Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection has proposed a unique use for recycled smartphones. Just funded on Kickstarter, their campaign seeks to use old phones and turn them into live listening devices for rainforest areas. They take the secondhand phones and turn them into devices that can be used to detect the unlawful poaching activity and logging that occurs in the rainforest. Illegal deforestation and poaching is an issue that contributes to many other problems. Unlawful logging is responsible for reducing rainforest habitats and further endangering some species. The damages extend beyond the rainforest also. As much as 10% of greenhouse… read more

Preventing Desertification

Image of desertification

Desertification is the process in which fertile land slowly turns into sand-filled deserts. It’s happening all around the world, and increasingly so in the United States. It’s a direct result of poor environmental decisions, livestock grazing, and landowner neglect. The good news is that it’s also reversible and preventable. Allan Savory, a research biologist and President/Co-Founder of the Savory Institute, recently gave an inspirational TED talk about healing our land. His background on the subject is impressive, and should give us pause to heed his words. In the 1960’s while working in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), he came to understand what… read more

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

The Hidden Cost of Packaging

Hidden Cost of Packaging

The cost of packaging goes beyond the environmental and economic waste it creates at the end of its useful life. All current packaging materials – whether virgin, recycled, degradable, or synthetic – will create a debt beyond current efforts of environmental management. Tracing back to the origins of materials we splinter off into several directions. Bio-plastics made from corn and other natural resources begin, to an extent, on a plot of industrial farmland, where maximized productivity is a key focus. Crops grown for use in plastics are treated with pesticides, which are harmful to humans and creatures alike. They also… read more

Is It Recyclable?

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Of course recycling is a must, but sometimes it can be a time consuming venture. Drawers become stockpiled with cells, chargers and empty ink cartridges because we aren’t sure what to do with them. Things that don’t go into the regular recycling bin usually are put aside with good intention, but often get forgotten about in the daily bustle. Properly recycling used up or no longer wanted gadgets may take a bit more effort than just tossing them into a bin, but once you figure out what to do with them it can make the next time around easier. Check… read more

Rethinking The Walls

Rethinking The Walls

Walls have more options than to be covered only in coats of paint. Designing a wall space around lifestyle needs can be done to fit any budget. The following are neat ideas that take flat, dull surfaces and bring them to life. One concept design called Kids Interactive fills a wall surface with tiles meant for tactile play and motor skill development. The tiles are easy to care for, plus it brightens up the wall. If you want to try your hand at tiling, check out this tutorial for DIY mosaic tiles. Anything that will adhere to the walls can… read more

Zippers, Art And Exhibitions

Zippers, Art And Exhibitions

Zippers have been around for over 160 years. The idea was first developed by Elias Howe who initially created the zipper in 1851. Howe failed to properly market his design and in 1893 a mechanical engineer, Whitcomb L. Judson, received credit for inventing the zipper. In 1913, the zipper received an update by an electrical engineer named Gideon Sundback, and this revision went on to evolve into the zipper that is more widely used today. Though zippers are mostly thought of in regard to the fashion industry, an installation called Wink Space has turned them into an unbelievable feast for the eyes. Using… read more

Ensure your computer does not become landfill

Donate your computer

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide toss their junk computers in the garbage, perhaps unaware of the incredible damage its battery juice, plastic parts, metal alloys can do to the environment. If you’re considering getting rid of a computer, and are looking for options on how to properly dispose of it, you’ve come to the right place. Instead of throwing away your computer, consider donating it to a local school, thrift store, or someone in need. Each dumped computer represents a wasted opportunity for someone to become educated on the technology available to them in today’s world. If… read more

The Biodiversity Factor

Biodiversity effects

The endless assortment of life on the planet beckons to be awed at. The sheer scope of it is completely unimaginable when you really think about it. So, who actually started counting species, and how is it even possible to keep track? Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, actually began creating the process in 1758 that is used to name revealed species. To date, researchers assess that there are anywhere from 3 to 100 million species on earth with United Nations Environment Programme research pinning the number at 8.7 million, with a give or take factor of approximately 1.3 million. Their… read more

Robust Radishes

Robust Radishes

Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae family that also includes cabbages and mustards. Some research suggests that eating radishes may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer, and radishes are also a source of important nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. Radishes are a great diet food. An entire cup of them sliced provides just 19 calories. They’re commonly eaten raw in salads and sandwiches and with dipping vegetables, but they can be lightly sautéed as well. Radish greens, which are also highly nutritious, can be added to salads or soups or lightly sautéed. Radishes grow… read more