building a sustainable and resilient community

Greenwashing! Boo!

Don’t ask me why I had to go all the way to the UK’s Guardian to find out about this, but according to their article: “More than 98% of supposedly natural and environmentally friendly products on US supermarket shelves are making potentially false or misleading claims, Congress has been told. And 22% of products making […]


Make recycling make sense

Full disclosure:  I love my 15″ MacBook Pro.  Knock on wood, I’ve not had any major problems with it in the 3 years that I’ve had it.  And, even though I’ve seen some things about the batteries that freak me out a bit, I don’t regret my purchase of it.  It’s done everything I have […]


This can’t be right.

Exhibit A:  Looks like a normal battery for a 17″ MacBook Pro, right? Exhibit B:  Not so much.  This is the old battery from my roommate’s 17″ MacBook Pro.  One day it just … started expanding.  Then she left it in the sun and it … kept expanding. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all […]


A Green Designer’s Happy Place

I recently discovered a new retail establishment that I think we can all get excited about.  It’s called Green Depot, and I bet you can imagine what it sells by its name association with the Big Orange, aka, the Home Depot.  Where the Home Depot sells building supplies of all kinds*, the Green Depot supplies […]