Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Stickers on fruit and vegetables – can you decipher their codes?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

“Those stickers on fruits and veggies tell you quite a bit!
4 numbers mean they were conventionally grown.
5 numbers starting with number 8 means they are genetically modified (GMO).
5 numbers starting with 9 means they were organically grown.”

Saw this on Facebook thanks to Holly.

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Berber rugs from the Beni Ouarain region

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The impulse in Berber rug-making to both interrupt and also loosely maintain a pattern seems unique in traditional textiles. If not unique, then it’s hard to name a tradition that equals Berber mastery of this particular tension. In Berber carpets, especially those produced in the Beni Ouarain region, this semi-controlled disorder is said to function as a talisman against evil and as a promoter of  fertility.

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Bioéthique – certified in France but founded in my neighbourhood

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This is one of those “these are the people in my neighbourhood” things. I first met Claudine and Kieran when they were fighting to save the little historic Heatley Building on Vancouver’s infamous Hastings Street, near to where we all live. They won, saving not only the building but also housing for many long-time residents.

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Wood and paper lamps from Japan

Friday, September 11th, 2009

“Our lighting is hand-built in Japan from natural materials, including the hand-made paper (washi) of Eriko Horiki, the bent Japanese cedar of Toshiyuki Tani’s Wappa series, the coiled beech wood of the Bunaco Lacquer Ware Company, and the todomatsu pine slats of Takumi Kohgei. The lights are designed by Japanese architects and artisans who strive to create distinctive contemporary designs utilizing traditional materials and production techniques…Typically these lights provide ambient rather than functional lighting, creating that special mood or atmosphere which is best achieved through the use of soft natural materials.”  Japanese lamps sold and distributed in North America by Vancouver company Kozai Designs.

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Nanopod in nanotopia

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I have one of these white heart pendant necklaces, and easily a hundred people have asked me about it. It’s by Toronto jeweller Tosca Teran, whose studio is alternately known as Nanotopia and Nanopod. Teran’s pieces, most of which look like a naturalist’s specimens, are classified according to her own funny hybrid proto-scientific taxonomy, viz.

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“Raw blonde”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Supposedly raw blonde is a trend for 2009. I think that might be me, based on this definition. Warm but austere and at this point pretty pale.

This room somehow manages to be both sensual and monastic at the same time, so perhaps it represents the perfect refuge for a recession.

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