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Wednesday
Sep052012

how it's made: wrap bench

Handmade by a skilled carpenter from
local acacia wood, the construction of each wrap bench includes traditional mortise and tenon joinery—note the round section of wood towards the top of each leg. Criss-crossing metal rods reinforce leg strength—along with the woven jute seat—but the bench is entirely without nails or screws.

Jute, a fast growing plant requiring minimal processing, is one of the most sustainable fibers available—especially in the Bengal state of India where it’s grown extensively.

The loosely twisted ropes are purchased in hanks with big loops—each weighing about
8 kilograms, or 19 lbs.

The hanks are then opened up, dried in the sun—in case moisture is trapped inside—then rolled into smaller, more manageable balls for weaving.

The fiber is first woven width wise—in a loop over loop fashion—covering the side rails almost completely. It’s then passed through the cavities formed by the width-wise looping and looped over the short ends—creating a strong seat and strengthening the frame in the process.

Thursday
May172012

bike to work day, 2012

photo by: miz_ginevra Who: The League of American Bicyclists
What: Bike to Work Day, 2012
When: Friday, May 18, 2011

Why do you ride?

Whether it’s to save money, preserve the environment, or get exercise and enjoy the fresh air of Spring—the month of May is the perfect time to celebrate the continued virtues of riding and to share the experience with others.

This is the official site for National Bike Month so check the events section often to see what ‘bike month’ and ‘bike to work week’ events are going on in your community—tune up and encourage others to get out riding too!

Friday
Mar302012

earth hour, 2012

photos by: nigelhowe

What: Earth Hour, 2012
When: Saturday, March 31, 8:30pm local time in each zone
Where: Around the World

Sponsored by WWF, the World Wildlife Fund asks anyone—individuals, businesses, governments—to turn off all non-essential electric lighting for one hour, in collective support, as a show of concern for our environment.

Last year, 135 countries participated—iconic buildings and historic landmarks, people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe.

All CB2 locations will participate so send photos to our facebook page if you’re in the neighborhood!

Tuesday
Nov292011

sugar & olives

Sugar & Olives is in its third year of serving ‘farm to family’ style, and its tucked away location draws a steady and curious crowd.

The converted factory space sits on a side street in Norwalk, Connecticut, and without a sign or any evidence that it’s a restaurant, it has become a local favorite for private dining, cooking classes and a swanky spot to sit, eat and enjoy some tasty food.

Want to know where your food is from? Just ask and they’ll tell you—or look it up on the iPad menu. Each guest gets one so they can choose their meal, and search for more information as they wish.

Vegetables, fruit, poultry, shellfish, dairy and eggs are gathered from farms within CT, while grains and other items are sourced regionally from the Hudson Valley to Vermont. Sweet and savory as the name Sugar & Olives implies, with a focus on flavor and simplicity, allowing each item to shine.

The sustainable build-out and best practices of this small shop has earned it three stars with the Green Restaurant Association. The efforts to keep a tiny footprint include waste reduction, pre- and post-consumer composting, recycling, a water filtration system with zero plastic water bottles on the premises, and a rain barrel to boot.

Special thanks to jennifer and cristina, store manager west hollywood, for the inside scoop!

Friday
May272011

bike the drive, 2011

photo by: CGAphotoWhat: Bike the Drive
When: Sunday, May 29
Where: Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

One day of every year since 2002, Lake Shore Drive is closed to motor vehicle traffic and open only to cyclists for 30 miles—15 north of downtown, and 15 south—from 5:30 to 9:45am.

Take advantage of the situation and get prepped—and don’t forget registration is required to bike the scenic and historic route.

Bonus? Proceeds from the ride help the Active Transportation Alliance to continue improving bike lanes, walking paths and transit in the region. So besides enjoying the festival in Grant Park, it’s for a good cause.