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One more time

I organized my recycling today…which inspired me to review images I have featured on The Egg.

Do any of them deserve another life, another look?

Oh, yeah.

Happy Sunday everybody.


If a tree falls

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, What’s next for you we should discuss.

You grace our homes with twinkle lights,  Then hug the curb — that’s just not right.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Plus, my dog pees on you.

A lot.

Lovely litter

I’ve often heard people say Manhattan is a ‘filthy city,’ but I just don’t see it.

Maybe that’s because Justin Gignac is selling all our garbage.

Justin is an artist based in Soho.  When a colleague poo-poo’ed the importance of package design, Justin took it as a professional challenge.  He grabbed the one thing no one would ever want to buy and packaged it in such a way that they would.

Garbage of New York City was born.

It’s real trash from the streets of Manhattan, although Justin swears it’s odor-free. Each cube is dated and signed by the artist.

His first cube came from Times Square, where I’m sure you can collect some seriously gross garbage, iffin you’re of a mind.

He’s also made special edition cubes — at equally special prices — for such righteous refuse as Obama’s Inauguration and the Yankees Victory Parade.

Who would buy garbage, you ask?  Some 1,300 folks from over 29 different countries to date.  And really, isn’t it a far more artistic way to recycle than rinsing out milk cartons?

So, during your next family vacation or theatre weekend in New York City, be better than souvenir t-shirts or a miniature Statue of Liberty.  Demand clear cubes of certified New York City waste products — your friends will love ’em!

And my neighborhood will stay minty fresh…

Boxing day

It was the head bonk heard ’round the world.

I was in the first grade.  Thor*, a boy in my class, hit me in the arm…hard.  So I hit him back. In the head.

With my red plaid metal lunch box.

He ran home and cried to his mother.  She called my mom — damn small towns — and said, “Thor only hit Carla because he likes her.”

And that’s when I learned what a hit in the arm really means.

Love pats like that got metal lunch boxes banned in the 1970’s.  But they’re making a comeback today, thanks to some clever local green initiatives.

On Earth Day, Lulu’s Noodle Shop in Kansas City introduced a pinto pail program for to-go orders.  (Pinto pails are stackable metal lunch boxes used in Thailand.)

For customers who agree to a one-time $30 fee (to cover the cost of the pinto, which is shipped from Thailand), meals are packed and delivered in the pail, which keeps food hot for about an hour.  Customers must then return the pinto — washed, rinsed and dried — in exchange for their next order which will be delivered in another pail.

The press release from Lulu’s encourages guests to participate and “cut down on landfill waste of traditional packaging, thus saving the Earth one meal at a time.”

Looks like it could do some damage, too.  Watch out, Thor.  I know where you live.

* Name changed to protect the guilty

My kind of tree

New York City.  It’s one of the greenest cities in America.

So…why isn’t our Christmas tree?

Look at Sydney.

For three years running, Australia’s largest city has displayed a recycled holiday tree in The Rocks shopping district.  Their “Tree-Cycle” is constructed out of 100 bicycles that were destined for the recycling center. Instead, the bike frames were painted green and the tires multi-color hues to mimic lights.  Then they were hinged together into a 23-foot tall tree.

It took some eight weeks to build, but I think you’ll agree — the final product is magnificent.  (Last year, Sydney’s recycled tree was made of  bottles; in 2008, it was chairs.)

Go Sydney.

Cities stateside are also beating NYC to the green tree punch.  Santa Monica and Emeryville, California both have ‘shopping cart trees’ designed by artist Anthony Schmitt.  And Stratford, Connecticut is working on a tree constructed of old oil tanks and industrial products.

The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is seen by thousands of people from all around the world each year.  Think of the green message it could send — both at home and abroad — that would be heard long after the tree comes down and the ice skaters have gone home.

Rockefeller Center, whadda ya say?

New York City, are you in?