- 7:22 pm - Thu, Apr 4, 2013
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Cup of tea, anyone?
Some 3,000 tea bags (yes, you read that right!) make up this installation at Rolling Greens, a “home and garden destination” in Los Angeles. (Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: Los Angeles, I’m Yours, which features additional photos.)
See also: Quilt made from steeped tea bags.
How would you describe this example of repurposing? Beautiful? Or not your cup of tea?
- 5:23 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
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Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean.
Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated 7,500 stores. Councilman Bernard Parks cast the lone no vote.
"Let’s get the message to Sacramento that it’s time to go statewide," said Councilman Ed Reyes, who has focused on efforts to revitalize the Los Angeles River.
Read the rest: LATimes
Previous bag-ban coverage here.
- 12:17 pm - Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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Reclaimed bus yard begins life as a park and urban wetland
It took three years and more than $26 million to turn an old MTA bus yard in South Los Angeles into what it is today: a sprawling [nine-acre] park and urban wetland that will store and clean millions of gallons of storm water — while also giving children a place to play.
Residents say it is a welcome addition to a neighborhood that is sorely in need of green space.
City officials say decades of lax zoning practices have left many of the area’s residential streets blighted with warehouses, mechanic shops and scrap yards. The new park replaces one of those industrial islands with a novel feat of urban landscape design.
Unlike most parks, which feature green lawns and picnic tables, this one is composed of walking paths, native plants and several kidney-shaped pools filled with storm water. Naturally occurring bacteria clean pollutants from the water, which eventually feeds into a storm drain.
- 8:04 pm - Thu, Sep 8, 2011
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Hoping to reduce the billions of grocery bags circulating throughout the city, an L.A. councilman Tuesday called for a sweeping ban on single-use paper and plastic bags.
By including paper bags in the ban, the proposal goes beyond similar measures taken recently by other California cities and counties. Although L.A. County, Santa Monica and other municipalities have banned plastic bags in recent years, most have allowed stores to sell paper ones for a small fee.
"With paper bags, you’re still generating litter," said Councilman Paul Koretz, who introduced the motion proposing the ban. "We’re taking the next step."
Environmentalists celebrated the news and said they hoped that it would push Sacramento lawmakers to enact a statewide ban.
Under the L.A. proposal, stores would be permitted to give away or sell only reusable tote bags, or risk a fine. An exemption would be made for small plastic bags meant to keep raw vegetables and meats separated from other groceries to prevent cross-contamination.
The City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee will decide whether to move forward with the proposed ban.
Related: Earlier Unconsumption posts on other plastic-ban ordinances.
- 2:11 pm - Mon, Jun 27, 2011
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Palletecture — pallets repurposed as building material
We’ve seen wooden pallets repurposed for many uses. Reuse as furniture and shelving seems to be more common than use for architectural applications — palletecture, as many of us like to call it — though we’ve seen a variety of examples of that.
Here’s another palletecture example (via Designwatcher) to add to the list:
Salvaged pallets help to filter light into bedding-maker Matteo’s outlet in Los Angeles. Inside the store, pallet wood lines the walls and is used as display fixtures. (Click on the photo above to see an interior shot of the store.)
What do you think? Are you a fan of the rustic look?
- 4:45 pm - Sat, Jan 15, 2011
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Jolino Beserra is a master mosaic artist. David Edward Byrd created posters for Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead and the Woodstock music festival. Together they recently finished turning a jumble of broken ceramics, found objects and personal treasures into a mosaic of a home that’s at once beautiful and entertaining. A collection of 1930s and ’40s salt and pepper shakers is embedded in the fireplace. Monkeys hear, see and speak no evil from the kitchen backsplash. Ceramic fish fly out of an outdoor shower.
Click through to see R. Daniel Foster’s 15-image photo gallery. (via Home Tour: L.A. artists and their mosaic madness | L.A. at Home | Los Angeles Times)
- 7:18 pm - Tue, Nov 16, 2010
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Los Angeles County’s ordinance, which goes into effect next year, will require grocery and convenience stores to charge 10 cents for each paper bag, giving consumers even greater incentive to use reusable cloth bags. While the single-use bag ban doesn’t apply to 88 cities within the county, including Los Angeles, it will affect unincorporated areas where an estimated 1.1 million residents live. Proponents hope the county’s move will spur other cities to adopt similar measures.