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plastic bottle fashion

Don’t Throw It Out–Wear It! Plastic Recycling May Solve Fashion Pollution

Sep 18 2018 Old fishing nets, plastic bottles, and threadbare tires. These aren't things you would even begin to think of as textiles, but one eco-minded fashion firm is turning that waste into jackets, sneakers, and flip-flops in a rainbow of colors. Spanish company Ecoalf has recently opened a store in Berlin, Germany, and according to... read more
Rawganique

New Eco-Friendly Retailer Located near Hipster Birth Place

Sep 13 2018 On September 10th, in Downtown Blaine, Washington, the owners of eco-friendly retailer Rawganique opened their first, and currently only, brick-and-mortar store in the United States. After more than two decades on Denman Island, British Columbia (in Canada), the owners of this organic, vegan, unique clothing line purchased the former... read more

Saving the Bees Wins British Firefighter Shed of the Year

Sep 11 2018 With nearly 3,000 entries and 16,000 public votes, an eco-friendly bee haven has been crowned "Shed of the Year." Handmade by British firefighter George Smallwood, this Sheffield, England, shed pipes a converted black cab and an Irish pub to an esteemed position. Plus, it's a gardener's dream--self-watering, self-sufficient home for... read more
This apple is eaten on Rosh Hashanah, the holiday where bread is thrown into a river.

Eco Friendly Attitudes Lead to Holiday Ritual Changeup and River Cleanup

Sep 5 2018 This weekend, Sunday the 9th, is the start of Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה)--the Jewish New Year. Celebrated on the first of Tishrei (September/October) (תשרי), this holiday marks the beginning of inner reflection and atonement for one's sins throughout the previous year. With modern attitudes becoming increasingly... read more
Straws

Suck up These Five Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Straws

Aug 30 2018 Cathedral City, California, city council members voted unanimously to table a ban on plastic straws. If passed, the eateries--fast food restaurants, cafes, bars, even mom & pop locations--would have been banned from giving out plastic straws--including biodegradable and compostable options! This rule would also apply to organizations... read more
six pack

Six Packs: The Newest Ocean Friendly Companions

Aug 28 2018 A new eco-friendly alternative to six-pack rings is making its way onto store shelves. Eco Six Pack Rings, started in 2017 by three different groups, are made with all-natural ingredients. These include both straw and wheat fiber. While sturdy enough to hold six full-size cans, Eco Six Pack Rings are intended to fall apart if... read more
Bioplastic duck

Japanese Company Creates Earth Friendly Bioplastic

Aug 23 2018 Plants are the new plastic. Tokyo-based car accessory maker Mirareed started a project in 2014 to develop eco-friendly bioplastics using plants, among other biological resources. Some of these ingredients include: thinned Japanese cypress wood from Owase, in the Mie Prefecture; tea leaves from Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture; lotus root... read more
Rhino

The Youngest South African Is Doing All He Can for the Oldest Animals

Aug 21 2018 Ten-year-old South African, Hunter Mitchell, is showing the world that you are never too young to do right by the planet. Hunter's efforts have him earning the International Young Eco-Hero award, given out by the organization Action for Nature. Earlier this year he also won the Eco-Youth Gold award at the Eco-Logic Awards in Cape Town,... read more
Eco Gym

Humans Use Energy to Make Energy Across the Pond at Eco Gym

May 9 2018 Across the pond, the University of Brighton, in Brighton, England, is the first gym to use their own equipment to supply their facility with power. Ringmer-based Eco Gym converts human energy to utility-grade electricity while clients exercise. About 74 percent of the energy produced is fed back into the grid! Eco Gym is among the... read more
Gift Ideas For Mom

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas That Satisfy Mom and Mother Earth

May 6 2018 Mother's day is just around the corner. In exactly a week, we will be scrambling to purchase greeting cards and find presents that try to tell our mothers how much we appreciate all that they do for us. When it comes to buying gifts, however, being environmentally conscious isn't something everyone always thinks about. And choosing... read more
Earth Friendly Music Festivals

Earth Friendly Festivals Where You Can Still Have Way Too Much Fun

Apr 28 2018 Festival season is underway. With Coachella behind us and Sunfest fast approaching, Hatsume Fair last weekend, and Comic Con Revolution just two months ago, there are those who really enjoy festivals and conventions. But they aren't always the most Earth friendly places. With lots of trash, lots of energy usage, and lots of temporary... read more
Hunters Point Navy Base

Hunters Point Navy Base Cleanup ‘Biggest Case of Eco-Fraud in Us History’

Apr 15 2018 The "biggest case of eco-fraud in US history" is what an environmental advocacy group is calling the massive cleanup at the old Hunters Point Naval Base in San Francisco. The old naval base was once a dumping ground for radioactive material. The US Navy spent more than $1 billion to cleanup the soil so the area could be redeveloped... read more
Eco-Friendly Ships

Viking Pledges to Sail Sustainably with Two More Eco-Friendly Ships

Apr 6 2018 Vard Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of shipbuilder Fincantieri, reports that is has signed a letter of intent with cruise line Viking for the design and construction of two new cruise ships. This letter also includes an option for two more ships. Delivery is scheduled for the second quarters of 2021 and 2022. The new ships will be... read more
Plogging

Plogging: The New Swedish Craze That Is “Sweeping” the Globe

Mar 29 2018 Plogging. Doesn't that sound like the hilarious sound you just heard an animal make on YouTube? This Swedish workout, a combination of jogging and the Swedish term for pick up, "plocka upp," is "sweeping" the globe! The concept is quite simple: rather than jogging past the garbage you see on your route without even eyeing it, ploggers... read more
Green Friendly Travel Apps

Travel Apps That Help Keep Your Carbon Footprint Low

Mar 25 2018 Summer is coming--and faster than you might think. With only 2 months left until travel season approaches, you might want to do some globe-trotting. Unfortunately, a paradox exists at the heart of having worldly adventures: you love the world and want to see more of its vast peoples and various cultures, but by going to these spectacular... read more