WATCH: What Is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

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In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Ben Segall you’ll learn there’s a patch of garbage that’s not twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean right now. You should know what you throw in the ocean comes right back to you so this is a serious problem. You’ll also learn this is a global problem why that means its solution will require action on a global scale. Please do reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse plastic because all the plastic ever made is still around, but much more will need to be done than just that. Seriously. Watch below. Continue reading

Why You Should Stop Recycling So Much Stuff

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It would be irresponsible of me to write that you should stop recycling, but odds are you should. The Floppy Disk Notebook above is actually an example of upcycling, which is also an option you can learn about here. Right now we’re focused on the 4 Rs. The phase to remember was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” but now many have added the word Refuse at the end. This is because if we can recycle and reuse that means beforehand we have consumed. Continue reading

VIDEO: The Story of Electronics

The Story of Electronics explores the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

VIDEO: What Is E-Waste?

It can be an uncomfortable topic: eWaste. If you’re reading this you’re on an electronic device (unless you printed this out or something) but the term “eWaste” asks the question “What happens to my electronics when I get rid of them?” Your electronic waste is called eWaste and unless it’s properly recycled, and many times it isn’t, the harmful chemicals inside that make your smartphones and laptops run can leak out into the groundwater in landfills or harm those in other countries separating the parts for reprocessing.

While I won’t call it an answer to eWaste because you can always reduce, eCycling at least recycles the components of our electronic waste for reuse instead of dumping it in a landfill. Responsible eCycling on your part requires you to know where your recycled electronics are going and if your electronics recycler is responsible or not. Where can you eCycle your electronics? Check out the links on the EPA website or our post Amazon Lets You Trade-In Old Electronics For New Ones
eCycling is easier than you think.

If you’ve never heard of eWaste watch the video above from the good folks at GOOD.

PHOTOS: The House Made of Hemp


Hemp is the soft, durable fiber cultivated from the Cannabis plant and is used to refer to marijuana with a low, non-psychoactive level of THC, the main chemical in marijuana. Hemp has been used for hundreds of years with an estimated 50,000 products being derived from it. Here, hemp is used in the form of Hemcrete- a mixture of industrial hemp, lime and water- to construct a home located in Asheville, North Carolina. More pics below. Continue reading

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