Cool Green Stuff features a collection of eco-friendly products. Each of these innovative designs is intended to make the world a cleaner, greener, and of course, a cooler place. Written by green guru, Dave Evans, the book offers up a guide to finding great, sustainable, renewable objects you will love from environmentally friendly handbags to home or office worthy, statement chairs to eco-friendly, electrifying lamps. Inspired by the latest reports of “cool hunters”—a new breed of trend watchers who travel the physical and virtual world in search of cutting-edge design—these products will amaze and tempt you. From a wine-bottle hanging lamp to floral bracelets made of vintage fabric, this collection showcases the imagination and innovation of leading designers at work around the world today. Some of the designs in Cool Green Stuff meet our environmental challenges head on, actually saving energy, water, and waste; others aim to tread lightly on our delicate planet. Each product is coupled with an explanation of its environmental significance, the materials used to create it, and its website which is ideal for immediate purchase sake. Best of all, when you start using the Internet sites to kickstart your own search for cool green stuff, a new, eco-chic world will open up.
6. Vegans save tons of water, literally.
Water fit for drinking is not a luxury – it is a necessity, and much of it is wasted through meat production. It takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Consider, too, that 60 percent of American waterways were polluted, and the major reason is animal agriculture. As vegan activist and actress Alicia Silverstone said in her book, The Kind Life, “One 16-ounce steak uses the amount of water you need for six months of showers! Holy cow!”
7. Factory farming is cruel.
Animal activist Bruce Freidrich summed up the realities of our farming situation perfectly: “The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein.
Looking to make a positive change in your diet? Go vegetarian, or better yet, vegan. It’s one of the most powerful ways to improve your life, health and wellbeing of other people, animals and the planet.
In the spirit of National Vegetarian Month, here is Part I of 10 reasons why going green (the veggie kind) is good for you:
- To Lengthen Your Life
An apple a day keeps the doctor away while following a plant based diet can lower your risk of certain cancers, heart disease and obesity. A comprehensive China Health Project study found that people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risks of cancer, heart attack and other chronic degenerative diseases. And, a British study that tracked 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 meat eaters for 12 years found that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases. So much for the old-fashioned notion that we need meat to be healthy. Fact is, the opposite is true.
- A Healthier Heart
Fall in New York provides the perfect temperature for biking through the city, across bridges and to your favorite neighborhood resto. Autumn also offers the perfect time of year to purchase a bicycle. If you're looking for a brand-new two-wheeled ride, most bike shops often discount their inventory to make room for new year models.
And, with many-a avid bike riders upgrading their wheels, cheapskates can find real deals on used bikes at thrift stores to boot. We're talking bikes for $25-$50 a pop that might've cost between $250-$500 at original retail cost. Of course many of them are vintage bikes from the 1970’s and 80’s, the likes of which you can’t buy today at any price. One major plus next to their modest priced satisfaction and green appeal is their typically ultra stylish too.
It’s Spring! The sun is finally out for more than a few hours at a time, trees, however few in the city, are bursting back to life, and the streets are full of spring dresses and pasty shoulders, finally seeing some action after months of hibernation. Just when we finally thought we could stop huddling around our radiators hoping for some warmth, the most awesome heating device in the world was created. We know your eyes are still adjusting to the light, but feast your eyes on the coolest radiator ever the be invented: The Super Hot T-Rex.
Believe it or not, our interests as children have shaped our careers, politics, and the passion we feel for certain causes. Just a quick look at our childhood heroes, favorite books, TV shows, video games, and other activities can say a lot about the person we grew up to be. Ryo Shimura found inspiration at a young age and a growing interest in the environment thanks to a single statue of a hippo he loved as a child. As a child the bronze statue of a hippo in a local park fascinated him, and as he grew, he learned about the great decline in hippo population. He also learned the unfortunate fact that much of it was due to poaching.
Design competitions are all about finding the most innovative, beautiful, and sometimes most environmentally friendly concepts to shape the way we look at structures. Design affects entire cities, states, and countries for years to come. Phases like the Art Deco movement survive years after its creation because of its beauty and historical significance. The Taiwan Tower Internation Competition painstakingly went through hundreds of entries recently and chose a design by Tokyo-based architect Sou Fujimoto entitled The Oasis to build at the Taichung Gateway Park.
It seems like it’s been a big week for Back to the Future fans. Not only are we one step closer to the hoverboard, but the DeLorean is on its way back with a few upgrades. The rare and coveted car is one that’s been sought since its limited production and untimely death. Car lovers and movie lovers value the DeLorean and its winged doors as an icon.
It’s hard to make gardening a hobby in a big city. Tiny window sills are one of the only place a plant can get sun in an apartment, and that’s only if your apartment building allows it. Forget flowers, it’s nearly impossible to even nurture a few spices or a Chia pet. For the eco-savvy, those trying to save a few dollars, or those who love cool decoration, a solution has cropped up. “Glasshouse", created by designer Kristýna Pojerová, is a tiny green house for those without the space for one.
According to a new study by Science, caterpillars are turning into zombies, otherwise referred to as "gypsy moths." (Though zombie sounds way cooler.) Apparently a virus takes over their minds and causes them to climb to treetops (before they're naturally ready) where their bodies turn into liquid goo and drip in a horror film-like manner to the ground below. That's right everyone, it's not raining men --it's raining zombie caterpillars. As explained in the abstract: