Upbeat environmental news, stylish projects — Happy Monday!

Rasslin’ with the Monday blues?
Let’s put the kibosh on bad news.
No swelling seas or globs of glue
today; Just cheery links for you!

BONA FIDE, CAN’T-BELIEVE-IT OPTIMISTIC ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS:

eigenberger heroEarth science professor Peter Eisenberger is sucking CO2 out of the air with a device called a monolith. His company, Global Thermostat, sells the CO2 to other companies that can use it. “If they don’t tell you you’re crazy, you’re not doing something worthwhile,” says my new GOD. Team Peter!

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lucas heroSoon “one of the largest and most sustainable U.S. solar energy producers” in the country could be… Wells Fargo. The company has a pilot solar project in Denver thanks to vice president and ass-kicker Sheri Lucas. Pro tip: To digest the story quickly, read the intro paragraphs, then skip to “The Lessons” at the end.

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seed savers catalogSeed Savers Exchange is holding its 33rd annual conference in Decorah, Iowa, July 19-21. For a quick rundown on why they are awesome, check out this post from southfloridagreennews.com, a site whose ADORBS ’90s-ish design makes me think of penny-farthing bikes and bowler hats. (Hully Gee, it’s the World Wide Web!) The site’s Green Humor section yields this:

I-Used-to-Think-He-Was-So-Hot-1024x710I think it would work better if the genders were reversed…? But these bunnies, oh my god:

bunniescroppedHONEST-TO-GOD DELIGHTFUL UPCYCLING PROJECTS!

sprocketlampCheck out these breathtaking bike-sprocket chandeliers! And unlike certain other bike-related projects (that’s all I’ll say now… watch this space), there’s every reason for them to exist. It’s a great way to use worn-out sprockets, which can’t be refurbished. As for the highway-underpass thing (see the story for more) — I’ll give them a pass on that. This time.

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This home extension is just… Wow! Baby, knock me OVAH! What a special way to save lovely old trees. They may not be alive, but I think it’s fair to say that they live on. And kudos to the site for giving us some nice big snaps of the space.garden-tree-house3

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rug croppedAccording to the Pinterest caption, this gorgeous rug was woven from old T-shirts. I can’t verify that because the original site is in… Norwegian? Maybe? It sure is a pretty rug though…

…And check out the DARLINGEST DOGGIE CROSS-STITCH KNAPSACK YOU WILL EVER SEE, IN NORWAY OR ANYWHERE ELSE:dogs

sack Have a great day.

P.S. Recognize the superhero uniform?

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5 responses to “Upbeat environmental news, stylish projects — Happy Monday!

  1. Woot for seed savers exchange! I bought zucchini and corn from them and it is amazing. They even threw in a packet of tomato seeds for free! Everyone should go support them.

  2. Just a “helping hand” – the website you linked – is danish – and the rug is according to the girl who made it – not made from old t-shirts – but from old pillowcases and old sheets – which is still kind of cool 😉 Just thought you might like to know…

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