Posts Tagged ‘green’

Finally, some good looking outdoor modern furniture! The people at Loll Designs have come up with some really cool colors and styles. It’s pricey, or “spendy” as they say in the northwest, but think how long they will last. Check them out and get started on your new garden for 2011!

Cool red rocker!

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Stop and enjoy the flowers!

Ok, what’s “green” about sunflowers you ask? Well nothing I suppose; except for their leaves and stems. But these sunflowers I saw along the road in Oregon were so beautiful I just had to snap a photo. And what loves sunflowers? Well, BEES of course! Just wanted to make sure you knew that the two girl bees at BeeModern were still moving forward and exploring new concepts in green design. And we’d really like to hear from you!

What’s green in your life?

What green thing have you discovered lately?

What green ideas do you have for BeeModern?

Now get out there and enjoy your day!

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Waste Free Parties

In my small town we have a cooking group, and we meet about once a month to have dinner in each others homes. Since we don’t have a restaurant in town, it’s nice to have a fabulous meal that you don’t have to prepare all by yourself. Our group is a potluck affair and we each bring our recipe instructions as well. We used to print the recipes out for everyone, but now we only print out one copy for the book, and we email the recipes around so that anyone can print them out if they want to (thereby saving trees and being quite green!).

Because I like to entertain large groups, I began collecting large amounts of things. I now have 18 wine glasses (glass), 12 margarita glasses (glass), about 50 dinner plates (china), 20 cloth napkins, 2 sets of silverware, and recently purchased 12 sturdy plastic glasses for outdoor entertaining. So I’m always looking out for the next thing to add to my pantry. In addition, we share all these pieces of equipment around the neighborhood as needed. So all this combines to create a more “green” party experience!

What are you waiting for? Get going! Start entertaining your friends in your own green way. Got an idea I can add to my bag of tricks? Let me know…I’d love to hear from you. — Lisa

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When we started our #beewastefree challenge, we were intent upon reaching the big number ONE THOUSAND. And we will get there. In the meantime, some surprising and rewarding things are happening. People are talking to us about their green efforts.

One friend leads a very busy life and—probably more than most of us right now—has a lot on her shoulders. She told me she’d read the challenge and wanted to let me know she was shopping for a compost bucket for the kitchen. She has her eye on a nice stainless steel model in which she’ll gather vegetable and fruit trimmings until it’s time to walk out back and deposit them up the hill. I love this!

There’s more! She and her husband are growing herbs in the yard. They even used their chicken bone leftovers to make a fragrant pot of stock. Earlier this spring I’d had a wonderful dinner at their home and (sheepishly) asked if I could take the bones with me. I am a regular stock maker and if they didn’t want them, I sure could put the bones to use.

So, even though the conversation wasn’t around waste-free meals, it was exciting just the same. Before I leave for my meeting today, I’ll grab a fork wrapped in a cloth napkin and secured with a rubber band. It’s a great way to reduce my use of plastic utensils and paper napkins. And it’s FREE!

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I’ve been quilting for a number of years and wanted to incorporated some “green” into my projects. And I don’t just mean green colored fabric (of which I have tons…lime green is one of my favorite colors). I’m talking about re-using things, upcycling, recycling, and any other kind of fabric cycling I can do. Then I came across this book, “Sewing Green” by Betz White, which has some really great ideas. I want to run out and make the scarf that is shown on the front cover it is so cute! But it just goes to show you that there are lots of materials out there to choose from. You don’t have to go to the store to buy new materials to get a great result. Got a fun recycled or upcycled piece? Let us know! We’d love to hear about it. I know there are a lot of really clever people out there!

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Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials

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Tired of plastic this and that? Try out the containers from Lunch Bots They are good-looking, functional, and reusable (my favorite part). Made from stainless steel, they should last for years. Get the LunchBot containers, put them inside a BeeModern bag, and you are set to go! Oh, and you’ll look and feel good doing it. I know it’s on our holiday wish list! What is your favorite reusable food container?

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Here are some ideas and resources for reducing the quantity of junk mail that can overrun your mailbox this time of year. Some of these are well-known, but we hope to provide you with at least one new idea.

  • Use DMAChoice, an online service developed by the Direct Marketing Association. (DMAChoice offers both an online option and a form to print and mail.
  • Sign up for Catalog Choice, a free service that lets you reduce unwanted paper catalogs by mail.
  • Call the 800 or other toll free number on the catalog and ask to be removed from their mailing list.
  • Prepare a standard letter to charities to whom you do not plan to give. (Yours is a very worthy cause, but my giving is limited, and I have selected other charities…) Send this in the prepaid envelope they provided for donations. Be sure to clip and tape on the mailing label with your address so they know who you are.
  • Check out Declaring Your Independence from Junk Mail – a How To Guide.

Here’s wishing you happy holidays and a lighter mailbox in the new year. If you have success with other methods, we’d love to hear about them!

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