I've always been a fan of industrial furnishings, like this vintage peg leg cart, but use too much of them and your home starts to look like a factory. The Wisteria Aluminum Side Table ($165) has an urban, industrial edge, but its polished aluminum makes it a bit more contemporary, and appropriate for my oh-so-avant-garde digs. I think pairing it with natural materials, like the stones here, can even make it work in a more traditional interior. And, its light-reflecting finish will make any space seem larger. What do you think?
We love it when a tried and true brand does the lifestyle route and ups the anté on their packaging, particularly when it means a change at some of our favorite restaurants and hotels. Coca Cola, the only brand of carbonated sugar water we drink, recently designed new aluminum bottles that are appearing exclusively in New York's top restaurants, hotels and nightclubs including The Modern, Four Seasons, Michael Jordan's Steak House, Hotel Plaza Athenee, St. Regis, Mandarin Oriental, Strip House, Golden Pear in the Hamptons Peconic Beverage Center in Southampton and Peconic Beverage Center in Southampton
The bottles keep your Coke as cold as can be and should you leave your bottle unfinished they are both portable and re-seable. If you are looking to give your liver a break this bottle makes being a teetoller look pretty good. It has hunky polo player Nacho Figueras' seal of approval.
And what with the price of drinks this could be a real pocket book saver if you want a night out but feel silly without something stylish in your hands. Or for the more devious, with its resealable top you can pour in your own rum for a perfect rum and coke and sneak your way into a cheap drink. But you didn't hear that from us. Nor did we suggest that with a cleaning it would make a great flask in its second life.
What started off as a traditional side table is suddenly delightfully modern thanks to the material it's been cast in. Instead of hardwood, the table's been rendered in hand-cast aluminum. I love the contrast between the table's traditional shape and its high-tech aluminum. Do you?
This Solid Aluminum Work Desk ($1,450) was used by the US military in the 1950s. But I doubt many of you are interested in furnishing military offices. An unusual furnishing, the surface facing the desk has a row of four hooks and 20 clips, and several small cubby holes to store odds and ends, which I would assume were used in some sort of ultra-efficient military organization system. It also has three drawers with shiny red handles. Personally, I don't think I'd get much work done staring at a big shiny aluminum wall (I prefer a window, thank you), but I do like the industrial look of it.
This desk might come in handy in other areas of the home, though. I'd love to use it in the kitchen as a cutting board surface, storing utensils in the drawers, and clipping recipes to the backsplash and hanging my tea towels on the hooks. Or, I might use it to add personality and function to my hallway, hanging my hats on the hooks, clipping reminder notes for myself there, setting my shoes on the lower shelf, and stashing bills in the drawers. How about you? How would you use this desk in your home? Would you use it in the office? In the kitchen? Foyer? Would you paint it or leave it as is? Would you leave the casters on? Would use it in your garden work shed or some other area? Tell me by commenting below!
Atelier Tekuto, a Tokyo-based architecture firm, has developed a prefab aluminum house "with walls that act as both structure and thermal radiators." It pumps geothermal heat throughout the aluminum structure, and is powered by a wind turbine and photovoltaics, a solar power technology. The hollow aluminum components, which allow hot and cold water pipes and electrical cables to be channeled through the walls, are currently being built in a factory. The house is due to be constructed later this year. Learn more at Dezeen.
Taking care of yourself, watching what you eat and exercising, you might be a little more sensitive about what you put on your body. While the myth that aluminum in deodorant causes breast cancer has been debunked, you might not feel comfortable with using antiperspirants that contain aluminum since they actually prevent you from sweating.
The aluminum in antiperspirants is drawn into the cells of your dermis (the middle layer of your skin), and it squeezes your sweat gland ducts closed, trapping sweat, preventing you from perspiring. It is not the sweat that creates odor, but the bacteria on your skin and the sweat combined. There are some important days when I can't avoid antiperspirants, but other days I like to just use deodorant. It seems more natural.
I have tried many aluminum-free deodorants and here are some that I have liked.
Is there an aluminum free deodorant out there that you like? Let me know in the comment section below.
Before opening canned beans, meats, fruits, or veggies have you ever thought about the top of the can? Just close your eyes and try to picture the life of the can in your hand. It went from factory to truck to store, and was probably touched by at least 3 different people before making it to the shelf. I don't even want to think about how many customers picked up that same can too. Maybe the can dropped on the floor and a kid picked his nose and then put it back on the shelf.
As if that isn't gross enough, who knows how long that can has been sitting there, just collecting dust and germs. And when you go to open the can, the top always slides into the food, so all that nasty junk becomes part of your dinner.
Here's an idea. Always wash and wipe off the top of your can before you open it. You'll have piece of mind knowing you got rid of all the dirt, and your food will be spared bits of dust and bacteria.
The same goes for soda cans and pet food. They can get just as grimy.
In the past, I only used deodorants that were aluminum-free, because I heard, like many of you probably have, that the aluminum and other chemicals can seep into your skin and cause breast cancer - that clogging your pores prevents toxins from escaping, so they stay in your body.
This is not true.
The FDA has squashed this myth, quoting the National Cancer Institute (NCI), saying that "no existing scientific or medical evidence links the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants to the subsequent development of breast cancer."
The American Cancer Society (ACS) agrees. They say that sweat glands are not connected to the lymph nodes. Most cancer-causing substances are removed by your kidneys, and released through urine by the liver, and also when you poop. The lymph nodes don't release toxins through sweating.
Well there you have it. Antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer. Go ahead and buy any deodorant or antiperspirant your little heart desires.