For the man who has everything, and / or likes pain!
I bought this “Sputnik” hand cranked shaving machine at a flea-market in Russia many years ago. Love the estetics of it, but when it comes to practicality I would place it down there with monkey polish (if monkey polish exists). I’ve actually tried this little monster (once), and it felt exactly like pulling out my facial hairs one by one with a pair of tweezers, only faster. Not something I would normally recommend. :)
But big points for being environmentally friendly, as all you need to make it run is a pair of hands. And courage.
And the estetics of the device itself and of the packaging is also well worth the investment. It must be from the fifties or perhaps sixties and the name is probably from the Russian Sputnic Space program, but not necceccarily, as “Sputnik” can literally mean”co-traveler”, “traveling companion” as well as “satellite”.
After witnessing the devastation caused by a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994. From 1973 until 1990, he also spent 17 years voluntarily silent. During this time he earned a Ph.D. in land management and traveled extensively, walking across the entire width of the lower 48 states of the USA as well as walking to South America.
I heartily recommend this book to everyone who loves our earth, and who loves building communities.
I bought mine as a Kindle edition from the Amazon bookstore, and read it on my iPhone.
PS: There is one thing that bothers me about Johns story, something I would like to ask him if I get the chance. When he gives in and starts riding in cars again it is because he realizes that he will be a more effective communicator of his environmentally friendly ideas if he uses motorized transportation. But that is the same argument the rest of the world uses for riding in cars, it makes us more effective in what we need to achieve. But that doesn’t mean it’s good for the environment.
I’ve started stripping this room in preparation for making a new bathroom.
I pulled out every single nail I could find and used a powerful magnet to collect them all on a wonderful little nail-ball. Harcore recycling going on, but also to prevent kids and animals to step on them when I put the planks outside. I also did it to make it safe for my kids to “help” me. I want them to take as much part as possible, but a teardown involves many small dangers for tiny people. On this project my two sons age four and five helped tear down panels and cupboards, beating the crap out of everything I pointed to. Great fun! And after removing all the nails my oldest son Noah helped me throw it all out the windows.
Linklove: This photo was favorited by the National Wildlife Foundation on Flickr.
How-to transform a boring cardboard box into something cute, beautiful and worth taking care of instead of throwing away, with very little work. This is a good little project to do with your kids.
I recently found about 40 meters of electrical cables in the trash at work. It’s threaded with 4-7 strands of solid core wire which I needed for a DIY project (to be revealed soon), and I ended up with quite alot of white plastic tubing that I really didn’t want to throw out.
So I simply cut them up into beads, and mixed them into our little art supply box.
If life deals you an excess of electrical cables…
… then upcycle them into lemonade! No, beads! These are telephone wires I believe.
Cut with a sharp knife, as smooth and straight as possible
Just takes a few seconds
Mixed in with storebought plastic beads
My kids seem to never tire of making necklaces. I’m looking forward to seeing them incorporate some free, upcycled, environmentally friendly beads as well.
The people behind the Fun Theory (www.rolighetsteorin.se) believe that the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do.