Tag Archives: waste

Eats shoots and leaves

19 Dec

You may remember the old punctuation joke about the hungry (or was it homicidal?) panda: ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ – or – ‘Eats shoots and leaves’. What with the growing vegetarian and vegan trend, it may be fair to revisit the nose-to-tail trend we looked at here and here and here. What do vegans do for nose-to-tail? Why, root-to-stem, of course!

There is even a cookbook on The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable by Tara Duggan which no doubt ranks with Deborah Madison‘s aptly named book Vegetable Literacy.

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And a REALrestaurant and Green Restaurant certified catering company that calls itself Root & Stem .
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And there’s school memories in the image of plants grouped by the parts we eat, together with 9 plant ‘families’

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When buying clothing

1 Jul

SimplyRainer and I have this little household rule that we devised for the Kitchen Kingdom: If we wish to buy a new, electric kitchen appliance, we must give up of an old one. That way we try to curb increasing energy needs in the home galley. So, last time, instead of getting an electric meat-cheese-bread-whathaveyou cutter, we got a manual one. That means, instead of plug-and-play, you have to master the art of the manual slicer … at least a little bit. Actually, we also apply that rule to cookbooks, but more to curb our rapacious recipebook hunger (and, more to the point, our limited space for the books in the kitchen). Anyway, I had to think of our Little Rules when I saw this ragbag idea today: It s a shopping bag which you get with new clothing purchases, turn it inside out and put old, unneeded clothing in, close and send by pre-paid post to a charity of your choice.

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Uniforms for the Dedicated , which is where this initiative comes from, started off as a Swedish artsy collective and is now or includes a fashion label under the same name and a store in Stockholm. Currently their 2014 collection runs with silver fox (or Smoking Fox, as UftD calls it) Aiden Shaw. My, what an interesting character…

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Repair it, fixit, kintsugit

9 May

Kintsugi – a traditional Japanese technique for our modern times: Sustainable Habits include repairing things and fixing stuff – remember the Repair Manifesto here? Kintsugi takes it a level higher: You don’t just keep something [broken]. You don’t just fix it as best you can [and feel its lost its worth]. You keep it, fix it and make the fix so special you add to the value.

Kintsugi_kleinKintsugi – means to repair broken ceramic ware using gold joinery. Kintsugi involves attaching the broken pieces using lacquer (urushi) and applying gold powder to the join. DIY variants mix gold powder with adhesives. Also, there are similar techniques using silver or copper. Step-by-step pics shown here and on an antique bonsai pot here.

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Sarkis Zabunyan, a Turkish-born, Paris-based Armenian artist, was commissioned by  Bernardaud, a Limousine porcelain brand (no, make that a French national icon) in lieu of the 150 year company celebrations in 2013. Sarkis, inspired by kitsugi, designed a 12-piece dinner plate set of individually crafted plates.

Do some reading on The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics here, recommended by Kenetha J. Stanton in her blog entry ‘About Kitsugi’ here. Vimeo clip on Ifixit here (you can take a Repair It Pledge on Ifixit here). First seen [Kitsugi] on ThisIsColossal here.

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There are too many greenhouse gases

1 Apr

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Packaging grows veggies

25 Mar

vegetables1_kleinGrow vegetables. Harvest vegetables. Clean, sort and pack vegetables in consumer-sized portions. Wrap in packaging and label vegetables. But Sustainability! Reduce packaging: check. Re-use packaging: check. Recycle packaging: check. UK-based Bachelor-of-Arts student Ben Huttly came up with a method to 3R the packaging of veggies: a biodegradable tag afixed with biodegradable twine. Not that I’m convinced by the biodegradable packaging on the market but this one is at least different as follows: After use you take the tag and plant it. Being full of veggie seeds it will grow into your next serving. Ben’s self-imposed brief was how to inspire people to start growing fruit & veggies. Yes, the critics will be saying, “But why should veggies be packaged at all?”, “Laser-etching (used to save on inks & dyes) needs energy too?” but guys, this is still a step better for all the packaged veggies that you do find in retail.

Another addition to your systems kitchen

14 Apr

About a year ago we presented the Microbial Home by Philips Design as an example of systems thinking in the kitchen. Here’s an independent addition from Spanish industrial designer Curro Claret. Now you won’t waste even a crumb. Drill holes in a bread board. Gather crumbs below by means of funnel and tube. Attach bird feeder. Offer to birds.

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Plastic Dogs

27 Jul

Robert Bradford: FooFoo 2Just look at them, aren’t they beautiful?! I love these. It’s the colour! I love colourful. And I think it’s the shape and form, which manage to convey the essence of the dog, which are so stunning and what makes them into successful art. Have a look at the next one, Terrierist, to see what I mean. Anyone who’s met a West Highland Terrier will recognize that little taut body and the pert eyes riveted on you.

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Besides British-born Robert Bradford, whose work these dogs are, there’s another that manages to convey the animal spirit in her work, Sayaka Kajita Ganz. While Bradford works with plastic toys, Ganz’s materials of choice are reclaimed kitchen utensils. As someone who enjoys cooking I think this is just great. Can I have these in my kitchen, perhaps? Besides the form of the animal she captures motion, wow, does she capture it. Looking at the horses below, I can feel the wind brush me by. I can feel those penguins plunge swiftly into icy waters with the bubbles streaming out behind them. You can watch a video of her working on Emergence  here, see more of her work here.

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Sayaka Kajita Gans: Plunge