11 December 2009

Green Products (for Fewer Greenbacks)

Not sure how she found it, but Angela discovered this green supplies site, which is currently having a 50% off sale (code: 50off) until December 31. In addition to all the usual stuff (CFLs, composting systems), they sell an assortment of Green Samplers and Green Home Starter Kits, any of which would make great (read: thoughtful/useful) gifts.

At the risk of sounding like a used-car (used-planet?) salesman, act fast while the sale's still going! At half off, you can get 96 rolls of recycled toilet paper for about $34, plus shipping. Now that's cost- and eco-conscious.


03 December 2009

Metropolis Mention

And the mentions of our 4th Bin logo win continue....

The November issue of Metropolis contains an article, written by 4th Bin competition judge Susan S. Szenasy about the worrisome issue of e-waste. It's an upsetting problem, but e-cycling initiatives like the 4th Bin and many others around the world are definite steps in the right direction.


11 November 2009

Friedman in the Forest

Take a look at today's New York Times op-ed column by Thomas Friedman. It concerns the Brazilian rainforest and is both depressing and hopeful. (Unfortunately, it's a bit more on the depressing side.) Still, it's interesting and certainly worth reading.

Great find, Michelle!

-Kaitlen & Vina

06 November 2009

A Different Kind of Treehouse

This is amazing. Architect/forester Roald Gundersen builds houses using entire trees, not pieces of lumber. The resulting structures are gorgeous, and the process is so much gentler on the environment than traditional logging (or building with steel supports). Here are some of the highlights:

"According to research by the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, run by the USDA, a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree. So Mr. Gundersen uses small-diameter trees as rafters and framing in his airy structures, and big trees felled by wind, disease or insects as powerful columns and curving beams.

Taking small trees from a crowded stand in the forest is much like thinning carrots in a row: the remaining plants get more light, air and nutrients. Carrots grow longer and straighter; trees get bigger and healthier.

And when the trees are left whole, they sequester carbon. “For every ton of wood, a ton and a half of carbon dioxide is locked up,” he said, whereas producing a ton of steel releases two to five tons of carbon. So the more whole wood is used in place of steel, the less carbon is pumped into the air.

These passive solar structures also need very little or no supplemental heat."

Now go check out the slide show. (Nice work noticing this one, Anna!)


23 October 2009

The 4th Bin Logo Winner

Remember when we mentioned that 4th Bin competition? Well, good news: we won. Yep, your trusty Two Twelve Green Team designed the winning logo, which will be used on the clever new bin, as well as supplemental materials such as advertising, communications, possibly products, etc.

The blogosphere has taken note, too. Here's a roundup of blogs that mentioned our win:

The Graffik

Pretty awesome, huh?


29 September 2009

Grey is Great

Now this is a stylish, sensible, space-saving solution. This toilet/sink combo by Roca reuses the greywater from the sink in the toilet, but without all sorts of clunky pipes connecting two separate fixtures.

Incidentally, if you're interested in reusing greywater but can't shell out for a brand-spanking-new toilet/sink combo, there are ways to retrofit your current setup.

Via Cribcandy.


16 September 2009

The Blue Fence Project

A new definition for recycling and innovation has been established through The Blue Fence Project by Studio Superniche. Such playful ingenuity is a breath of fresh air. Thanks Nick for this link!

11 September 2009

Print Resource - Renourish

Renourish is dedicated to helping the graphic design community grow into a more sustainable industry. The site includes case studies, a project calculator to help effectively size your print jobs to minimize waste, a paper finder, a list of green printers, and much, much more. Check out renourish

09 September 2009

100 Things Designers Can Do to Save The Earth

The School of Visual Concepts (Seattle, Washington) in cooperation with AIGA Seattle has created "100 Things Designers Can Do to Save The Earth".The article is FULL of great ideas and resources. Enjoy!

24 July 2009

Stop Recyling. Start Repairing

Recycling is a good thing, it has become such an ubiquitous act that many of us do it automatically whether at home or at work. But if we think back to the past before the concept of recycling, and when the ease of replacing an everyday used item by buying a new one existed, a culture of 'repair' was very much part of our daily lives.

There is much to be said about our personal relationships with the things we own and use everyday. The above is an image designed for the group Platform 21, a collective whose manifesto reflects on the merits and lost beauty of a time when our possessions stayed with us for many years. The group is out with workshops, lectures and an exhibition as a means to get their message across.


10 July 2009

The Green Awards

The cover page of The L Magazine caught my eye this morning; it said, in bold letters on a vivid green background, The Green Awards. Inside was a decent little list of the greatest and greenest spots in NYC.

As an added bonus, The L Magazine website also features a really interesting article about the trend toward eco-friendly burial. It's not something most people think about, but...well, it does happen to everyone sooner or later.

So as to not end on such a morbid note, here's a picture of what has to be one of the world's cutest baby bunnies.


08 July 2009


And here's another relevant design contest. The 2009 AIGA (Re)designAwards are around the corner—the call for entries is open until July 31. Time to submit projects that feature a sustainable design or social responsibility component.


30 June 2009

In the Dumps

Good news, everyone! (Yes, you're supposed to read that in Professor Farnsworth's voice. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch some Futurama immediately!) Today's New York Times contains an article about that most pressing of dilemmas—how to safely dispose of unwanted electronics.

Sounds like the time is indeed ripe for that 4th bin, huh?


25 June 2009

Design It Greener, Design It Better!

This might just turn out to be a great resource: Designitgreener. The site boasts green design tips for architects and designers, a green design gallery, a discussion forum, a news section, a green glossary, etc. Sounds pretty useful.

Thanks for pointing it out, Anna!


22 June 2009

Meat Free Monday

If going meatless every weekday is too much of a commitment (or not practical, for whatever reason), why don't you participate in Meat Free Monday instead? It's a campaign led by Paul McCartney (and his famously vegetarian daughter, designer Stella). Or, if Mondays are bad for you (they're not great for those of us who have weekly Monday marketing meetings!), go for Tofu Tuesday. Or Healthy Humpday. You get the picture. (And yeah, I'm making these up as I go.)

Sure, cutting meat out of your diet only one day a week won't have the same impact as abstaining every weekday, but it's a start. And it does add up.

Thanks for the suggestion, Angela!


17 June 2009

Challenge: Meat-Free Weekdays

How's this for a challenge? Per TreeHugger's suggestion, try eliminating meat from your weekday diet. If enough of us went weekday-vegetarian, we could reduce climate change mitigation costs by up to 70 percent. That's worth saving meat for the weekends, isn't it? Also, in this economy, think of all the money you'd save by not buying meat most days!


15 June 2009

Sixteen and Super-Green

So here's some good news: Daniel Burd, a 16-year-old high schooler in Canada, figured out a way to make a plastic bag decompose in only three months. Yeah, as opposed to thousands of years. He isolated the bacteria that breaks down plastic. Burd (quite deservedly) won the top prize at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, and snagged a $10,000 prize, a $20,000 scholarship, and a slew of other awards.

And I thought I was an overachiever in high school. Psht.


12 June 2009

Suggested Viewing: Food, Inc.

If you have time this weekend, you might consider taking in a showing of the film Food, Inc. It's an examination (one might say exposé) of "America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights," according to the official website. It's been getting fantastic reviews (see David Edelstein's unqualified endorsement in New York Magazine) and sounds quite informative, if potentially frightening.


09 June 2009

Kitting Out the Kitchen—Responsibly

Perfect timing! I need some new pots and pans, and Slate just published an article about how to choose the greenest cookware. (I already knew I wanted a cast-iron skillet, but the rest is pretty helpful.)


08 June 2009

Droolworthy Indeed

Check out TreeHugger's slideshow of 10 Droolworthy Eco Structures. Most are just concepts, but they're quite interesting. They range from totally gorgeous to a little, well, fugly. And #6, the Helix Hotel, makes me hungry for a tall stack of pancakes.


04 June 2009

Make It Green

Yahoo and the Everyday Edisons TV show are sponsoring Make It Green, a contest where the goal is to submit an idea for an eco-friendly product that both improves consumers' lives and helps the planet. If your product is chosen for production, you win $2,500 and a percentage of the sales. Not too shabby. (Well, I guess that depends on just what percentage of the sales you get....)


03 June 2009

Green and Clean

So it's a little late for spring cleaning, but whatever. Here's a super-helpful roundup of editors' and readers' picks for green cleaning products and tactics. I can personally recommend Method's Le Scrub (which smells so fabulous I actually enjoy cleaning the tub!), newspaper on sink handles and other metal, and plain ol' vinegar and water on glass and mirrors. (Via Re-Nest.)


02 June 2009

Vacation Nation

We all love our vacation days, but fabulous trips to far-off lands aren't always in the cards. The economy is tanking...and let's face it—travel (especially by plane) is often an environmentally unfriendly option.

However, check out organizations like Ecovolunteer. It's essentially a travel agency for volunteers interested in conservation; you can choose by locale you'd like to visit or species you'd like to work with. It sounds like a fair mix of work and play, plus the chance for some up-close interaction with rare and/or endangered animals. (I vote for hanging with the river otters in Brazil!)


Let the Greening Begin!

Welcome to Greenspace, the blog about all things green. While this is targeted, of course, toward Two Twelve employees, all are welcome. Have suggestions/links/useful info? Contact one of the Green Team members and we'll whip up a post. Here's to keeping the planet a vibrant, viable home for ourselves and future generations!