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Don’t Forget the Rainwater

I was visiting a friend up in Portland, and I noticed he was collecting rainwater for his garden. Why hadn’t I thought of this?! He was using beautiful old wine barrels that enhanced the yard with their presence, and he had the full set-up gathering water from drainage pipes off […]

Building the Case for Eco Fashion as a Movement

A few years ago, “eco fashion” became the hottest buzzword. The media in particular loved it and used every opportunity available to position it as the hottest trend. Recall those “Green is the New Black” headlines everywhere? Fast forward to today, and we know that eco fashion is definitely not […]

Our Water Has a Drug Problem

Last year, it was widely reported that drinking water in many major metropolitan areas was contaminated with trace amounts of drugs. All types of drugs – everything from over-the-counter pain medications to antidepressants to prescription medication for high blood pressure and heart disease. The drugs we ingest pass right through […]

Natalie Coughlin: An Olympic Swimmer and Urban Farmer

On competitive swimming, chickens and honeybees. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 29, was the most decorated female athlete at both the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In Beijing, she became the first U.S. woman to medal six times during a single Games, giving her a lifetime total of 11. She hopes […]

Aral: From Sea to Desert, to Sea?

“Water is the best of all things.” – Pindar It’s one of the world’s worst sea-related ecological disasters, laying waste to thousands of miles of shoreline and ruining habitats and livelihoods on a truly terrifying scale – but suddenly, there’s new hope for recovery. No, nothing to do with this. […]

How to Make Your Own Countertop Water Filter

Sure, you can buy a pre-made water filter set up for your kitchen counter or home office, but they’re often just cheesy miniature water cooler look-alikes or constructed of various forms of plastic covering enigmatic filters made of who knows what. If you want a countertop water filter that’s not […]

10 Remarkable Nonprofits You’ve Never Heard Of

What you should know about collaborative hands moving mountains  – one volunteer, festival and tweet at a time. As Japan’s global relief missions move quickly to aid the mind boggling earthquake and tsunami recovery, school students throughout the U.S. are holding bake sales to swap lopsided muffins and chewy brownies […]

Use Rain Barrels to Drench Your Garden and Save Water

April showers bring May flowers – and an opportunity to give your garden a healthy drink without chipping away at your efforts to conserve water. Why not get some rain barrels and collect the runoff from your gutters that would otherwise go to waste? Although any old 55-gallon drum or […]

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Water

Water: we bathe in it, wash with it, drink it, swim in it, and package it in ways destined to help kill the planet. Most of us even know it takes two hydrogen and one oxygen molecules to create water, but there’s lots more to the stuff that covers the […]

Aral: From Sea to Desert, to Sea?

“Water is the best of all things.” – Pindar It’s one of the world’s worst sea-related ecological disasters, laying waste to thousands of miles of shoreline and ruining habitats and livelihoods on a truly terrifying scale – but suddenly, there’s new hope for recovery. No, nothing to do with this. […]

From The Vault: The Water Chronicles

Water is being seen as the next great war for which we will fight for and against each other to get access. Water, water everywhere? Maybe so, but it remains a precious resource that the modern world seems keen to squander in increasingly inventive ways. This week we suggested a […]

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Water

Water: we bathe in it, wash with it, drink it, swim in it, and package it in ways destined to help kill the planet. Most of us even know it takes two hydrogen and one oxygen molecules to create water, but there’s lots more to the stuff that covers the […]

From The Vault: The Water Chronicles

Water is being seen as the next great war for which we will fight for and against each other to get access. Water, water everywhere? Maybe so, but it remains a precious resource that the modern world seems keen to squander in increasingly inventive ways. This week we suggested a […]

10 Remarkable Nonprofits You’ve Never Heard Of

What you should know about collaborative hands moving mountains  – one volunteer, festival and tweet at a time. As Japan’s global relief missions move quickly to aid the mind boggling earthquake and tsunami recovery, school students throughout the U.S. are holding bake sales to swap lopsided muffins and chewy brownies […]

10 Remarkable Nonprofits You’ve Never Heard Of

What you should know about collaborative hands moving mountains  – one volunteer, festival and tweet at a time. As Japan’s global relief missions move quickly to aid the mind boggling earthquake and tsunami recovery, school students throughout the U.S. are holding bake sales to swap lopsided muffins and chewy brownies […]

How to Make Your Own Countertop Water Filter

Sure, you can buy a pre-made water filter set up for your kitchen counter or home office, but they’re often just cheesy miniature water cooler look-alikes or constructed of various forms of plastic covering enigmatic filters made of who knows what. If you want a countertop water filter that’s not […]

Natalie Coughlin: An Olympic Swimmer and Urban Farmer

On competitive swimming, chickens and honeybees. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 29, was the most decorated female athlete at both the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In Beijing, she became the first U.S. woman to medal six times during a single Games, giving her a lifetime total of 11. She hopes […]

Want To Save Water? Shop Local and Turn Off the Lights

Water generates most of our electricity but what are we doing to protect water? It’s been called the source of the next great global conflict. More than oil or food, scarcity of water has been predicted to cause intense the most intense battles between nations. We tend to think of […]

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Can the Film ‘Watermark’ Help Us Be More Respectful to Water?

The new film “Watermark” looks at our massive dependence on a finite resource. The opening scene of “Watermark,” a new film from Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal, creates a disorienting effect that leaves the viewer feeling tiny against the pure force of water. The film takes features 20 stories across […]

How Many Cups of Water Per Day Do You Really Need?

How many cups of water per day ensures that we’re properly hydrated? It’s a straightforward question with no clear answer. The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups of water per day for men, and 9 cups of water per day for women. However, there are so many factors that affect […]

5 Sustainable Spring Denim Favorites

Five sustainable denim favorites for spring and summer. A good pair of jeans will last you the rest of your life (or until you wear them to shreds). It’s important to pick a good pair, made from organic or recycled denim. Cotton production pollutes soil and waterways, damages wildlife habitats […]

20 Ways to Boost Circulation

Learn to make your body go more with the flow. Nothing slows you down quite like poor blood circulation does. If you aren’t getting enough oxygen to your cells, in an effective and efficient way, then you’ll most likely feel sluggish, look worn and tired, and perhaps even be covering […]

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