A Reusable Future and the End of Throwaway Culture

The Age of Oil is also the age of plastics. Since their invention at the end of the 19th century, synthetic, petroleum based wares have inundated the planet. They can be found at every level of the biosphere, from micron-sized beads in our body-care products to continent-sized gyres in the middle of the oceans. As...

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Why Compost? How To Compost at Home

Why Compost? Inefficiencies abound at every link in the American food distribution chain. It is estimated that 7% of all produce grown is abandoned in the field, and almost 50% of what is picked never leaves the farm due to cosmetic deficiencies, despite being edible. Yet more nutritious food is discarded en route to markets...

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‘Old Wives Tales’ to Get Through The Winter

All of a sudden, those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere find ourselves facing down the prospect of another winter. The days are short, the air is chill, and our bodies are more prone to incapacitation by infection, exhaustion, and transmissible disease now more than any other time of the year. But fortunately...

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Rebuilding Puerto Rico: The Island’s Bright Future

Rebuilding Puerto Rico If the numerous natural disasters of 2017 have anything to teach us, it is that we are entering an age where climate volatility is rising — and, as a result, the industrial systems we rely on for survival could be swept away with virtually no  warning. The devastating effects of Hurricane Maria...

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