Google is celebrating Earth Day with a new addition to its interactive app

April 22, 2019 by  
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In an effort to create an entertaining, easy way to learn about eco-friendly living, Google paired up with the California Academy of Sciences and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to create Your Plan, Your Planet for Earth Day. Using interactive quizzes, tips and visual aids, Your Plan, Your Planet gives users a concise set of messages that will help anyone understand the simple ways they can do their part in helping save the planet’s precious resources. With a trusted name like Google behind Your Plan, Your Planet , you know it will be both accurate and user-friendly. For example, the water pillar explores all the ways, both obvious and not-so-obvious, that we waste water every day. The app gives specific, sourced facts for elements to consider all over the home, from how much water is wasted by having a drippy faucet each year to how much water can be saved from using a dishwasher instead of hand-washing. Related: Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide The other pillars focus on two equally as important angles to help the environment: energy and food. Did you know that keeping your lights on for four hours per day in a two-bedroom home annually produces the CO2e (“carbon dioxide equivalent,” a unit for measuring carbon footprint ) as driving a car for 40 hours? The energy pillar lets you pinpoint exactly how many kilowatt hours of energy your own home produces in a year, and that is only one section of the pillar. Among other things, the food pillar shares helpful ways to store food properly to prevent wasted groceries (“Two-thirds of the food tossed out at home could have been eaten if it had been stored properly,” the app explains). Once you’ve reached the end of each pillar, a choice of pledges awaits with links to share on social media and a chance to add reminders of the pledge to your calendar. In order to unlock all the tips, you have to make it through the entire interactive program (it only takes a few minutes, and there is plenty of helpful advice along the way). Users can sign into their Google accounts to save their progress and track pledges. The original three pillars — water, food and energy — are now being joined by stuff on Earth Day 2019 to raise awareness of detrimental “ fast fashion ” as well as many people’s affinity to throw their stuff away without a second thought. These bad habits have lead to the equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothing (2,625 kg) being burned or sent to the landfill every second, a fact revealed early on in the app. On average, a piece of clothing that is made poorly is tossed in the trash after being worn just seven or eight times. The pillar was designed to help users understand the circular economy — the system aimed at managing ways to minimize waste and find better ways to expend the earth’s resources. Instead of the former mindset of “make, use, dispose,” circular economy is designed to keep resources in use as long as possible, rather than just throwing things away after we’re done with them. The facts revealed throughout the app are based on extensive Ellen MacArthur studies, such as The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics & catalysing action and A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning fashion’s future . Some examples of the pledges on Your Plan, Your Planet include: “I pledge to take part in Fashion Friday — Every Friday pledge to wear clothing you haven’t worn in a while. After wearing it, decide whether to keep, resell, reuse or donate your clothing.” “I pledge to prevent single-use plastics — Pledge to limit the purchase of single-use plastics, invest in reusable shopping bags, water bottles and straws, and reuse your plastic to keep it in use.” A simple change in just one of these patterns can have a considerable impact on your carbon footprint and contribution to the decay of the planet’s environmental resources. Related: Google hits its incredible 100% renewable energy goal Some of our favorite tips? Get inventive when it comes to recycling ! “Donate extra toys to a daycare, drop off old hangers to your local dry cleaner or advertise items on your neighborhood social media channels.” These are just a few ways to cut out the middleman and make sure that the items you don’t need anymore wind up in the hands of someone who could really use them. Another good tip from the app: “Choose to buy from a company that takes your products back [after you’re done with them].” Doing a little extra research before making a purchase can be the difference between trash and treasure. It’s no secret that minimalism and environmental awareness is gaining popularity. Videos and articles on sustainable fashion and eco-friendly options for waste have been popping up more and more as the plight of the earth’s resources is worsening. The stuff pillar has been available for teachers to use as a lesson plan since April 15, but Google has now made it available to everyone to celebrate Earth Day. Your Plan, Your Planet is great for both adults and children and an excellent way to learn together! You can access the program via g.co/yourplanyourplanet . + Your Plan, Your Planet Images via Your Plan, Your Planet

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Video: Michael Phelps’ Water-Saving Tips

September 2, 2017 by  
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As a successful swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps knows a thing or two about water — including how to save it. He’s teamed up with Colgate for their “Save Water” campaign, and his tips don’t…

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How to Avoid Going Insane While Sharing a Tiny Apartment with Your Significant Other

February 13, 2014 by  
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As much as we adore small spaces , it’s hard to deny that living in super close quarters with your significant other can cause a strain on your relationship. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up 9 tips for couples trying to keep from maiming one another while sharing a micro apartment . Check them out here and let us know what advice you have for co-habiting a small space. SEE THE TIPS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adAPT Nyc , couples living in small spaces , couples living in tiny apartments , how to divide studio apartment , how to layout studio apartment , how to make the most of a small space , micro apartments , nyc studio apartment , small apartments , small space design , space divider , studio apartment , studio apartment nyc , tiny apartments , tiny homes        

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EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

February 13, 2014 by  
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EcoMow , a startup founded by engineers and business students from George Mason University, is working on an automatic lawnmower that literally creates its own fuel. Between the tailpipe emissions and noise pollution, there’s nothing very clean or green about a traditional lawnmower . Sure, there are electric mowers (still ultimately powered by fossil fuels) and pushmowers (who’s got time for that) but both seem frightfully outdated in a time when phones double as personal computers. So EcoMow is giving the lawnmower a sustainable yet sophisticated upgrade. Their robotic lawnmower not only cuts grass without assistance, but it also turns those same organic clippings into biomass fuel. Read the rest of EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic lawnmower , biomass pellets , eco-friendly lawnmower , EcoMow , grass pellets , grass power , grass-powered lawnmower , robotic lawnmower        

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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

February 13, 2014 by  
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Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the way the world makes paper . The breakthrough solvent could extract cellulose from wood chips much faster than traditional methods, cutting the industry’s energy footprint at least 40 percent and yielding 20 percent less CO2 emissions . Read the rest of New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellulose , eindhoven university of technology , Energy Consumption , energy to make paper , making paper , paper industry , paper industry solvents , paper making process , water consumption        

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Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

September 30, 2013 by  
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While having a lot of heart can certainly bring your business to great heights, at the end of the day you’ll still need customers to keep your doors open. Eco-beauty line Om Aroma & Co. ‘s founder  Angela Jia Kim had found success when she opened her first retail shop in New York’s hip neighborhood of Chelsea. But this eco-entrepreneur didn’t want to stop there and she decided to expand her efforts to the city’s swanky West Village. After sinking much of her savings and time into creating the new space, Angela cut the ribbon of her West Village store. But almost immediately upon opening her shop, she was awash with panic, quickly realizing that this quiet, mostly residential neighborhood was far from a shopper’s paradise. Three days in and just two customers to her credit, Angela feared that she had a made a horrible decision. But rather than throwing her hands up in failure, she quickly went looking for a solution. “When you experience something that you think you will be a failure, and you deal with it head on, something magical can come out of that if you just keep at it,”  she says. Angela put her ear to the ground and tuned into what her West Village clients were looking for. From there she completely revamped her business model to create a luxurious spa destination and retail shop with all the trimmings. Today her shop and spa is frequented by everyone from Hollywood celebs to neighborhood moms. Watch the video above to hear Angela’s inspiring story, and if you’re an eco-entrepreneur like her, know that you shouldn’t get down if things go off course. Follow her tip: If your business plan isn’t working, change it. Read the rest of Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural beauty products , all natural makeup , american express , amex , Amex Open Forum , angela jia kim , business tips , eco beauty products , eco business , eco companies , eco entrepreneur , eco shops nyc , eco spa new york , eco spa nyc , green beauty products , new york beauty boutique , om aroma & co , open forum , organic beauty products , savor spa nyc , small business , starting a business nyc , starting a small business , tips        

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Trapezoid-Shaped Eye Bank Building Hugs a Slope of Stepped Green Terraces

September 5, 2011 by  
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The people behind the unreal-looking ACROS building in Japan have done it again, this time for a medical facility in Venice. Emilio Ambasz Associates touched the tips of two 12 meter pre-stained copper walls together to enclose a series of stepped green terraces, creating a massive green roofed amphitheater. Called the Eye Bank and located in Venice, this inventive building is kept cool by its angled walls and greenery, which reduce its mechanical load while also creating the type of dramatic visual impact the firm is known for. Read the rest of Trapezoid-Shaped Eye Bank Building Hugs a Slope of Stepped Green Terraces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , eco design , Emilio Ambasz & Associates , Eye Bank , green design , green roof , landscaped terraces , naturl lighting , solar gain , sustainable design , trapezoid , Venice

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nice rack.

July 3, 2011 by  
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Nothing says summer like clothes drying on the line . But if you don’t have a back yard or if the bad weather won’t dry your clothes, get an indoor drying rack. Drying racks are inexpensive and you’ll make the money back in no time by saving on the electricity consumed by your dryer. Just be sure to get a good one that won’t fall down!  Here’s a sexy tip to stay cool:  in the summer months, place a fan in front of your wet hanging clothes to help bring the room temperature down a little.  Another bonus: drying your clothes in your bedroom during the winter months can help bring a little moisture back into the dry winter air, and your dry winter skin – how neat is that?!

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Plastic-free and aerosol-free cleaning – how do you do it?

March 3, 2011 by  
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This week, we’ve had a vaguely spring cleaning inspired week here on Recycle This and looked at a few cleaning related questions – so far, reusing/recycling bleach bottles , making homemade dishcloths/pot scrubbers , and reusing/recycling air fresheners .

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How can I reduce electricity wastage in the kitchen?

February 3, 2011 by  
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Our “how can I reduce this?” questions are often about how to reduce physical waste but it’s important to stop wasting power too – and I’ll like to hear your tips & helpful hints on this: how can I reduce electricity wastage in the kitchen? Everyone knows not to boil too much water in the kettle – just what’s needed – and most people know to keep their fridge coils free from dust to make them more efficient.

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