1. A/V Fridays – Magazine Christmas Trees

    Posted on December 9, 2011 by Allie

  2. A/V Fridays – Patagonia Common Threads Program

    Posted on November 11, 2011 by Allie

  3. A/V Fridays: 3 TED Talks That Can Inspire an Eco-Revolution

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Mariana.

    Environmental and eco-conscious initiatives have been all the buzz around the world for many years now. Green-minded movers and shakers from every generation and every background are working to create new solutions and new discourse for our depleting world. It is only through education, discussion, and action that any real change can ever be seen on the front of environmentalism and sustainability. It is not the state of our current generation that needs to be of concern, but rather the fate of our future generation as the current ones continue to destroy and deplete the world in which we live. These three TED talks are given by insightful and inspiring individuals ready for an eco-revolution.

    Birke Baehr: What’s Wrong with Our Food System

    In this talk, 11-year-old Birke Baehr discusses “the dark side of the industrial food system” and how he proposes to change it. Baehr explains the dangers of our current method for food production, distribution, and marketing. Painting a not so happy and picturesque picture of farming and gardening, Baehr delves into the modern technologies used to mass produce out meats and vegetables. Shunning the genetic manipulation of our food, young Baehr illuminates the dangers of these techniques. He states that rats that were given biotech (genetically engineered) corn showed signs of liver and kidney toxicity. He also discusses the appalling practices of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOS) in which fertilizers developed from fossil fuels are put into the dirt because all of the natural nutrients in the soil have been stripped. Pesticides made in much the same way are put on vegetables to ward off bugs and then are washed into our water system, poisoning not only pests, but also our society. Baehr, sounding wise beyond his years, promotes the “slow food” movement of local and organic farming. He vows to solve the food system crisis by growing (and buying) against the system. With a poignant point, Baehr explains that buying organic is worth the cost because it’s either “pay the farmer or pay the hospital”.  Read more…

  4. A/V Fridays – Super Cute Halloween Costume Made From Old Clothes

    Posted on October 14, 2011 by Allie

  5. A/V Fridays – DIY Stuffed Animals

    Posted on September 23, 2011 by Allie


    Start planning holiday projects early with this great video from Threadbanger! Turn old clothes into new stuffed animals!

    Have you started holiday crafting yet?

  6. A/V Friday – Recycled Paper Star Chains

    Posted on September 16, 2011 by Allie

    How to make Christmas paper Stars from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

    I don’t see any reason to wait for the holidays to make these adorable paper chains. I think I need a few to brighten up my office.

  7. A/V Fridays – Envelope Gift Bags

    Posted on September 2, 2011 by Allie

    How to make gift bags from envelopes from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

    Sara sent me this video. It’s so clever! I had to share!

  8. A/V Fridays – Protect Your Home from Hurricanes

    Posted on August 26, 2011 by Allie

    Since Hurricane Irene is headed to the east coast, it’s time to think about ways to protect your home from damage.   

    I stumbled across this quick video from Ryan Hanley. He does a great job of laying out a good plan for protecting your home in a storm, and there are a few tips here that you may not have thought of.

    Limiting damage as much as possible is a good way to keep your footprint small. Most importantly, stay safe!

  9. A/V Fridays – U.S. Gas Independence Infographic

    Posted on August 19, 2011 by Allie

    via txchnologist

    View the full-sized version here.

     

     

  10. A/V Fridays – Bill Gates Talks Computer Modeling & Nuclear Power

    Posted on August 5, 2011 by Allie

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.


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