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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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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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the

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High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

A wearable technology so new it still doesn't have an official name could allow for more precise cancer-removal surgeries in the future. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see (even

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Watching This “Evolution Door” Open Will Blow Your Mind

Watching This “Evolution Door” Open Will Blow Your Mind

At first glance, the Evolution Door designed by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler looks like a modern barn door, and we expected it to behave the same way - by simply swinging or sliding open.

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Photo of green roof via Shutterstock The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that's just what Amsterdam's water utility, Waternet,

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Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

For the past year or so, Rawlemon has been blowing our minds with their innovative concepts for concentrated solar power generation. Back in 2012 Inhabitat first reported on the Barcelona-based

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How Your Eye-Shadow Puts Indian Children At Risk For Death

How Your Eye-Shadow Puts Indian Children At Risk For Death

Do you love shimmery lip gloss, eye shadow, nail polish? That extra sparkle comes from a mineral called mica, a glittery silicate mineral that's used in many different types of cosmetics.

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Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

Most of us can't imagine the stress and shame that come along with being homeless. Services that are meant to help those without a place to live mean well, but often they treat homeless

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Score A Flavor Touchdown with 6 Delicious Dips And Spreads For Super Bowl Sunday!

Score A Flavor Touchdown with 6 Delicious Dips And Spreads For Super Bowl Sunday!

Scrambling for snack ideas on the eve of the Super Bowl? Struggling to balance your healthy eating style with the less-than-healthy appetizers that typically make the rounds at a Super Bowl

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Ralph Lauren’s 2014 Winter Olympic Team Outfits Scream “Made In The USA”

Ralph Lauren’s 2014 Winter Olympic Team Outfits Scream “Made In The USA”

During the last Winter Olympics millions were astonished to learn that the uniforms worn as the U.S. Olympic Team entered the carnival-like Opening Ceremonies had not actually been made in the

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DIY This Healthy ‘Three Sisters’ Soup Recipe To Fill Your Belly In Chilly Weather

DIY This Healthy ‘Three Sisters’ Soup Recipe To Fill Your Belly In Chilly Weather

Do you know the Three Sisters? No, we're not talking about a new musical group. The Three Sisters are corn, beans, and squash--three staples of the Native American diet that have actually been

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