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:

Top 7 Reasons to Wash Clothes on Cold and Hang Them to Dry

December 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

With global temperatures on the rise, clothes dryers are going out of fashion, and so is using hot water to do what the sun can do to clothes hanging out to dry.

Teen Depression and Suicide Rates are Rising in Tandem with Smartphone Ownership, Researchers Find

November 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm

Teen suicide rates rose 31 percent between 2010 and 2015. Teen depression rates rose 33 percent over the same period.

Guess what else rose around 35 percent during that time period? Teen smartphone ownership.

Scientists Call for a Ban on Glitter, The Latest Microplastic Found Polluting the Ocean

November 25, 2017 at 2:15 am

Like microbeads, glitter is a microplastic polluting the ocean and seafood

As we inch closer toward fulfilling the prediction of more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, every bit we keep out counts – even glitter.

Texas School Beats ADHD by Tripling Recess Time

November 21, 2017 at 2:13 am

While most school districts across the country are cutting back on recess time and ramping up the Ritalin, one Texas school has kindergartners and first graders sitting still and “incredibly attentive.”

What’s their secret? Their recess time has tripled.

Why This “Hobbit Lady” Went From Riches to Rags on Purpose

November 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm

An Oxford graduate, born in a castle, Emma Orbach decided she’d rather live in a mud hut in the woods “with fairies,” without electricity or running water

The daughter of a wealthy musician, Emma grew up in an old castle. She was educated in one of the most expensive boarding schools in England alongside the daughters of two foreign presidents.

Save the Oceans with Plastic-Free Menstrual Products

November 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Reusable cloth pads and natural rubber menstrual cups can help

Fortunately humanity is starting to wake up to the dangers of plastic pollution. Many of us are moving away from plastic water bottles, plastic bags, plastic utensils, and even plastic diapers.

But what most women haven’t realized is how much plastic is in our period products.

Why Raking Your Leaves is Counterproductive

November 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm

Biologists at the National Wildlife Federation are urging people to stop raking their leaves. Here’s why:


Build Your Own “Tom Sawyer” Raft With No Rope

October 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

Man makes a rope-less raft, inspired by childhood heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Want a fun project to do with the kids? Follow the simple step-by-step instructions below.