Tuesday, March 17, 2009

24/7 Green Fiend

'My White T is Green'

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for the shirt, Chloe.

Printed inside the shirt

Are you wearing organic? Awake Couture sells clothing made from 100% organic cotton. No chemicals or pesticides were involved in the creation of these shirts, so you can buy them with confidence and a safe conscience. Not to mention they're also super plush and comfy. You'll forget you're even wearing a shirt! (But please do.) You can get crafty and design your own Ts at customink.com.

For outdoorsy folks, Patagonia's got a line called "W's", short for "Women's 1% for the Planet." For each shirt sold, five dollars goes to 1% for the Planet, a company motivating businesses to give back to the environment.

Ban T-shirts rallies against the exploitation of workers and is committed to ensuring sweatshop-free practices. The company uses independently certified organic cotton for all their T-shirts. Their designs get political and are awash with attitude -- like this pro-vegetarian "Live Fat Die Young" shirt.

1407 Broadway, Suite 2206
New York, NY 10018

Grapevine Fires

Not a huge Death Cab fan (though I'm partial to the somber strains of "Transatlanticism"), but check out this new video, inspired by lead singer Ben Gibbard's experience with the California wildfires of 2007 (remember San Diego?).

Fire can be a powerful, awe-inspiring force, but it can also prove to be deadly.

The illustrations are especially intriguing.

Bought some wine and some paper cups,
Near your daughter's school and we picked her up.
Drove to the cemetery on a hill, on a hill.

Watched the bullets paint the sky grey.
She laughed and danced through the field of graves.
There I knew we'd be alright.

Everything will be alright...
Will be alright...
Will be alright...
Will be alright.

This is a Bust

Ever wonder what happens to a foodie after her refrigerator and boiler system decide to shut down within the same week?

Refrigerator down = black coffee, by default. Not bad.

On the other hand, heater down = cold showers, no laundry, no washing dishes (not sure whether to be grateful for that).

Some thoughts on lo-tech living:

Concerned readers should be somewhat relieved to hear that I haven't been subsisting on ramen and nutella alone, though I really do love nutella. Back in the old days (think wayyy back, before refrigerators were invented), people stored their food in caves, cellars, snow and even ice. Goods were packed up in canned jars to preserve the freshness.

When ice boxes came onto the scene in the early 19th century, explosive methyl ether, ammonia and zinc were all used as refrigerants before more energy efficient alternatives were invented in the 1970s. Then, in the late 1800s to 1929, toxic chemicals (methyl chloride and sulfur dioxide) took a turn for the worse. After a methyl chloride leak that led to several fatalities, three American companies combined their resources to discover Freon, which is used in most standard compressor refrigerators today. General Electric and Gibson were influential in the refrigerator market.

Electrolux introduced the first electric refrigerator in 1923.

Refrigerators have now become a necessity. It is the No. 1 most used appliance in America and more than 99.5% households use one.

The evaporative cooling box caught my eye. You can create this with just 5 dollars or so, using everyday items lying around the house. It's especially handy for camping trips. Take out your hammer, scissors and staples and get ready to drill!

Pics from when the refrigerator was still working:

Koryodang Cream Pan, $1.25 (H Mart)

Old Fashioned Plain Cheesecake, $34 for whole (Pocono Cheesecake Factory)

H Mart
400 Hillside Av
Williston Park, NY 11596

Pocono Cheesecake Factory
Rte 611
Swiftwater, PA 18370