Re-Use and Re-Cycle

Recycling Household Items

While recycling things like plastic bottles and aluminum cans may seem like no-brainers, other products may be more complicated to correctly dispose of. Empty cosmetic containers, appliances, electronics and chemicals for instance, may take some researching in order to properly recycle them. Empty makeup containers that are made of things like glass, metal and plastics can usually be recycled at local facilities. Mail-in-programs are available through some cosmetic companies, and many other eco-friendly manufacturers are offering recycling incentives or services for their products and packaging. Once the makeup is gone, you can also see if there is something the container… read more

The Bioneers

The Bioneers

Hatched in 1990, the idea of the Bioneers, a word that was introduced by Kenny Ausubel, began to spring into action. Bioneers as defined, seek to uphold biological and cultural diversity, and take a more natural approach to the scientific and medicinal fields. Also biomimicry, or going back to nature as the model for problem solving, is the school of thought. Bioneers include a group of earth aware, educated individuals demanding change and examining new and justifiable ways of arriving at solutions. Initially, Bioneer efforts were interested in native cultural and bio-diversification, sustainable farming and conservation. Bioremediation, or naturally dealing with… read more

Getting Schooled on Climate Change

Getting Schooled on Climate Change

Global warming – is it or isn’t it? That seems to be the question a lot lately. Researchers have been following a 1600 year old ice formation and have been documenting its downgrading. It has taken only 25 years for this massive landmark to melt. According to scientists, the effects of global warming have played the major role in melting the massive glacial structure in the Andes, the Quelccaya Ice Cap. Remarkably, researchers acquired and studied samples of the ice structure’s core. They were able to inspect plant life as well as unearth discoveries about the climate spanning almost the… read more

Reuse Old News

Reuse Old News

Are your old newspapers piling up? Before tossing them in the recycle bin, consider the many ways you can reuse newspaper first. Around your house, your garden, and even at school, newspaper can serve a new purpose. In your garden, newspapers can serve as biodegradable planters. Using a bottle as your guide cut a straight line down the center of a sheet of newspaper. Wrap the paper around the bottle and fold excess paper toward the bottom of the bottle. Next remove the paper from the bottle, keeping the bottom of the paper intact. Flatten the bottom with your fingers… read more

Guess How Much Food The U.S. Wastes Each Year?

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Given how many American families do not have enough food on their tables each night, the statistics of how much food wastage there is each year in the U.S. is quite shocking.

Pervasive Pine Trees

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Pine trees are a common fixture in the natural landscape, thriving in countries as varied as Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, Bermuda, and Argentina. Pines are actually native to the northern hemisphere, specifically in North America and Eurasia, but due to the intentional planting of pines in foreign regions for industrial and commercial purposes, they can now be found in a majority of the southern hemisphere. They adapt quite well, even in tropical climates and soils of poor quality.  The problem with this is pines are quick to colonize in these foreign lands, and are prohibiting the growth of native plants that… read more

What is Earth Day?

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The observance of Earth Day began in the U.S. in 1970 as a way for individuals to gather in response to the growing interest in a national environmental movement. Escalating concerns for ecological awareness in both the personal and political arenas were amplified by many during this time. A bit of history from The Old Farmer’s Almanac recounted that proactive John McConnell from California and Gaylord Nelson, then Senator of Wisconsin, both opened the gates for exchange in their local areas. They initiated people to gather together in order to demonstrate their unity over environmental issues. The spring equinox on… read more

BYO Coffee Cup

BYO Coffee Cup

Starbucks has introduced a new plastic reusable cup that they are selling for only one dollar. It seems to be a hit among the Starbucks customers out there. It pays for itself quickly with the 10 cent discount Starbucks offers to people who bring their own cup. Customers also do not have to worry about losing or misplacing the cup since it is only one dollar. Starbucks put its eco-friendly idea to work in 600 Pacific Northwest stores starting in October. In November, Starbucks saw a 26% increase in the usage of reusable cups compared to November of the previous… read more

5 Major Facts About Pollution

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Pollution is a troublesome subject. We all know it’s bad for the earth, bad for our lungs, and does terrible things to rivers, ponds, and lakes where illegal dumping is commonplace. However, if quizzed on your knowledge of smog and the like, would you be able to hold a proper discussion? Do you even know why it’s bad? Blackle Mag presents a list of pollution facts below, the kind that hopefully will keep you up at night wondering how you can be of help in finding a solution. And if not keeping you up at night, perhaps giving you second… read more

The Great Arctic Cyclone

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The Great Arctic Cyclone roared out of Siberia last August alerting storm watchers something unusual was taking place. While similar storms are quite common in the Arctic the most powerful of them tend to come in the winter. A study published by Geophysical Research Letters, looking at no fewer than 19,625 Arctic storms, concluded that the Great Cyclone was the most extreme summer storm. It was the 13th most powerful storm since modern satellite observations began in 1979. On August 2nd, 2012 a dramatic storm formed over Siberia, moved into the Arctic, and died in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on… read more