Monarch butterflies are easily recognized worldwide for their gorgeous black and orange wings, but these beauties are in danger of disappearing completely. Their numbers have dropped by 90 percent over the last couple of decades, and if we don’t smarten up, they’ll all die off. Greenpeace has shared eight ways that each and every one of us can help save these vital pollinators from extinction at our own hands, so please read on, and spread the word.
Many people bemoan the fact that they can’t grow their own food (or even flowers) because they lack any kind of garden space, but guess what? You can actually grow more than you realize in really small areas as long as they get a bit of direct sun. Hell, you can even grow things indoors under a lamp, but there’s something special about plucking your own food from a stalk that’s been sitting in summer sunshine all day. In any case, whether you have a little concrete slab behind your house, a fire escape outside your window, or even a tiny balcony, your urban garden can be a veritable Eden of fresh, healthy, home-grown vegetables, and herbs.
Floating cities may seem like utopian sci-fi, but autonomous ocean settlements could become reality as early as 2020, says The Seasteading Institute. The forward-thinking organization recently launched the Floating City Project—an architectural design contest that seeks innovative designs for sustainable floating cities. Seasteaders posit that these aquatic communities could be the solutions to many societal issues, such as overpopulation and threats of rising sea levels. In honor of this new ocean frontier and the ambitious design contest, we’ve rounded up seven incredible eco-friendly floating city designs that we could call home someday soon .
The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that the water keeps on flowing through farms and households, using everything from desalination plants to make seawater drinkable to massive water reuse and reclamation endeavors. But there’s plenty that the average person can do at home—from harvesting rainwater to retrofitting bathrooms—that can help to conserve water and make it through drier years to come. Read on for our top 8 water-saving ideas, whether you’re in the heart of the drought or beyond.
This Earth Day, why not roll up your sleeves and celebrate by turning recyclable materials into fun, functional, and fashionable crafts for your home? From toilet paper rolls to yard clippings, all of that stuff you would usually toss can be transformed into classy decor. Not sure where to start? Check out HomeTalk’s board of 13 DIY upcycled ideas for some chic, trendy ways to show your gratitude to Mother Earth.
It’s amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people realizing the energy-efficiency benefits of LED lighting, it seems that everything from headlights to TVs to even clothing and wallpaper are now being lit up by the versatile lighting technology. Unlike incandescents, LEDs are super-compact, don’t emit heat and use just a fraction of the energy – plus their flexible, plastic design allows them to be used in a wonderful variety of innovative ways that other types of lighting just can’t touch. We’ve seen so many weird and wonderful uses for LED lighting lately that we decided to put together a roundup of our favorite examples for your viewing pleasure. Click through our gallery to see some of the quirkiest, most interesting uses for LEDs that we’ve ever seen.
The idea of cooking salmon in your dishwasher is a pretty well known kitchen parlor trick that, by itself, ends up wasting a lot of power and water. However, in a recent NPR segment, a pioneering food writer of dishwashing cuisine named Lisa Casali says she has figured out a trendy new way of using heat sealed containers—such as canning jars and food vacuum bags—to cook all her food while cleaning a full rack of dirty dishes. Talk about multitasking... Suddenly cooking with your dishwasher doesn't sound so crazy. Instead, it’s actually an economical, and not to mention, environmentally friendly way to cook. It will also keep your house cooler (no running oven) and you won’t have to watch over it or worry about burning your meal. We've rounded up a small sample of six meals that you could be throwing into your dishwasher right now!
If you were wondering how to turn your balcony or a small backyard into a green oasis, look no further: a pallet garden is an ideal solution that gives you the chance to plant a whole bunch of flowers and herbs into a space that’s only several square feet in size. These simple wooden structures are now one of the most popular foundations for building furniture, gardens, and art pieces. In this article, we will go through the process of building a pallet garden step by step.
Love the festive Easter spirit but wish it were more vegan-friendly? You’re in luck—we’ve rounded up six vegan-friendly ways to decorate Easter “eggs” to let you enjoy this old-school tradition without causing harm to any animals in the process. From wooden eggs to chocolate-filled papier-mâché eggs, these fun alternatives are not only vegan-approved—most are recyclable and eco-friendly to boot. Read on for the full list!
Easter season is upon us, and many families enjoy decorating eggs as a way to celebrate and spend time together. You’re not stuck fiddling with messy dye kits from the grocery store, however. Decorating eggs with flowers and foliage is just as easy! As a bonus, it’s an excuse to get your family—especially those rambunctious little ones—outside for a while, to take in the crisp spring air and forage for little natural gems to take home and affix to your Easter eggs. Read on to learn how simply and elegant your Easter eggs can be with this natural approach to holiday decor.
Bringing potted plants into a living space to liven it up is a trick that's been used by interior designers for years, but did you know that our leafy friends are also powerful filters that purify the air around us? In fact, several studies have been conducted showing that certain plants can rid a room of up to 89 percent of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene. If you think about the prices of some of those fancy air filtration systems out there, it's a bit surprising that more of us don't just purchase some plants instead. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air in their homes, read on for 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you as well as which specific pollutant each one targets and removes.
Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup of chamomile tea to alleviate insomnia, or a peppermint infusion to soothe an upset stomach. In addition to serving as drinkable herbal delights, tinctures can be effective remedies for a variety of health issues, from anemia to PMS, and can also boost your immune system. Many herbs and flowers are now ready to be harvested, so read on to learn more about medicinal tinctures, and how you can make your own at home.
Hot on the heels of Elon Musk’s comment that he expects self-driving Teslas to be available by summer, Uber has announced that it is rolling out its own fleet of autonomous vehicles in select markets. The troubled transportation company, which has been at the center of controversy surrounding its driver screening process and passenger safety, said the move was a way to “better protect [its] customers by removing the human element.”
When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco’s MUNI power lines, we couldn’t believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius hacks into the same overhead electrical system that propels the city’s buses, getting free power from San Francisco‘s public transportation infrastructure.
How do you design an outdoor music festival which leaves no trace? That was the goal of Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn when he and his team envisioned an eco roots music festival in the outskirts of Portland Oregon. Since it was launched in 1999, Pickathon Music Festival has been the only waste-free and plastic-free outdoor music festival in the US, featuring solar-powered structures and an outdoor stage designed to be dismantled and recycled at the end of the concert. When students from Portland State University were tasked with designing a recyclable stage for the 2014 concert, they rose to the challenge with an incredible structure built entirely out of recycled shipping pallets. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that documents the development of this portable stage, which will help to ensure that the wild concert experience will leave no trace on the surrounding environment.