Precycle, a zero-waste grocery store, opens in Brooklyn

January 10, 2019 by  
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For many of us, a trip to the grocery store results in a ton of waste, thanks to the mountain of plastic bags and food packaging. But some stores are trying to change that by going zero-waste and selling in bulk. Precycle is a zero-waste grocery store in Brooklyn that has opened for business, and it is avoiding all plastic by having its customers buy food from bulk containers. Katerina Bogatireva, the owner of Precycle , is from Latvia, and she said that in her home country,  food waste is not acceptable. Instead, she remembers bringing reusable containers into stores. “Things like that still exist in many countries,” Bogatireva said. Related: The free grocery store fighting food waste and hunger But when she moved to the United States, she quickly assimilated and used the plastic packaging she saw everywhere. Bogatireva said that you forget your values after a while, but as she got older, she started to reflect on her childhood. “I remember looking at my mother-in-law’s trashcan and thinking, ‘this is right,’” explained the store owner. This was when she decided to open her own zero-waste grocery store, but it took years for her dream to become a reality. At Precycle, they offer food from local farmers and distributors, so customers know where their food comes from. The store’s goal is to empower customers with information, so they can reduce their environmental impact. Bogatireva said that she will take it easy on new customers at first by offering paper bags. However, she hopes to encourage people to bring their own bags and would like to see that become the new normal. Bogatireva said that everyone has to make their own choices. Just one person making a change might seem like a “drop in the sea,” but this change has to start somewhere. Actually, it just has to make a comeback. Bogatireva continued by saying that this is an old idea, not something new. + Precycle Via Tree Hugger Image via Shutterstock

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Stress levels of fathers may have big effects on childhood development

August 7, 2016 by  
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It seems like a no-brainer that a child’s development depends on the physical and mental health of both parents. But studies usually focus on the disposition of the mother, not the father—an approach that could be flawed, according to a new study from Michigan State University (MSU) . The MSU study found that a father’s mental health and stress levels might have a bigger effect on the childhood development than previously thought.

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Time-Traveling Photographer Makes An Appearance In Her Own Childhood Memories

January 18, 2014 by  
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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to hang out with your younger self? To hear your childish voice and watch yourself experience certain sites and sounds for the first time. Perhaps issue some warnings about the things and people you should avoid later in life. Although actual time travel isn’t (yet) possible, but photographer Chino Otsuka used her skills to achieve the next best thing: inserting her adult form into iconic images from her childhood. See more pieces from her series ’Imagine Finding Me,’ by following the link below. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: childhood memories , Chino Otsuka , Inhabitots , memory lane , Photography , pictures from childhood , time travel , vacation        

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Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals Increases Risk for Childhood Eczema

June 30, 2012 by  
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Eczema is a type of skin inflammation characterized by itchy rashes that can cause extreme discomfort for both kids and adults. A new study from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public reveals that prenatal exposure to a common household chemical called butylbenzyl phthalate  (BBzP) can increase a child’s risk for developing eczema. The research also points out that all but one of the women in their study showed some level of exposure to the chemical BBzB which is widely used in  vinyl flooring , artificial leather and other materials. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BBzP , butylbenzyl phthalate , chemicals , eczema , green parents , mother , parenting , Pregnant belly , rash , skin disease , skin inflammation

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Artist Mike Kelley’s Last Work ‘Mobile Homestead’ Will Become Community Space for Detroit

June 1, 2012 by  
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‘Mobile Homestead’ is one of the last works by the late artist Mike Kelley , a piece he used as a way to reconnect with his childhood roots. Having grown up in a working-class town on the outskirts of Detroit, Kelley began the project back in 2005, creating a model of a classic ranch-style house similar to his childhood home. Kelley toured the art piece through Detroit and nearby towns as a way to illustrate the dramatic reversal of the city-to-suburbs “white flight” migration. Now, the ‘Mobile Homestead’ will become a permanent feature on a plot behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit where it will be opened up to the public for community use. Read the rest of Artist Mike Kelley’s Last Work ‘Mobile Homestead’ Will Become Community Space for Detroit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community artwork , detroit art , mike kelley , mobile homestead , museum of contemporary artwork detroit , public artwork , sustainable art , white flight

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Elsa Mora Carves Simple Sheets of Paper Into Elaborate Papercut Illustrations

June 1, 2012 by  
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HUMAN Healthy Vending Machines Fight Childhood Obesity by Offering Healthy Snacks

February 27, 2012 by  
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HUMAN is a new breed of vending machine that dispenses local fruits and homemade health foods so that people have access to nutritious snacks even when they’re on the go. In addition to helping us  take better care of our bodies , the machine was designed to be both energy-efficient and low-maintenance. Read the rest of HUMAN Healthy Vending Machines Fight Childhood Obesity by Offering Healthy Snacks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: childhood obesity , eco design , green design , healthy snacks , healthy vending , human healthy vending machine , HUMAN Vending Machine , sustainable design

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Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

February 27, 2012 by  
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How can I reuse or recycle old x-rays?

September 26, 2011 by  
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(I’m still “enjoying” the flu so apologies if I’m even less regular at posting/replying to email than usual and/or more vague/rambling when I do write.) Estelle has sent us an email about x-rays: I have got a pile of x-rays harking back to my childhood. They are those large ones, white on black, which probably contain silver. Nowadays, they just give you them on CDs. What can I do with these x-rays? I want to ditch them. Because of the silver, there are a lot of places that collect old x-rays for recycling – but many are only geared up for large quantities of the stuff (and certainly only start paying for them for very large quantities) from hospitals and the like because the amount of silver in each film is negligible. Does anyone know of any companies/organisations that collect small quantities for recycling? Ideally with local collection points or by post. Aside from that, I’d imagine it would be relatively easy to pass them on for someone to reuse for artistic or craft purposes. (You may want to remove any personal identification marks first.) There are quite a few for sale on eBay (in the Collectables/Scientific section mostly) but if you didn’t want to get into that, you could give them away locally on Freecycle or Gumtree/Craig’s List. Anyone got any specific suggestions for things to make/do with them?

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Thoreau Had The Right Idea

October 29, 2010 by  
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Five blog-years or so after this tree hug began, amidst an increasingly dark political backdrop, the gush of digital media had become almost paralyzing. And so, while Botox-laced pundits spoke over videos of angry-faces, I made my Wilderness Escape to a place where only Chickadees “tweeted” and where “roaming” means hiking. ” Good to go while the going is still good ” I thought – reminiscing about the dread-filled Cold War years of my childhood….

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