Posted on December 2, 2013 by Debra Atlas
The idea of having farm fresh, healthy food available to inner city urbanites has been growing steadily. Inner-city gardens are springing up in major cities across the U.S., offering fresh produce to people who for so long had no easy access to it. But even this has its problems, including seasonality. (more…)
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Posted on November 4, 2013 by Debra Atlas
We’re able to recycle more things now than ever before. Entrepreneurs continue to come up with innovative processes that promise to keep expanding the list.
The latest recycling innovation is a new Kickstarter campaign I recently found called “ReCORK: Imagine Carbon Negative Footwear”. ReCORK promises stylish footwear for men and women made from recycled natural wine corks.
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Posted on October 22, 2013 by Debra Atlas
It didn’t happen in California before or after Proposition 37 – the ballot measure that would have put mandatory labeling for food containing GMO ingredients in place – went down in flames. But thanks to Washington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson filing suit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) last week for violating state election disclosure requirements, the lobby group published a list of their major donors to fighting the “Yes on 522″ measure in Washington on Friday, according to Cornucopia Institute.
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Posted on September 20, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Recycling is great but the real idea is to create as little waste as possible. That’s the idea behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program, which helps organizations reduce or prevent waste headed to landfills, and practice sustainable materials management. This year’s winners aren’t the biggest corporations but are definitely companies making a big difference.
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Posted on September 18, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Photo by lusi, courtesy of rgbstock
I love gadgets, especially small ones. And though this one isn’t necessarily “green”, it’s so handy that I had to write about it. It solves one of life’s everyday annoyances and that alone makes it worthy of profiling.
We’ve all been there. When you’re in a hurry to get somewhere or to finish something, suddenly that darn zipper breaks!
At this point, many of us are tempted to throw something or mutter loudly at our bad luck. A broken zipper means a change of plans, sometimes expensive repairs and an all around annoying hassle. There’s a handy little gadget that will make all this disappear.
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Posted on September 17, 2013 by Debra Atlas
\Washington faces a big challenge in this Fall’s election – whether or not to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill. The Yes on 522 group has now produced its first television ad that will hopefully spur the public to vote in favor of this precedent-setting legislation.
If it passes, hopefully it will spur other states to pass similar legislation. Two states have already done so – Maine and Vermont, but those laws are contingent on at least 3 other neighboring states passing labeling laws in order to go into effect. If you’re on the fence about this issue or don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, check out the film Genetic Roulette to learn more.
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Posted on September 6, 2013 by Debra Atlas
A new type of shark has been identified. The new species of epaulette shark called Hemiscyllium halmahera has been seen “walking” along the shallow waters and sea floor off a remote island near Indonesia.
First seen by divers in 2008, this beautiful shark uses its fins to effectively “walk” along the ocean bottom or coral reefs to forage for food. A very exciting and important discovery for conservationists. And hopefully one that the Indonesian government can help protect. Check out the video story here.
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Posted on August 23, 2013 by Debra Atlas
West Marine, the nation’s fifth largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has announced the opening of its fifth annual Green Product of the Year Award. Entries are being accepted from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec).
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Posted on August 20, 2013 by Debra Atlas
It’s one thing to say you’re at the top of the sustainability chain. Staples Inc. “walks the walk”. The world’s largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced yesterday that since 2005 it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges. That’s an average of over 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years.
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