sustainability

  • beeswax tapers FAQ.

    As it is with all things sourdough, our humble homemade beeswax taper operation is entirely James’s domain. I’ve long been the wax scrap hoarder and re-melter and tea light pourer and I’ve rolled more…

    December 16, 2020 30 Comments
  • make your own: fabric scrap cat toy.

    Fret not, we have not forgotten the feline friends among us. For anyone with a kitten (or an energetic toddler), these dancing teaser wand toys can be made in minutes from simple materials. They’re…

    December 8, 2020 0 Comments
  • cleaning house.

    This post is sponsored by MightyNest, a company committed to sourcing sustainable products for healthy homes.How are you cleaning house these days? As in, your actual, physical home? With our whole family generally spending…

    October 28, 2020 17 Comments
  • election checklist, week thirteen.

    We have 15 days until the 2020 election in the US. That’s 2 weeks during which I’ll be trying my damnedest to get leaders elected who will move the dial toward equity, inclusion, and…

    October 19, 2020 7 Comments
  • make your own: pinboard.

    Our bags and our boxes are unpacked. Our furniture has been pushed and pulled into place. We’re ostensibly all moved in over here, but the truth is we’re still firmly in the neither here…

    September 23, 2020 12 Comments
  • habit shift: safety razors.

    When I was ten I shaved my legs for the first time. In defiance of the arbitrary mandate from my mother that I was not to do so until the eighth grade, I borrowed…

    July 30, 2020 33 Comments
  • make-believe: family bike ride.

    This weekend I celebrated a very dear friend‘s birthday with a balmy bike ride through Brooklyn. Sweat poured down my back and pooled in the crooks of my elbows but there was a breeze…

    July 20, 2020 11 Comments
  • make-believe: fancy-free.

    Yesterday was my thirty-sixth birthday, which was the perfect time to daydream about a quiet evening spent fancy-free in a city garden. The soundtrack would be all spinning sprinklers and clinking flatware and laughter…

    July 2, 2020 5 Comments
  • tiny garden: tender herbs.

    Neighbors of ours lent us the key to their back garden. Four flights down and half a block over, I make our way down a corridor, across their spotless kitchen, and out the screen…

    June 29, 2020 11 Comments
  • make your own: indoor compost bin.

    We’ve had a cardboard banker’s box full of compost underneath our couch for the past month. A few times a day, or any time we add fresh scraps, we turn the rich dark brown…

    June 22, 2020 50 Comments