The Green Refrigerator Machine keeps food fresh longer

We toss out around $500 worth of food gone bad each year

No one likes wasting money, especially when it comes to food. Yet a family of four tosses out around 180 pounds of meat and produce each year due to mold or decay. That’s over $500 wasted annually!

There’s a simple solution.

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FDA fails to halt sale of contaminated disposable wipes

The FDA has taken no action against companies distributing contaminated baby wipes

Whistleblowers have a thankless job standing up for what they believe is right.

Five years ago, two whistleblowers notified the US Food and Drug Administration about the contamination of disposable baby wipes made by Wisconsin-based Rockline Industries and that the company knew about but failed to stop the distribution of the products. They further wrote that the company had a special “code” they would broadcast should a surprise inspection occur.

Two weeks later, on Nov. 7, 2006, a government inspector paid an unannounced visit and discovered problems that included faulty product testing and poor sanitation, as well as customer complaints about mold and foreign objects such as a dead cockroach and razor blade in the wipes.

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UniversalGiving – helping to eliminate poverty around the world

UniversalGiving helps eliminate poverty around the globe

Focused on raising money for international charities and matching volunteers for make-a-difference global projects, the non-profit UniversalGiving has been making a big impact around the world this year. Their biggest task is working to eliminate poverty in its many forms.

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A solar menorah lights the way

This solar-powered menorah stands in the village green in Woodstock, New York

On this the first night of Chanukah, folks in upstate New York have a new way to help commemorate the celebration.

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Seattle – the latest city to ban plastic bags

Seattle joins the ranks of cities banning plastic bag use (photo by Sascha W., flickr)

On December 19th, the City Council in Seattle passed an ordinance banning single use plastic bags.

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New Zealand church to be rebuilt – with plastic and cardboard!

Rubble from Christchurch Cathedral and its destroyed bell tower after the earthquake

The 6.1 level earthquake that struck and killed 181 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, also did major property damage.

Among those seeing extensive damage was the Christchurch Cathedral, whose bell tower was completed destroyed.

A unique design was recently approved to provide at least a temporary replacement for the original bluestone cathedral. whose cornerstone was laid in 1864.

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Giving back for the holidays

(photo by Christine Rutz, flickr)

‘Tis the season of giving. With Christmas a week away, the flurry-scurry to find the right gifts for everyone on your list adds stress to an already stress-filled time.

As in past years, here are ideas and suggestions for gifts that give back to others.

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A Greener Christmas tree – Rent it and Plant it!

Renting a live potted Christmas tree means less mess, hassle and less landfilling

Every year, 25 to 30 million live Christmas trees are sold in the United States. Their ornaments and decorations help brighten our holiday. But after the holiday, they end up curbside as trash or, in towns offering such service, as recycling. A sad fate for such a wonderful part of Christmas.

Around the country, a new tradition is growing: renting a living tree for the holidays.

For more on the benefits of renting a live tree, the types of choices and where to find them, go to http://bit.ly/t1MkMj.

Fourth-Grader’s research shows dangers of Artificial Turf

This young environmental activist discovered the dangers of toxic run-off from San Francisco soccor fields

A young soccer player from San Francisco is making waves in the scientific community with her research on local playing fields.

Claire Dworsky, a fourth-grade student at Katherine Delmar Burke School, overheard adults debating the idea of converting a large area of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from grass to artificial turf and whether the plastic turf was healthy for the kids. Dworsky, an avid soccer player since she was age 3, wondered what was in the water she and her teammates were playing around in.

You’ll definitely want to read more about how this amazing young girl became an “Eco Hero” and has been educating scientists and bureaucrats with her environmental findings.

“Urban Future” – where urban mobility isn’t a straight line

Urban Future sees cars and pedestrians safely sharing the same road

While the lines between science and science fiction are constantly being blurred, those between sidewalks and urban streets haven’t been.  At this year’s Design Miami/ international design show, one display showed this too is an idea that’s about to change.

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