Penguins are adorable, entertaining, interesting and certainly worth saving. Who can resist they're cute suit-like outfits or their silly waddling? Go out and celebrate World Penguin Day any way you can. Put on a tux and waddle around, slide on your belly, catch a fish, go somewhere cold, spend time with family, watch penguin videos on YouTube or give to causes that help keep them alive and well on this beautiful planet.
The students at Ryerson School of Interior Design in Toronto, are making their end of year show sustainable. Students put the whole show on themselves, so they could get crazy or silly wasteful if they wanted to. However they are taking reduce and reuse very seriously and the show sounds like it could set an example for other school shows.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued an eyebrow-raising rare rebuke of the State Department's report on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that their analysis failed to properly account for climate change impacts
Cauliflower can seem like a somewhat bland vegetable. You can just cover veggies in cheese sauces to hide them when you don't know what else to do. However, there has to be a better and healthier way to serve cauliflower that doesn't involve drowning it in fatty sauces. This recipe for spicy roasted cauliflower with a lemon honey dressing sounds lovely.
Earth Day used to seem like a pretty big deal. It really should be but it seems like its gotten a little lost lately. Check out where we and the world stands on important Earth issues. Go out and do something wonderful for the Earth and therefore each other.
Last week an interesting challenge took place sponsored by the Keep a Breast Foundation. Though they educate young people about breast cancer they also care about the over abundance of plastic in our lives. Several people participated in their Plastic Sucks Challenge and I think we all can learn something from them as well as doing a Plastic Challenge of our own. After looking at the picture of a weeks worth of plastic used by the author, I feel like I need to examine my own use of plastics.
I personally don't really understand people's fascination with coffee pods. Coffee is so much better freshly ground and brewed. It takes so little time to grind beans, add water to your press or machine, and then brew. The result is certainly worth it which is why the wasteful coffee pods that Illy as well as other companies are pushing make no sense. Illy is feeling bad about their wasteful plastic pods that will end up in landfills and so they are encouraging people to bring in their used pods to the store for recycling. Yes, recycling is good.
A recent ukulele flash mob on a Canadian subway just proves how nice Canadians are. They were playing at 8:00am which might make you a little grouchy on your morning commute. However subway riders seemed happy and upbeat with the whole experience. If all subways had fun entertainment like this, maybe even more people would be interested in mass transit. It could get really wild with buses and cabs providing upbeat complimentary musicians.
Bone china teacups are pretty classy drinking vessels. If you have a mismatched set or come across a couple pretty teacups in a thrift store you can do more than just drink out of them. An artist from the UK, Abigail MaryRose Clark, is taking lovely bone china teacups and turning them into bracelets. Bone china is more durable than other types of china which lends them to this purpose quite well. Old things being turned into useful items instead of them ending up in a landfill is always nice to see.
As good as the Coen Brothers directed video satirizing so-called Clean Coal, this well made spoof of an Exxon promotional video draws attention to the problems with pipelines
The "Veggie Mobile Market" is colorful old school bus which runs on vegetable oil. This snazzy and healthy bus is the brainchild of Tanya Fields, food-justice advocate who wants to bring a local farms produce to those in need in the Bronx. Her bus however needs a new transmission and so she needs your help. This is a good cause and I hope will be very successful.
If you can put chickens in sweaters, why not put turtles in sweaters? Actually the sweaters that Katie Bradley makes and sells on Etsy.com are more decorative than an actual sweater. She claims the purpose is to make your turtle more visible in your yard, thus easier to find. I suppose as long as you are out there with your turtle hawks may stay away. It is a lot sillier than chickens in sweaters though. I'm still giggling about it.
A very eco-conscious bride, Stephanie Watson, wanted a truly unique and eco-friendly wedding gown. The gown she made, named Nadine, is very lovely and made of over 10,000 recycled bread bag clips. I love seeing all the crazy and beautiful dresses people make with recycled things.
Shipping pallets can be used for all sorts of projects. Did you know that not all pallets are safe to use? I admit to not even thinking about this. Yikes! Read the article and then find some safe pallets with your new knowledge and build something awesome.
Noted Canadian scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki speaks out against Genetically Modified Foods citing lack of testing of all potential effects