Making Eco-Minded Music

Eco-Minded Music

A lot of aspects of living are becoming more environmentally focused. One area, though, that may not be as publicized for doing so is the music industry. An original study done in the UK found that around 540,000 tons of greenhouse gasses are released annually from the music trade. When investigating the various sectors involved in bringing music to the masses the analysis found that 43% of this was from viewer travel, 26% was caused from recording and publishing and 23% occurred as the byproduct of live shows. Along with these statistics, the Huffington Post offers 9 captions of example… read more

What is The EarthBench Movement?

The Earthbench

Some of the most effective movements stem from a simple concept. The EarthBench is no exception. Using empty plastic bottles and soft, inorganic trash, waste is used as a building material for community gathering spaces. The EarthBench is part of the “Peace on Earthbench Movement” (POEM), a non-profit organization conceived by Brennan Blazer Bird, an ecological educator from the San Francisco Bay area. To make an EarthBench, discarded plastic bottles are filled as snug as possible with soft trash, including plastic bags and fast food wrappers, using a stick to compress each layer of trash firmly towards the bottom. Once… read more

Plastic Bag Solutions

Recycling plastic bags

Plastic bags, as horrible for the environment as they are, seem to still be everywhere. Many grocery and retail stores continue to use them, and even though they may get recycled once you bring them home they can also seem to multiply around the house. Efforts to keep them from ending up as part of the landscape are key, but if you have a hand for crafting there are also plentiful cool projects to do with surplus plastic bags. CraftingaGreenWorld has 10 splendid plastic bag conversions. Unexpected things like placemats, beads and even crinkle toys can be created using plastic… read more

Cola Cares For Bears

Copyrights of Coca Cola

One of the many gorgeous images that adorn our TV screens at Christmas time are the polar bears from Coca Cola’s Arctic Home commercials. Many people will think this is just a branding exercise to encourage consumers to buy their soda, however the relationship goes much deeper. The Coca-Cola Company’s love for the polar bear goes back decades. Polar bears were first introduced in the company’s print advertising in 1922 and today they remain one of its most lovable icons. Since 2007, Coca-Cola has supported World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Arctic research and conservation efforts. As part of this initiative, Coca-Cola has created Arctic… read more

The President’s Challenge

President's Eco Challenge

In his inauguration speech, President Obama made a few comments on climate change. Environmentalists excitedly thought the time had finally arrived when climate change would be addressed in a meaningful way. President Obama has made comments about the climate and environment since his inauguration speech, but the result is the same. Three weeks after President Obama pledged to focus on the climate but offered no specific second-term plans, also noting political hurdles to legislation, Former Vice President Al Gore called on President Obama to make climate change a higher priority in his second term. An easy scapegoat for the Obama administration… read more

Ways Around Waste

Ways Around Waste

In the midst of last year’s drought some crops, such as wheat, have been unaffected. Others, however, have not faired so well. There has been a 13 percent decrease in corn harvested and 12 percent decrease in soybeans harvested compared to those harvested in 2011. Yet many developed countries continue to take food for granted. Nearly one third of all food produced gets thrown away each year. By eating smarter and preserving food we can cut down on the depletion of resources. Fill your plate with roughly half of what you think you’ll eat first. Chances are you aren’t as… read more

Ethically Manufactured Gadgets

Ethical Electronics

With huge global demand for electronic gadgets especially mobile phones, the need for the minerals to build these electronic devices has sky-rocketed. But have we really considered where and how these minerals are produced? A report last year in Business Week uncovered how tin, a vital element in the production of our favorite gadgets, is mined under horrendous conditions for the workers. The article brought to light an horrific story which has been ignored up to now in the headlong rush to acquire the latest mobile technology. Not just tin, but many other component minerals are mined in Indonesia, where mining is a hazardous… read more

Farms in the City

Farm in the city, Holland

It is very exciting to report on three new and inventive ways to produce and sell food on the retail scene. These promise to utilize modern sustainable agriculture techniques to make good food available to the local masses. All encompass the theme that healthy food should not have to go on a massive mile journey to get to the table. These fresh food concepts are friendly for the environment as well as the surrounding shoppers. Located in the East End of London, FARM:shop is just what its name says. This farm inside a shop aims to make fresh food accessible to the neighboring city… read more

Waste Management Issues

Sewer problems in Africa

Most rural areas in Swaziland are underdeveloped such that sewer pipes and infrastructure are not accessible to many residents. The consequence is that many communities use pit latrines. Using a pit latrine is less than pleasant because they cannot be flushed and they have a life span which means a new pit must be dug after a couple of years. The lack of proper sewer infrastructure poses numerous environmental problems for rural communities. Firstly, rural communities develop in close proximity to water sources for purposes of farming and subsistence, which means latrines are close to water sources. Secondly, to avoid… read more

Fight Against Pipeline

Fight Against Keystone Pipeline

Last fall, President Obama delayed the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project. A project that would transport carbon-intensive crude tar sands from Canadian strip mines to refineries in Texas. Environmental groups strongly supported the delay, and are now finding themselves forced to band together again to encourage the president to stop the pipeline altogether in his second term. However, these environmental groups may have found a new ally in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and it comes as a slight surprise. Zogby Analytics, a polling group, just conducted a survey showing very strong support for renewable energy… read more