Eco Blog

girls

Girls Can Do Anything—Including Opening an Eco Pop-Up Business

Jul 16 2019 Last week, campers from Tallahassee, Florida's Oasis Center for Women & Girl's "Girls Can Do Anything" program launched their eco-friendly party supply business. This week, they'll team up with the city to beautify a retaining wall. The city of Tallahassee will provide an opportunity for some of the younger residents to transform... read more
scooters

E-Scooters Might Not Be so Good for the Environment

Jul 13 2019 E-scooters, the E standing for "electric," promoted as zero-carbon, urban transport, are flooding city streets worldwide. But, just how green this mode of transportation is is still an unanswered question. The companies distributing these vehicles, from multinational operations to local start-ups, insist that these ever present... read more
plant

Not All Plant-Based Medications Actually Come from Plants

Jul 10 2019 Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in popular pain reliever Tylenol, stems from a surprising source: coal tar, a thick, sticky liquid produced when oxygen-deprived coal is subjected to high heat. Fortunately, a new method, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin—Madison's Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center... read more
canned water

Does Canned Water Make Any Sense to You? Aquafina’s Eco Makeover

Jul 5 2019 PepsiCo just announced that beginning in 2020, Aquafina bottled water will come in aluminum cans. As the concern for global, non-recyclable waste grows, this is the brand's biggest attempt to reduce single-use plastic containers.Put your water in a stainless steel or BPA free reusable water bottle and get rid of some of the single-use... read more
trash

Can Trash Be Art? This Minneapolis Artist’s Art Is Trash

Jul 3 2019 There's a small billboard on the grounds of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Sculpture Garden. If you were to just glance at it, you might think it was an advertisement. Upon closer inspection, you'll discover that despite an instantly recognizable logo, it's not an advertisement at all. This billboard is actually a two... read more
finance

The Greener Your Finance, the Greener the Planet Becomes

Jun 27 2019 The Green Finance Network Japan (GFNJ) was established late last year with the aim to make green finance mainstream in Japan's financial market. Green finance is a term often used to refer to methods of financing and investing that are more environmentally friendly or sustainable. This has been becoming a global trend since the signing... read more
festivals

British Festivals Tackle the Unholy Trinity of Eco-Unfriendliness

Jun 25 2019 Chris Johnson's first outdoor parties with friends were small, impromptu, chaotic—"really good fun," as he puts it. Seventeen years later, Johnson and those same four college friends are still pioneers in the art of partying. Shambala, however, is now a four-day event in rural Northamptonshire that averages an attendance of 15,000. It... read more
environment

Becoming a More Environment Conscious Parent Is Definitely Worth It

Jun 20 2019 Being environmentally friendly is something that many people are striving for; particularly in recent years. Hundreds of studies and reports are conducted and published from reputable universities, the UN, the EU, and even the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has given the drive to be eco-friendly renewed momentum and motivation with his... read more
diet plan

You May Eat Lots of Greens but Which Diet Plan Is the Most Eco-Friendly?

Jun 18 2019 Dieting is an activity that will never go away. When it comes to what we put in our bodies, people's tastes are as different as the cultures they come from. Some people modify their diets to loose weight, some people do it for health reasons, others may do it for religious reasons, and some may be concerned with the planet's or animal... read more
European Packaging Forum

European Packaging Forum Deals with Balance of Green and Consumer

Jun 13 2019 The first European Packaging Forum took place last week in Dusseldorf, Germany. Many German, and other European, visitors traveled to inform themselves about the current market situation and possible future developments. Many lectures laid the foundation for dealing with retail packaging. How is the current situation? What should be... read more
neighborhood

Milwaukee’s First Eco-Neighborhood Is Not a Cheesy Place to Be

Jun 11 2019 City leaders want to create a buzz around sustainability initiatives that have blossomed in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood. There's even a map encouraging people to tour its sustainable projects, including rooftop solar and stormwater management installations. Just 10 minutes northwest of the Wisconsin city's downtown area,... read more
Chattanooga

Art Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Feature Eco-Friendly Prints

Jun 5 2019 Currently showing at In-Town Gallery, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is "Patterns by Nature," a collection of eco-prints by artist Janice Kindred. Kindred uses plants and flowers she has gathered locally, and through a multi-step process she has developed, transfers their shapes and colors to watercolor paper. She then uses a variety of... read more
cardboard

Eating out of a Cardboard Box Isn’t Just for the Homeless Anymore

May 30 2019 There is a newly opened cafe in India that is proving cardboard is not just for boxing up your possessions on moving day or living out of if you have no money anymore. Known as the "Cardboard Cafe," the only part of the restaurant not made out of corrugated cardboard is the kitchen. Everything in the restaurant, from the light... read more
climate

Silent Protest Lands French Climate Activists in Hot Water

May 28 2019 All across France, activists have been taking down official portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to protest what they believe to be his "inaction" against climate change. Now, they face up to 10 years of time in prison. The first of several trials began on Tuesday in the town of Bourg-en-Bresse, located in eastern France. Around... read more
Ramadan

Minnesota Muslims Make the Switch Towards Eco-Friendly Ramadan

May 23 2019 As the clock approached midnight, volunteers in the kitchen of the Islamic Center of Minnesota's women-only clubhouse washed silverware and ceramic plates to be used for the upcoming iftar. It made for more work, but that meant less trash after the traditional evening meal used to break the fast during Ramadan. "A few years ago, when... read more