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The Bus House: the Ultimate Act of Upcycling?

Image Credit: Dancing Rabbit EcovillageAs I’ve heard from numerous builders in recent years, “green building” has largely just become “building”: incorporating efficiency features, renewable energy systems, and natural lighting and air flow elements...

Posted July 19, 2014    

Can a Home 3D Printer Ever Really Be Green?

As Adele Peters noted earlier this year over at Fast Co.Exist, 3d printing has developed a reputation for being green… but doesn’t necessarily deserve it. Sure, it minimizes some waste, and saves some transportation emissions… but, as currently...

Posted July 12, 2014    

Composting at Schools: Does it Really Address the Issue of Food Waste?

I’m a die-hard composter myself – just ask my wife what happens when she throws scraps in the garbage – and, as long-time readers know, I’m a fan of the concept at both small and large scales. While I realize some will argue for some form of biogas...

Posted June 27, 2014    

Forests: An Important Barrier to Greater Global Climate Change [INFOGRAPHIC]

On Monday, the EPA released its proposed rules for lowering CO2 emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. While everybody’s got an opinion on how much impact these rules will have on the US’ contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and global...

Posted June 8, 2014    

Coca-Cola 2nd Lives: Brilliant Upcycling Ideas, or Just More Plastic Crap?

We’re big fans of upcycling ideas: it’s hard to think of a better way to deal with all the waste we create than by turning it into something useful (whether through industrial processes, or the crafty version of upcycling).So, my initial...

Posted June 4, 2014    

There is Such Thing as a Free Bike: Low & No-Cost Programs Around the World

As we and others have noted many, many times before, the bicycle may be a near-perfect form of transportation: no emissions, no need to fill up, and a source of exercise and transportation. And while bikes aren’t nearly as expensive as cars, a...

Posted May 31, 2014    

Can’t Afford a Wooden Bike? Then Accessorize...

The concept of a wooden bicycle has captured the imagination of designers; manufacturers, however, aren’t sold yet. So, we’ve generally seen either concepts at this point, or handmade wooden bikes that are well beyond the budgets of most of us. If...

Posted January 11, 2014    

Sustainability Hits the Fan: 15 DIY Projects from Preppers

I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological wavelengths, right? I’m not into shooting things, and they likely think I’m a touchy-feely hippie who...

Posted January 4, 2014    

What Happens to Your Car When You Scrap It? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Give much thought to that clunker that you traded in for a new one, or donated to a charity? Probably not: you hand it over, keys and all, and assume that the dealer, charity, and/or stockyard will take care of that old vehicle in a responsible...

Posted December 4, 2013    

The Invisible People Who Take our Trash 'Away' [VIDEO]

Ever gotten stuck behind a garbage truck? Or heard one banging against a dumpster in the middle of the night? I’d guess that for most of us, these inconveniences/disturbances are among the few times we give any thought to the people who deal with...

Posted November 11, 2013    

Is Healthy Soil a Human Right?

It turns out that this year’s Blog Action Day takes place on World Food Day. As the goal of the latter focuses on ending hunger, it seemed like a natural tie-in with this year’s topic for the former: human rights. After all, no one can take...

Posted October 20, 2013    

Hydroponic Gardening Made Easy: Sustainable Microfarms' Automated Controller System

Now that I’ve been sufficiently (but nicely) schooled in the sustainability of hydroponic food production, I’ve become fascinated by the method, and try to keep on top of it. It’s not easy for this English major: an awful lot of the discussion...

Posted October 5, 2013