Interest in urban chickens is growing and — it would seem — the same holds true for urban beekeeping. An outfit out of West Bend, Wisconsin, Beepods.com, is selling personal use beehives for $450, including everything but bees and the know how. The kit comes IKEA-style ready for assembly with a screwdriver and Allen wrench. A single, top-bar Beepod will create about 40 pounds of high-quality honey, as well as propolis, pollen, and wax, if you harvest it.
This is a clever Penguin faucet offered by Sustainable Solutions (SSi). It was designed to conserve water with a flow rate of 1.5 GPM. At the same time, the faucet sends a message about environmental living. With an undeniable resemblance to the shape of a penguin, I can see a situation where you’re brushing your teeth and the faucet causes you to think about the tiny tuxedo birds, and then ice caps, and then other environmental issues. Maybe design in this case does a lot more than save water because it motivates you to save other natural resources, too.
This is the new Natural Series bench from the popular eco-friendly furniture line called Botantist. Designed by Dario Antonioni, the all-wood bench – similar in appearance to the skinny aluminum version – is available in natural walnut or rift oak finishes composed of layered wood and real wood veneer. Antonioni says the wood is sustainably harvested and the bench is made to order in the USA. Measuring 60″x18″x18″ and weighing 55 pounds, Botanist Natural Series retails for $799.
If you’re on a furniture budget and want dead simple storage, perhaps a modular Yube would do the trick. Each 13″-cubed Yube assembles in a jiff with snap-together sides, steel-frame locks, and corner clips. The panels are made from sugar cane waste fibers (biodegradable and compostable), while the frame is made of a blend of plastic and bamboo (recyclable). Yubes can be used as garage storage, a coffee table, a tv stand or anything else. Cubes sell for about $30 each.
As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems. The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.
Alex Wilson, this year's winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, selected EnGuard Insulation by Vita Nonwovens as the BuildingGreen Product of the Week following Greenbuild in Chicago. The 100% polyester insulation product is made with recycled plastic bottles, or, more specifically, 15% post-consumer and 35% pre-consumer recycled content.