Contributed by Tafline Laylin
[Editor’s note: Knowaste, a British company recycles diapers and other absorbent hygiene products. If anyone is interested in starting a useful green business, it licenses its technology to non-British companies.
Some parents have learned how to toilet train infants before their first birthday.]
That is four million babies who each are likely to use up to 8,000 throwaway diapers before they are potty trained.
In 1970, Americans discarded 350,000 tons of disposable diapers in landfills across the country.
By 2012, that number soared to a staggering 3,590,000 tons. More than nine out of 10 parents crowd landfills with dirty plastics that will not biodegrade for 500 years.1 Continue reading
No building is as important to you as your own home. If you’re planning on building a new house, why not seek LEED certification?
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) sponsors LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) to promote sustainable building and provide the tools and guidelines to achieve it.
Building professionals must pass rigorous tests become LEED green associates.
Living in a LEED-certified house has a number of advantages over a less energy efficient and healthy conventionally built house. Continue reading
Nothing says love like cute paper valentines and candy hearts, right? Not exactly.
If you’re looking to be more eco-friendly this Valentine’s Day, chances are strong that the traditional options of expressing your love won’t do the trick.
Fortunately, deciding to see green along with of red this year won’t leave you without romantic options. In fact, the environmentally friendly alternatives for your loved ones listed below are sure to be more unique and memorable than a run-of-the-mill bouquet of roses. Continue reading
Genetic engineering promises to boost crop yields, enhance the nutritional value of foods, provide new medicines and many other benefits. It also entails potential risks that have attracted opposition on numerous fronts.
Some of the opposition, unfortunately, takes the form of ideological rants, innuendo, or scare tactics. Separating responsible from irresponsible criticism can be difficult.
About a year ago, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the sale of two genetically engineered varieties of apple for human food. Continue reading
The world is gradually embracing the use of renewable energy with countries such as the United States, European, and other countries advocating for reliance on it.
Green energy presents multiple benefits, among them the ability to reduce environmental footprint, eliminate greenhouse gasses, reduce the amount spent on energy bills, and lessen energy security issues while stimulating economic growth.
Presently, 56% of energy use at home accounts for heating and cooling according the U.S Department of Energy. New developments in renewable energy have led to remarkable changes in HVAC technologies as more companies have moved towards the creation of traditional systems that are energy efficient as well as new kinds of systems that run on alternative/green energies like solar and geothermal. Continue reading
Contributed by Tane Clark
With the signing of the recent COP21 agreement in Paris, the environment and climate change are firmly at the top of the world agenda and rightly so. Without action, our world will continue to have problems with world temperatures and climates.
Every country in the world and even every individual have a responsibility to take action when it comes to the environment. It’s for the sake of our futures and with every small change, a movement of attitude can be formulated too which will help to educate the planet’s future population. Continue reading
Our wastefulness is even worse between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In that one month, for example, we generate more trash than any other three months. We also waste more energy and food than during the rest of the year.
As we plan to celebrate this season of giving, let’s also give back to the earth by reducing our waste. We easily can make small but significant changes toward a more sustainable Christmas celebration. Continue reading
If you look online for any of the obvious keywords, you’ll find a lot of corporate websites crowing about their environmental initiatives.
You’ll also find plenty of writers who consider corporations in general to be obstacles on the road to sustainability.
In a recent Huffington Post article, Shane Ferro, an author with a dim view of the automobile industry, reported on an award the US EPA bestowed on Chevrolet. The company has partnered with eleven colleges to purchase carbon offsets from their renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Continue reading
Recycling shipping containers to make homes solves two problems—the plethora of containers piling up at every port in the world and the shortage of affordable housing.
Shipping containers represent one of the greatest innovations in shipping in recent years. Before, it was necessary to load various products on a ship at one port, unload them at another port, and transfer the contents to trains or trucks. Continue reading
Probably very few advocates of sustainability identify themselves as conservative, but I do.
Conservative think tanks allied with electric service providers vigorously advocate ending “special treatment” for renewable energy. How any position opposed to energy conservation can seriously be considered conservative is beyond me.
Too many advocates of renewable energy are content to paint electric utilities (and large corporations in general) as evil.
I want to make a conservative case for renewable energy in general and rooftop solar in particular. But before countering the arguments of the utilities and utility-friendly think tanks, it is first necessary to understand them. Continue reading