Surprise On Trash Day

Surprise On Trash Day

What if you awoke on trash collection day to find that the normally littered about garbage bags were gone and had been replaced with more colorful versions? This is what happened in New York one unsuspecting morning in 2008. It wasn’t a crazy mix up at the garbage bag production factory, but it was actually a living art installation to bring attention to waste. Called the TRASH Project, artist Adrian Kondratowicz thought of the interactive, functional art display that involved the help of the surrounding community. He had specialty TRASH Project bags made that were composed of biodegradable plastic and with the assistance… read more

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

Earth is a Solar Powered Juke Box – Gordon Hempton Capturing the sounds of nature, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has been recording wildlife noises for decades. Referred to as the Soundtracker, Hempton has traveled the globe in order to catch glimpses of nature sounds that may otherwise go unheard. Getting an exclusive sound in the outdoor elements is just another day at the office for this audio adventurer. Sometimes placing himself in dangerous positions to collect the noises or the naturally quiet, his live nature recordings are done using customized equipment with tried and tested methods. For instance, placing sandpaper over… read more

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphates have been a major ingredient in cleaning items for some time, and their use has been scrutinized and forbidden in some cleaners. It comes from many sources, like runoff from rain, agricultural and water system industries and from using cleansers that contain phosphates, and all of this adds to the accumulation in water supplies. Phosphates have been used in many cleaners like dishwashing and laundry detergents. They reportedly can make soaps work better by assisting in dirt and grease removal, helping to prevent spots and keeping dirt particles from attaching to surfaces. Though they are helpful for cleaning, in… read more

10 Most Influential Eco Bloggers

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It’s no secret that the internet is more than saturated with blogs of all topics, varying quality, consistency, and importance. Still, most of us have a few favorites we enjoy following and gaining some value from. We at Blacklemag believe strongly in the topic of environmentalism, and as such, would like to present a list of 10 eco bloggers we feel are definitely worth checking out. Michael d’Estries www.huffingtonpost.com   Michael is one of the first true Green bloggers back when platforms such as WordPress and Blogger were just beginning to take off in popularity. His blog Groovy Green was… read more

New Insect Diet That May Reduce Pesticide Use

New Insect Diet That May Reduce Pesticide Use

Agriculture may have a new best friend. And a seemingly unlikely one – insects. Resorting to dousing fields with pesticides to control infestations may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers have been working to find a way to wean off of chemical crop control by integrating more natural means to kill pests that are harmful to harvest yields. And it sounds like they may have found an alternative. By introducing a man-made diet to specific insect populations, they are able to facilitate the eaters to mass produce in huge numbers. Then they can be released into fields where they feed… read more

Flash Mob Flashback

Flash Mob Flashback

The flash mob craze can be credited to an experiment put in motion by Bill Wasik in 2003. After the first few spontaneous demonstrations, people and companies became hooked, as flash mobs were an innovative way to spread the word about any relevant, or even irrelevant, idea. The majority of flash mobs were meant to be lighthearted, fun, and of course, unexpected and out of place. Smart mobs are a heightened form of public demonstration, and often try to bring light to important issues or controversial subjects. Marketing Green offers a brief review of the flash mob strategy and its technique… read more

The Miracle Of Life

The Miracle of Life

Nature is a powerful creative force. You’d be hard-pressed to identify any invention greater than the miraculous creation of all life on the planet! Yet in promoting (and conserving) biodiversity, are our priorities the same as those that nature itself might identify if given the opportunity and voice? The term “biodiversity” basically refers to the enormous variety of life on Earth. It is the totality of life-forms, plants and animals and micro-organisms alike. As environmental educators sharing knowledge about biodiversity, we need to communicate the value(s) of biodiversity in its own right. We also need to understand and communicate how different… read more

BLACKFISH Causes Waves Of Scrutiny For SeaWorld

BLACKFISH Causes Waves Of Scrutiny For SeaWorld

If you have ever been to SeaWorld or are thinking about it, you may want to read on. BLACKFISH is a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival about SeaWorld, and it indicates the detriment to captive orca whales, and unfortunately, their trainers. In 2010, SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida was the home of a horrific tragedy. Tilikum, an orca whale, killed experienced trainer Dawn Brancheau. BLACKFISH is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who has researched killer whales held in captivity for 40 years. Culminating in this eye-opening documentary, BLACKFISH tries to bring to light Brancheau’s work as a skilled trainer, and her… read more

Blue Zones, What’s Their Secret?

Blue Zones, What’s Their Secret?

There are certain regions in the world where people tend to live longer, be healthier and report greater life satisfaction. For almost 10 years Dan Buettner has been examining these places, and trying to understand what advantages or environmental differences exist in them. In collaboration with National Geographic, experts in their fields and researchers who specialize in long life spans, they have looked into these sections of the world and their inhabitants. In order to find the top zones, the team investigated 3 global databases involving factors of well-being. Looking at a 95% representative sample of the total world population,… read more

Pollution Awareness Campaigns Through Art

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Along similar lines of our EPA Photo Contest article, we’ve compiled a list of beautiful photographs, paintings, etc that depict a strong (and sometimes subtle) stance against pollution.   An artist depicts rising levels of smog encompassing the land. The visuals presented by this picture are pretty straightforward. We’re heading towards a future in which our children inherit a broken world. This is a picture of ash waste dumped in water ways. It’s beautiful and terrifying at the same time. This is a smartly shot photograph of a small child “putting the lid” on a nuclear reactor. Clever girl. Looking… read more