As a sustainable design writer, one question I get asked a lot is do I actually practice what I preach? The answer for the most part is yes: I recycle, I rarely buy stuff (and when I do, it’s usually secondhand), I sit in the sweltering heat instead of turning on my AC and I probably only drive five times a year. But there is one thing I do that probably negates a big chunk of all of my other eco efforts – I waste food like a mofo.
I don’t know when these horrible habits of mine began but I have identified some of the causes. First off, for some reason I can’t go to the grocery store without stocking up like Armageddon is near. I don’t feel that it’s acceptable to leave the store with just one type of cheese (you need the sliced kind for sammiches and the block kind for snacking), and anything that looks tasty in any way is going to end up in my cart whether it’s going to be physically possible for me to eat it all before it rots or not. And it’s not like I’m cooking for a large family. There are usually only two people eating and sometimes just one. So yeah, at the end of the week, there’s a lot of expired food that just gets tossed. For shame! If you read Inhabitat, you probably know that food waste is a huge problem, contributing to climate change and filling up our landfills, but it’s also just bad form and a huge waste of money. Cheese isn’t cheap, you know.
So after I spent a few days guilt-tripping myself worse than my own mother would about this situation, I decided to do something about it. But what? Well, certainly I could control myself a bit more at the market, but I also felt that the design of my fridge was part of the problem (blaming others is fun). Yes, the fridge is roomy and even has configurable shelves and nicely labeled compartments, but if you think about it, it actually has too many levels and food storage areas. So I’d have cheese in the cheese drawer, milk on the righthand middle shelf, veggies in their drawers and other perishable items scattered all over the place. Now I know that this is the way we’ve been taught that it should be – a place for everything and everything in its place – but that was before our lives got so crazy that we needed to hire virtual assistants in Asia to tweet things for us from our personal Twitter accounts. When I’m busy writing a story and it’s lunch time, I sprint over to the fridge and just grab whatever’s right in the middle. I don’t have time to look in multiple compartments for items that are sometimes hidden behind or under other items and I’m sure you don’t either.
Anyways, sorry for this extremely long-winded intro, but the point I’m getting at is that I decided to modify my behavior by essentially forcing myself to consume the things in my fridge that were in danger of going bad by gathering them in a central location that visually tells me to eat them – a fridge triage box. I’m (for the most part) not dumb, but I know that without this behavior-modifying “system” – it’s really just a shoe box with a sign on it – I wouldn’t be able to cut down my food waste as much as I have.
The mushrooms from my Back to the Roots grow-it-yourself mushroom farm kit finally sprouted and I was incredibly excited until I noticed something a bit odd about one of them. Is my mind in the gutter, or is there something decidedly salacious about the big one on the right. I feel like it’s looking at me! I’m still going to eat these but it might take some nerve to chop off the one that looks like a ___ (I’ll leave it up to you to fill in the blank).
Furoshiki style cloth gift wrap seems to be all the rage these days with more and more people looking to wrap their holiday presents in a way that doesn’t waste paper, but almost everyone I’ve spoken to about it has expressed the same concern – where do I get one of these? Well, you could purchase one – Furoshiki.com has some really lovely ones – but if you read Clossette on the regular, you know that’s not how I roll when I could just as easily make one from something I already have. If you want to do the same, read on to see how an easy DIY on how to make your own furoshiki gift wrap from an old dress, shirt or piece of fabric. It’s really simple to do and people love getting presents wrapped in these because it’s like getting 2 gifts in one!
Note: This sale is for the transfer sheet only. Pillow not included.
What if you could give your loved ones memories they can really hold onto – like, literally? With our custom-designed iron-on transfer sheets, you can turn your favorite photos into pillows and throw cushions that can be displayed proudly (or not so proudly depending on what the pic depicts) in their home. Just send us the artwork and we’ll make the iron-on transfer sheet for you. Then just follow the included instructions to iron it onto whatever you like whether it be a pillowcase, a t-shirt, or a tote bag.
How does it work? Just send us the photo you’d like to use via email along with any special requests you would like. We’ll send you a proof of the custom image we create, and once you approve, we’ll send you the finished transfer sheet in the mail.
OR, if you want to print the transfer yourself, you can buy blank iron-on transfer sheets and DIY it:
3 pack of iron-on transfer papers – $6:
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Online DIY tutorials are clearly awesome (patting self on back and tooting own horn), but sometimes a little in-person hand-holding can really drive home the how-to knowledge you’re looking for. It seems CB2, Crate & Barrel‘s hipper, younger sib, has detected this need for crafting guidance because it’s hosting a series of fun, hands-on DIY Saturdays starting this Saturday the 21st until May 5, in many of its stores across the nation. Experts will be on hand to show you how to create hanging terrarium gardens, killer floral arrangements and more, plus all of the materials will be provided! This Saturday will be feature Domestic Construction teaching how to turn planters into art, and delicious BBQ-themed bites prepared by Diane Gordon Catering will be served so don’t miss it.