Posted on August 29, 2014 by Debra Atlas
As more companies look for ways to upcycle their unwanted materials, they divert waste from our landfills
I was perusing old emails and came across one that not only was interesting but inspiring.
I’ve written a number of articles about the growing trend of upcycling. It’s much more than simply recycling something. It’s taking what once was considered trash and turning it into something useful, giving it a second life.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: B corporation, environmental, government leaders, IRN Recycling, landfills, non-recyclable material, Ramada Inn, recycling, renovation, reuse+recycling rate, Salesian Missions, triple bottom line, upcycle, waste | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Large solar arrays are killing wildlife at an alarming rate, with no solution in sight
There’s an aphorism that’s played out over and over again these days.” Every solution brings new problems.”
For every new innovation, a whole array of issues pop up needing to be solved. Such is proving to be the case with the large solar arrays that exist and/or are on the drawing board.
Filed under: Nature, Solar Power | Tagged: bird kills, California's Mojave Desert, Center for Biological Diversity, collateral damage, concentrated solar power, endangered species, I, Ivanpah Solar, oshua Tree National Park, renewable energy, solar, solar arrays, solar panel farms, solar power plants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | 3 Comments »
Posted on August 25, 2014 by Debra Atlas
There are plenty of headlines about GMO labeling and the mega-money being thrown against it by giant food manufacturers. For consumers, the information is often misleading and confusing.
Filed under: Genetically modified food | Tagged: food manufacturers, genetically engineered, genetically engineered food, genetically modified organisms, GMO, GMO labeling, non-GMO | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 18, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Plastic microbeads – tiny, toxic, plastic beads – are in many of our personal care products, like face scrub and toothpaste. They’re so tiny that they are washing down the drains and into our precious waterways.
graphic courtesy of 5 Gyres Institute
Filed under: Water issues | Tagged: 5 Gyres Institute, environmental hazard, microbeads, personal care products, plastic, Plastic microbeads, plastic pollution, waterways | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Debra Atlas
A northern California lakebed devastated by drought – just one of the many symptoms of climate change
The facts about climate change are looking pretty dire. With the Antarctic ice shelf melting, the continued rise in greenhouse gases and big governments effectively hamstrung and/or side-stepping the serious issues in favor of posturing and “talking a good game”, if you said we’re in serious trouble you’d be right. But as a writer I’ve learned that focusing on the negative – as pronounced and apparent as it may be – won’t help us reach the solutions we so desperately need.
Filed under: Observations | Tagged: Antarctic ice shelf, climate change, drought, endangered wildlife, greenhouse gasses, hope, Hopi elders, inspiration, straight talk | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 4, 2014 by Debra Atlas