British Grocery Store First in World to Go Plastic-Free

March 12, 2018 at 12:35 am

A major British grocery chain shows the world it’s possible sell food without plastic

The British grocery retailer “Iceland” recently pledged to eliminate plastic packaging from all its store-brand products by 2023.

Legos Will Be Made of 100% Plant-Based Plastic by 2030

March 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Lego company pledges to phase out fossil-fuel-based plastics and make all blocks from sugarcane by 2030

Danish toy maker Lego announced last week that all its core products and packaging will soon be made from “bio”plastic.

Trees Talk to Each Other in a Language We Can Learn, Ecologist Claims

February 28, 2018 at 9:29 pm

A massive web of hair-like mushroom roots transmit secret messages between trees, triggering them to share nutrients and water with those in need.

Like humans, trees are extremely social creatures, utterly dependent on each other for their survival. And, as it is with us, communication is key.

The Tear-Jerking Story of a Tree Hugger Who Inspired Loggers to Lay Their Axes at Her Feet By Living in a Giant Tree for Two Years

February 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm

The epic story of the woman who saved the last of the redwoods by living at the top of a giant tree 738 days

Twenty years ago, 23-year-old Julia “Butterfly” Hill climbed 200 feet to the top of a 1500-year-old giant sequoia tree in Northern California and refused to come down until a logging company agreed not to chop it down.

Border Collies “Run Like the Wind” To Reforest Chile

February 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Two sisters and their amazing dogs have taken it upon themselves to plant thousands of trees after Chile’s massive forest fires

Over a million acres burned in the largest fire of Chile’s  history in January of 2017, leaving a charred wasteland in place of beautiful old growth forests.

In March of 2017, citizen-hero Francisca Torres and her three border collies set out to do something about it.

Only 180 Left: Act Now to Save Florida Panthers

February 13, 2018 at 11:56 pm

There are only an estimated 180 Florida panthers left on Earth,  pushed to slivers of land that total just 5 percent of their historic range.

The Eastern cougar was declared officially extinct last month. The window of opportunity to protect their Florida panther cousins from the same destiny is very short.

Fracking Wastes 5 Million Gallons of Water Per Well, Study Finds

February 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm

In the middle of a global water crisis, we are permanently contaminating 5 million gallons each time we frack a well. The water is so toxic after it gets injected deep underground afterward, where it causes earthquakes.

Open pit storage of toxic flow-back water near well in Pennsylvania. Credit: Paulio Shakespeare,

Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas has raised serious concerns about water quality, but a new study indicates the practice also has an alarming impact on water quantity.

Can Human Urine Replace Chemical Fertilizers?

January 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

Farmers collect thousands of gallons of urine donations as part of an experiment to see if human urine can replace fossil-fuel-based fertilizer… so far, the results are promising

Horse drawn urine applicator at Fairwinds hay farm in Vermont.

“Bring us your liquid gold,” the founders of Rich Earth Institute beckon their neighbors on their website.

7 Good Reasons to Wash the Dishes By Hand

January 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm

For the last half-century many of us have been conditioned to believe a dishwasher is a convenience we can’t live without. In recent years, we’ve even been led to believe the machine is more environmentally responsible than washing dishes by hand.

Below are several reasons that’s not true, plus some surprising benefits of washing dishes by hand:

Egg-Shaped Coffins Plant Trees Rather than Kill Them

January 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Biodegradable, egg-shaped “burial pods” allow you to almost literally “turn yourself into a tree” when you die

Every year Americans cut down 4 million acres of hardwood forest to bury our dead.