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August 2011

August 30, 2011

3M security film foils hipster

Love this dude's persistence.  Nobody told him about security film (which also helps protect glass from shattering in hurricane force winds).


Toronto's Green Building Supply Showroom and Design Center

via www.ggreendesign.com

Toronto's got its own Green Design Center, so if you need cabinetry, flooring or carpeting that's eco-friendly and energy-efficient, start in their showroom. It's a great collection of 'what's out there' and it may give you ideas for what's possible.

If the pricing seems too high you can probably find similar products elsewhere, but watch out for wood and bamboo products; many suppliers claim that their wood products are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) but they're SO not. (Please, please, please be especially careful about the bamboo you buy.  Some bamboo suppliers are tearing out panda habitat to plant the kind of bamboo they can turn into flooring.  That sucks for the giant pandas, which are already on the endangered species list since they were driven out of their lowlands home years ago by farming and deforestation.  End of lecture.)

Scented laundry products found to emit harmful chemicals from dryers

via www.gizmag.com

I've written about the dirty footprint of harmful chemicals in laundry and deodorizing products. Now science is pointing a finger at the problem. Maybe this new study will help end manufacturers' habits of putting carcinogens and VOCs into products.

August 24, 2011

Stain Gang - Food safe solutions for icky stained cutting boards

Star Wars - 'Han Solo in Carbonite' Ice Cube Tray

via www.thinkgeek.com

A MUST-have for the geeky hostess.

August 17, 2011

Dryer Vents: Why the stretchy ones suck!

Slow Furniture - NYTimes.com

via dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com

Got some time on your hands? Try this. It's even slower than woodworking.  Something had to be.

August 08, 2011

3M™ Peltor Junior Earmuffs - Rockler Woodworking Tools

via www.rockler.com

Finally, ear protection for the junior craft enthusiast.

Neckties a go-go - Ways to upcycle silk

via guylainewalsh.canalblog.com

Gorgeous one-of-a-kind hats handcrafted from silk neckties by Canadian designer Guylaine Walsh.

Sugru - How to seal your packets for re-use

via www.instructables.com

This is fantastic news for fans of Sugru, the hard-curing magical silicone repair-all product from England. You know how sometimes you put off making a repair because you only need a little bit of Sugru, and you don't want to open a packet until you can use the whole thing since it's hard to reseal in a way that keeps the Sugru safe from air and humidity?  Well, here's the solution for that!


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