Score this upcycled convertible Freitag backpack ($340) for free in our fall giveaway

October 13, 2016 by  
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Looking for the perfect all-in-one bag to carry around town? Freitag’s ultra-versatile “R123 Woolf” convertible carryall ($340) made out of upcycled vintage truck tarpaulin is just what you’ve been searching for, and you can score it for free in our fall giveaway. Follow this link to enter! ENTER HERE >

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Impossible Foods cruelty-free burger added to more West Coast restaurant menus

October 13, 2016 by  
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Critics of vegetarian meat substitutes often say they are ‘nothing like that real thing,’ but Impossible Foods’ new lab-grown burger patty seeks to silence the complaints for good. The California-based company  assembled a team of scientists to create a cruelty-free burger patty made entirely from plant-based ingredients, but unlike any veggie burger before it, the Impossible Foods burger smells, bleeds, and apparently tastes just like beef from a cow. After wildly satisfying diners in taste tests, this next-gen veggie burger is taking on the West Coast by making its way onto the menus of three upscale restaurants. Impossible Foods announced Wednesday that its new burger will grace the menus of Jardinière and Cockscomb in San Francisco and Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles, and the company expects it will appear in more restaurants by year’s end. Prices will range from $14-$19 and it’s safe to assume a side or two will be included. What’s important to note is that, unlike most companies producing vegetarian meat substitutes (or “meat analogs”), Impossible Foods isn’t actually targeting vegan and vegetarian diners. Rather, the company is focused on people who currently prefer beef, in an effort to reduce meat consumption. Related: Impossible Foods launches meatless burger that cooks, smells, and bleeds like beef The Impossible burger debuted earlier this summer in San Francisco at Jardinière and in New York at David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi . Until now, those were the only places you could get a taste of the cruelty-free burger patty, which is composed entirely of plant-based ingredients. This isn’t something you can whip up in your home kitchen, however. The Impossible Foods burger is a product of pure science. Coconut oil, potato compounds, and even honeydew melon molecules work together with other components to mimic a real beef patty in just about every way. Impossible Foods was founded by Patrick Brown, who also helped create Kite Hill, an artisanal vegan cheese company that produces a wide array of plant-based products that rival ‘he real thing. No stranger to cruelty-free comfort food substitutes, Brown has made it clear that his ultimate mission is to save animals, by making vegan food items so delicious that nobody has an excuse to continue eating meat and dairy products. Via CNET Images via Impossible Foods

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National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings

October 13, 2016 by  
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Imagine a future where a building’s energy comes from its windows . Many scientists have worked towards that future in the lab, but now five scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have demonstrated solar window technology can indeed be scaled up. Instead of palm-sized models, they created solar windows large enough to power entire buildings. “Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs)” are a key component of the team’s solar windows,” according to a statement from the National Laboratory. LSCs can collect sunlight over large areas, and function as ” light-management devices .” They collect sunshine via colloidal quantum dots , which have beneficial properties such as the ability to withstand light hitting them over and over. Colloidal quantum dots have a “high photostability,” which means sunlight won’t break them down. Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics Fluorophores in the LSCs also help the windows do their job. After light is collected, the chemical compounds re-emit photons. Photovoltaic cells can then collect the photons after they are guided towards the cells via “total internal reflection.” The team used a “doctor-blade” technique to create the LSC windows. This technique is often used in printing to remove excess ink and leave behind a uniform film. The scientists drew on the printing technique to add a thin, uniform layer of a “dot/polymer composite” on large glass slabs that could be put into buildings. Lead scientist Victor Klimov said the solar windows could “turn presently passive building facades into power generation units.” As detailed in their research published online by Nature Energy this week, the scientists hope the use of LSCs could reduce solar power costs. Their solar windows likely wouldn’t need as many ” expensive photovoltaic materials ” as other solar modules. They also noted solar windows would be incredibly beneficial for urban spaces, where there may not be as much room for solar panels. + Los Alamos National Laboratory Images via Los Alamos National Laboratory and Wikimedia Commons

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Pair of Vegan Rubber Rain Boots by Kamik (Worth $65!)

March 2, 2012 by  
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Be ready for those April showers next month with these stylish, equestrian-inspired rainboots by  Kamik . They sell for $65 but they can be yours for free if you enter our giveaway on Ecouterre ! Aside from being durable and chic, these boots are made in Canada from vegan-friendly, PVC-free synthetic rubber and each pair is 100 percent recyclable through Kamik’s  take-back program . See all the other colors you can win here . ENTER NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , eco friendly shoes , eco-fashion , eco-fashion contests , eco-fashion giveaways , eco-friendly rain boots , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Kamik , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable rain boots , sustainable shoes , sustainable style , vegan accessories , vegan fashion , vegan shoes

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The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

March 2, 2012 by  
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Researchers at Columbia University released a report yesterday detailing their discovery that human-generated emissions are causing the world’s oceans to acidify faster than they have in the past 300 million years (a period that includes four extinction cycles). The oceans naturally act as a carbon sponge – the water soaks up CO2, turns it into carbonic acid, and then fossils carbonate shells on the ocean floor to neutralize it. However, the researchers found that recently, because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the oceans have been absorbing carbon too quickly and the fossils on the ocean floor have not been able to neutralize it. The over abundance of carbon in the oceans has led to a drastic acidification process that is depriving ocean organisms of carbonate ions that they need to survive. Read the rest of The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon dioxide emissions , carbon dioxide levels , Columbia University , ocean acidification , ocean acidification levels , ocean carbon levels , ocean carbon sponge , ocean life , ocean organisms , ocean organisms extinction

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Fair-Trade Fedora From The Andean Collection (Worth $68!)

July 31, 2011 by  
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Pick up any fashion magazine and you’ll quickly realize that Summer and Fall’s prized accessory is the hat. So to help one lucky person turn up their sustainable style this season and the next, we’ve teamed up with  The Andean Collection to give away a lovely new  Lola hat from their latest collection. Made by fair-trade artisans in rural Ecuador, the this funky fedora comes in three sizes (feather optional) and is available in a dazzling array of neutral and jewel-toned hues. Want one to call you own? Enter to win ahead! ENTER TO WIN HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , eco-fashion giveaways , eco-friendly hats , Ethical Fashion , fair trade accessories , fair trade clothing , fair-trade fashion , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable hats , sustainable style , The Andean Collection

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7 Eco-Bikinis to Spend a Summer in Sustainable Style

July 31, 2011 by  
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If you’re still on the hunt for a swimsuit to turn into a second skin this summer, then jump ahead for our seven stylin’ picks sure to make a splash. Sexy, sustainable and suited for all body-types, it’s not too late to show off your bikini bod beach or poolside! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best bikinis , best swimsuits , eco bikinis , eco friendly bikini , eco swimsuits , eco-fashion , green swimsuits , green swimwear , sustainable bikini , sustainable swimwear

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City Playgrounds Deemed Too Safe Because of Dumbed Down Designs

July 31, 2011 by  
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Here’s something we thought we’d never hear: Playgrounds are being deemed  too safe. In a recent article posted by Shine , experts are contending that the designs of  modern playgrounds are being homogenized and dumbed down in the name of safety. “We’re now at a point where every playground is pretty much the same. And they’re boring. They’re not challenging,” says playground expert Alex Gilliam. So do today’s playgrounds pale in comparison to those of your youth? Share your thoughts with us after the jump. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best playgrounds , boring playgrounds , Design for Kids , green design for kids , green kids , kids safety , playground architecture , playground design , safe playground design

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Shopping Spree From Hessnatur by Eviana Hartman (Worth $400!)

February 19, 2011 by  
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If you’re still feeling the ice-cold pangs of the weary winter, then it’s time to perk up because we’ve got a little something that may actually get you wishing Old Man Winter would extend his stay. This week we’ve teamed up with  Eviana Hartman of Hessnatur to give one lucky reader his or her pick of two of their favorite pieces from Eviana’s eco-conscious collection (worth up to $400).

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