There are petitions for everything and when it comes to politicians it usually involves stopping a certain policy or something but I came across this petition sponsored by the Sierra Club to thank President Obama for standing strong on mercury pollution. Maybe he’s waiting to hear from you? Continue reading
Two master’s students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Joshua Noble and Hyeona Yang, have designed a jacket that enables the wearer to store and filter rainwater that is safe to drink on their backs. It even comes with a straw!
The project was inspired by the UN’s projection that by 2025 1.8 billion people will live in areas where water is in short supply.
The jacket is made of plastic and purifies the water via iodine and charcoal filters that can easily be changed. The purified rainwater is distributed into various pockets in the back of the coat to prevent imbalances and sloshing. The jacket’s durability has not been tested given the short project timeline.
The ingenuity displayed here is a way to approach the water issue on a micro level. Albeit a progressive solution to a pressing water crisis, we still desperately need a macro level approach.
Source: Fastco Design
Photo Credit: “a p p l i e d” by Jesse Wright
What are carcinogens?
Carcinogens are substances or exposures that cause or aggravate cancer.
Where can I find them?
Carcinogens can be found in foods, beauty products, or even cell phones. It was also recently reported that carcinogens were being found in Brazilian blowouts, a popular salon hair straightening process.
Do carcinogens cause cancer immediately?
Generally, no. But different carcinogens have different cancer-causing potential. Some may cause cancer quickly while others require more prolonged exposure.
What are some known carcinogens?
- Naphthalene, found in tanning beds, mothballs, and coal tars.
- Formaldehyde, found in many beauty products.
- Aspartame, found in soft drinks as an artificial sweetener.
- o-Nitrotoluene, found in dyes.
- Aluminum, found in antiperspirants.
For a full list, check out Cancer.org.
What can I do to limit my exposure?
Eat organic foods and choose organic or natural hair products. Read ingredient labels and become educated about what you’re putting on and into your body.
Photo credit: “Real Compost,” Kessner Photography
In April, we posted a list of ten things you may not have known you could compost. So of course we had to do a list about things you didn’t know you can’t compost.
- Black walnut tree leaves and twigs (Releases substances that may be harmful to plants)
- Chemically treated yard trimmings (May kill organisms beneficial to composting)
- Coal or charcoal ashes (May contain substances that are harmful to plants)
- Cooked vegetables (This one is debatable)
- Dairy products (Attracts rodents, flies)
- Diapers (Unless they’re made from 100% compostable materials)
- Diseased or insect-ridden plants (Might transfer to other plants)
- Fats and oils (Attracts pests)
- Meat or fish bones/scraps (Attracts pests, odor problems)
- Pet wastes (May contain parasites, viruses)
Letterman: Are you [the EPA] concerned with climate change? That doesn’t come under your heading or does it?
Jackson: Oh Absolutely we’re concerned with climate change. Absolutely.
Letterman: And there’s nothing we can do about that really is there? [laughter]
Jackson: I personally don’t think it’s hopeless. I think we need to move. I think we need to act.
Letterman: It’s hopeless. Absolutely. When you see the president tell him I said, it’s hopeless. [laughter]
Here’s 3 videos featuring the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P. Jackson for Earth Day. Continue reading