The Power Of A Purchase

The Power Of A Purchase

If you have ever wondered what the effect of purchasing a product is, one example of a company that actually makes that possible is Given Goods. Each product at their marketplace has been chosen for its reciprocal properties, and the stories of the merchandise is also shared with members. They tell how the purchase of each particular item effects the area where it came from as well as the difference it makes for individuals and their families. They also have programs associated with some products that are meant to benefit various humanitarian efforts. Their interactive community map allows customers to check… read more

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

Bicycles have remained a popular form of transportation for centuries. Before mass production, they were made of available materials. In 1790 the first recorded bicycle design surfaced. It was made of wood and resembled a scooter. Then in 1816 a follow up to the original was constructed by another inventor which featured a steering bar and 2 wheels that were the same size. However, there was still an addition that was needed to propel the bicycle into popularity – pedals. Reportedly an inventor named Kirkpatrick MacMillan came up with the first foot pedal design, but this upgraded version did not… read more

Kids With A Conscience

Kids with a Conscience

While some events and negative news can leave us questioning certain aspects of humanity at times, there are young individuals who bring hope with their positive acts. Some agencies and businesses are making it a point to honor youth who are trying to make a difference. Though they may not always be featured in the daily headlines, it is refreshing to learn about children who are proactive in making their surroundings a better place. Open to U.S. children, the President’s Environmental Youth Award has been in action since 1971. This initiative partners the President with the Environmental Protection Agency to… read more

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Disposable dishes, like paper plates and plastic cups, are big money for their manufacturers, but they are also big on waste. One toss away product that may often be overlooked is drinking straws. Drinking straws became more popular with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, and their designs have subsequently become more readily available for home use. Some of the earliest known indications that people from other eras used drinking straws were found when an artifact from a Sumerian tomb was uncovered that was dated from around 3,000 B.C. According to family based business Simply Straws, 500 million plastic straws are thrown… read more

Our Deteriorating Natural Capital

Natural Capital

Thanks to the industrial revolution, the modern economy has afforded unprecedented material gains for humankind. We live in a wealthy world. But whilst our ability to buy fancy cars and the latest gadgets may temporarily satisfy our egos, the price we now pay is far greater than the crunch on our credit cards. Since the time of Adam Smith (forefather of the industrial revolution), more of the natural world has been destroyed than throughout all previous human history. As Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L.Hunter Lovins highlight in their book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the next industrial revolution (2000): “While industrial… read more

Found Art Finds Its Messenger

Found Art Finds Its Messenger

It is clear when an artist has an attachment to their work, and a driving need to create. What is also clear is when art is born for the sake of itself, and not only produced for profit or show. Isaiah Zagar is a mosaic artist whose talented dynamic is a mainstay for his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania community. Zagar has been making the city more colorful for several decades with his creative, hand placed murals. Over ten years ago he began to place his art, which can also be seen all over the city on murals and building facades, in a set of… read more

9 Storey Building Made From Plastic Bottles

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In mid 2011 in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, there was an unusual building built. The EcoArk Pavilion was built out of 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The nine storey tall structure was built from Polli-bricks. Polli-bricks are a revolutionary building material made from 100% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer. It is translucent, naturally insulated, and durable. The bricks are a 3-D honeycomb of interlocking bottles composed from recycled plastic bottles.  The Polli-brick panel can sustain lateral force up to 1.5 times the worst hurricane recorded without any damage. Polli-brick can be integrated with solar powered LED lights. These embedded solar powered… read more

A Green MBA is Available

A Green MBA

Today’s economy is leading many of us to rethink our future or current careers. An MBA in Sustainable Management seems one of the tools that have been catapulting careers in the right direction lately. A traditional Masters in Business Administration (MBA) usually includes extensive study in areas such as accounting, economics, management, marketing, international business and entrepreneurship. A Green or Sustainable MBA adds in an examination of the economic, environmental, and social impact of business decisions. Most economists agree that green technology is the future of the US economy. Corporations have put profits above all else at the cost of… read more

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Kid Powered Renewable Energy

Empower Playgrounds Inc., or EPI, has an inventive solution to a problem that affects too many children in rural and undeveloped areas. Not having access to electricity and reliable lighting that is necessary for daily tasks provides an enormous challenge that many of us can’t even begin to understand. Lack of electricity can certainly make daily life a struggle, but imagine children who often have to work, study and perform other tasks without any access to lighting after dark. Unsafe lights, like kerosene lamps, are considered a luxury item for many families, even though they pose a great health and… read more

Tainted Turmeric

Tainted Turmeric

Spices can add flavor to dishes, and many are also sources of essential nutrients and can contain healthful properties. What has recently been discovered, however, is making consumers worldwide question the safety of their foods once again. The latest scare among the food supply lies within powdered spices. Turmeric, thought to be imported from Bangladesh, has just been recalled as it was found to contain high levels of lead. Lead can build up in the body and can onset a myriad of health issues, especially in developing children. Levels that measured as high as 48 parts per million were found… read more