Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Green jeans?

Make: Levi’s Eco
Model: Skinny 511
Size: 32x32
Color: Eco Blue Flame
Part: 18511
MSRP: $69.50
Paid: $36.48
Made in: Hong Kong

Date purchased: 10/29/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: When I bought my first pair of Levi's 514's I quickly became a Levi's convert. I fell in love with this all-American brand that had been trampled by a wave of expensive designer denim. The two pair I have are doing fine, but they are starting to show some wear and tear. I decided to add another pair to my wardrobe cycle to slow the deterioration from wearing and washing them. My friend Eric works at the Levi's store, so I decided to pay him a visit. He was generous enough to hook me up with his discount—which happened to be 50% off this week. He convinced me to slim down to a pair of 511's and came across the new Levi's Eco line of denim.

The style I bought are made with 20% recycled cotton (which I'm sure is canceled out by its trip from the factory in Hong Kong), while the other styles are 100% organic cotton. Although the 20% recycled content seems a little greenwashed, I don't know what kind of manufacturing restraints exist with using recycled cotton—so it may be the best they can do at this point. But they fit great, look great, and cost much less than Paper, Seven, or nudies.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bathroom reading

Title: The Big Necessity
Author: Rose George
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Date Published: 2008
Printed: USA
ISBN: 0-8050-8271-9
List: $26.00
Paid: $0.00

Date 10/15/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: Since I got back from my trip, I have been spending time in multiple places, and all of the tags, packaging, etc. that I need to post items I bought for my trip are in one of the places I haven't been too recently. So I decided to forge ahead with what I have bought recently and just back post when I get the chance.

This was another free book. My father works for a media outlet, and publishers continually send new books to them in hopes that they will get reviewed and plugged. He recently found out that the mail room had just been throwing them out, so he began saving them. I was looking through the stack of books recently and this one really stood out. It's a fascinating look at the world's sanitation. This book covers everything from the 6000 miles of sewer under NYC, to the toilet technology in Japan, and the fact that health related deaths—caused by poor sanitation—are higher than that of AIDS among children in third world countries. I am absolutely enthralled by this book despite it's "taboo" topic.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm back in the States and behind on posts.

I'm sorry it's been so long. Everything wrapped up so quick in Chicago that I didn't take the time to keep up with posts. I purchased a number of things that I needed for my trip to Africa, some of it I left there and I even had a pair of sunglasses stolen (imagine my luck). At this point I'm kind of a pro at having things taken, so it upset my host much more than myself.

The trip was amazing, eye-opening, heart-breaking, humbling, and life-changing—just to be brief. I want to thank everyone who supported this trip, which I have dreamt about for years. I am already looking forward to going back in the future. I have made many friends there, who I already miss dearly. I have much I could say about the trip, but for now I'll let my photos do the talking. Stay tuned for more updates and back posts on all the gear I purchased for my journey.

>>My photos from Kenya