Eco-Friendly Gingerbread House [stupid]
For serious? Really? Is this actually a thing? Green architect Michelle Kaufman honestly suggests that, since it is the holiday season and all, we make eco-friendly gingerbread houses.
Aside from being a fun and delicious holiday activity, this project is an excellent way to teach kids about the ideas of sustainability and green living. It’s never too early to begin teaching children to show concern for our environment and to train them how to respect and protect it through everyday actions. This time of year is such a fun and exciting one for children; what better way to engage them in greening then by integrating it into your family’s holiday traditions.
Besides being — let's face it — a completely un-festive and butt-ugly gingerbread house, the plans contain some real gems:
"Imagine that the walls of your gingerSolaire are just like the walls of the Smart Home: very well insulated to keep heat in during the winter and cool air in during the summer. This means less wasted energy."
"Pretend your sprinkle-covered landscaping is xeriscaping like the Smart Home’s is, which means it requires very little water. We used native plants because they are adapted to the local climate and so usually use less water."
It also insists that pretty much every ingredient be organic (duh) and specifically calls for "organic, cage-free eggs."
For some reason this stirs up so much ire in me. But maybe not in you? If you want to be the douchey yupster that sucks the joy out of Christmas and forces their kids to build an eco-friendly gingerbread house, plans are here [pdf].