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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Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Spider's silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it's hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky web in the corner. This seemingly

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Is This What a ‘Normal’ Barbie Looks Like?

Is This What a ‘Normal’ Barbie Looks Like?

Generations of girls have grown up playing with Barbie--with her tiny waist and unrealistically shaped feet. Finally, someone has asked the question: what if Barbie dolls looked more like the

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This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

You know those plastic bracelets people wear to show their support for cancer research and the like? Well now a new version has the potential to save lives in a different way. Health and

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How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

What are your aspirations for the afterlife? These days there are more options than just traditional burial or cremation. We've explored many different options for green burial, like planters

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Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Internet access is what keeps companies like Facebook and Google in business. The more people who have internet connectivity, the more demand there is for their services. That's presumably why

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Waterways are Oozing ‘Rock Snot’ Because of Climate Change

Waterways are Oozing ‘Rock Snot’ Because of Climate Change

The effects of climate change aren't always massive storms and never-ending drought. Sometimes they happen quietly, over many years, before finally surfacing in all their disgusting,

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Drone Captures Rare Footage of Dolphin Megapod Stampeding with Whales (Video)

Drone Captures Rare Footage of Dolphin Megapod Stampeding with Whales (Video)

One dolphin is beautiful. Two, playing together in the water, is a gift. So what do you call dozens and dozens of dolphins, all leaping and diving their way to new feeding grounds? Apparently, a

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Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

Your Next Dell Could Come with Wireless Charging Capabilities

Dell likes to be first. They were the first to market laptops directly to college freshmen through bro-friendly language, first to ship their computers in mushroom-based packaging, and, if their

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Meet An Inspiring Teen Who Survived Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse

Meet An Inspiring Teen Who Survived Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse

At age 18, most American kids are looking forward to college or scouting out summer job opportunities. Few have seen the human rights violations and traumatic loss of life that haunt Reba Sikder

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‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

If you're a senior who lives alone, or a woman working second shift, it's important to be concerned about safety. As anyone who watches the ID channel knows, danger can be lurking in plain

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Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Organic Food Company?

Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Organic Food Company?

Organic food is no longer the realm of small family farms and crunchy families who belong to the only food co-op in town. No sir. As the public has become more educated about and interested in

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Google Street View Maps Out the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it’s Awesome

Google Street View Maps Out the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it’s Awesome

Image of polar bear with cub / Shutterstock It's no surprise that the polar bear has become an icon of climate change, since it's a living example of what happens when rising temperatures

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Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Just a few weeks ago the world's largest solar thermal power plant switched online in Nevada, and now the largest solar plant in Latin America is underway just south of the border. Aura Solar I

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Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Cracked ground image via Shutterstock California is currently experiencing its worst drought in 500 years. Although it's always been an arid state, there's reason to believe that California's

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FDA Unveils New Easy-To-Read Nutritional Fact Labels for Food Products

FDA Unveils New Easy-To-Read Nutritional Fact Labels for Food Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today unveiled its proposed revisions for the ubiquitous Nutrition Facts label. Around 20 years ago, the agency instituted the labels in an attempt to

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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Top image: A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa. © Marcus Bleasdale/National Geographic Captured during a 2004 visit to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo,

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GE Announces $10B Investment in Clean Energy R&D, Including Eco-Friendlier Fracking?

GE Announces $10B Investment in Clean Energy R&D, Including Eco-Friendlier Fracking?

Wind turbine image / Shutterstock The US-based conglomerate General Electric recently announced that it will spend an additional $10 billion researching and developing clean energy

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Watch These High-Tech Goggles Help Surgeons Spot Cancer

Watch These High-Tech Goggles Help Surgeons Spot Cancer

Dr. Samuel Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University, things special goggles could help surgeons eradicate cancer cells. Under normal circumstances,

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The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

Has "learn to knit" been on your to-do list for years? Are you envious of the scarves, sweaters, and cowls knitted by your DIY-minded friends? A new invention from Gerard Rubio could make

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Creepy or Cool? Haunting Sculptures Made From Upcycled Doll Parts

Creepy or Cool? Haunting Sculptures Made From Upcycled Doll Parts

Throughout the course of his or her life, the average child will break more than a few toys. Some will be loved to death, while others might meet a more sudden demise in a childhood experiment

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EQUAL: A Compact Electric Vehicle Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

EQUAL: A Compact Electric Vehicle Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

A new eco-friendly vehicle from Absolute Design could make independent, low-emission transportation possible for people who utilize a wheelchair. Most of us can't even imagine what life would be

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Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Photo from Shutterstock Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching, and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, he

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Twelve-Year-Old Creates Working Braille Printer Using Lego Mindstorms Kit

Twelve-Year-Old Creates Working Braille Printer Using Lego Mindstorms Kit

These days, it's not unusual to meet a teenager with a head full of marketable ideas. Unlike some enterprising youngsters, however, Shubham Banerjee isn't on a quest for fame or fortune. The 12

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Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

The glitz and glamour of New York Fashion week was interrupted by grim images depicting the reality of the fast fashion industry this week. Labor activists forced designers and fans to

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Dollhouse Mom Built Inside A Guitar Is Music To Daughter’s Ears

Dollhouse Mom Built Inside A Guitar Is Music To Daughter’s Ears

Lots of little girl's have dollhouses, but few have miniature creations as unique and wonderful as the one Lorraine Robinson built for her daughter. The crafty mom and owner of Fairy Meadow

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Heart & Noble Repurposes Plastic Cable Ties As Conceptual Jewelry

Heart & Noble Repurposes Plastic Cable Ties As Conceptual Jewelry

Most of us wouldn't look for fashion inspiration at the hardware store, but that's exactly where Cristina Gabriele's London- and New York-based label, Heart & Noble, found ideas for their

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Move Over California Roll, This Panda-Shaped Sushi Is Adorable!

Move Over California Roll, This Panda-Shaped Sushi Is Adorable!

Sushi is healthy and exotic food but it can be difficult to convince kids (and some adults!) to give it a try. One easy way to lower the barrier to trying sushi is by making it at home, and

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Modu’s Gender-Bending Clothing Line Samples The Best of Both Worlds

Modu’s Gender-Bending Clothing Line Samples The Best of Both Worlds

Women's clothes are designed for beauty while men's clothes are designed for function and comfort. But why? Designer Modu decided there's no reason fashion for both genders can't share the best

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Fly6 Rear-Facing Bike Light Camera Spies on Unruly Drivers with its Little Red Eye

Fly6 Rear-Facing Bike Light Camera Spies on Unruly Drivers with its Little Red Eye

Have you ever been riding your bike down the road and had a car cut you off or come too close for comfort? I'll bet you wished you had a camera running so you could hold them accountable. With

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EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow, a startup founded by engineers and business students from George Mason University, is working on an automatic lawnmower that literally creates its own fuel. Between the tailpipe

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