Archive | January, 2013

Cute Ideas for Valentines Day: An Eco-friendly Twist

31 Jan

braided grass ring

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is approaching, and you might be thinking about what you are going to do with your special loved one. Are you out of ideas for gifts, dates, or just looking for a creative way to express your love? Here are some cute ideas for valentines day for that […]

Don’t Toss, Upcycle it!

28 Jan

Cassette Tape Pencil Holder

How many times have you watched people toss perfectly good items onto the curb for waste management to pick up? With a little creativity you can save a lot of your old, personal items from piling up in the landfill. Before you toss, think. How can I reuse this broken umbrella? This rickety ladder I […]

Seattle’s Latest Sustainable Architecture Projects

24 Jan

Currently a global leader in sustainable development, Seattle is going greener everyday with its newest sustainable building projects. At this very moment, Seattle is constructing a six-story, environmentally friendly building on East Madison Street. I’m not just talking switching to LED bulbs, composting, or using environmentally friendly materials–no, this building will certainly be one of […]

Sustainable Agriculture: Like Meeting a Long Lost Part of You

21 Jan

grapes in hand

Organic farming and sustainable agriculture is like killing two birds with one stone (not the best figure of speech for an environmental site [oops]). These practices have less impact on the environment, all while producing healthy, whole foods. So much of the news has focused on our melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and extreme weather, […]

5 House Plants That Give Back

17 Jan

Peace Lily

When choosing a house plant, treat it like your choosing a house pet. How much time are you able to devote to caring for it? What kind of aesthetic appeal are you going for? Do you want to eat it—I know you do. Or, do you want cleaner air in your home? If you’re going […]

Saving Big Blue: Endangered Blue Whales

14 Jan

Accidents on the road involving the killing or injury of animals, is, sadly, a common thing we see as we go about our lives. But there is another traffic way that is harming animals, one it’s not on land but in our oceans. Did you know that blue whales are the largest animal ever been […]

What the Frack?

10 Jan

So you’ve heard the term hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in various news headlines on the environment, and maybe even heard of Matt Damon’s new film on fracking called Promised Land. But what is fracking? Hydraulic fracking is a hot topic for environmentalists today. As defined by ProPublica, is the release of natural gas through the […]

Dock from Japan Tsunami Drifts Onto Washington Beach

7 Jan

Japanese Tsunami

Think that Japan’s tsunami is long forgotten? Think again. Since the March 2011 incident, U.S. Pacific coastlines have been constantly reminded of the event through the various debris that has been washing ashore. Pieces of wood, plastic, and flotsam from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami started washing up onto Washington’s beaches in September 2011. According to […]

Blue Ocean Waters and…Plastic?

3 Jan

Ocean garbage

America has developed a nasty habit. We have become a throw away society. But what many people don’t know is that our poor habits are killing sea life. Did you know that our ocean contains large patches of garbage? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be bigger than the size of Texas. Most […]