1998 out of San Francisco.

There’s more info about it all in this video.

So shear those sheep, ship your sheers. Whatever it takes to save the gulf.

Green Blood

This is not a post about Dr. Spock’s green blood or the the man who bled green blood during surgery due to a condition known as sulfhaemoglobinaemia.

It is a post about going green on a monthly basis.

I’m talking to the women out there.

For all you dudes, here’s the link to ESPN. Go NOW! I beg you men to click away.

OK, now that we’ve run them off, check this out.

The Catherinette Chronicles ran across some reusable products for women to use during their menses. Even more optional products (the cup) came to light in the comments section of the post.

I know I was going on and on about recycling cigarette butts the other day, but I’m not doing this.
It’s 2009.
It is not Laura Ingalls Wilder’ Little House on the Prairie days. Sorry, this is not going to happen in my house.

Image: Halloween Museum

Knitting With Cigarette Butts and Dog Hair aka Gee, Your Sweater Smells Funny

I am a non-smoker and it chaps my butt when I see cigarette butts lying about.

They’re gross and not going to decompose anytime soon.

They multiply faster than bunnies, it seems. There’s definitely a never-ending supply of them.

I finally ran across one way to recycle them – clean the filters and use the fibers in them to create yarn and knit.

Treehugger has the story about Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero and her latest creations.

I figured since Aunt B. is planning on taking up spinning yarn and is a non-smoker this might not appeal to her.

However, I know she and Ms. Wigglebottom might be more interested in this option – Knitting With Dog Hair.

I’ve got some mutts who will be willing to contribute to a lovely scarf or cableknit sweater.

Beijing Trims Its Shrubbery For Olympic Topiaries

With the opening ceremonies less than a month away, the Chinese are putting away all their lead paint for toys and spiffing up the joint in preparation for the 2008 Olympics hosted by Beijing.

They’ve been busy scooping the algae out of the bay where the sailing competitions will be held, translating their menus into English (which includes some dishes like “chicken without a sexual life” and monitoring the smog levels.

They’ve also been busy trimming their shrubbery as well.

In the Beijing Olympic Gardens, the hosts have been busy creating giant unusual topiaries.

Here are a few of the images. You can see more of them and descriptions at Life in the Fast Lane.

Creating Energy Step By Step

Break out the shoe polish and buff up those boots.

Squirrel Queen is going all green right now.

Imagine if every step you took helped generate energy.

They’re floating an idea in the UK to install tiny heel strike generators on the stairs up to the Spinnaker Tower viewing platform.

Eventually they’d like to place the generators into rail stations and malls in order to capture the energy we create with every step we take.