So recently things have blown up with the Yahoo video, but PBS also posted a video. Talking about the motivations, construction and counter-consumer culture trend this video hits the nail on the head. I first found this through Michael over at Tiny House Design and Tammy over at Rowdy Kittens both really good blogs.
I wonder if the Tiny House Movement is gaining traction? Are people rethinking normal, is bigger better?
So I don’t know why, but there is this weird fascination with Airstreams, I think it has to do with the shiny metal and just overall craftsmanship of them. This 1963 Airstream was gutted and turned into a visually dynamic work space. It is technically a studio, but being that it is a blank slate of a shell, it has huge potential for a living space. Plus the construction pictures are cool!
So I walk into work today and a co-worker is watching a documentary on mountain top removal. This is a process were instead of making mine shafts and bringing out the coal, they inject toxic chemicals into the mountain, blow up the top of it and then mine the coal. This has been receiving huge criticisms for several years, but this documentary was really well done and some of the stories are horrific. I think what really hit home for me was when a man is being interviewed and he brings out his entire tray of medicine bottles that he take every day to combat the contaminated water they drink.
As I take a look at things when it comes to consumption and waste, one area that stands out is food packaging. While I am not sure I am ready to give up my toilet paper (even though it is 100% recycled) food packaging is an area that I could do without. Here is a neat concept for a quick deploy bulk food store. You have to bring or purchase reusable containers to get all your items, since it is all in bulk, it stands to reason that it could be done a bit cheaper too.