Eco Challenge 2013

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The Northwest Earth Institute  issued a 2-week eco challenge for anyone interested in participating. From October 15-30, the institute challenges you to change one habit for the earth. The topics include: 1. Water Conservation 2. Energy Efficiency 3. Sustainable Food Options 4. Alternative Transportation 5. Trash Reduction Basically, you choose one of the following, create a plan to change your habit, share your challenge with friends and family, and inspire others to follow suit. The important part is being held accountable for your decisions during that two-week period, which is why the institute helps you connect with other challengers, for… read more

TRASHED: An Environmental Documentary

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Trashed, an eco-documentary by Jeremy Irons, debuted last year to critical acclaim. It also won the Earth Grand Prix Special Award. Check out the awesome trailer below, and purchase the film on iTunes or rent it here. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.  

Green Festivals Merge Economics with the Environment

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Green Festival is an annual, multi-city event in the U.S. promoting sustainable products and innovation. In addition to public demonstrations, the festivals feature eco-friendly merchants, ethical cuisine, and live music from around the world. By merging the merits of sustainability with economics, Green Festivals help instigate the cooperation of corporate investors to conduct business responsibly, in addition to backing companies that adhere to sustainable methods of operation. This support is crucial if we wish to secure the funding needed to incubate future innovations. These innovations will enable us to improve upon our actions as a whole, as it will take a change… read more

“Bee Safe” Plants Found to Contain Harmful Insecticides

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Despite the efforts of home gardeners to grow plants in a manner that is safe for bee,  many gardeners are actually filling their yards with deadly insecticides. Bee die-off rates have reached staggering proportions within recent years. Last winter, beekeepers reported a loss of 40-90% of their bees. There are a few known causes contributing to this death toll, from commercial insecticide use to Colony Collapse disorder, a phenomenon discovered in France in the 1990’s, in which the adult bees mysteriously abandon the hive, leaving even their queens behind. Now it seems some of the problem is coming from the… read more

Ten Facts About Petroleum You Probably Don’t Know

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For the past century, we have used oil almost exclusively to power our planes, trains, and automobiles, but there are quite a few random uses for the viscous substance that will surprise you. 1. It’s used to make plastic bags Oil is used to make plastics, and more specifically, the small sandwich bags you carry to work with you. The oil used to make just one such plastic bag could power an automobile for 11 meters. Think about that for a second. 2. It’s a chemical in fertilizer Yes, the same fertilizer you use for gardening likely contains oil in it. And quick spoiler… read more

Indoor Pets Better for Environment?

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Though they plead for you to do otherwise, with the incessant pawing at the doors and longing glares out the windows, it is best to keep your pets inside. Not only is it safer for your four-legged companions, but is actually better ecologically. Annually, cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year, as concluded from a study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. They kill even more mammals, tallying up a head count of 6.9 to 20.7 billion. All of which is made possible by outdoor access. These findings are not exclusive to feral cats. For every week a… read more

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

5 Reasons Why it is Better to Invest Locally

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The rise of corporate chain stores has had a profound effect on society. Rather than walking a couple blocks to a familiar shop, we drive miles to reach stand-alone super-centers inaccessible by foot. And instead of paying a fair price on items of lasting value, we invest in items of poor quality, impulsively giving ourselves over to supposed “sales” and “discounts”, which merely cost us in the long run. Despite the clutter of chain stores, there remains a future for independent business, and investing in small businesses in your town or city reaps many benefits for yourself and your community…. read more

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