Improve Your Junk Mail Karma

September 1, 2017

Is your mailbox (your real mailbox, not the one on your laptop) inundated with catalogs you flip through for a minute and then toss? Coupon books? Fliers? Credit card offers? I don’t have to tell you a lot of that discarded paper ends up in a landfill. I also don’t have to tell you that you probably don’t have the time to contact each of these companies to cancel your subscriptions. While there are some web sites like DMA Choice and CatalogChoice¬†that give you contact information for catalog companies the information is not always complete and usually requires some leg work on your part.

PaperKarma is an app that makes unsubscribing from unwanted catalogs pretty painless. Once you have set up your profile, which takes about a minute, you take a picture with your phone of the logo or address of the company whose catalog you want to give the heave-ho, upload the image, and hit unsubscribe me. You get four unsubscribe requests for free but you do have to pay to keep using the app after that. A month of unlimited unsubscribes is $1.99 and a year’s worth is $19.99.

Download for iOS here

Download for Android here

'Fresh Morning' Recycled Paper Dangle Earrings

‘Fresh Morning’
Recycled Paper Dangle Earrings

I’ve been wanting for a while to do a post about recycled things that are attractive. So many recycled products are not very pretty and, although we may want to buy them to support companies or artists who use recycled products we don’t buy them because we don’t actually like them.

So, here are some products made with recycled materials that, at least in the eye of this beholder, are esthetically pleasing.

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Purple Clematis

I planted this Clematis to wrap around the iron fence in our front yard when we were living in Brooklyn. This week it is my Weekly Photo Challenge entry.

Urban Gardens posted about this very portable greenhouse on their site a few days ago and I thought it was so great I just had to post about it on my blog.

This amazing greenhouse was designed by Studio Besau-Marguerre in Hamburg in collaboration with Adrien Petrucci. It comes with a leather strap, which, aside from being fashionable, is also practical as you can move this small greenhouse inside or out as weather permits.

Find A Place To Compost

April 4, 2012

A picture of compost soil

A picture of compost soil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have stuff to compost but no actual place to compost? Go to FindAComposter.com, enter your location and compost centers will magically appear on your computer screen.

As for keeping the stuff to compost until you get to the compost site you have a couple of options. As we don’t have much counter or under the sink space I put it in a plastic bag in the freezer. But if you have a bigger kitchen there are all kinds of small, kitchen top and under the counter compost pails with charcoal and other kinds of filters that work well.

On Urban Gardens I saw a post about Farrah Sit‘s wonderful hanging planters.

What struck me about these planters is not only their beauty but their dedication to craftsmanship. The planters are made from hand sanded porcelain, the straps are vegetable tan leather, a type pf leather that is strong and smooth, and connected to the planters with a solid brass screw.

Because the planters don’t have drainage holes I suggest filling the bottoms with a few inches of gravel and planting with something that doesn’t mind having slightly damp roots. Mint is a plant that comes to mind. It is very easy to grow, smells great and you can cook with it. Iris versicolor¬† is another as are various kinds of Wood Sorrel (Oxalis), which is pictured below.

Oxalis acetosella : Oxalis petite oseille, Gy,...

Oxalis acetosella : Oxalis petite oseille, Gy, avril 2004, licence GFDL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like these planters you should look at Farrah’s other designs at her web site.

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