Eco-Tech Startups To Watch Out For

Eco-Tech Startups

Green technology is a hot topic these days. A lot of new companies are joining the discussion either by reformatting their strategy, or by leaping headfirst into the fray with a bold new plan. It’s difficult to obtain funding for a startup these days, simply because the market is so saturated with them. If you’ve ever been in talks with a Venture Capitalist firm, you know it’s a tough sell. The companies below had their trial-by-fire, and came out of it on top, with eco-conscious products and ideas for us to enjoy. Laurus Energy: This company develops energy through coal… read more

Effect Change Today – World Environment Day

World Environment Day poster

World Environment Day 2013 is here today! Get ready to green up Portland, Oregon, the chosen North American host city, with Mongolia receiving the global host distinguishment. How does W.E.D. differ from Earth Day, or all the other “green” holidays? It’s simple: Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by people of all faiths, races, political backgrounds, etc. It’s a day for humanity to take the time to recognize the fragility of our planet, and create personal vows to make better eco-choices. On the other hand, World Environment Day is a time to be specific about the things we’d like to change. Each… read more

The Arctic Region Breaking Records

Arctic Report Card

According to the Arctic Report Card  of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the Arctic region continued to break records in 2012. None of those records bode well for the future of the region. Loss of summer sea ice, loss of spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet were all recorded. This was true even though air temperatures in the Arctic were unremarkable relative to the last decade, according to a new report released on December 5th. A record-breaking 141 authors from 15 countries contributed to the peer-reviewed report. Major findings of this year’s report include:… read more

Ways With Waste

Ways With Waste

The word ‘recycling’ is a ubiquitous part of our language. It means turning waste into a reusable product or even refurbishing it to reuse again, producing useful things from useless materials. Upcycling takes recycling one step further by using recycled materials to create a product which is even more desirable than the original product itself. It is extremely important to know the difference between these two practices because doing the correct thing will produce beneficial results for both you and the environment. Upcycling actually induces creativity. It requires people to think of creative ways of using old and damaged products and materials and… read more

Oceanic Dead Zones

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Though ocean dead zones often occur naturally, they can also be triggered by human activity. These zones are identified by the reduced levels of oxygen in the water, commonly referred to as hypoxia. There are many factors that combine to create dead zones, but nutrient pollution is the primary cause of those zones created by humans. Excess nutrients that run off land or are piped as wastewater into rivers and coasts can stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and decomposes in the water. The decomposition process consumes oxygen and depletes the supply available to healthy marine life. Fifty… read more

The Shopping Bag Bra!

It's Still Crazy Being Green

In an effort to save money and attract clientele with an environmentally friendly stance, a London nightclub has taken sustainability to the next level. It’s a fascinating concept that produces 60% of the electricity the nightclub needs. They have floors that consist of springs which, when compressed by dancers, produce electrical currents which are stored in batteries. Even on a small scale, innovation for sustainable products continues to inspire. A Canadian has invented a sink called the Zen Garden Sink. It is designed to use the wasted water from hand washing to water a plant that lives in the sink. There is… read more

What is World Environment Day?

Eyes on Mongolia

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It was the first occasion in which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action. It is celebrated on the 5th of June each year and is hosted by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. The aim of World Environment Day is to promote activity at community levels that will foster changes in our behaviour to improve… read more

Eco-Conscious Company Ignores Pleas to Stop Shark Killing

White_shark

MUJI JAPAN, a company that self-proclaims to follow eco-conscious practices, has ignored the outcries of over 54,000 of their customers and petitioners to stop the careless slaughter of sharks for use in shark fin soup, which is sold in the company’s stores. Every year, some 100 million sharks are intentionally killed by humans. A majority of them are killed for their fins, which are often used to make shark fin soup. Although this had lead to a 90 percent-plus decline in many shark species, it is allowed to continue – because somewhere people fancy the novelty killing rare, unseemly flesh… read more

It’s Best to Boycott Bottled Water

Boycott Bottled Water

Bottled water is not a sustainable product. Buying it harms the environment in a number of ways. Fossil fuels are burned and carbon emissions generated in the production, transportation, and disposal or recycling of plastic bottles and other packaging. It takes 3 liters of water to produce a single liter of bottled water. Purchasing bottled water takes control of water resources from the public and turns it over to large private corporations that are less motivated to protect the environment or human health. Although there are some regions where tap water presents health concerns, the nations that are the biggest… read more

Festivals Driving Change

Festivals Raise Awareness

I was recently asked by a local university to write about festivals as a site for the development of social capital (building participation, kinship, participation and leadership within communities). As an environmentalist and aspiring sustainabilitarian, I’m particularly interested to explore the extent to which certain local and international festivals offer opportunities to raise environmental awareness and promote action for sustainability. Without delving too deeply into the associated literature, my initial thoughts are that festivals provide a lucrative context within which to position environmental education programs and social change messaging. I’m not convinced that festivals which refer to themselves as “environmental”… read more