We're being upfront and honest and admitting that the archival posts A Glimpse of What We've Lost: 10 Extinct Animals in Photos and This is what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice by TreeHugger emeriti Mat McDermott and Chris Tackett stole the show for January. But here are The top ten posts of January written within the month of January by writers who in the month of January in the employ of TreeHugger.com.
10. 12 uses for coconut oil on your body and around the house
I couldn't help but think of Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner on SNL: It's a floor wax! No, It's a dessert topping!
9. MEKA reinvents shipping container housing
Did I say "stories written in January"? I lied. I wrote this on December 30, but what with New Years, nobody looked at it until January, so I am sneaking it in here. It's not shipping container housing, but what I call housing containers, "modules of houses that are built to shipping container dimensions to take advantage of the shipping container infrastructure, without most of the problems that actually arise from working with shipping containers."
8. Frogs singing in Malaysian swamp at dusk judged to be 'most beautiful sound in the world'
Another case where I couldn't read the title of Mike's post and not think of that great Looney Tunes cartoon about the singing frog. Irving Berlin's Hello My Baby certainly wasn't the most beautiful song in the world but I now cannot get it out of my head.
7. The Tiny Project: "Less house! More Life!"
A very cute and well-presented Tiny Home by Alek Lisefski. These things are becoming so popular that they are passing each other on the highway.
6. Japanese granny's embroidered spheres show nature's pattern language
From radiolaria to each unique snowflake, pattern is the language of nature. Human-made artifacts expressing these natural occurrences can be riveting, like this collection of embroidered spheres made by an 88-year-old Japanese grandmother, who started crafting these in her sixties.
5. Skinny micro-housing designs lets you live between buildings
A clever urban infill concept to "occupy the residual spaces between buildings, yet remain lit with natural daylighting and looking surprisingly spacious."
4. "Why bother knitting a scarf?"
Indeed, why? You can buy one at H&M for ten bucks. It is hardly economical. Katherine explains.
3. Student designed 70 sq. ft. living pod can be towed with regular car (Video)
Designed and constructed by sixteen students, the OTIS (which stands for Optimal Traveling Independent Space) is an aerodynamic, pod-shaped design, made to be towed on a standard 5 by 8 foot trailer and a four-cylinder vehicle. It has its own rainwater collection system that feeds into the indoor plumbing, in addition to the 120-watt solar panel system to provide electricity. To handle human waste, the OTIS uses a composting toilet.
2. Why it's a good idea to stop eating shrimp
Because they are a health and ecological nightmare, devastating mangroves, hoovering up everything in the trawler's path, and a few other disgusting reasons.
1. Divers meet extremely playful wild seals off the coast of England, film the whole adventure
A marine biologist wrote us and said "This is a really bad idea", but it doesn't look that way on video. Mike says "s a fun one that is sure to put you in a good mood" and our readers certainly thought so.