Looking to make your mornings greener? Try these 7 tips for a sustainable morning routine

May 17, 2019 by  
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We all have our favorite ways to start the day, but how eco-friendly is your morning routine? You might be surprised to learn that most people waste a lot of energy and resources in the first few hours they are awake. Luckily, you can make your mornings more eco-friendly with a few easy steps. From drinking a more sustainable cup of coffee to saving on water, here are seven ways you can go green in the mornings. Sustainable Coffee A hot cup of coffee has become the staple of many morning routines. In fact, many people rely on the caffeine boost to help jumpstart their day. If coffee is something you cannot live without, there are ways in which you can make it more sustainable . A great idea is to start brewing your favorite beans in a thermal carafe. This will help keep the coffee warm for longer periods, which cuts down on the need to brew more later in the day. You should also consider investing in an efficient travel mug instead of disposable cups, even when you fill up at your local coffee shop. If you drink coffee on a regular basis, ditching the waste can really add up over time. You can also purchase coffee in bulk whenever possible. This will help cut down on packaging and is easier on your budget. Related: These are the best tips to help you establish an eco-friendly laundry routine Enjoy Some Sunlight Syncing your day with the sun is a great way to become more eco-friendly in the mornings. By getting up when the sun rises every morning, you are more likely to go to bed when the sun goes down. This allows you to use less energy at night because you are not relying on lights deep into the night. This, of course, is only applicable if you have a daytime work schedule and can easily adjust your mornings and evenings. If you do wake up with the sun, take advantage of the warmth by opening up the blinds and trapping the energy inside. Save Water It does not take much to waste water in the mornings, especially when it comes to showering. A lot of people wander off while they wait for the shower to warm up, which can waste significant amounts of water over time. Instead, stay close to the shower and jump right in as soon as the water is hot. If the water takes a bit to reach a desired temperature you can consider lowering the temperature of your water heater, as this will help save energy and is better for your skin. Healthy Breakfast Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, so why not make it as healthy as possible? One way to eat healthier in the mornings is to go vegan or vegetarian. Sub out meat products with fruit and veggies, tofu or even cereal. When shopping for the perfect breakfast ingredients, consider choosing items that are completely organic. Non-organic food is bad for the environment and not as healthy as organic products. You can also find great deals on organic food and should not have to break your budget to eat healthier. Switch Up Your Commute If you live within a reasonable distance from your job, consider walking or riding a bike a few days every week. Walking or biking to your place of employment will get your daily workout out of the way and make you more alert throughout the morning. This also helps cut down on vehicle emissions and traffic, which are two of the biggest concerns for cities around the world. You can also consider carpooling with your co-workers to help curb harmful emissions . If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, take a look at an eco-friendly option, such as a hybrid or a small car. These vehicles are much better for the environment and can generate considerable gas savings on an annual basis, both of which will make your eco-friendly morning routine complete. Eco-Friendly Bathroom Bathroom products are one of the worst offenders to the environment . Not only do they contribute to the growing problem of plastic waste, but they are packed with harmful chemicals that eventually find their way into our water sources. You can help curb some of these issues by choosing products that are eco-friendly. The only downside is that these products tend to be a little more expensive than their counterparts. But considering how many of these chemicals are linked to poor health, you will probably save on medical bills down the road. Related: 8 tips to make your exercise routine more eco-friendly Reusable Living One of the easiest ways to go green in the mornings is to reuse whatever you can. From coffee mugs to water containers, having something you can reuse on a daily basis can really cut down on excess waste. Reusing containers can also save you a few bucks every month. If you pack your own lunch to work, you should also consider investing in a reusable lunchbox or bag and avoid single-use plastics . It may be tempting to throw everything in a grocery bag, but these types of plastics are terrible for the environment and are filling up landfills at an alarming rate. Via Livegreen Recyclebank , The Fun Times Guide Images via Shutterstock

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Artist uses materials found in nature to create elaborate cairns and mandalas

February 28, 2018 by  
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Strolling through his hometown of Yorkshire, artist James Brunt finds artistic inspiration through almost any natural materials he can get his hands on. Whether walking along the beach or taking a forest stroll, Brunt creates intricate mandala-inspired designs out of fallen leaves, twigs or sea rocks. The determined artist will spend entire days on his land art, only to see it disappear under the rising tide waters or blown away in the wind. Brunt lets nature feed his inspiration, often wandering through dense woodlands to find the perfect place to create intricate pieces of land art. Located in Yorkshire, England, he explores nearby forests, parks, and beaches to find just the right spot and materials. When the inspiration hits him, he uses natural materials like twigs, fallen leaves, and rocks to create beautifully intricate mandala-like spirals and concentric circles.  Related: Artist turns golden leaves of Sacramento Gingko tree into inspiring works of art The artist is very considerate of the environment and takes none of the materials outside of their natural habitat. He’s also very careful not to trample natural flora or landscape. In fact, most of his land art only last a few hours, often being washed or blown away by the surrounding forces like tides or winds. You can find Brunt’s beautiful artwork on his Twitter and Facebook , where he sometimes invites people to join him in his artistic ventures. He also sells prints of his photographed artworks on his website . + James Brunt Via Bored Panda Images via James Brunt Website

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World’s first 3D-printed camper trailer took 9 days to make

February 28, 2018 by  
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3D printing just went seriously next level, as a Canadian team unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed camper. Weighing in as the largest indoor, single-piece 3D printed object in the world, the full-sized camper took 9 days and hundreds of feet of filament to create – and the results are pretty fantastic. ? The trailer is the first of its kind, and the sheer size of the project makes it impressive. This is no tiny trailer. The camper is 13 feet long, 6 feet wide and weighs 600 pounds – that’s 507 cubic feet of 3D-printed goodness. It’s over 3 times larger than the previous record-holding indoor, single-piece 3D print. The project was printed at Create Cafe in Saskatoon over 230 hours using the largest 3D printer in North America. Related: SOM debuts “world’s largest 3D-printed polymer building” designed for off-grid living You might think that this is just some novelty. But 3D-printed trailers have an advantage over traditional construction. Since it has no seams, you don’t have to worry about leaks. (If you’ve ever slept in a leaky camper, you know that’s major.) It also doesn’t require a chassis. And you can customize it to your wildest camper dreams. For instance, the team, led by Randy Janes of Wave of the Future 3D, designed the trailer so that it can be converted into an ice fishing cabin. Via Geek and Global News Images via Create Cafe Here it is! The world’s first 3D printed camper trailer. It’s also the largest object to ever be 3D printed at over 500 cubic feet. The trailer is on display at @CreateCafe3D in Saskatoon. #YXE #Sask @GlobalSaskatoon pic.twitter.com/hrF7UerLNb — Adam MacVicar (@AdamMacVicar) February 23, 2018

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New Jersey’s beloved walking bear "Pedals" may have been killed by hunters

October 17, 2016 by  
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Beloved New Jersey bear Pedals is said to be dead. A Facebook fan page for the American black bear who ambled around on two legs reported Pedals dead on Friday, possibly killed by hunters . Fans of Pedals are calling out for justice for the bipedal bear. Locals began to post about the upright bear on social media in 2014. It was unclear if Pedals had a congenital defect or suffered an injury; Lisa Rose-Rublack, who started a petition for the walking bear, reported he was “missing one front paw and the other is permanently injured.” Related: Criminal charges possible in Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe’s death Many people were attempting to get help for Pedals and send him to The Orphaned Wildlife Center in New York. A GoFundMe page had amassed over $22,000, and over 300,000 signatures had been attached to Rose-Rublack’s petition petition calling on Governor Christie and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to send Pedals to the sanctuary, paid for by those who donated to the GoFundMe page. But Pedals may have been killed during a five-day black bear hunting season which took place last week. According to The New York Times, 487 bears were killed during the hunt. A Facebook page for Pedals posted, “PEDALS is dead…PEDALS is at peace now because his beautiful soul left his body when he was killed.” The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife responded with a statement that said, “While the Division appreciates the concern for the bear, it has no way of verifying the identity of any bear that has not been previously tagged or had a DNA sample previously taken.” A spokesperson for the Division told The New York Times they had snapped photos of a bear with injuries that may or may not have been Pedals, and that they planned to release the photos some time this week. One Facebook page for Pedals asked fans to sign this petition to stop New Jersey’s “bear hunt” and write on Governor Christie’s Facebook page ” as he is the only guilty one .” Via The New York Times Images via RIP Pedals The Walking Bear Facebook

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The “Walking trees” of Central and South America move a few centimeters every day

December 24, 2015 by  
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Lord of the Rings fans will be pleased to learn that real-life Ents, or at least a close cousin of theirs, can be found marching through the forests of the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve near Quito, Ecuador. In the deep interior of the Reserve, Walking Palm or Cashapona trees slowly migrate across the wilderness as new roots replace the old. The new growth drags the tree along, a process that sometimes allows the tree to walk a few centimeters in just one day. Read the rest of The “Walking trees” of Central and South America move a few centimeters every day

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

March 25, 2015 by  
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Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected, and then tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way. Can you envision a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone into it, thus preventing you from texting obsessively? Both are very real examples of items created by modern designers who are trying to counteract the modern culture of convenience. In an era where most people choose driving over biking, or watching TV instead of walking, designers such as  Matthias Laschke are designing subtle interventions against laziness and comfort-seeking. Read the rest of Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active lifestyle , biking , choose biking over driving , Design for discomfort , healthy lifestyle , human blobs , inconvenience , inconvenient design , Matthias Laschke , pleasurable troublemakers , smartphone lamp , subtle inconvenience , tough choices , uncomfortability , uncomfortable designs , unhealthy lifestyle , walking , wobbly chair , wobbly stool

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World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Japan

March 25, 2015 by  
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Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary  The Cove . Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new information has surfaced that led the world’s top zoo organization, the  World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), to be accused of having a link to the killings. In Swiss court, WAZA defends the actions that effectively sanctioned one of their member organizations,  Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), to hunt and slaughter dolphins en masse as part of a “dolphin management protocol.” The court proceedings will hopefully determine the level of involvement WAZA had in the killings and who holds the ultimate responsibility for the inhumane slaughter. Via The Guardian Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2009 dolphin killing , dolphin hunting , dolphin killings , dolphin slaughter , japan association of zoos and aquariums , japan dolphin captures , jaza , The Cove , waza , world association of zoos and aquariums

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French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

January 20, 2015 by  
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French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the U.S. to unveil their unique shoe accessory that could seriously put some spring in America’s step. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a “transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking rate up to 7 miles per hour” by affixing wheels to the soles of their shoes. Read the rest of French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CES exhibition , CEX , fitness , Rollkers , Rollkers SAS , shoe accessory , walking , wheeled shoes

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Evewright Creates Massive Sand Drawings Using the Beach as a Canvas

July 10, 2012 by  
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Seven devices and technologies that harness human power for clean energy

October 14, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: Biomechanical energy harvesting One of the latest technology that harness human power for clean energy. The importance of renewable energy and other green energy have been increasing day by day and we get to see new technologies been developing each day. The most popular energy which is being talked everywhere is the green energy which has become so popular that every person wants to try their hands on it and there is no sign for its stopping. The trend these days is the development of clean energy using the human power. Human power is considered to be the ultimate power that can be used to do all sorts of jobs. This clean energy that is being developed using human power is quite popular and is being used worldwide. This idea was first given and started by a novelist named Frank Herbert who used the human power to harness the energy. There are various techniques available these days to do this sort of conversion. Here we are with a list of seven devices and technologies that harness human power for clean energy. 1. Backpack Generator Harnesses Power of Walking This is a unique and cool concept of converting the human mechanical power into clean energy. This idea was designed by Lawrence Rome and his colleagues who actually made this cool Backpack which is capable of converting the human power into energy. This compact backpack is capable of converting the mechanical power used while walking into power energy. It can produce more than 7 watts of usable power in a small walk able distance. For sure this idea is one of the best and easiest way of producing clean and green energy. 2. Nanogenerator Harvests Mechanical Energy This nano device named Nanogenerator works similarly to an ordinary generator and converts mechanical energy into power. The shape of the Nanogenerator is rectangular and is so compact that you won’t even feel as if you are carrying anything. This compact device is capable of producing a steady flow of energy by using the basic mechanical energy of the human body. It can use ultrasonic waves to generate considerable amount of energy and also can use various sources like mechanical movement of human body including the blood flow inside the body. 3. Vibration Energy Scavenging by Tiny Generator This compact circuit is what defines creativity and a perfect use of mechanical power. Made with cool looks and ultra slim and small sized components, this device is what can be effectively used to generate steady amount of energy. Measuring even less than a cubic centimeter, this device is capable of converting the vibration energy of human body into electrical energy. We have a plenty of vibrating organs in out body which can be effectively used to generate considerable amount of power. 4. Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) – Wearable Rechargers Now here is something that will drive you crazy by its cool looks and effective concept. This clean energy based suit is what every person out there would love to keep. This looks like an ordinary suit but is incorporated with elements and devices that are capable of converting the mechanical energy of human body into power. This is one of the simplest and effective ways and all you have to do is just wear it and move around enjoying your life. This will do its part of job quite easily without even letting you know. 5. Breath Powered USB Charger (And Stillsuit) Breathing is one of the most important operation our body does every second and what could be better is this breathing operation of human beings is converted into electrical energy without any hassle. This compact device does that pretty comfortable and uses your breath operation as a source of producing electrical energy. It is provided with a USB cable that simultaneously allows you to charge up your device using your breathe process. 6. Biomechanical Energy Harvester is the Bee’s Knees The clean energy has so many sources to be used and this one is one the most effective and simplest one. This is actually a Knee cap which can be placed on your knees quite easily. Every time you walk or run wearing them, it uses the mechanical energy of your during the walking process and converts it into considerable amount of energy. It’s like you can do your daily job and side by side keep producing clean energy which can be utilized in various daily operations. 7. Piezoelectric Zinc Oxide Nanowire Fashions for Spring We all knew about the piezoelectric devices which are capable of producing high amount of power just by doing small operations on it. This piezoelectric material made using Zinc oxide has become a trend in the fashion and is being incorporated into shirts and the clothes we wear these days. This cool way has resulted into a new fashion statement and also is being used on a large scale. All you have to do is move around wearing these cool fashionable piezoelectric incorporated shirts and you will be able to generate electricity by making use of human mechanical power.

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