Give Recycled Cardboard A New Look

Give Recycled Cardboard And Paper A New Look

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 30 million tons of cardboard was generated from businesses in the U.S. in 2012. Of this amount, 91% was recycled that same year. Paper Recycles reported that there was a drop in the amount of recycled corrugated cardboard in 2013, seeing only 88.5% recovered in the U.S. last year. The EPA stated that corrugated cardboard is among the easiest material to recycle. Steve Wintercroft of Wintercroft Masks has come up with a fun way to reuse cardboard. He has designed a collection of do it yourself, printable masks that are intended… read more

EPA Receives Protests Over Plant Labeling – and Listens


If you’ve been keeping up with current news concerning the staggering rate of bee die-offs (or viewed Blackle’s recent post on the matter), you’ll be well aware the detrimental impact of insecticides on the global bee population. In addition to the decline of bee populations, this month’s coverage of insecticide-treated “bee friendly” plants from Home Depot and other garden centers has invoked powerful responses from environmentalists and concerned consumers alike. The insecticides used on these plants were neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides proven as harmful to pollinators and the food supply. After months of neglecting to respond to public concern,… read more

Documerica: An EPA Photo Project


The ‘State of The Environment Photo Project’, created by the EPA as a way for citizen photographers to join in the efforts to clean up the world, is open for submissions. Any images taken in between Earth Day 2011 and the end of 2013 will be considered for the project. Photos included in the project will be part of a traveling display of environmental images, or may end up on display at the National Archives Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery in Washington, D.C. Whether your pictures depict good or bad parts of the environment, anything you deem relevant to the environmentalist… read more

Bee Population Reaches A Record Loss


Over the duration of the 20th century, 50 percent of wild bee species were lost in the U.S. Just this last winter, honey-beekeepers reported an average bee die-off of 50 percent, which is the highest the die-off rate has been in the last forty years. Of all the foods we eat, at least 75 percent rely on the pollination of bees, including blueberries, almonds, and coffee (which is already under ecological strain). This furthermore threatens the existence of  animal species whose diets are comprised solely on berries, nuts, and other pollination dependent fruit and seeds. According to the USDA ,… read more

EPA Could Save Arctic

EPA Could Save Arctic

As the threat of climate change becomes an actuality and the polar ice caps begin to melt, the search for a viable solution to curb and combat global warming has intensified. The biggest obstacle, and there are many, to discerning legitimate strategies has been the national government of the particular area that is under scrutiny. In the United States, the federal government, specifically Congress, has been a thorn in the side of environmental advocacy groups. As expected, the inaction on domestic efforts to combat climate change has continued toward foreign efforts, especially in the Arctic Circle, which has been the subject… read more

Fiat’s Electric Car


There aren’t very many luxury vehicles that have made the switch to electric, but Italian carmaker Fiat is changing that trend. The Fiat 500e Electric Car just received a 116 MPGe rating from the EPA. This makes it one of the few quality electric vehicles on the market. The Fiat vehicle also beats out many of the smaller electric vehicles in its class with regards to its EPA rating. With its 122 MPGe city, 108 MPGe highway, and a combined 116 MPGe energy output, the 500e has big plans to compete with the bigger names, such as Nissan and Chevy…. read more

Surprise from the EPA

Surprise from the EPA

In recent memory, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been more disappointing than gratifying in the eyes of environmental advocates. Oil and gas extraction has been a thorn in the side of the EPA. The organization has had to balance environmental concerns with economic woes. The Obama administration has not made it easier on the EPA since it has been equally unwilling to take a real stand supporting or opposing the dangerous methods of extraction. Yes, the Obama administration has maintained and prolonged the status quo of oil and gas extraction, development, and use; and yes, the EPA is subject… read more