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Ban the Bag

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Happy Earth Day! No better time to voice your support for banning plastic bags in California.

California, stand up! The first organized attempt at a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags may have faltered, but the fight rages on. Emboldened by several successful local actions boycotting wasteful plastic shopping bags, Californians are urging Governor Jerry Brown to make a move.  Plastic pollution harms wildlife, threatens public health, and hinders the economy. It's......read more

North America's Greenest Cities Ranked

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San Francisco tops Green City Index, followed by Vancouver and NYC

We tend to look at environmental legislation through a national lens, and the view these days is depressing. With Capitol Hill stuck in political gridlock, national action on climate and energy is proving to be a practical impossibility. Luckily, U.S. cities aren't waiting for Congress to climb out of the mire. Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit......read more

America's First Waste-Free Grocery Store

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Zero-packaging food retailer to start up in Austin

In the world of sustainable food, Austin, Texas is known best as the home of Whole Foods, the natural foods giant that first opened there in 1980. But it's another Austin-based retailer of local and organic food that has people talking these days. The store, called In.gredients, is looking to lay claim to the title of America's first ever "package-free, zero waste grocery store." The idea......read more

London Olympics Won't Meet Green Targets

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Environmental watchdogs point to mismanagement of issues like energy and waste

The "greenest Olympics ever" could have been a great deal greener than they will be, according to a critical new report that finds fault with the handling of the Games' environmental impact. On key issues such as energy, waste and the use of resources, as well as the effects on public health, the management of London 2012 has fallen short, according to WWF and BioRegional, two green campaigning......read more

Wasteland

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How America can save money and stop wasting less food, water and energy

Waste is just that – a waste. A waste of time, money, and valuable resources, like food, clean water, fertile soil, or energy.  As pointless as waste is, and as much as we dislike it, it is all around us. We waste almost half the food we grow or raise. We waste more than half our energy through inefficiency, we waste three-quarters of our fuel in gas guzzlers, we waste water......read more

Norpro Stainless Steel Compost Keeper

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Convenient, attractive kitchen storage for compost scraps $39.61

This odor-eliminating container from Norpro offers a convenient home for food scraps before you transfer them to an outside composter. Great for egg shells, peelings, coffee grounds, and more, with a stainless-steel handle for easy transport. Within the one-gallon unit's tight-fitting lid is a charcoal filter that delivers odor-free use for up to six months. It's properly sized to fit under the......read more

Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms

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Mexican-American artist recycles trash into neatly arranged installations at Guggenheim Museum

In his hotly anticipated new show at the Guggenheim Museum, Mexican-American artist Gabriel Orozco explores the fertile territory where nature and humanity intersect. The exhibition, entitled Asterisms, is a two-part sculptural and photographic installation comprising thousands of items of trash that he collected from a playing field near his home in New York and a protected......read more

The Circular Economy

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Can a closed-loop economy eliminate waste and save resources? The Ellen MacArthur Foundation thinks so, and it has a new animation to show how

You may or may not remember Ellen MacArthur as the solo yachtswoman who in 2005 broke the world speed record for circumnavigation of the globe. Today, she stays busy as the figurehead behind the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an independent UK-based charity promoting the vision of a "circular economy." Don't know what that is? Don't worry, neither did we until we watched this fun, well-made......read more

How Tech Helps and Harms the Environment

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Larry Magid gives the true picture of technology's ecological effects

Larry Magid for Huffington Post: As we celebrate "Earth Week" (its too important for just one day), I can't help but think about how technology both helps and harms our environment. On the positive side, tech is helping cut down on the use of some resources. Reading newspapers and documents on screens means chopping down fewer trees for paper. Using email cuts down on the environmental cost not......read more

Hy-Fi by The Living

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Organic tower made from agricultural waste wins MoMA PS1 competition

Each summer, an up-an-coming architect is given the chance to transform the outdoor courtyard at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. This year it's David Benjamin's firm The Living, which was selected as the winner of the 15th annual Young Architects Program in New York. The Living's concept is called Hy-Fi, a circular tower of organic bricks made from corn stalks and living root structures.......read more

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