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10 Most Endangered Rivers in America

The fight for clean water in America. In 1965, high levels of sewage and toxic waste in the Potomac River led President Lyndon B. Johnson to call it “a national disgrace.” Several years later, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, a landmark piece of legislation that has been instrumental in ensuring […]

15 Hilarious Photos of Interspecies Mingling

Cats and dogs fraternizing! The world’s gone mad. The Animal Kingdom is a funny place, almost like a high school cafeteria, where different species hang out in different cliques with very little intermingling. These photographs showcase those rare instances of interaction between different kinds of animals. While some of the […]

EcoSalon’s City Postcard Series: The Flowers in Córdoba

A first person travel report: this month, live from the ancient and fragrant Spanish city of Córdoba, Spain. A flower and garden theme has emerged this month and last in Shelter. We’ve featured ideas for urban gardeners and house planters; propaganda-ish posters for homesteading activists. Now reportage from the azalea […]

25 Photos of Zen Retreats

No laptops allowed. We live in an over-connected world of smartphones, social networking, and 24-hour news cycles. Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all. Whether you dream of a wood cabin in the forest, a cabana on an empty beach, or a treehouse outfitted in sustainable materials, […]

30 Photos of the World’s Most Uniquely Designed Buildings

A sampling of contemporary architectural gems from around the world. Great buildings have the power to break convention, defy logic, and inspire visions of the future. Here, we celebrate thirty marvels of modern architecture, from the classic Le Corbusier (Frank Lloyd Wright) to mind-boggling inflated plastic biomes. These gems encompass a […]

30 Photos Celebrating Coffee Culture

To stay, please. Here at EcoSalon, we love our coffee. Wait, scratch that. We’re obsessed with it. We love drinking it. We love making it. We love journalling it and photographing it. We use it to exfoliate our skin and kill fridge odor. We even dedicate entire mix tapes to the […]

31 (More) Photos of Doors From Around The World

Doors around the world mean shelter, home, familiarity; and mystery and intrigue.  They represent possibilities, juxtaposing new adventures—or refuge—once entered. Their framework and design can be bright and modern, or intricate and hundreds of years old; imposing or tiny; handled or smooth; welcoming or intimidating. 

30 Gorgeous Photos of Traditional Textiles

A kaleidoscope of fabrics from across the globe. In many parts of the world, textiles are a vital element of culture. Sometimes they have ancient stories woven into their patterns. Sometimes they incorporate rare natural fibers. Sometimes they’re produced using millennia-old methods passed down along generations. And other times, they’re just […]

40 Gorgeous Photos of Asia

If these photos don’t make you wanna quit your job and travel the world, we don’t know what will. Asia’s diversity never fails to astound. Nowhere on Earth can you find a greater variety of cultures, languages, races, ethnicities, religions, climates, and geography. It’s mind-numbing.

40 Gorgeous Photos of Europe

The Grand Tour and beyond. We’re all familiar with the rolling hills of Tuscany, the cliffs of Santorini, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But Europe is so much more than classic postcard images. As the continent’s Eastern half becomes more accessible, spots like the ports of Dubrovnik, the caves of […]

20 Photos of Female Activists Throughout History

I am woman.  Throughout history, women have had plenty of reasons to be upset. From being denied the right to vote, to being robbed of basic civil liberties, to being told what they can and can’t do with their bodies, female oppression has long existed, and it was only relatively […]

The Third Gender: Taking Action in Afghanistan, a Photo Essay

An exclusive photo essay from Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain who rode through Afghanistan by bike and motorcycle. It’s hard not to be inspired when you meet Shannon Galpin. At first look she’s your average smart, athletic woman, living in Colorado. Dig a little deeper and you’ll learn she’s a single […]

20 Most Iconic Modern American Homes

Just a few cherished gems from America’s golden age of architecture and design. Mid-Century modern is very hot right now. Television’s Mad Men explains the trend in part; houses were most certainly built better then; as such, preservationists rally around them. Yet, sadly, many mid-century homes are considered “on the […]

40 Gorgeous Photos of North America

North America’s beauty spreads from sea to shining sea. When wanderlust strikes, there’s the tendency to picture oneself overseas. My personal fantasies bring me to deserts in Morocco, beaches in Goa, hole-in-the-wall salsa clubs in Havana. I tend to forget the bounty of natural beauty that exists right here in North […]

40 Photos of Doors from Around the World

In one door and out another. There’s something about a doorway that is at once welcoming and guarded. It provides an entrance as well as an exit; it beckons you while keeping you out. When you browse through this collection of door photos from around the world, you can’t help but […]

The Friday 5: Take To The Streets Edition

The best of EcoSalon’s stories this week. When walking is healthy, slimming and free, why does so much of America still see it as…well, pedestrian? (Look, even our own language is prejudiced).  If you’re looking for inspiration to drag your shoes on and get rid of that roof over your […]

25 Photos of Stylish LEED-Certified Hotels

Lodging that’s both stylish and socially responsible. Here in the United States, the hotel industry has an enormous environmental footprint, equalling 5 billion square feet of space, 5 million hotel rooms, and $4 billion in annual energy use, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. That’s a whole lot of […]

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Best of Instagram This Week: Peaceful Simplicity of Snow

Holidays (for most of us) bring clean, silent, and peaceful snowfall along with the spirit of giving. Here are the most beautiful and best of Instagram photos for this week, based on the popular hashtag, snow. No matter what climate you are in, the holiday season reminds us of the […]

31 (More) Photos of Doors From Around The World

Doors around the world mean shelter, home, familiarity; and mystery and intrigue.  They represent possibilities, juxtaposing new adventures—or refuge—once entered. Their framework and design can be bright and modern, or intricate and hundreds of years old; imposing or tiny; handled or smooth; welcoming or intimidating. 

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