Beth Buczynski

 

Beth Buczynski is a freelance writer and editor currently living in the shadow of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Her passion for the planet started with the Truffula Trees, and she’s never stopped trying to make this planet a better place to live. She writes about clean technology, sustainable living, and environmental activism for EcoSalon and Care2, just to name a few. Beth believes collaborative consumption and opensource innovation is key to ending our mindless waste. Learn more about the overlap between sharing and sustainability in her new book, Sharing is Good.

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5 Awesome, No-Carve Ideas for Your Halloween Jack O’ Lantern!

5 Awesome, No-Carve Ideas for Your Halloween Jack O’ Lantern!

The Halloween season is here, and you've probably already seen pumpkins and gourds popping up everywhere. Carving a jack o' lantern is tradition in many families, but not everyone has the time

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Feast Your Eyes On Mike Doyle’s Intricate Victorian LEGO Houses

Feast Your Eyes On Mike Doyle’s Intricate Victorian LEGO Houses

I know, I know, Halloween is over, but these awesome LEGO houses by Mike Doyle are too good to pass up! If you squint your eyes, you might think you're looking at old architectural photos, but

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Sudarsan Pattnaik Sculpts 500 Santa Clauses From Beach Sand To Raise Awareness About Climate Change

Sudarsan Pattnaik Sculpts 500 Santa Clauses From Beach Sand To Raise Awareness About Climate Change

Without timely efforts to adapt to sea level rise brought on by climate change, our beloved beaches could virtually disappear, leaving a ragged and dangerous coastline in its wake. That's a

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MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from the

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar These dewdrop-shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar were originally created to make life a little more comfortable for

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Petit Romain’s Square Heineken Bottles Save Space in Your Six-Pack

Petit Romain’s Square Heineken Bottles Save Space in Your Six-Pack

There are those who love beer, and then there are those who obsess about it, constantly looking for ways to take both the brew and it's delivery system to the next level. It's probably safe to

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DIY Chinese Pak Choi Parcels Are Healthy Finger Food for Kids!

DIY Chinese Pak Choi Parcels Are Healthy Finger Food for Kids!

Filled with rice, finely chopped sauteed vegetables and black sesame seeds, these bok choi-wrapped parcels are a great way to make healthy meals fun. The great part is, the filling can easily

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This Bracelet Can Call for Help If You’re Hurt or in Danger

This Bracelet Can Call for Help If You’re Hurt or in Danger

Mobile phones give us a tremendous sense of security: we've got access to the internet and our entire contact list if we need it. But what about when something unplanned happens? Like being

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World’s Largest Handmade Picnic Blanket Unfurled in Switzerland!

World’s Largest Handmade Picnic Blanket Unfurled in Switzerland!

Eating al fresco usually means a tiny table at an outdoor cafe, but a pair of twins in Switzerland are thinking much bigger. Twins Frank and Patrik Riklin organized the creation of

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New Kinetic Boots Could Help Marines Shed Battery Weight

New Kinetic Boots Could Help Marines Shed Battery Weight

Military personnel do a lot of marching. And hiking. And running. They move a lot, whether on base or on a mission. While moving, Marines also carry up to 15 pounds of batteries in order to

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HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

Hippocrates once said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." We often fail to take this advice as literally as Hippocrates meant it! If you’re interesting in taking a more

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Brooklyn Company Raises $10M to Grow Cow-Free Leather

Brooklyn Company Raises $10M to Grow Cow-Free Leather

Those who are vegan or simply wishing to live a cruelty-free life may soon be able to add leather products back into their fashion consumption. Not real leather made from the hides of animals,

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Want to Show Your Patriotic Side? Shop These Eco-Friendly Brands

Want to Show Your Patriotic Side? Shop These Eco-Friendly Brands

It's Independence Day weekend in the United States, and around the country people are hanging flags and bunting to show their patriotic side. Though festive, these actions are only symbolic. If

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Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

When it comes to home efficiency, the bathroom is often where we focus on water conservation. Most bathrooms contain a sink, toilet, and shower, which can each waste tons of water if we're not

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there's no one

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Could Waiting to Have Kids Help Women Live Longer?

Could Waiting to Have Kids Help Women Live Longer?

We've all been taught that waiting to have kids later in life increases the chance of complications. For this reason, many women assume that the right time to get pregnant is in their twenties.

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This ‘Catalytic’ Laundry Detergent Cleans Your Clothes and Your Air

This ‘Catalytic’ Laundry Detergent Cleans Your Clothes and Your Air

Air pollution is dangerous. It makes us sick, harms the environment, and looks pretty gross. We've known this for decades, yet we keep pumping dangerous pollutants into the atmosphere. You can

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New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

When we think of the illegal ivory trade, most people envision the large smuggling busts that happen in Africa or Asia. It may surprise you to learn that the port of Newark in New Jersey is a

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DIY: Heal Sunburned Skin with This All-Natural Soother

DIY: Heal Sunburned Skin with This All-Natural Soother

Summer means lots of outdoor fun in the sun. Whether you're spending time at the shore or just making daily trips to the pool, it's especially important to protect your skin this time of year.

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An Ocean-Sized Cache of Water is Hiding 400 Miles Under the United States

An Ocean-Sized Cache of Water is Hiding 400 Miles Under the United States

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico say they've discovered proof of multiple oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. The researchers say deep

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This Biometric Workout Shirt Means Fewer Gadgets at the Gym

This Biometric Workout Shirt Means Fewer Gadgets at the Gym

Today's fitness enthusiasts are obsessed with technology. Spend a few minutes observing those running at the park or doing circuits at the gym, and you'll likely see heart rate monitors activity

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This Girl Built Her Family an Off-Grid Washing Machine When She Was Only 14!

This Girl Built Her Family an Off-Grid Washing Machine When She Was Only 14!

Remya Jose lives in Kizhattoor Panchayat, India. Like most 14 year-olds, she's required to do chores around the house. She and her twin sister were tasked with handling the family’s

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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't

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Starbucks to Install Wireless Charging Stations in Stores Across the U.S.

Starbucks to Install Wireless Charging Stations in Stores Across the U.S.

Tired of searching for outlets to charge your devices at Starbucks? You may be in luck! The company has announced that it will roll out wireless charging stations in stores across the U.S. The

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This Ugly Sandal Is Helping NASA Study Effects of Zero Gravity

This Ugly Sandal Is Helping NASA Study Effects of Zero Gravity

Normally, we'd advise against wearing sandals that look like this, but there's a reason why some of the smartest people in America are excited about it. NASA is using these modified sandals,

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Amazing Art Installation Recreates Life as a Tree Root

Amazing Art Installation Recreates Life as a Tree Root

Ever admired a tall tree and wondered about what's going on down below the ground? Artist Henrique Oliveira has created a stunning eco-installation so that visitors to the Museu de Arte

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GroupMe Helps You Stay Connected Without A Million Messy Messages

GroupMe Helps You Stay Connected Without A Million Messy Messages

Each of us has different groups of people with whom we need to communicate. There are groups on Facebook, school groups, and work groups, not to mention friends and family. Keeping them all

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6 Brilliant Cargo Bikes for Hauling Stuff in Style

6 Brilliant Cargo Bikes for Hauling Stuff in Style

Margo Mini The Margo bike by CETMA is a smaller, lighter version of the Largo cargo bike. Unlike many cargo bikes, Margo is a front-loader, making it perfect for one passenger and a couple

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Will 3D Printers Make Baggage Fees and Lost Luggage Obsolete?

Will 3D Printers Make Baggage Fees and Lost Luggage Obsolete?

Although the prospect of traveling is always exciting, packing everything is a drag. First there's the worry of forgetting something, then there's the task of cramming everything you need into

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DIY: ‘Un-Jello’ Juice Jigglers Are a Kid-Friendly Summer Dessert

DIY: ‘Un-Jello’ Juice Jigglers Are a Kid-Friendly Summer Dessert

If you love juicing and are looking for easy dessert recipes that won't heat up your kitchen this summer, have we got a treat for you! Typically gelatin desserts contain animal by-products, so

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