Desirée Kaplan is a freelance writer based in Manhattan. She focuses on sustainability topics such as innovative green architecture, travel, and business.
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New Documentary Explores How Pollution Affects Whale Hunting In Remote IslandsScottish film maker Mike Day turns his focus on the ethical and environmental concerns surrounding the Faroe Islands.
New Farm Robot 'FarmBot' Gives Everyone A Green ThumbA farm robot called FarmBot can make precision farming more affordable and accessible, helping homeowners transform their backyards into crop-yielding greenspaces.
These Online Stores Make It Easy To Find Chic, Sustainable Wedding AttireThese websites will help you find sustainable wedding attire at an affordable price point.
Vespa Announces First Electric Scooter For 2018 ReleaseVespa has recently released their latest model: the Vespa Elettrica.
FoodLogiQ Helps Track 'Farm To Fork' Food In The Supply ChainFoodLogiQ has stepped up to offer a solution to bring transparency to consumers and businesses in the industry.
100 Percent Solar-Powered Hotel To Break Ground In DubaiInterContinental Hotels Group plans to build a 100 percent eco-friendly hotel in Dubai, which would be the city's first fully sustainable hotel.
London’s Iconic Black Cabs Go ElectricThe iconic London black cabs are getting electrified — with WiFi, USB charging, easy-to-use card machines, and a spacious interior with six seats.
5 Eco-Friendly Apps To Help You Live A Greener LifestyleWant to live a more sustainable life? There's an app for that. These 5 apps help encourage a greener lifestyle by connecting you with local farmers and helping you reduce household waste.
Have A Black Thumb? 5 Hydroponic Planters To Help Lazy GardenersThink you don't have what it takes to grow your own vegetables? These five hydroponic planters can help even the most inept home gardeners grow their own food.
These Recycled Skateboards Help Save The OceanYou can help save the ocean by buying one of these skateboards made from recycled materials.
This New Electric Racing Boat Is Already Making WavesThe boating world is excited about this new electric racing boat.
8 Yoga Subscription Boxes To Help You Find ZenThese yoga subscription boxes are the best way to treat yourself or any yogi in your life.
These Unique Bags Are Made From Upcycled BillboardsBillboards are getting a second-life thanks to these new innovative bags.
5 Eco-Friendly Bikes To Ride This SummerThese eco-friendly bikes are the perfect summer ride.
This Tech Makes It Easy To Conserve Water In Your HomeNew inventions are making it easier than ever to conserve.
This Eco-Friendly Restaurant Is Run By RobotsRobots are in charge at this eco-friendly restaurant.
The Creative Way FIFA Is Offsetting The World Cup's Carbon FootprintFIFA has found a creative way to make the World Cup more sustainable.
7 Eco-Friendly Products Perfect For Your Family PetThese pet toys and products will keep your animals sustainable, too!
This Abandoned Lot In Miami Is Being Transformed Into A Beautiful 10-Mile ParkOnce 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 ShipChina recently released the world's first fully electric cargo ship that weighs 2,000 metric tons and a battery capacity of 2,500-kilowatt hours.
This Tiny Nation Is The First Country To Require Tourists To Sign Eco-PledgeIn response to the environmental damge caused by visitors, Palau has created the world's first conservation pledge, which will stamped in passports and must be signed by tourists before entry is granted.
New Sustainable Paint Helps Boats Use Less EnergyA team in Germany came together to create a non-toxic paint that keeps organisms off the hulls of boats, minimizing drag which also reduces fuel use.
Solar Sails Power This Incredibly Eco-Friendly Cruise ShipThe company Peace Boat has announced plans to bring the "Ecoship" to life — a futuristic cruise ship that will blend together technology and sustainability.
This Organic Winery In Italy Operates On Off-Grid TechnologyThe Salcheto winery, located near Florence, Italy, has successfully established new environmentally sustainable practices and built sustainable features into the property.
This Female Run Company Created A Biodegradable Pregnancy TestLia Diagnostics has designed a pregnancy test that not only plastic free, but also made out of sustainable materials — and it's 99 percent accurate.
Scientists Create Hybrid Coral To Combat Reef DestructionProfessor Madeleine van Oppen and her team are working toward reef restoration by creating coral that is resistant to environmental changes.
Former Environmental Attorney Creates Zero Waste Liquor In MexicoRichard Bretts, a former environmental attorney, opened Sombra Mezcal, a distillery in Mexico, that greatly reduced the large carbon footprint in producing mezcal.
What John Deere's 'Lettuce Robot' Means For Green AgricultureJohn Deere invested $305 million in Blue River Technology, which created a system that can spot and kill weeds using a camera that is towed behind a tractor.
These Purses Are Made From Washable Paper That Mimics LeatherItalian brand Uashmama has found a way to create washable paper bags — that look and feel like leather — for eco-conscious customers.
10 Unique AirBnBs To Rent For An Eco-Friendly VacationThese 10 unique AirBnBs offer eco-friendly accommodations in some absolutely stunning vacation destinations.
Immersive Treehouse Eco-Resort To Open In SingaporeSingapore is getting a new resort, and it’s anticipated to be the greenest destination in the country.
4 Eco-Friendly Ways To Recycle Your Old iPhoneccording to the Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, less than about 16 percent of e-waste is recycled.
This App Makes Purchasing Sustainable Seafood A BreezeThe Monterey Bay Aquarium is focused on creating a healthy ocean environment and wants to help you make the best dinner choice before you pick up the menu.
This Coffee Machine Reduces Energy Use For An Eco-Friendly CupIberital, a product company in Spain, has designed a more eco-friendly coffee machine call Vision, which minimizes the machine's energy consumption by 50 percent.
Budweiser Now Uses 100% Renewable Electricity In U.S. BreweriesBudweiser has taken steps towards becoming a sustainable company by shifting its facilities in the U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy.
10 Sustainable Gifts Perfect For Every Person On Your Shopping ListThese sustainable gifts are perfect for everyone on your list, from dog lovers to new parents. Some options are even romantic.
Harley-Davidson Is Officially Releasing Their Electric Motorcycle In 2019Harley-Davidson is shifting gears and betting on electric motorcycly technology that brings the "quality and experience" of the iconic brand.
How One Company In Maine Has Saved 500 Tons Of Waste From LandfillSea Bags, a Maine company that turns old sails into durable, reusable bags, has saved and upcycled almost 5,500 sails, which are estimated to have kept 500 tons of waste out of landfills.
This Fashion Company Removes Trash From Oceans With Every SaleUnited By Blue is focused on reducing ocean trash and plastic pollution.
Designers Upcycle Used Fire Hoses Into Eco-Friendly AccessoriesEvery year, 1.3 million tons of clothes are discarded and replaced in the United Kingdom alone.
Why These Parents Designed An Eco-Friendly Baby BottleSingle use plastic bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
These Pet Products Are Safe For Your Furry Friends And The EnvironmentMany pet products are made with plastic materials and find their way to the trash soon after Fido takes it apart.
New 'BBC' Nature Documentary Showcases 24 Hours On EarthA decade after the hugely successful release of Earth, BBC Earth Films released their anticipated sequel Earth: One Amazing Day on October 6th.
EasyJet Hopes To Launch All-Electric Commercial Flights In 10 YearsThe aviation industry creates about two percent of manmade CO2 emissions worldwide.
Eco-Friendly Barrel Reduces Oak And Preserves FlavorRuss Karasch saw this problem and decided to upgrade the vintage design. As a result, he created Squarrel, a sustainable square shaped barrel that is both reusable and customizable.
Lacoste Changes Signature Shirt Icon To Raise Awareness For Endangered SpeciesLacoste has is removing the crocodile logo from its shirts to raise awareness for endangered species.
5 Eco-Friendly Corporate Retreats That Will Leave Your Team Feeling RenewedNow you can renew your team's energy without using nonrenewable resources. These five eco-friendly corporate retreat destinations will help you meet business goals without sacrificing sustainability goals.
The Royal Wedding Is Going Green In This Surprising WayEco-friendly florist Philippa Craddock is turning the royal wedding green.
How Seed Banks Grow and Protect the Food of TomorrowSeed banks may be out species' best chance for survival in the future. Learn more about what seed banks are and why they are so important.
Disney Opens New Ecotourism Destination In FranceA new collaboration between Euro Disney SCA and the Pierre et Vacances Center Parcs Group has created the Villages Nature Paris, a "green village" focused on sustainability and ecotourism