By Becky Striepe on January 26, 2011
Have you guys seen the TED talk yet by Thomas Thwaites, the fellow who built a toaster from scratch? He made everything himself – from mining the ore and smelting the metal to creating molds and assembling the final piece himself. The process is fascinating, entertaining, and I think there are some great lessons here about consumption.
By Becky Striepe on January 17, 2011
In a time where your gadgets almost become outdated by the time you get them home, electronic waste (e-waste) is piling up in landfills. The problems with e-waste go beyond the actual bulk, though. All of those electronics have components made of toxic substances, like arsenic and mercury, that leach into groundwater and pollute the [...]
By Becky Striepe on November 23, 2010
Did you know that cork forests are some of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet? Cork trees grow quickly, and between wine bottles, home decor, there’s a growing demand for the material.
By Becky Striepe on November 17, 2010
In South Carolina, the Department of Transportation and Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority teamed up to turn all illegally dumped tires into a usable product.
By Becky Striepe on September 9, 2010
A new UK service puts a charitable twist on the donation model: JumbleAID lets you use unwanted goods to raise money for the charity of your choice.