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"Approximately 72 percent of the waste currently being landfilled or incinerated consists of materials that could be put to higher and better use through recycling or composting. Most of this material is office paper, cardboard, non-recyclable paper, and food waste."
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Eco Culture

So you use oil? No, that doesn't make you a hypocrite

It's time to compost these straw-man arguments for good.

Source: Culture feed | 5 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm MSK

Artist slices vintage books into sculptures to preserve 'threatened information systems'

Old atlases, reference books and encyclopedias are cut up and transformed by this artist into fractal-inspired works of paper art.

Source: Culture feed | 4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm MSK

Woman’s personal documentary of air pollution goes viral in China

Former news anchor Chai Jing’s “Under the Dome,” an investigation of smog, gets hundreds of millions of views.

Source: Culture feed | 4 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am MSK

Spoken word poet shares heartfelt inspiration in the face of crisis (Video)

Often, the struggles of the global environmental movement are fought with heads and hands. This eloquent spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan reminds us that it's a matter of our hearts too.

Source: Culture feed | 28 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm MSK

"Last Child in the Woods" is a must-read for all parents and educators

Richard Louv's 2008 book shows how direct exposure to nature is essential for children's development and wellbeing. If only the educational system would reflect that.

Source: Culture feed | 26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm MSK

Let's teach kids to love winter, not fear it

Elementary school policies on winter recess in Ontario, Canada, are cautious and restrictive, to the point where this parent fears it's instilling an unnecessary fear of the cold.

Source: Culture feed | 23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm MSK

Q&A with Orlando Von Einsiedel, Director of “Virunga”

With the Academy Awards this Sunday, we wanted to share more of our conversation with the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary.

Source: Culture feed | 20 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm MSK

'Every Kid in a Park' gives 4th graders free admission to all US National Parks

President Obama’s initiative aims to get all kids, and their families, out to experience and enjoy America's public lands and waters.

Source: Culture feed | 19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 pm MSK

Your leftover Valentine's Day flowers can be recycled to brighten someone else's day

These organizations recycle your leftover flowers into new bouquets for healthcare and hospice patients.

Source: Culture feed | 13 Feb 2015 | 10:28 pm MSK

UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle

This on-demand flower delivery startup aims to make sending (and receiving) flowers "nothing short of delightful."

Source: Culture feed | 11 Feb 2015 | 11:23 pm MSK

Oh No Mommy! Will the Greenies Take Fireworks Away From Us?

Obligatory Post About Green Fireworks for the 4th of July Fireworks are fun - who doesn't like explosions? - and a good excuse to get together with family and friends, but they're also not very clean. In Beijing, China, the smoke from fireworks during the new year celebrations tripled pollution levels overnight, and the toxic metals used to get the bright colorful sparks fall back to Earth, contaminating soil and water. Is there something we can do without losing the fireworks?

Source: LivingECHO | 3 Jul 2009 | 12:11 am MSD

Do Roses Stink?

For Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions, giving flowers often seems like a gift from Mother Nature herself.

But when flowers are doused in pesticides and transported long (i.e., energy-intensive) distances, their eco-appeal quickly evaporates.  The health impact conventionally-grown flowers has makes them even less desirable.

Source: LivingECHO | 14 Feb 2008 | 10:19 am MSK

The Natural Collection Supports Peace One Day Today

We're sure that millions of people all around the world have made a commitment to today's International Day of Peace.

Source: LivingECHO | 12 Oct 2007 | 2:07 am MSD

Taking Back the Streets: TreeHugger Tips For Car Free Day

Here are some ideas for World Car Free Day to take back our streets:...

Source: LivingECHO | 12 Oct 2007 | 1:57 am MSD

Seven Easy Pieces for Fall: Women

A new wind is starting to blow and you can almost smell change crackle in the air,...

Source: LivingECHO | 12 Oct 2007 | 1:56 am MSD

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