Eco Living Tidbits of the Week

As usual, here are three interesting articles I found that I wanted to share in regards to news and information on ecoliving.

Road Signs for the 21st Century (Fast Company)

Fast Company asked design firm NewDealDesign to imagine how those blue gas station signs might change as electric vehicles begin to take over the highways.  Their response was a sign concept that could actually be a boon to the economies of small towns across America.  You can read the full article here.

The first change is replacing the current color printed metal signs with the equivalent of a big Kindle on a stick, which would allow the signs to be continuously updated and use so little power they could run on solar power alone.  The sign would display information of local attractions rather than a gasoline or energy icon, and include details on distance and whether or not the attraction was open or closed.

As EV’s will require 20-40 minute stops to recharge versus the 2-3 minutes it currently requires to gas up a car, it makes sense that people will want to use that down time to do and see interesting things, rather than hanging out in the future equivalent of a truck stop.  The team was inspired by the Pixar movie Cars, and it’s story of a small Route 66 town that was brought back to life.  I have to admit, Cars was the first thing that popped into my head as well.  Although that was probably more to do with the fact that as a toddler that was my daughter’s favorite movie and we have conservatively seen that movie about 100 times.

The sign design is an interesting concept and a reminder that we get to rethink our approach to so many daily interactions as we continue to innovate and move forward.

Sustainable Sofas & Mobile Showrooms (House Beautiful)

Maker & Son was founded in the UK in 2018 and expanded into the U.S. in 2021, and is on a mission to create sustainable, comfortable furniture — and they will drive right to your door to sell it to you.  The “Mobile Showroom” was initially devised in the early stages of the company as a way to bring full customer service to any shopper without having to invest in physical storefronts.  Using all natural materials that are sustainably harvested, their goal is to produce the most comfortable pieces of furniture that you have ever sat on.

I don’t know about you, but I”m always open to a new way to furniture shop, as most of the current methods seem needlessly painful.  You can read the full article here.

5 Tips to Create an Eco-Friendly Home – The Purcell Register

For many of us, while we may want to live more sustainably, it can be a little overwhelming figuring out where to start.  This article, which you can read here, gives you some basic starting points and a few solid tips.  While it does not go into much depth on any one aspect, it will hopefully point you in a direction that works for you to begin your journey.

That’s all for this week, but look for a post this weekend on my favorite things to do in San Diego.

The Free Range Viking

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