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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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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eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

There are few things as enjoyable as cracking open a cold brewski after a long, hot day in the great outdoors (or, y'know, at work). Beers usually live in the fridge where they're kept frosty

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Hemiplanet’s New Inflatable Tent Turns the Audi Q3 Into a Camper Vehicle!

Hemiplanet’s New Inflatable Tent Turns the Audi Q3 Into a Camper Vehicle!

The tent itself looks like a cross between two previous Hemiplanet models: the two-person Wedge and the three-person Cave. It features both a private sleeping area and a pass-through breeze way

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12 Awesome Small Designs that Could Make a Big Difference

12 Awesome Small Designs that Could Make a Big Difference

Canopy Coasters by Grey Young Kim Grey Young Kim's Canopy Coasters are laser-etched with delicate concentric designs. Proceeds from sales would be dedicated to forest conservation

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Crazy Transforming Sofa Goes from Couch to Adult-Size Bunk Beds in Less than a Minute!

Crazy Transforming Sofa Goes from Couch to Adult-Size Bunk Beds in Less than a Minute!

Tiny houses and efficient urban apartments are growing in popularity. While both come with lots of eco-friendly benefits, like cheaper utility bills and less room for clutter, small dwellings

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Inflatable Dress Keeps People Out of Your Comfort Zone

Inflatable Dress Keeps People Out of Your Comfort Zone

Even been standing in line or riding the bus, when you were suddenly shocked to find a stranger standing right in the middle of your personal space? You know the type. An accidental elbow bump

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SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

We discovered Q&Q's solar powered watches during Sight Unseen Offsite, a shoppable two-story exhibition that took place recently in New York City. Our team was instantly drawn to the

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America’s Largest Electric Car Sharing Service Launches in Indianapolis

America’s Largest Electric Car Sharing Service Launches in Indianapolis

French billionaire and EV entrepreneur Vincent Bolloré recently joined the people of Indiana in celebrating the launch of America's largest electric car sharing service. Called BlueIndy, the

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Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

For years fear of theft has deterred many would-be bike commuters from taking the two-wheeled plunge. Securing one's bike outside work or a restaurant has required big combination chains or

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Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

Have you ever dreamed about curling up in front of the fire--with a glass of wine and that special someone--on a gorgeous polar bear rug? Don't worry--we're not suddenly supporting the hunting

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10 Mouthwatering Vegan BBQ Recipes Your Kids Will Love!

10 Mouthwatering Vegan BBQ Recipes Your Kids Will Love!

It's barbecue season! While cooking and feasting outdoors is a refreshing change, most of the traditional "cookout" foods are full of unhealthy ingredients and toxic additives. If you embrace a

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Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

Just four months after officials pulverized $10 million worth of ivory from its stockpile, China is once again taking a public stand against poachers and those who smuggle such items. In Hong

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IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

Stop by an IKEA showroom in the near future and you're likely to encounter something even more adorable than assemble-it-yourself bed frames and cabinets. The Swedish furniture giant recently

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China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets,

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These Signal Blocking Clothes Keep Your Phone From Ruining the Moment

These Signal Blocking Clothes Keep Your Phone From Ruining the Moment

Admit it: you have a smartphone problem. No, a gadget problem. When you're at home on the couch, you're watching a big screen, tapping on a smaller screen, checking messages on an even smaller

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Clever Cloud Pot Showers Your Flowers with Gentle Rain

Clever Cloud Pot Showers Your Flowers with Gentle Rain

Plants need water to thrive, but how much is enough? A few extra seconds of blasting with the garden hose, and you could drown the roots; forget to water them for a few days, and you'll find

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array

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Google Street View Hack Shows Your Neighborhood on Climate Change (and it Isn’t Pretty)

Google Street View Hack Shows Your Neighborhood on Climate Change (and it Isn’t Pretty)

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, but because it's happening gradually, it's difficult to understand how it relates to our lives and future. A new project called World Under

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This Open Source Glove Turns Your Fist Bump into Music

This Open Source Glove Turns Your Fist Bump into Music

Good music almost always evokes a physical response. Maybe you tap your feet or nod your head. Maybe you dance or jump or fist bump. A new invention by musician Imogen Heap makes it

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Everything You Never Knew About the USDA Organic Label

Everything You Never Knew About the USDA Organic Label

For those of us in the United States, healthy, organic food begins and ends with the USDA Organic Seal. But what does this seal actually tell us? You might be surprised to learn that all foods

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