The top ten posts of the week, from warm bottoms to hot cars
Our About Page says that TreeHugger is "dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream" and "Partial to a modern aesthetic." So it's really gratifying as editor to see that our most popular posts are indeed about design (if a bit retro this week), going zero waste, and about green transportation. Not a single one that makes you ask "Why is this on TreeHugger?" Well, maybe one.
Top Slideshow: Visions from the past of suburban lives in the future sure looked lonelyCharles Schridde for Motorola/Promo image
In the early sixties, Motorola marketed their color TVs with these visions of future living, drawn by Charles Schridde. They are the American dream writ very large: Exurban, nobody around but the loving couple who tend to spend their time dancing to the sounds of their Motorola.
10. It's time to let go of the excessive baby gadgets© Mimo
I cannot believe that my children were not traumatized by having to survive cold baby-wipes. I am a negligent dad for not having purchased a wipe-warmer.
9. Sailboat-inspired prefab treehouse villa hangs from the trees© Farrow Partnership Architects
It's a prefab treehouse of engineered wood. The only thing that could make it better is if it came in a shipping container.
8. In Soviet Russia, the plastic house occupies youEnglish Russia/via
Mr. Peabody says "hop into the WABAC machine, Sherman, and let's watch the Russkies build the house of the future!"
7. Stair of the week combines desk, storage and alternating treads in one dramatic sculptural form© Studio Mieke Meijer
I will just repeat a comment here that summarizes the response every time I show a stair of the week:
This is an accident waiting to happen. How stupid can you get? Has the architect never heard of anyone over 20? or with a disability, or arthritis or vertigo, or balance problems ? Has the architect no concept of how short a child's legs are? If you need to save space - get a little corner lift. What happens when they need to move furniture up or downstairs?
6. Brazil's new food guidelines prioritize the wellbeing of citizens over that of corporations© Guia Alimentar para a População brasileira
No pyramids here, just a really sensible set of guidelines that emphasize the broader picture of dietary wellbeing and stress the importance of a “slow food” culture and eating meals prepared at home in good company. No doubt in America the restaurant association would go nuts.
5. 5 steps toward going 'zero waste' in the kitchenRoss Catrow/CC BY 2.0
That image says it all, the refillable jars. If you’re looking to go zero waste, or at least ‘minimal waste’, the kitchen is a great place to start. Here is a list of the most useful tips Katherine has encountered.
4. Paris bans 50% of cars from the roads — guess whyDamián Bakarcic/CC BY 2.0
The photo looks more like Beijing than it does Paris, formerly known as the City of Light. So to reduce pollution they are adapting a system used in China, where depending on whether your plate ends with an odd or even number, you are allowed into the city.
Except, as Zach noted in a follow-up post, it doesn't actually work at reducing pollution.
3. 5 steps toward going 'zero waste’ in the bathroomHelmuts Guigo/CC BY 2.0
One wag in comments suggested that the only way to really go to zero waste in the bathroom is to stop going to the bathroom, that it is all about waste. He has a point, if you view poop as waste instead of useful stuff we are flushing away. Another noted that one of the greatest sources of waste in the bathroom is water, but that's a whole other post.
2. A lot of cities could use a Trampe Cyclocable© Trampe
It's like a ski lift for bikes; a cable tow to get you up the tough hills. Everyone loves it in Trondheim, Norway and use it year round; there are many cities with hills that discourage the average commuter cyclist or older rider, and this would be a great thing for them.
1. Would you buy an 84 mpg car for $6,800?© Elio Motors
Boasting 84 mpg on the highway, two seats (in a front, back configuration), an anticipated 5 star crash safety rating, and a price tag of $6,800, the Elio is technically a motorcycle, but it is really designed to get people out of their cars.
And judging by the popularity of this post, a lot of people are looking for this kind of thing.