Name: Ryan Gray and Erik Zornik
Location: Cambridge, MA (Central Square)
Locavore, worm composting expert and recycling guru, Ryan has a business card that features a cartoon superhero standing on a tidy pile of rubbish. The 1000-square-foot apartment he has shared with Erik for four years is a testament to his green values. Ryan playfully describes their place as a "propagated plant haven meets Kinder Surprise." The space has plants in every corner and tiny toys and figurines lining the doorways and windowsills. "Tiny toys, used or found junk become eye-candy," Ryan says. "I always want MORE stuff, but have learned that small things in larger quantities work, too."
He continues: "We try to get things used as much as possible. This was an indulgent apartment, furniture-wise for us, but we still have a rickety IKEA table that has moved at least six times over ten years and it's our main dining table and hopefully always will be. I like to grab things like railroad spikes and put them next to a fake artichoke and it does its own thing."
In the kitchen, CSA-sourced produce and pickled vegetables line the pantry shelves. "We canned about 100 quarts of stuff and also couldn't make ice cubes for 8 months because the freezer was so full." Ryan adds, "We have a worm composting bin that processes some of our food scraps and a full-blown recycling center that I'm a bit of a tyrant about."