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Climate Ride NYC-DC 2012: Pedaling for Sustainable Solutions

Climate Ride is a non-profit organization that organizes fully supported, charitable bike rides to support sustainable energy solutions, bike advocacy, and environmental causes. This is a special guest post from the Climate Ride NYC-DC 2012 participant Jenny Cooper of Environmental Defense Fund.  Five days, four states, 300 miles of bicycle […]

20 Bands Greening Up The Recording Industry

Musicians realize they can use their stage appeal for a greater green good. As more and more musicians realize the power of song and their influence over devoted followers, a handful have begun to use the stage as a pulpit to proclaim the wonders of living consciously. Adam Gardner, Guster […]

Mobile App Let’s You Pee in Someone’s House Airbnb Style

It’s George Costanza’s ultimate fantasy: never be without a decent bathroom. But this has an Airbnb twist. If you’ve heard of Airbnb, the Airpnp concept might sound familiar. Yes, we’re talking about renting out bathroom toilets. Because like Airbnb is a helpful alternative when hotels are all booked up, sometimes […]

Domestic Abuse: Why the #WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft Hashtags are Important

We’ve all likely seen–or at the very least heard of–the video of Ray Rice, the indefinitely suspended professional football player, punching his then girlfriend, now fiancé, Janay Rice, in the face. The video is incredibly upsetting for many reasons. First, we’re witnessing domestic abuse, which is terrible and inexcusable. Second, […]

Some Butterflies Doomed, Others Thrive, with Climate Change

The endangered butterfly has become an ideal  insect for scientists measuring the damage of climate change A new study published in Ecological Entomology shows some species of butterflies adapt much better than others to warming temperatures, especially in mountain landscapes. Which are most at risk? It appears butterfly species which […]

Saudi Arabia’s City Of Women: Segregated or Empowered?

A fascinating social experiment is about to begin in the Arab state of Saudi Arabia. Under Saudi Sharia law, women are accorded anything but equal rights – most famously, they must be chaperoned while outdoors and are forbidden to drive (although enforcement of the latter is lax in rural areas). […]

The Friday Five, Vol. 16

A weekly roundup of EcoSalon’s top stories. In Part 2 of The Post-Recession Fashion Industry-Discounted Sells, we take a look at how the fashion industry is emerging from its cocoon post-recession, a changed sector where consumers are more cautious, manufacturers are on their toes and designers are struggling to stay […]

George Goes Green

Yes, that really is a cat laying out. When my cat, George, isn’t working on his tan, his top three favorite activities, in order, are sleeping, eating, and frolicking with his kitty toys. These cotton mice rope toys from designer pet store Harry Barker are made with AZO-free dyes to […]

How African Farmers Saved Their Dying Land [Video]

This group of African farmers did an amazing thing: they helped adapt their farming operation to ensure it could survive a drier climate. “In the steep fields of Ethiopia’s highlands, when rain falls on the parched, overworked land it runs downhill, carrying soil with it. Farmers commonly lose 130 tons […]

Daily Track: Caves – Founds

Every day is better with a new track.  Caves by Founds Every day we bring you one track for a little musical inspiration. Have a track you want to submit? Email us at contact@ecosalon.com. Image: Founds

The Friday 5: Got a Head Full of Thoughts Edition

The best of EcoSalon’s stories this week. French writer Albert Camus was a thoughtful man, and pondered many of the great questions through his strange, beautiful fiction (Why are we here? What does it mean? Why do we keep messing important things up, like our own planet?). Never encountered his work? […]

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The Dothraki ‘Mmmbop’ Remix [Video]

“Game of Thrones” is filled with a lot of mythical things. On of those things is the show-made Dothraki language. Earlier this week on Seth Meyers’ show, Emilia Clarke, the Mother of Dragons, told the late night host the language is real. So real that she was able to sing […]

Get Away From it All in a Tiny, Rotating Cabin [Video]

Ever wanted to invest in a cabin in the woods? Why buy one when you can build one that rotates? Telmo Cadavez, a Portuguese builder, built his own minimalist, tiny cabin that can rotate. “One of the advantages of having a rotating home is being able to swivel one’s domicile […]

Breaking Gender Barriers: Ethical Menswear for Everyone

Androgynous, gender-fluid, gender-neutral, and gender bending are just a few of the ways the latest menswear fashion trends are being described. And whether it’s a way of life for you, or you’re simply experimenting with a new style, these designers have made it their mission to create something for everyone, […]

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Are Mushrooms the New Packing Peanuts?

In 2010, Eben Bayer, co-founder of Evocative, announced that mushrooms were about to become the new packing peanuts – but what has happened to this miracle of modern industry since then? What is Myco Foam? Myco Foam, an organic adhesive made of mycelium, a living, growing organism, is hitting the market […]

Urban Gardens May Be the Key to Solving America’s Crime Problem

Urban gardens are certainly a welcome addition to cityscapes, but that’s not all they are; new research shows that an increased presence of parks and other urban green spaces can actually reduce crime in the surrounding area. While this field of research is relatively young, a few distinct examples have proven the ways […]

This Sustainable Lamp is Powered by a Salt Water Battery

Most of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines have little to no access to electricity; when engineer Aisa Mijeno discovered this, she decided to team up with her brother Raphael and create a solution–a sustainable lamp that ran on a renewable, easy-to-find resource, in this case, a salt water battery. […]

SNL Nails Bigoted American Bakers [Video]

If American politicians keep doing boneheaded things, SNL will have an amazing season next year, too. This past weekend, SNL did an on point fake movie trailer about bigoted bakers and politicians in America. Watch the hilarious spoof below. Related on EcoSalon Feminists Can’t Even Define Feminism [Video] SNL Burns […]