Mother Nature Does Not Appreciate the Irony
Mother Nature Does Not Appreciate the Irony
I find if funny that our local frozen yogurt place has compostable drinking cups but uses styrofoam for the yogurt.
NASA recently released imagery showing the deforestation of America, in just 34 years.
I’m extremely skeptical of the non-photoshopness of this. As any one who has driven across the United States is aware, there are enormous swaths of virgin forest in this country. I’m pretty sure they have not all been bulldozed in the last 3 decades.
In fact, I’ve read that there are more trees in the United States than there were 100 years ago.
brilliant. absolutely brilliant.
YES, this makes me smile
The bike hearse makes dying greener
A funeral home in Eugene, Oregon goes the extra green mile by offering their customers the option of a bike hearse.
Of course, Oregon.
I WANT MY CORPSE HAULED AWAY IN A BIKE HEARSE
And then after that I want to be composted
“Design studio, Rosenbaum, designed this garden as an inexpensive small space solution for growing herbs and spices… All you need is emptied and cleaned 2-liter PET bottles, scissors, clothesline rope, twine or wire, and two washers per bottle.”
More pictures at Treehugger
This would be a fun project
WILL be making these!!
This is excellent. No better way to be sure of the environmental-friendliness of your household cleaners than to make them yourself!
Energy data startup OPower says that its software and big data tools will be able to help save one terawatt hour worth of energy collectively from U.S. homes by the end of 2012. One terawatt hour (or 1 million megawatt hours) is equivalent to the energy consumed by 100,000 American homes over a year, and is worth a whopping $100 million in savings off of consumer’s utility bills.
Opower is one of the rare startups in the greentech world that hit on a solid software-based idea early on and is now charging ahead and growing at a rapid pace. Founded in 2007, Opower’s smart algorithms collect and crunch utility energy consumption data, analyze it for behavior-changing tidbits, and package the results into a detailed utility bill that can help consumers save around 2 percent on their energy bills. The bills can compare customers to their neighborhoods as a whole (leveraging shame, guilt or the competitive spirit), and recommend tips for saving energy.
Two percent might not sound like a lot, but collectively it’s making a significant dent in U.S. home energy consumption. Already as of April Opower had collectively saved 200 gigawatt hours of energy since it started, which is enough energy to power the Empire State Building for three-and-a-half years or annual energy consumption of the entire country of Cambodia. (Opower has a nifty energy savings ticker on its new website). As of today, the company is about a third of the way to its one terawatt hour by 2012 goal.
The chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed to her and which were ignored as the more than 600,000 signatures. That is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000 indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater investments in energy efficiency.
It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.
Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn designed by Martin Azua made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.
This is a great idea if it works, but I thought human ashes had too much salts and such to be good for plants…
Um, this is not fake science. It is not terribly common in suburbia, but a lot of people use grazing animals to keep their grass in check.
But you probably would not want to hold the sheep’s back legs like that…
Yelo Velo, 100 percent plant-based, biodegradable bike lubricant made from seed oils.
Finding what cleansers are safe for the environment can be a headache.
We assumed that “Simple Green” was, well… “green”, and after reviewing their website you’d think the stuff was safe enough to make cocktails out of.
However, with a little research we learned that Green Clean has at least 8 chemicals of concern, including 2-butoxyethanol. You can download a pdf report on Green Clean from Women’s Voices for the Earth.
You know what? I’m just using baking soda and vinegar from now on. They work great
I would be in favor of these