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Living Green

Eco-conscious designer creates organic clothing for children

LOS ANGELES — Eco-friendly Los Angeles fashion designer Marianne Broughton utilized her boutique Rêve to showcase clothes made by the organic fashion line Prairie Underground during a trunk show on March 2. The latter, based in Seattle, was co-founded by Davora Lindner and Camilla Eckersley, and has been featured at Rêve at discount prices as part of a special promotion this month. Broughton, who also sells her...

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Green Living and Eco Friendly Trends in Assisted Living Facilities

In a world racked with growing energy problems and depleting natural resources, being able to have the option of retiring with less of an environmental impact is an important option available to all older folks today. Having the ability to live out the best years of life in an eco-friendly manner can be a good way to create a more sustainable future for grandkids and society as a whole. It’s the most responsible...

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Round Town Rides: The Green Commuter Bike Revolution

Getting to and from work without driving a car or an SUV has become the new green anthem. According to a National Household Travel Survey, done by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 75 percent of commuters commute alone. Because of this high amount of solo commuters, some are opting to ride alone differently; via a motorcycle. It is not just the cool image of cruising on street rod that is compelling people to motorcycle to work,...

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Climate change beliefs? Changeable as the weather

People’s attitudes toward climate change are as changeable as the weather itself, found a recent study from the University of British Columbia. The study revealed that American’s attitudes could be linked in the weather they are experiencing – with skepticism about global warming increasing during cold snaps and concern over climate change growing during hot spells. “Our findings help to explain some...

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Checklist for Greener Packaging

Product packaging and shipping have been around nearly as long as human civilization. Archaeologists have found ancient packages made from materials ranging from reeds to clay to fabrics, while our more modern ancestors started the now-common practice of using paper, and then plastic, products to store and ship goods. Today, packaging continues to evolve as it is continually improved for sustainable design...

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Shower nozzle uses air for water-savings

An “air shower” developed at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization allows one to take long leisurely showers without worrying about wasting too much water. The new Oxijet shower nozzle, developed by New Zealand company Felton in collaboration with CSIRO, uses up to 50 percent less water than a full flow shower. According to Dr. Jie Wu, a fluids specialist at CSIRO, the Oxijet nozzle...

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Marketing for a more fuel efficient society

A small amount of information could be all that it takes to encourage people to decrease their transportation fuel use, resulting in savings for the consumer and lower emissions for the world. This is the finding of a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy which proposes a national marketing campaign on measures to decrease fuel use in order to encourage consumers to adapt greener transportation...

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Winter tourism feeling the heat of climate change

As we head into the coldest season of the year, rising temperatures are starting to have an impact on what is usually the peak season of the winter sports industry. Winter tourism is largely dependent on predictable and heavy snowfall, but climate change is most likely to make winters warmer, snowfall fewer and snow seasons shorter, resulting in “economic devastation,” according to a new study co-authored by environmental group Protect...

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Smartphones threaten environment and communities in Indonesia - report

Thanks to smartphones, we can now take things we usually do in computers wherever we go. Indeed, they have become essentials in people’s everyday lives. While they provide us convenience, what we are not aware of is the fact that they actually hurt people and the environment, said Friends of the Earth, an international network of environmental organizations in 76 countries. A link between smartphones and island...

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Singapore moves forward ‘Greenprint’ initiative for eco-friendly neighborhoods

Singapore is moving along with an initiative unveiled earlier this year that the government said will bring sustainable and eco-friendly living to about 85 percent of its residents. Majority of Singaporeans live in apartment-type houses or flats developed and managed by the Housing Development Board. Now, with their Greenprint plan, the Housing Development Board will retrofit these existing public housing estates, transforming them into “green” living spaces.

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