Who said you had to have a garden or room for planters to have some greenery? The new Living Table by Habitat Horticulture solves the problem of adding greenery to your home without the need for a garden, balcony, or even wall space! Each Living Table is handmade in their San Francisco-area headquarters using 3/8 inch-thick tempered glass that can handle a 180 lb load per square foot and your choice of color, wood finish and even which plants you’d like added.
Gatorade will stop putting brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a synthetic chemical that is used as a flame retardant, into its products after a barrage of complaints, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although the company has reportedly been considering removing BVO from its beverages for some time now, it wasspurred to act after receiving overwhelming pressure from consumers regarding the potentially harmful chemical, including a popular Change.org petition that was initiated by 15-year-old Sarah Kavanagh:
A recent petition on Change.org to drop the chemical – which has more than 200,000 supporters – did not inspire the decision, Carter said, though she acknowledged that consumer feedback was the main impetus.
In the petition, posted by Sarah Kavanagh of Hattiesburg, Miss., “BVO” is described as banned in Japan and the European Union.
The effort quotes a Scientific American article suggesting that “BVO could be building up in human tissues” and that studies on mice have shown “reproductive and behavioral problems” linked to large doses of the chemical.
BVO is used to “distribute Gatorade’s coloring throughout the bottle” equally. The Times also reports that, while Gatorade will stop including BVO in newly produced drinks, there are no plans to recall products already on the market.
Many individuals here in Detroit have made a difference with projects, from demolishing abandoned buildings to converting land into gardens so that locals have access to fresh produce. To view video [Read more…]
A great event in DC last week, the snow did not stop us. A couple of pics [Read more…]
Next time you see a group of oversized January dieters jumping around in undersized lycra, try not to be so offended, because the makers of the stretchy fabric are taking steps to go green. Swiss company INVISTA, owner of the Lycra brand, announced last week that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which counts high profile brands including Nike, Marks & Spencer and Levi’s among its members. SAC last year unveiled the Higg Index aiming to help clothing companies identify opportunities to reduce the environmental and social impacts of their products. INVISTA has said it will now help SAC further refine the index, providing data and resources to the group so that its partners can better calculate the environmental impact of the lycra they use in garments.Bob Kirkwood, INVISTA Apparel executive vice-president of marketing and technology, said environmental stewardship is a core principle of its operations around the globe. “INVISTA pursues its sustainability vision through its commitment to manufacturing processes, our products and the environment- while seeking to minimize waste and improve the environmental, health and safety aspects of its products and processes,” he said.
“As a global leader and integrated supplier for the textile industry, we look forward to working with the SAC to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability.”
Normally, you spend dinner over a hot bowl of instant ramen, silently weeping and watching your salty tears mix with the steaming broth. Banish that loneliness by sharing your meal with a companion that won’t give you a hard time or ask when you’re getting married. The anti-loneliness ramen bowl will hold your smartphone at the ready so you’ll never eat alone again.
The bowl is the creation of design firm MisoSoupDesign. The bowl itself is very sculptural, but the highlight is the smartphone holder that keeps your favorite tech buddy at the ready while you’re chowing down.
Disney proactively taking a stance against the stereotype they’ve perpetuated on the idea of being a princess. [Read more…]
Check out this cool view of NY and other sites around the world via Air Pano
Giuseppe Licari was born in Erice, Sicily, in 1980. It uses different materials in relation to the nature and the built environment. Full story Click HERE
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It is quite prevalent, according to a study done in New York City by marine conservation group Oceana. The researchers gathered fish samples from local restaurants, grocery stores and fish markets and then used DNA testing to determine whether the meat actually came from the species indicated on the label. [Read more…]
2012 was a notable year on many fronts, and that includes the weather. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), last year was the hottest year on record for the contiguous U.S. and it also had the second most extreme weather on record (they’re looking at droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, storms, etc). The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F (12.9° Celsius), 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year. This might not sound like much to those who haven’t looked into the field much, but you have to think about how much energy it takes to warm up our planet’s atmosphere by this much, which is a lot of extra energy that is being retained. [Read more…]
I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.
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