wow: is there every a push to switch to cfl's (compact fluorescent lights, not canadian football league), or cf's, from the aged incandescent. california and austrailia will ban reg bulbs. the usa has jumped on the band wagon with 18Seconds.org - an aggressive marketing campaign. aside from the lifetime of the bulb, it's also a huge energy saver (and down the food chain that goes right to production). and the bonus? 70% less heat is produced into our atmosphere. j + i have been using cfl's for years - and especially in winter do the benefits pay off.
"In a 2003 survey, Natural Resources found that the average Canadian household used 26.4 light bulbs and that 77 per cent of these — no less than 243 million — were the old incandescent variety." [source]
aside from the odd yellow-ish light for lower grade cfl's, there really isn't a problem b/c you can upgrade to a white light in pure spectrum. most are available @ home depot & IKEA for the most reasonable $$$'s. what will et do, turn off that heart light?
IKEA's in the bag
speaking of IKEA, starting 03.15.2007 all stores in the US will begin to charge $0.05/plastic bag. $1.75mil of revenue will go to american forests. HDEP type bags take about 1000 years to bio-degrade. and fyi - plastic is the unusable sludge bi product of the petroleum industry. [source, press release, bag facts] once again, j + i have been recycling our bags for years. you can easily bring them to safeway for recycling.
couch protector lovers, eat your heart out
in other design related items, here's some sexy stuff: plastic fantastic from studio jspr. (i know, more plastic - but if we'd stop using so much gas maybe we'd have less of it to go around...)
who let pres kaczynski out of the asylum
"If that kind of approach to sexual life were to be promoted on a grand scale, the human race would disappear. Imagine what grand changes would occur in mores if the traditional links between men and women were set aside." Polish President Lech Kaczynski