More From Desirée Kaplan
New Documentary Explores How Pollution Affects Whale Hunting In Remote Islands
Just north of Scotland you'll find the Faroe Islands, where the Faroese people have a long tradition of hunting whales and seabirds for survival. The Islands and the Whales is a documentary that explores how pollutants in the environment are starting to affect this community's health, traditions and culture.
New Farm Robot 'FarmBot' Gives Everyone A Green Thumb
This system brings precision farming to individuals with an open source agriculture robot. While tech savvy agriculture used to once be reserved for only large farms, this company is making the future of farming accessible to anyone.
These Online Stores Make It Easy To Find Chic, Sustainable Wedding Attire
Wedding guest attire is too often worn once and forgotten in the back of a closet. But thanks to the fashion industry's growing sharing economy, you don't have to sacrifice resources for fresh outfits.
Vespa Announces First Electric Scooter For 2018 Release
Vespa is releasing an electric scooter called the Vespa Elettrica. The latest addition to the iconic Italian brand will offer a greener way of getting around. As of 2018, users will be able to charge their electric Vespa at any standard outlet.
FoodLogiQ Helps Track 'Farm To Fork' Food In The Supply Chain
Companies like Whole Foods and Chipotle are now using FoodLogiQ, a platform that helps track food in the supply chain.
100 Percent Solar-Powered Hotel To Break Ground In Dubai
InterContinental Hotels Group has partnered with Diamond Developers to create a fully eco-friendly hotel in The Sustainable City. The property will be powered by 100 percent solar energy and will be the first fully sustainable hotel in Dubai.
London’s Iconic Black Cabs Go Electric
London's iconic black cabs are going electric and will include modern luxuries like WiFi. Electric stations are being built around the city to support the new electrified fleet of cabs, and there are plans to have 300 charging stations by 2020.
5 Eco-Friendly Apps To Help You Live A Greener Lifestyle
It might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes technology really can connect people back with the environment. Not sure how to recycle that flexible plastic or where to buy local produce? Here are five free apps to make your life a little greener.
Have A Black Thumb? 5 Hydroponic Planters To Help Lazy Gardeners
We’ve all been taught that plants can’t live without the basics: water, soil and light. But that’s not necessarily true. Enter hydroponics, the process of growing plants sans soil, and the best choice for black thumb gardeners who can’t seem to keep their plants alive despite their best efforts.
These Recycled Skateboards Help Save The Ocean
Two years ago, 12-year-old Carson Kropfl couldn't fit his skateboard in his locker or backpack, so he found a way to design a new one by upcycling discarded boards. Through this innovation, he created the industry's only non-folding sustainable skateboard which has drawn the attention of prominent investors and companies around the world.
This New Electric Racing Boat Is Already Making Waves
The Rán VII is a new racing yacht that is already making a name for itself around the world. The vessel, which is smaller than it's Swedish team's previous sailboats, was designed to leave behind a lighter footprint with its sophisticated electric motor.
8 Yoga Subscription Boxes To Help You Find Zen
Yoga practitioners can strike their best pose with a little help from subscription boxes which offer tools to help build one's practice. These eight subscription boxes offer expertly curated items that that can help anyone interested in finding their best self.
These Unique Bags Are Made From Upcycled Billboards
Every month, Rareform diverts 20,000 pounds of discard billboards from landfills by taking the vinyl material and turning it into chic accessories like totes, cross body bags, duffles and wallets. These unique bags are durable, waterproof, lightweight, and eco-friendly. What's not to love?
5 Eco-Friendly Bikes To Ride This Summer
Companies around the world are beginning to tweak bikes and make them into even more eco-friendly transportation options. Whether they're made of bamboo, wood, or are just hooked up with efficient tech, these five bike companies offer a greener way to commute.
This Tech Makes It Easy To Conserve Water In Your Home
A new high tech device is changing the way people interact with their clean water. Lōtik has created a sleek sensor the works like a Fitbit for pipes and helps people pinpoint wasteful water habits, burst pipes and water leaks so water can be used more responsibly.
This Eco-Friendly Restaurant Is Run By Robots
A new restaurant in Boston called Spyce is shaking up the restaurant industry by offering food made by robots. The high tech restaurant hopes to provide healthy and sustainable meals at accessible prices while keeping energy usage low.
The Creative Way FIFA Is Offsetting The World Cup's Carbon Footprint
Millions of soccer fans around the world will travel to Russia this summer to watch The World Cup. FIFA is planning to minimize the event’s carbon footprint by asking fans to join an online campaign to reduce CO2. Fans who sign the pledge are eligible to win two tickets to the final game.
7 Eco-Friendly Products Perfect For Your Family Pet
Whether it's a talkative parrot, a slippery snake or just good old Fido, millions of people nowadays consider their pets part of the family. That's why we've rounded up seven green products for eco-conscious pet owners of every kind.
This Abandoned Lot In Miami Is Being Transformed Into A Beautiful 10-Mile Park
Once an abandoned space, The Underline is a 10-mile park that aims to connect communities in Miami.
China Launches World’s First Fully Electric Cargo Ship
China created a completely electric cargo ship that can travel about 50 miles per charge, and later charge while it’s being unloaded. This new vessel represents a new standard for electric shipbuilders, as it's the first of its kind.
This Tiny Nation Is The First Country To Require Tourists To Sign Eco-Pledge
To protect its natural environment, Palau, a tiny country in the Pacific, has created the world’s first conservation pledge which will be stamped into every visitor's passport. The statement which promises environmental responsibility and stewardship must be signed before entry into the country is granted.
New Sustainable Paint Helps Boats Use Less Energy
Researchers at Kiel University have teamed up with Phi-Stone to make an eco-friendly paint that doesn’t harm barnacles but allows them to be easily removed. This innovation allows boats to move easier so they don’t need to burn more fuel.
Solar Sails Power This Incredibly Eco-Friendly Cruise Ship
A new low carbon cruise ship called the Ecoship is bringing a new look to the travel industry. The vessel is designed to be self-sufficient while transporting 2,000 passengers and spreading awareness about environmental sustainability.
This Organic Winery In Italy Operates On Off-Grid Technology
Based in Italy's world renown wine region, Salcheto successfully produces environmentally friendly wine by blending technological innovation into the ancient art of winemaking. The Tuscan winery uses organic ingredients and incorporates “off-grid” winery model to reach optimal environmental efficiency.
This Female Run Company Created A Biodegradable Pregnancy Test
One company has created a product helps keep a woman’s reproductive health private while also minimizing plastic in landfills. After years of research, Lia Diagnostics has designed a pregnancy test that's not only plastic free but also made out of sustainable materials.
Scientists Create Hybrid Coral To Combat Reef Destruction
As coral reefs continue to die off from increasing ocean temperatures, scientists like Professor Madeleine van Oppen are working to find solutions to save these crucial ocean organisms. Van Oppen and her team are helping restore coral reefs by researching an array of solutions such as genetic manipulations and bacteria administration.
Former Environmental Attorney Creates Zero Waste Liquor In Mexico
Mezcal, tequila's cousin, has been made in the same traditional way for decades. Entrepreneur Richard Bretts has taken a more environmentally sustainable approach to making this Mexican liquor by adding new tweaks t old methods. In doing so, he's been able to make a more eco-friendly mezcal.
What John Deere's 'Lettuce Robot' Means For Green Agriculture
John Deere has recently bought a robotics startup for $305 million. The technology offers farmers a system that can spot and kill weeds with incredible precision.
These Purses Are Made From Washable Paper That Mimics Leather
From fashion to accessories to homeware, the line boasts a wide range of eco-friendly, lightweight items. While they look and feel like leather, the secret behind these bags is a special natural fiber.
10 Unique AirBnBs To Rent For An Eco-Friendly Vacation
Home sharing is a great way to reduce waste and carbon emissions and it's an even more sustainable way to travel. These stylish sustainable AirBnBs prove you don't have to sacrifice design or comfort to have an eco-friendly vacation.
Immersive Treehouse Eco-Resort To Open In Singapore
This new eco-resort will offer guest interactive experiences with nature and wildlife. The resort hopes to be the most environmentally progressive resort in Singapore.
4 Eco-Friendly Ways To Recycle Your Old iPhone
Apple's newest iPhone models are nearing release, which means one thing: Plenty of people are about to ditch their current iPhones. Luckily, there are ways to upgrade your phone without contributing to landfill waste in the process.
This App Makes Purchasing Sustainable Seafood A Breeze
This online tool created by The Monterey Bay Aquarium helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that has been fished or farmed responsibly. For easy access, consumers can also use their app to figure out the best choices while out at dinner.
This Coffee Machine Reduces Energy Use For An Eco-Friendly Cup
A company in Spain is working with the European Union to create an environmentally friendly coffee machine. The machine is designed to use energy and water more efficiently. It also keeps the user connected through high tech features.
Budweiser Now Uses 100% Renewable Electricity In U.S. Breweries
Anheuser-Busch InBev has shifted its operations in the United States to 100 percent renewable energy. They're working on using green energy in their facilities worldwide by 2025. This target will reduce their carbon footprint by 30 percent.
10 Sustainable Gifts Perfect For Every Person On Your Shopping List
10 sustainable gift ideas for the people in your life from your boss to your girlfriend, ranging from the perfect knife ware to the environmentally-friendly leash every dog lover will fall in love with.
Harley-Davidson Is Officially Releasing Their Electric Motorcycle In 2019
American manufacturer, Harley-Davidson is looking to shift gears into the world of electric vehicles. While the brand has become famous over the last century for its loud motorcycles, the Milwaukee-based company plans to add an electric motorcycle to its line within 18 months.
How One Company In Maine Has Saved 500 Tons Of Waste From Landfill
One company based in Maine is keeping thousands of materials out of landfills each year by accepting donated sails and up-cycling them into stylish pieces. Their core business is based on recycled materials as they focus on using local materials and talent. With so many companies struggling to meet their sustainability goals, it’s great to see one whose making real change through their sustainable practices and goods.
This Fashion Company Removes Trash From Oceans With Every Sale
United By Blue is focused on reducing ocean trash and plastic pollution. The company has pledged to remove one pound of trash from the oceans and waterways for every product they sell.
Designers Upcycle Used Fire Hoses Into Eco-Friendly Accessories
This British company practices a sustainable business by upcycling retired materials, including fire hoses, to make sleek accessories, including belts, bags, and purses.
Why These Parents Designed An Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle
The non-toxic bottles are built to adapt and grow with babies as they develop, while also helping to keep plastic out of landfills.
These Pet Products Are Safe For Your Furry Friends And The Environment
This Montana-based manufacturer is helping pups and cats everywhere live a green life. Focused on recyclable and sustainable choices, this company continues to make toys and beds that make your pet happy while diverting materials from landfills.
New 'BBC' Nature Documentary Showcases 24 Hours On Earth
In BBC's anticipated new documentary Earth: One Amazing Day, Robert Redford narrates the incredible story which follows a cast of wild animals around the world. The film captures a snapshot of nature within a span of 24 hours.
EasyJet Hopes To Launch All-Electric Commercial Flights In 10 Years
One European aviation company recently announced that they are on track to make air travel a little greener within the next decade.
Eco-Friendly Barrel Reduces Oak And Preserves Flavor
One company has set out to make traditional oak barrels more sustainable and efficient. With an unusual square design, this new barrel helps keep all the benefits of a traditional barrel while using less wood.
Lacoste Changes Signature Shirt Icon To Raise Awareness For Endangered Species
Lacoste removed its crocodile logo from polo shirts and replaced it with some of the world’s most endangered species. Through this limited edition campaign, the company hopes to raise awareness about the threat of extinction for these animals.
5 Eco-Friendly Corporate Retreats That Will Leave Your Team Feeling Renewed
The notion of “team building” shouldn't invoke dreary thoughts that remind you of an episode of "The Office." Instead, picture yourself at vineyard wine tasting or hiking unique trails. Make your team and your company stronger with unforgettable bonding experiences at one of these five eco friendly destinations.
The Royal Wedding Is Going Green In This Surprising Way
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to hire Philippa Craddock. This vendor works closely with an organization called drop4drop which provides cleaning drinking water through the World Water Crisis organization.
How Seed Banks Grow and Protect the Food of Tomorrow
Wars, famine, and disease all have lasting ramifications on not just people who inhabit those areas but also the agriculture that grows in that region. Food banks are a way to protect plants from the unknowns of tomorrow.
Disney Opens New Ecotourism Destination In France
Disney teamed up with the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Groups to create a destination focused on sustainability. Located right outside of France's capital, Villages Nature Paris offers three "worlds" to bring visitors closer to nature.
Voters Consider A 'Green Roof' Mandate For Denver Buildings
Next month, Denver voters vote on whether or not large buildings should be required to have green roofs to reduce the urban heat island effect. Denver would be the first city in the US to also transform rooftops on existing buildings.
Hospital Creates Largest Rooftop Farm In Boston
Hospitals around the country are starting to grow food on their property to offer patients healthier meals. Boston Medical Center has become a leader in this trend by creating the first hospital-based rooftop farm in Massachusetts. As the largest rooftop farm in Boston, they can feed their community while helping cut back on carbon emissions.
New Fashion Company Transforms Plastic Bottles Into Activewear
Girlfriend Collective is breaking away from the fast fashion crowd and making strides towards more eco-friendly activewear. Every level of their clothing production is in line with their mission to make the most sustainable gym gear possible.
Former Volunteer Teacher Transforms Food Waste Into Fertilizer In NYC
One woman is creating a closed loop agriculture systems where food waste and chemical additives are a thing of the past. By creating fertilizer made from organic waste, she hopes her company can set a new standard for a eco-friendly farming.
Swim Trunks Made From Plastic Bottles Curb Pollution In Ocean
The Tropics, a new fashion company based in Miami, created a line of swim trunks which are made out of recycled plastic bottles. So far, the line has helped keep 5,500 bottles from polluting the ocean.
How One Company Keeps Used Razors Out Of Oceans
Disposable plastic razors create a huge amount of waste every year, and a shocking amount of it ends up in the ocean. One company encourages customers to send back their used razors to cut down on waste.
Scientist Transforms Leftover Fruit Into Eco-Friendly Makeup
Food waste is a growing concern around the world, leading people to explore new uses for leftovers. One UK based startup is using fruit waste to create vegan and cruelty-free makeup.
This Earth-Friendly Alternative To Dry Cleaning Can Be Done At Home
Laundry detergents often harbor chemicals that are harmful to both users and the environment. Two friends decided to tackle the problem head on and create an eco-friendly and non-toxic option for washing clothes.
Dave Matthews' Wine Boasts Full Flavors And Sustainable Practices
Singer and environmentalist Dave Matthews has added winemaker to his resume. The California winery not only follows eco-friendly production guidelines, but it also contributes to environmental organizations.
The Sisters Who Are Turning Cryptocurrency Green
Nadine and Nicole Damblon have created an eco-friendly cryptocurrency mining company that harnesses green energy. By harnessing hydropower, they’re able to offer a cheaper and more sustainable business model using natural technology.
4 Eco-Friendly Resorts Perfect For Your Honeymoon
Choosing environmentally lodgings goes a long way in minimizing every travelers carbon footprint. With hundreds of newlyweds traveling the world each year during their honeymoons, these are a few eco friendly options to help them kickstart their new lifelong adventure together.
BMW’s 'Mini' Looks To Bring Fully Electric Option To The U.S.
BMW revealed they are working on creating an electric MINI model. While they already offer a MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid which uses gas and electric batteries, this would be the first fully electric MINI to hit the road.
Sirensong Wetsuits Bring Sustainable Splash To Surfing
The material, Yamamoto neoprene, requires less energy to process and avoids any potential oil spill risks.
The U.K. Plans To Plant 50 Million Trees For 'Northern Forest'
The project will stretch 120 miles across the UK and plant 50 million trees throughout northern England.
This Reusable Sponge Gets Oil Out Of Water Without Harming The Planet
Unlike other sponges and cleanup methods, the Oleo Sponge can recover oil and other petroleum products from under the water and poses no harm to the environment.
Entrepreneur Creates Soccer Balls That Generate Energy As You Play
Billions of people around the world live without reliable energy. Harvard graduate Jessica Matthews has found an off-grid energy solution that is not only reliable, but fun for children.
How This Pasta Maker Uses Vegetables To Keep Her Pasta Sustainable
This quirky pasta maker first started blending vegetables into her pastas in order for her picky son to eat more vitamin packed meals. Her patterns are inspired by nature and the super foods she uses make a great natural and sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
School's Incredible Sports Arena Built Completely Out Of Bamboo
The Panyaden International School in Thailand is a bilingual institution for young children which focuses on creating a sustainable future for everyone. They've created a large arena that is made out of 100 percent bamboo.
These Machine Washable Shoes Are Made From Recycled Water Bottles
Made from post-consumer plastic bottles, these fashionable shoes help women everywhere keep waste out of landfills while enjoying the comfort of this comfortable and innovative design.
The Surprising Reason People Are Buzzing Over Manuka Honey
There's been a lot of talk about manuka honey, but what makes this honey variety so popular? Once only grown in New Zealand, health specialists and beauty gurus alike argue that theres something special about this natural superfood.
Book Publishers Go Green To Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
The publishing industry is a major consumer of paper, and has the potential to leave quite a big carbon footprint. Luckily, there's been a recent push to make the book industry eco-friendly, and it's already paying off.
How Sierra Nevada Brews Organic, Eco-Friendly Beer In The US
This American brewing company is largest buyer of U.S. organic hobs and diverts almost 100 percent of solid waste from landfills. With a myriad of sustainability awards under it's belt, this brewery shines bright as a leader in sustainability.
How This Boxed Water Company Makes Packaged Water Eco-Friendly
This company focuses on sustainable packaging that is 100 percent recyclable. This boxed water is not only packaged in environmentally friendly materials, but also offers alkaline spring water packed with electrolytes.
Blue Avocado Makes Eco-Friendly Lunch Easy With Innovative Bags
With kids going back to school this month, it can be tricky to steer away from wasteful habits. Blue Avocado offers chic, eco-friendly bags that are easy to reuse for food storage, no matter your lifestyle.
Sustainable 'Smart City' Near Boston Aims To Be 100% Green
Union Point is a “smart” city designed to run off of clean power and energy efficient systems. With solar powered buildings and hi-tech smart software, Union Point is unlike any city in the Northeast.
Wendy's Sleek New Prototype Is Deliciously Eco-Friendly
The smaller building which has recently debuted in Virginia offers lower-energy heating and air-conditioning units, LED lighting and energy-saving kitchen equipment.
This New Label Makes It Easier Than Ever To Identify Sustainable Wines
To earn the label, at least 85 percent of the wine must come from a sustainable vineyard.
4 Rules From The 'Zero Waste' Lifestyle Everyone Can Master
When it comes to living a zero-waste lifestyle, the very concept can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are easy approaches to living waste-free that anyone can incorporate into their daily lives, starting right at home.
Designer Turns Factory Scraps Into Eco-Friendly Fashion
The fashion industry has come under fire for producing clothing quickly at the expense of natural resources. One designer hopes to create a different path as she rescues factory scraps and turns the fabric into clothes and accessories.
New Tech Aims To Make Purified Water Accessible For All
Unsafe drinking water is a concern for millions people all over the world. One company has developed a technology that aims to make drinking water not only safe, but healthy and accessible for everyone.
New Doc 'Jane' Shares Never Before Seen Footage Of Goodall's Early Years
National Geographic recently found an extensive amount of never before released footage of Goodall during her early years and shares it now with the new documentary, Jane, with a limited release beginning on October 20.
63-Year-Old Designer Creates Faux Leather From Pineapple Leaves
After working with leather for many years, Carmen Hijosa wanted to find a more eco-friendly material. She invented Piñatex, a sustainable faux leather made from pineapple leaves. From shoes to car seats, the potential uses for this product is seemingly endless.
First Electric And Emission-Free Barge To Launch This Summer
A Dutch company is planning to launch the first emission-free barges in Europe this summer. These vessels will be the first autonomous and fully electric barges to operate in the coastal highways between the Netherlands and Belgium.
Netflix's 'Rotten' Doc Series Tackles Corruption In The Food Industry
The series lifts the veil behind the multibillion-dollar food industry to reveal serious crimes and corruption behind staples foods like fish, chicken, milk, honey, peanuts, and garlic.
How One Snowboard Company Is Saving Forests In The U.S.
Weston Snowboards, a U.S.manufacturer, teamed up with the National Forest Foundation and other likeminded outdoor brands, to launch the Freedom of the Forest campaign. The campaign hopes to raise money for the U.S. Forest Service and maintain forests.
The Surprising Reason South Korea May Host The Most Eco-Friendly Olympics Yet
The Winter Olympics kick off this February in PyeongChang, South Korea. To meet their zero emission goal, the committee has implemented several green initiatives.
These Lollipops Come With Seeds To Grow Herbs And Flowers
Amborella Organics specializes in natural lollipops. The company combines bits of edible plants like roses, sage, rosemary, lavender, and hibiscus. The biodegradable lollipop stick has seeds inside which can be planted to grow new plants.
This Cardboard Home Lasts At Least 50 Years And Is 100% Recyclable
Using a unique wrapping technique, the Wikkelhouse is made of sustainable materials and is more durable than it sounds. Wikkelhouse owners can tweak the design according to their desired use or size requirements.
These Innovative Eco-Gyms Bring The Outdoors Inside
Biofit designs indoor gyms that bring in the outdoors. With eco-conscious materials such as bamboo, nontoxic paint, and tons of plants throughout their workout spaces, these gyms are unlike most you may have seen.
Zoos And Aquariums Join Forces To Promote Sustainable Palm Oil Production
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has teamed up to address the rising concern surrounding palm oil by producing the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to promote the importance of sustainable palm oil production.
This Countertop Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Is A Game-Changer For Small Apartments
Heatworks and Frog have come together to create a high tech dishwasher that is good for the environment and consumers' budgets. The Tetra's claim to fame is its practical size and ability to use minimal amounts of water. Without the need to hook up to a plumbing system, the only thing a user needs is an electrical outlet.
'Ecovative' Makes Plastic-Free Packaging Out Of Mushrooms
This unlikely material can rapidly renew and easily mold into all kinds of different shapes, is high-performing, and cost effective.
How One Company Is Making It Easier Than Ever To Save The Bees
The Flow Hive offers a revolutionary new option for beekeeping which anyone, anywhere can learn how to use. With just a turn of a handle, helping the survival of the bees has never been easier.
Everything You Need To Know When Shopping For Sustainable Candles
With hundreds of different candles on the market, it can be tricky choosing ones that are sustainable. The good news is that choosing environmentally safe candles is easy once you know what to look for.
What The United States Can Learn From 4 Eco-Friendly Countries
Countries around the world are taking steps to help the environment and some are truly leaders in this effort. Waste management, wildlife conservation, plastic disposal, and air pollution are some of the issues every country must work on.
How 'Bureo' Transforms Recycled Fish Nets Into Eco-Friendly Toys
Bureo, a U.S. manufacturer, has tackled ocean pollution by upcycling used plastic into unique products. The company's Net Positiva program in Chile allows them to turn discarded plastic fish nets into items like skateboards and Jenga pieces.
New NYC Restaurant Serves Healthy Fast Food In Reusable Jars
Lunch for most people is a simple affair. They go to a store, buy food, and throw out the packaging. That 20 minute experience creates lasting problems with plastics piling up in the trash. One woman in NYC is helping to change that narrative.
IKEA Buys Huge Forest In Alabama For Ethically Sourced Timber
IKEA recently purchased a forest in the U.S. The land spans across 25,0000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. This is IKEA's third sustainable forest purchase, intended to boost their efforts to produce environmentally responsible products.
Unique Eco-Friendly Homes Provide Safe Housing For Displaced Communities
Cal-Earth designed a sustainable home that is fire-proof, hurricane-proof, tornado-proof, and earthquake resistant. The organization teaches people how to build these dome-shaped houses with just a handful of basic materials.
New Eco-Resort In Vietnam Honors Local History And Culture
A new eco-friendly resort is set to open in Vietnam. The enormous property aims to be sustainable, while honoring and respecting local culture and history.