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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TIP 1: Crush Clutter Nothing creates a feeling of claustrophobia faster than too much stuff. Before you can clean anything, you have to get rid of some those unused items causing clutter.
Mulberry Tree Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit, and that's
Vegan Soft Pretzels Nothing goes better with a cold beer than a salty pretzel and some spicy mustard dipping sauce. If you really want to impress your vegan guests, this recipe from La Pure
Technology advances in the blink of an eye - while many are obsessed with the latest high-tech devices, let's not forget that low-tech innovation can also be revolutionary. ECAL students Damien
Apple Sparkler To make this bubbly concoction, pour organic raspberry or cranberry juice into the bottom 1/3 of a normal wine glass. Fill the remaining 2/3 of the glass with Samuel Smith's
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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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