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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The Awesome Reason You’ll Never See a UPS Truck Take a Left Turn in the U.S.

The Awesome Reason You’ll Never See a UPS Truck Take a Left Turn in the U.S.

Email and text messages may have replaced snail mail, but there are some things that you just can't send electronically. While the Internet may have killed the handwritten letter, all those

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Interacting with Animals Helps Autistic Children Connect with Peers

Interacting with Animals Helps Autistic Children Connect with Peers

Research conducted by author, engineer, and activist Temple Grandin has shown that cultivating a bond between animals--even domesticated ones like the chickens above--and autistic children can

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Would You Strut The Beach Wearing Nothing But Sand?

Would You Strut The Beach Wearing Nothing But Sand?

We're all for living 'au naturale' but sometimes clothing made from natural materials can get a little weird. Like the show-stopping sand bathing suit that recently appeared on the runway during

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IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

There are companies who talk about going green, and companies who do something about it. This week, for the 206th time, IKEA proved that it belongs in the latter category. The popular home

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Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

After the Solar Impulse prototype broke 8 world records for solar-powered flight, creators Borschberg and Piccard knew it was time to tackle the next big challenge: a trip around the entire

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6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

Charleston, South Carolina Besides being relatively flat and offering a temperate coastal climate, this old port city boasts a vibrant cycling scene. Downtown Charleston’s Real Estate

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TAG Heuer’s New Meridiist Infinite Phone Uses a Hidden Solar Panel to Stay Charged Forever

TAG Heuer’s New Meridiist Infinite Phone Uses a Hidden Solar Panel to Stay Charged Forever

Best known for stylish watches that cost as much as a used car, TAG Heuer recently announced plans to launch into the smartphone market. The Switzerland-based firm enjoys creating modern

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WIN $100 In Eco-Friendly Easter Art Supplies from Glob Colors!

WIN $100 In Eco-Friendly Easter Art Supplies from Glob Colors!

Easter will soon be here in all its pastel-colored glory. This is a great time to plan fun, Spring-related crafts with the family, but traditional art supplies are laden with chemicals and

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Why Live Chickens and Bunnies Are NOT Acceptable Easter Gifts

Why Live Chickens and Bunnies Are NOT Acceptable Easter Gifts

Easter is coming! For those who celebrate, this Spring holiday is a chance to shower those you love with delicious treats and baskets full of colored eggs. Unfortunately some Easter traditions,

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7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs That Made Us Laugh On April Fool’s Day

7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs That Made Us Laugh On April Fool’s Day

April Fool's Day is one of the most hilarious days to work in fashion. In the fashion industry, it's common place to see outlandish designs and futuristic garments, so it can be difficult to

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Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Normally, the village of Balcombe, West Sussex is just another picturesque spot in a valley where nothing really happens. But when Cuadrilla Resources--the UK's fracking pioneer--announced plans

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Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing solar

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Spring Cleaning: 6 Green Tips to Organize and Simplify Your Home

Spring Cleaning: 6 Green Tips to 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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YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

NASA is building a new class of space suit, and it's has turned to you, the people of the Internet, to help it decide which design is best. Dubbed the "Z-2", the new suit must be able

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IKOS Upcycled Modular Building Blocks Were Designed By Kids, For Kids!

IKOS Upcycled Modular Building Blocks Were Designed By Kids, For Kids!

Move over LEGO, there's a new building block in town. The brain child of Mike Wong, a Park City, Utah-based industrial designer and engineer, IKOS are 3D toys that overcome many of the

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How Your Love for Burgers is Driving Wildlife to Extinction

How Your Love for Burgers is Driving Wildlife to Extinction

A new campaign launched by the Center for Biological Diversity hopes to make people aware of the connection between eating meat and the endangered status of animals like wolves and bears. The

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus

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Video Shows How “Cheap” Expensive Designer Sweaters Really Are

Video Shows How “Cheap” Expensive Designer Sweaters Really Are

What's the most you'd ever pay for a sweater? $50? $150? What if it was made by a big name designer like Prada, Jill Sander, or Celine and Chloe? Last season, these and other designers sent

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Electro-Thermal Knee Brace Provides Stability During Workout, Comfort After

Electro-Thermal Knee Brace Provides Stability During Workout, Comfort After

What if your knee brace could not only comfort you during your workout, but also after? That's the problem solved by a recent Red Dot Design Award winner. Designers at Ming Chuan

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DIY This Scrumptious Vegan Lemon Herb Spaghetti in 10 Minutes!

DIY This Scrumptious Vegan Lemon Herb Spaghetti in 10 Minutes!

Wondering what to have to dinner tonight? Even worse, are you staring into nearly empty cabinets and refrigerator shelves? Sometimes it helps to have a handful of kitchen sink recipes in your

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New Super-Efficient 2D LEDs Are 10,000 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair!

New Super-Efficient 2D LEDs Are 10,000 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair!

We live in three dimensions, and we sometimes think we might add more dimensions to that list as we advance. Scientists at the University of Washington may have just leap-frogged us into the

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Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

As our closest genetic relatives, it's no wonder that humans are fascinated by gorillas. Last week, we were captivated by the news that a baby girl gorilla was born at the San Diego Zoo. The

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Goldman Sachs Declares Solar Energy Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, and Elon Musk is a Genius

Goldman Sachs Declares Solar Energy Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, and Elon Musk is a Genius

They may be one of the greediest, most exploitative firms on Wall Street, but Goldman Sachs knows a profitable investment when they see one. The company recently released a report that states

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

Tiny House Family In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don't really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three

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Forget Facebook: The All-Electric ‘Grass Printer’ Will Mow a Status Update Into Your Lawn

Forget Facebook: The All-Electric ‘Grass Printer’ Will Mow a Status Update Into Your Lawn

Mowing the lawn is usually considered a chore, but with a new award-winning device, it could become your new creative outlet. Recently named a 2014 Red Dot Design Award winner, the 'Grass

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Kolelinia Lab’s Halfbike Proves Less Can Be More When it Comes to Urban Mobility

Kolelinia Lab’s Halfbike Proves Less Can Be More When it Comes to Urban Mobility

In most cases, waking up to find half a bike in your garage would throw a wrench in your morning commute. But that's not the case with the Halfbike, a new vehicle by Kolelinia Lab. Technically a

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Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Throngs of people use public transportation every day in urban centers, and touching the handles or straps on buses and trains can expose you to a myriad of germs. To combat this problem, a

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Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

By now, we're no longer surprised when Lady Gaga makes an appearance in an outlandish outfit. Dresses made of meat, or suits that are more helicopter than clothing--we expect these things from

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It’s Official! San Francisco Bans Bottled Water on City Property

It’s Official! San Francisco Bans Bottled Water on City Property

In a permanent extension of a 2007 law, San Francisco has made it illegal for the City to buy or distribute plastic water bottles. Bottled water contributes to massive amounts of litter and

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A Playground Paradise is Planned for Governor’s Island Park!

A Playground Paradise is Planned for Governor’s Island Park!

What's better than an awesome slide at your favorite outdoor park? How about an entire hill full of them! Construction workers are working on erecting a 38-foot-tall hill at Governor's Island

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