Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

June 5, 2015 by  
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Kaffeeform espresso cups made of coffee grounds are dishwasher safe

June 3, 2015 by  
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Woman accidentally tosses rare Apple I computer worth $200,000

June 2, 2015 by  
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The managers of a recycling center in Silicon Valley are looking for a woman who dropped off an extremely rare early Apple I computer , which turned out to be worth $200,000. Several weeks ago, an unnamed woman donated several boxes of computer parts to a Clean Bay Area recycling center, and the center is hoping to identify her so that she can share in the earnings after the rare computer sold at auction. Read the rest of Woman accidentally tosses rare Apple I computer worth $200,000 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple Computers , apple i computer , first generation apple computer , rare apple computer , recycling , Steve Jobs , steve wozniak

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INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

May 28, 2015 by  
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Try to imagine your life without plastic: it’s in your smartphone, your car, your clothing, your toiletries. All that plastic ends up somewhere, and more and more, that place is the ocean. In fact, every year, 6.4 million tons are dumped into the world’s oceans. Cleaning it up is becoming an overwhelming challenge – to put it into perspective, it would take 67 ships working for 1 year to clean up just 1% of the plastic in just the Northern Pacific. This infographic reveals the depth of the situation and how our plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gyres , infographic , ocean clean up , ocean garbage , ocean garbage patch , Ocean Plastic , pacific garbage patch , plastic gyres , plastic in the ocean , reader submission , trash ocean

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

May 27, 2015 by  
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Yellow is the new green: researchers investigate ‘peecycling’

May 5, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Pee is powerful stuff. It has been used to make false teeth , drinking water , brain cells , electricity , and yes, even whiskey and beer . Talk about a closed system! Urine is also great for growing plants, due to its rich nitrogen and phosphorus content. Researchers at University of Michigan are investigating best practices for application of urine as fertilizer on a large scale. In order for urine to be applied to crops safely, the team aims to identify pathogens and determine ways in which they may be eliminated. “A few questions we have are: What contaminants are applied onto the fields with the fertilizer, where do they go, and how can we get rid of the concerning contaminants before they are applied?” says Rebecca Lahr, one of the researchers in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at University of Michigan. The mass disposal of liquid waste down the drain is not only a missed opportunity for sustainable agriculture, it is damaging to the environment. Algae also love nitrogen and phosphorus and the resulting algal blooms often cause mass marine mortality events and shellfish poisoning. By implementing peecycling on a large scale, we will gain a powerful agricultural tool while eliminating a major source of water pollution. Via Treehugger  and University of Michigan Engineering Image via Michigan Engineering Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative uses for urine , collecting urine , human urine , Pee Power , Peecycling , University of Michigan Engineering , urine , urine agriculture , urine and plants , urine fertilizer

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The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

April 29, 2015 by  
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Many people call themselves (and are) urban homesteaders, but together, these two are actually The Urban Homesteader . A web-based series hosted by real life couple Harv and Caroline, The Urban Homesteader , seeks to connect city dwellers with information that was once handed down through the generations, such as keeping chickens and preserving jam. The pair put a charming spin on learning bit by bit how to turn their small home in Oakland, California, into a bona fide modern homestead. Read the rest of The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard gardens , chicken coops , how to garden , how to homestead , how to keep chickens , learning about homesteading , learning about sustainability , sustainable home , sustainable lifestyle , sustainable living , the urban homesteader , urban homesteading

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Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

April 22, 2015 by  
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Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about this important eco-holiday . Read the rest of Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: #earthdayfacts , clean air act , earth day , Earth Day 2015 , Earth Day facts , Earth Day information , environmental protection agency , Peace Bell Ceremony , reader submissions , Vangel

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The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

April 9, 2015 by  
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O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

March 19, 2015 by  
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