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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Apple Engineer Uses LEGO Bricks to Build “Hugo”-Inspired Machine That Writes Messages and Draws Pictures!

Apple Engineer Uses LEGO Bricks to Build “Hugo”-Inspired Machine That Writes Messages and Draws Pictures!

The Martin Scorsese film Hugo did something fantastic: it gave life to a machine. The automaton featured in the film mirrored technology that really existed in the 18th and 19th century--a time

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn't changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to

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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 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off

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6 green spring cleaning tips to help organize and simplify your home

6 green spring cleaning tips to help organize and simplify your home

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.

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9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you want to

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6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

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

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

IDEA 1: Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Cards Nothing says I love you like the actual words, written down on paper. Getting love notes on Valentine's Day is an age-old tradition, so this year, why

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6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

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

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Brilliant ‘rocking knit’ chair creates winter hats while you sit!

Brilliant ‘rocking knit’ chair creates winter hats while you sit!

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

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16 Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastinator

16 Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastinator

Are you a procrastinator? The holiday is fast approaching and if you find yourself without presents for several people on your list, you might want to panic, but don't! We've rounded up 16

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

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

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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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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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