The Green Wrap-up 6.March, 2013

In October 2010, just months before a Tunisian street vendor self-immolated and sparked what would become the Arab Spring, a prolonged drought was turning Syria’s verdant farmland into dust.
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a cave, this beautiful modern home in Festus, Missouri is the perfect blend of energy efficiency and rustic living. The 17,000-square foot underground home is built right inside a sandstone cave, featuring a modern interior space that perfectly accents the unfinished sandstone walls.
Incandescent bulbs are inefficient, fluorescent bulbs have raised some health concerns and LED bulbs are expensive and cast an unflattering glow. So what’s the environmentally-conscious design lover to do? That’s where lighting company Cree comes in, with its new LED bulbs that not only look like an incandescent bulb and cast a pleasing light, but are also affordable.
Are you visiting the New York City area and looking for a something cool to do? Or maybe you live in the area, and want to explore your hood from a new angle? The Get Up and Ride bike tour might be just what the doctor has prescribed for you!
…so before going out and buying more to start seeds in this year, I started looking around for DIY options for biodegradable pots. It turns out I’m not the first to think about this (imagine that!), and a number of people have shared their projects for making their own seed starting pots that can go directly in the ground and biodegrade.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is hopping on the Meatless Mondays bandwagon by officially eliminating meat every Monday from school cafeterias, the LATimes.com reports.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): I think this is a great way to introduce kids to concepts surrounding vegetarianism. It will hopefully expose them to new kinds of dishes, get them thinking about the ethics of eating animals and have them eating a bit healthier – although it’s important to stay away from the “all vegetarian dishes are healthy for you” myth.
Most likely when you purchase a bottle of wine you don’t think twice about the cork. You handle it for a moment during the opening process and then it gets tossed without much thought. While you can recycle wine corks, I think it is so much more fun to upcycle them into something new and fantastic. Here are some of my favorite ways to upcycle those corks, read on to check them out.

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