Posts Tagged ‘reuse’
One of the things that I love about my husband is the fact that he enjoys using his architectural degree as a handy man around our little farm. His design philosophy is one that marries the function of a building with great aesthetics. The longer we are married the more I respect this opinion and see the need for both. When Cale is working on a project, at home or for a friend, he wants to give them a solution that is aesthetically pleasing, money saving, and as efficient as possible. Now, this doesn’t mean he uses “cheap” materials, but when he can, he prefers to use found materials instead of purchasing new. It’s this old school philosophy of using what you have, married with his love for design, that makes him the perfect designer handy man.
Disposable vs. Cloth
- Easy to fit many babies
- Not green—most do not biodegrade, are full of chemicals as they are petroleum based
- Nursery and day-care friendly
- Poo disasters!…you know what I’m talking about, up the back, into the car seat, out the side of their pants etc. Ick!
- Common side effects include diaper rash
- COST–$2500 from newborn to potty-trained, check out this link
- Inconvenient? Matter of opinion and lifestyle I think.
- SO many choices, now just find the right diaper for the right fit on your baby (See the links below).
- “Green” as they are reusable.
- Most nursery and day-cares are not-so friendly…but I would love to be proven wrong here.
- Poo disasters no more! With a good cover (which most are) this is not a problem. They hold the poo in on the back and the legs. BUT what about cleaning the poo off the diapers? — enter modern technology! The toilet spray tool or biodegradable liners that make flushing the icky stuff…very simple.
- Not near the problem with diaper rash, especially with natural fiber diapers and covers
- COST WAY LESS! See for yourself.
Recycling, or Up-cycling as many call it, is one of our passions. So Meg and I have decided that this is going to be a regular addition to our blog. Recycle This will explore the fun and simple ways that we reduce, reuse, and recycle things around our house. All with an eye for design, and quality materials. This month it’s wine crates, one of those things you might find laying around in a shed or if you really want to try this out you can usually get them free from a local wine merchant or liquor store. We started with the basic wooden wine crate, I’m sure you could use the plastic or even possibly cardboard with a little reinforcement. From there it was design fun and no stopping till we were happy with the new look of the office…So here’s a few pictures for inspiration and a little push to get you started.
This is our inaugural post for the Everyday Design series. We’ve loved living in our little farm house and connecting with our local community just because we get to help expose ourselves and those around us to art and design in the most unlikely places. Thus was born the Everyday Design Series, a series of posts that look at the everyday events and products of our lives and then connecting those items and events with art and design inspired by them. This month it’s books; I love to read and to travel to random far off and even fictional areas to have wonderful adventures without ever leaving my chair. I also love the power books and print have had on the development of civilization and our continued growth due to our ability and freedom to research, learn, and develop ourselves through the printed word. So here’s to books and their continued influence and power in our lives!
Product design has been a part of Green Couch Design since it’s inception in 2008, we love to work with new materials and play with the everyday elements we use in our homes and try to make them better, more fun, or just dress them up a little.
We want to see our world transformed into a greener place, and one of the ways to do that is challenge people to relearn the art of gardening. We have a passion for mixed use gardens that are producing functional and healthy foods for our families, while looking good enough to make the neighbors jealous.
We’ve been working for months now on new ideas, new dreams, and new goals. It was scary because we took the time to question everything, to drag it all out on the table and say ok…what is all this and where do we want to go with it. When you get to that place it’s one of those ‘come to Jesus’ moments when you know this is going to affect your entire life.
Sometimes you can find inspiration in the oddest of places. Last week while we took a short vacation to see my family my brother and I visited the most wonderful donut shop. I tell you what; if you’re ever smack dab in the middle of the United states, a.k.a Wichita, KS, make sure you stop by the Donut Whole.