In the first week of December, I was invited to a fantastically fun Tree Trimming Party at The Norwood House, a private Arts and Culture club located in a multi-story townhouse on West 14th Street in Manhattan. The club is filled with beautiful contemporary artworks, rare collectibles and antiques, and eye-catching oddities throughout its many rooms. While I was exploring, I spotted this string of large, irregularly-shaped colored lights, which were draped around a bust nestled on a stairway landing, and they grabbed my attention right away. Because, colored lights.
A close examination revealed that the lights are made from a variety of empty plastic bottles, which have been dyed a spectrum of colors and fitted through the bottom with a single light in each. Crafty!
Is this a likeness of Rasputin? Who knows!
I did some Googling to see if I could find instructions on how to make this specific style of upcycled plastic bottle lights, but I was unsuccessful in my quest. Perhaps you can scrutinize these pictures to figure it out for yourself! Good luck!
Behold: The Tide Pig, a comforting nightlight created from an upcycled empty jug of Tide Laundry Detergent, which looks like an adorable pig. Oh, the cleverness. Tide Pig is the creation of designer Steven Wine of Abyu Lighting, and can be purchased from BNO Design for $185 at This Link.
Guys, seriously, if you aren’t at least recycling your cans and bottles at this point, I don’t even want to know you. Just go ahead and un-friend yourself from my FaceBook page right now. I’ll wait. Saving the Earth is everyone’s business, and even though Earth Day helps to draw collective attention to our need to be resourceful, in reality every day is Earth Day. I mean, duh. So if you plan on staying here, get on the stick, as the kids say, and do your part to clean up this mess. Discover a bunch of fun and easy Earth Saving tips at this link.
Ah, what a lovely day is it here in the City. I admit that I am obsessed with recycling and living as Green as possible, and it really yanks my chain when I see others being needlessly wasteful, littering and, in general, lacking any sense of personal responsibility. As Goethe once said, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” It’s such a simple step to put into practice, I wonder why we aren’t taught that concept from birth.
Here in the office of my day gig, we all received lovely new, brushed aluminum thermal coffee mugs that fit nicely in the pantry’s coffee makers. I will look forward to using mine every day. Mostly, I am so glad they FINALLY got rid of all the Styrofoam cups, because Styrofoam is evil. Styrofoam should only be used as a flotation device to save the life of a drowning person. It should never be made into anything that is meant to be disposable, since it does not biodegrade, ever. Making things that are not biodegradable should be against the law.
That goes also for disposable water bottles – which are also evil. All plastic needs to be recycled, unless you hate the Earth. Then go right ahead and throw your lasts-forever-til-the-end-of-time water bottles in the trash and destroy the planet. I hope your kids and grandkids won’t mind living in a garbage dump that you helped to create for them! And while we’re on the subject, let’s all take a minute to roll the concept of Zero Population Growth around in our heads, shall we? When you consider that the earth we leave is the earth we’re coming back to, no effort in conservation is wasted. Happy Earth Day people.