We love how enthusiastic communities everywhere get about Earth Day, after all we should be celebrating this wonderful planet we call home. But the truth is that as society gets more educated about living sustainably and consuming mindfully, we’re spending every day doing more to keep Earth beautiful. That’s 365 days of Earth Day! The Krrb team is joining in by highlighting new products, trends and ideas that make eco-friendly living the norm.
Furniture with a Small Carbon Footprint
Being a part of the Krrb community, buying pre-owned is the way to go when it comes to furniture and home decor. It’s better for the planet and easier on your wallet. But if you need to buy new, look for items that are handmade, locally-sourced and sustainable. That’s exactly what Platonics Wiref furniture series plans to do. Completely hand-crafted with natural bio-degradable materials from local artisans in Greece, their furniture pieces have a very small carbon footprint. However make no mistake, the Platonics Wiref furniture series are high-quality pieces that are created to last a long time. Their modular design, consisting of a bookcase, a drawer and a doormate, can be re-worked as your needs change. Plus they ship flat-packed which means less packaging waste and shipping costs. This Earth Day, support this new experimental brand that is unifying environmental protections with industrial design. —Mateo
The Zero Waste Lifestyle Trend
Having interviewed Bea Johnson on heirloom guilt, I got a peek at her zero waste lifestyle that includes composting hair and nail clipping and refilling wine bottles at a local winery. This mission to reduce personal consumption and waste is growing among younger demographics who can made everyday changes without drastically changing their lives. Recently News.com in Australia featured a number of bloggers who have managed to minimize their lifestyle while not moving off the grid. I’m excited by the increase of individuals vocalizing how they’re accomplishing a zero waste lifestyle in realistic environments. From chefs to families to young professionals, it’s inspiring to see a more attainable way of achieving the zero waste lifestyle. —Vee
The Edible Alternative to Plastic Utensils
It’s no secret: I’m an eater. And as an avid fan of take-out, I’ve probably amassed a small heap of plastic cutlery that have ultimately ended up in the trash. That’s why I love this initiative: edible utensils made from sorghum flour. They’re vegan, organic, kosher, don’t degrade in liquids (perfect for hot soups and ice cream), and biodegrade if you don’t feel like eating them. The inventors can make “100 sorghum based spoons with the energy it takes to produce 1 plastic utensil,” which will make a huge impact on the environment. The Kickstarter campaign has already made 11x it’s original goal, and could be a tasty solution to global waste. —Lauren
The Uroboro Composting System by Marco Balsinha
We get it, you don’t want a big eyesore in your otherwise perfectly curated space, but you’re in luck because there are now some chic ways to get in the composting game! The Portuguese designer, Marco Balsinha, crafted the “Uroboro” which is a composting system modeled after the shape of a tree. The structure is made up of four interlocking terracotta bins, plants, earthworms which act as a mini eco-system to help with the process of compositing. The based is then topped with a plant which gets lower and lowers as the process of composting is occurring. In the end the Uroboro looks like a trendy plant stand, but in reality it is so much more! I’m probably not the best person to explain the scientific process (no disrespect to my 8th grade Earth science teacher), so you should definitely head over to Treehugger and read all about how the project completely functions. —Chrissy
How are you celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd?