Bulk Barn Finally Ditches the Mandatory Plastic Bags

February 16, 2017 by  
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A little under a year ago, inspired by zero-waste gurus Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer, I tried to live zero waste for a week. I wrote about my experiences here — the good, the bad and the ugly. Before starting out on this weeklong experiment,…

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Using Weeds and Water to Restore Degraded Land (Video)

September 26, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Ecofilms Australia When I wrote about one farmer’s approach to encouraging a selective community of :”weeds” , it seemed to touch a nerve with many readers. Rather than pursue weed eradication at all costs, it seemed so much more sensible to understand the role that weeds play in our farm/garden ecosystems, and to adapt our weed control methodologies accordingly. For one Australian farmer, it’s as simple as mowing the lawn. But that’s just one part of a renegad… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Want to Save the World? Throw a Really Good Party

September 21, 2011 by  
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Image credit: The 4th Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival When I wrote about the annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival last year , I likened it to a revival of the harvest festivals that have been a part of almost every agrarian culture in history. But really, the idea spreads even wider than food and farming—if we want to create lasting, cultural change we need to throw more parties. Really good ones. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vandalism and Graffiti Hit the Good Bike Project

August 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: tvfp Just this week we wrote about a lovely Toronto initiative: the Good Bike Project . An artist started a mass movement to paint and spruce up old bicycles and park them around town. However, vandalism and graffiti have taken their course already. The spray-painted, neon bikes which were meant to be spontaneous street art have been bashed in, taken apart and stolen. The

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Front Yard Vegetable Gardens: Different is Good

July 12, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Julie Bass Since I wrote about the Michigan woman who is facing 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden last Friday, the story has just exploded. TIME , The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Geek Mom, CRAFT, Grist, and Daily Kos — along with plenty of other blogs — have covered the story. It never fails that someone in the comment section defends the city of Oak Park’s actions by saying “why should ..

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Solar Cells Can Now Be Printed on Anything, Even Paper and Fabric

July 12, 2011 by  
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Photo by Patrick Gillooly via MIT News Researchers at MIT have figured out how to print photovoltaic cells on every-day materials like paper or fabric — and the process is practically the same is printing this article out on your desk printer. …

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Watching The Dismantling Of Everything Green In Toronto

July 12, 2011 by  
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Image credit Lloyd Alter When Rob Ford was running for Mayor of Toronto, he complained about the “gravy train” of waste, and promised that he would balance the budget without any service cutbacks. Now he is Mayor, and the first report is in from KPMG, and we see that there is no gravy train of waste, and about the only place to save money is to strip out just about every green and environmental program that the city ever had. Recommendations include: “Reducing the scale” of cycling infrastructure: The report suggests that “Bicycle Plan and Program are more extensive than warranted by bicycle volumes.” This is of course a chicken an..

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Combined Solar- & Wind-Power Plant Nurtures Bees Too

July 12, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Ecotricity When I wrote about Toyota’s 4.1MW ground mounted solar array in the UK, some commenters questioned whether the use of so much land was a sustainable way to generate power.

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Britain Discards 10 Stadiums of Food Waste a Year

January 7, 2011 by  
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Image credit: sporkist , used under Creative Commons license. When I wrote about Qantas Airlines’ plan to make biojet fuel from food waste , I worried that there wouldn’t be enough food waste to go around.

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In the UK, Even Boathouses Are Passivhaus

January 7, 2011 by  
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images credit Footprint In North America, Passivhaus or Passive House designs are still rare; in Europe, it is becoming the new standard.

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