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Aimee Lutkin

Aimée is a freelance blogger based in Brooklyn.

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The Biggest Vertical Farm In The World Is Breaking Ground In November

One of the biggest airline food providers is starting construction on a vertical farm in Dubai as a solution to demand for fresh greens and a severe water shortage.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 days ago
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Scientists Discover Thriving Coral Reefs Under Oceanic Volcanoes

Researchers from marine life advocates Oceana have discovered a surprising new world under the sea near Sicily.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 week ago
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Starbucks Announces Plan To Ban Straws From All Stores

Starbucks is ramping up its sustainability efforts with a plan to eradicate the use of plastic straws in its assembly line.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 weeks ago
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Honeybees Are Being Saved By Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Bacteria

It's challenging and laborious to detect this bacteria that decimates bee populations, so an apiary inspector trained a dog to do it. They're amazing.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 weeks ago
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Renewables

This Classroom In The U.K. Is Producing 1.5 Times The Energy It Needs

New technologies means that instead of sucking power off the energy grid, buildings can feed back into it, powering other buildings and even cars.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 weeks ago
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Scientists Say Trees In Cities Can Trap As Much Carbon As A Rainforest

New technology has allowed scientists to more accurately estimate how much carbon trees absorb, and the results may change how green spaces in cities are planned.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 weeks ago
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Food

You Can Buy This Edible Coating At Costco To Double The Life Of Your Produce

This edible coating helps produce, including avocados, extend their shelf life, which ultimately cuts down on food waste.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 weeks ago
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U.K. Manufacturers Plan Paper Straw Factory As Restaurants Drop Plastic

A company of packaging experts are looking into the future and seeing a world without single-use plastic.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 weeks ago
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News

Animals Are Becoming Nocturnal To Avoid Interacting With Humans

Animals are starting to avoid daytime hours as a means of avoiding humans. 

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Prince's Paisley Park Promises To Remain Meat-Free In His Honor

What can and can't be served at Paisley Park has been contested in the past, as Prince had very specific rules when he was alive. But on this issues, the museum and estate are standing strong.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Food

Ben & Jerry's Is Campaigning For Wind Energy In The UK With Special Flavors

Every Wednesday in the UK will be "windy," with flavors meant to draw attention to the loss of wind technology development in the country.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Pope Francis Brought Oil Executives To The Vatican And Demanded They Switch To Clean Energy

Pop Francis has been a vocal support of clean energy, and the need to take a stand against climate change before it's too late. Now, he's following up.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Tokyo Announces Plan To Install Solar Roads In Time For 2020 Olympics

The installation of solar panels into our roadways could be world-changing, but the expense is still prohibitive. By introducing it before the Olympics, Tokyo is giving solar roads a chance to grow in popularity and perhaps lower in cost.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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India's Prime Minister Announces Plan To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic By 2022

India is being praised for showing "world leadership" by instituting the ban, but UN officials warn we still need to do much more to keep plastics from running into the ocean and destroying marine life.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Food

Mars Inc. Is Spending $1 Billion On Bringing Sustainability Into Its Production Line

The food and candy company is getting ahead of competitors with their new sustainability program, confident they'll be paid back financially for their investment in the future.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Food

Research Suggests The Best Thing You Can Do For The Earth Is Avoid Meat And Dairy

This study suggests that a vegan diet may be best for the environment.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Chile Just Became The First Country In The Americas To Ban Plastic Bags

The country has gone beyond their promise to ban plastic in only coastal communities and expanded to the entire country, setting an example for the rest of the continent.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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The European Union Is Being Sued For Not Taking Enough Action Against Climate Change

Ten families from around the world are coming together to demand that the European Union be held responsible for how climate change is destroying their livelihoods, communities, and way of life.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Food

Berlin Just Opened A 'Bee Hotel' To Save The Bees

Tourists come to see historical buildings and parks in Berlin everyday. This initiative from two scientists wants to both support bees with a place to live, but also educate the public about how bees are needed and can be raised even in urban environments.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Scientists Discovered A 'Shark Highway' And Are Working To Protect It

Video evidence of a shark pathway across the Pacific ocean may be the next step for conservationists trying to protect declining shark populations.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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St. Louis Is Turning Abandoned Areas Into Award-Winning Greenways

The city of St. Louis is trying to connect all of its best spaces with urban greenways that encourage development, community, and tourism.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Food

Food Delivery Service DoorDash Is Using Its Network To Feed The Hungry And Reduce Waste

DoorDash has a network in place for connecting food to people, and logistics are often the biggest hurdle for restaurants who want to donate their excess food to the hungry. This company is offering their network and social capital to both reduce food waste and make sure the people who need it are getting healthy, quality meals.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Technology

This Company Wants To Use Elevated Pods Instead Of Cars And Subways

These carbon pods are a system of mass transit that could eliminate pollution and traffic, while saving any city that adopts them an enormous amount of money.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Travel

Sustainable Safari Options For Eco-Conscious Travelers

These African safaris focus on sustainability and preservation of wildlife in ways that also benefit local communities.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Food

This App Reduces Food Waste By Getting Leftovers To Those In Need

Food waste is a serious issue when it comes to wasting energy and water. One woman took a simple idea for eliminating that waste by doing a world of good, then turned it into a booming business.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Travel

This Luxury Hotel Is Working To Bring Sustainable Tourism To The Maldives

Controversial development is causing conflict in the beautiful archipelago, but one hotel builder thinks they have a way to satisfy both the nation and the environment's needs.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Style

These Shoes Have Soles Made From Recycled Chewing Gum

Three companies from Amsterdam are finding an innovative and stylish way to deal with one of the city's biggest waste issues.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

Australia Is Pouring $349 Million Into Funding For The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef has been facing more and more danger from every side and some don't think the government is going far enough in addressing its root problem.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Australia Sets Goal For 2025 To Implement Sustainable Packaging Everywhere In The Country

Faced with a serious back-up of recycling waste  in the country, Australia is being forced to confront their issues around production with new plans. But some think they need to be a lot more ambitious.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Renewables

This Company Uses Agricultural Waste To Make Eco-Friendly Packaging

Farmers in India produce agricultural waste that often ends up polluting the atmosphere in fires. This company is trying to eliminate the damage to air quality while also replacing plastic with a new biodegradable material.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Renewables

Nigerian Refugees Are Planting 40,000 Trees Near Their Camp In Cameroon

Several acres of trees were lost in the drought-prone area of Cameroon where a refugee camp was established for victims of Boko Haram. Now, camp residents and the local community are working to re-establish the greenery.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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This Major Music Festival Just Banned Plastic Straws

Campaigns for recycling, carpooling, and banning single use plastics have become increasingly popular at enormous events, which means the potential to spread these ideas is growing.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Home

Artist Turns Discarded Plastic Bags Into Beautiful Faux-Flowers

This artist is drawing attention to plastic waste through his very specific craft, and turning his creations into fashion, interior decorating, and jewelry.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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The North Face Is Making Shirts From Recycled Bottles To Clean National Parks

A new lines from The North Face is helping to find a use for waste left behind by tourists in national parks, while also innovating more sustainable means of production for clothes.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

This Toilet Provides Safe Sanitation Without Plumbing Or Electricity

This innovative membrane creates a sanitation system that makes clean toilets accessible to low-income households, which could potentially change the lives of billions.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

This Art Installation Is An On-The-Ground-Cloud You Can Walk Inside

A pavilion set up in the middle of Milan is allowing people to experience what it's like to walk around in a giant, clean cloud without breathing in a chemical atmosphere. But it's only the first step in a plan to control temperature in entire cities.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Renewables

Apple Now Runs On 100% Renewable Energy

The company has hit a milestone in clean energy production, and they've made progress in bringing their global suppliers with them.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

Airbnb Launches New 'Healthy Tourism' Office To Promote Green Travel

After facing backlash for some of their practices, Airbnb launches an initiative to promote a healthy relationship with the communities it is deeply embedded in.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Food

Upstate New York Just Opened Their First All Vegan Supermarket

The store is run by people who have themselves embraced veganism and who want to teach others how to make it their own lifestyle.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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White Castle Is Now Offering Vegan Sliders With 'Bleeding' Meat

White Castle is proud to be the first fast food chain to offer this vegan "meat" to consumers, and they're using a product that was created with exciting new food technology that makes it almost indistinguishable from beef.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Renewables

This Italian Fabric Company Gives Scraps A Second Life In Fashion

Their innovative spinning process reduces waste, saves energy, and supports fair labor standards. Is it something that could be done everywhere?

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Iceland Supermarket Announces Ban On Palm Oil In All Store-Brand Items

Appalled by the devastation caused to communities and rainforests by palm oil production, one big company has decided to put their foot down.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Researchers Refigured An Old Type Of Battery To Power The Energy Of The Future

Batteries need to catch up with the advancing technology of clean power generation. A group of scientists at MIT think they may have discovered the perfect material to increase battery storage power immeasurably.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

Greece Is Campaigning To Remove Plastic Waste From Their Oceans

Most tourists and citizens of Greece are unaware of the awful plastic waste problem that is creating devastation for marine life around their beautiful islands. New goals set by the European Union are forcing people to face the work that needs to be done.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

Paris Plans To Dedicate A Third Of Its New Green Spaces To Urban Farming

A government-supported initiative in Paris is creating jobs and spreading green spaces throughout the city.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Food

This Vegan Butcher Shop's Food Truck Is Hitting The Road

This "butcher shop" is popular for vegans as a place to pick out a variety of fresh vegan sausage and "meat" cuts for their own cooking, but they want to break out onto the open road and show more people what they can do.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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London Non-Profit Launches Campaign To Plant Millions Of Wildflowers

A non-profit has been campaigning the idea of seeing London as a national park, rather than a city meant only for people.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Renewables

This Breast Cancer Survivor Is Launching A Line Of Zero-Waste Bras

After struggling to find a bra that suited all her needs during treatment for cancer, one woman has been working to make a bra that supports both her body and the planet.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Mumbai Beach Welcomes Turtle Hatchlings For The First Time In 20 Years

Volunteers have been conducting a massive clean up on one of Mumbai's beaches, and the results of their labor just waddled into the sea.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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3 Women Are Rowing Across The Atlantic To Fight Plastic Pollution

Though they've never done anything quite like it before, Status Row is embarking on a seven week journey across the ocean in order to support the biggest ocean cleaning charity in their country.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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France Is Building The World's Largest Single-Dome Greenhouse

The energy-efficient dome offers a piece of the Amazon in the middle of France, and you can even rent a room to stay there for a visit.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Travel

Colombia Certifies 6 New Towns As Sustainable Tourism Destinations

In an effort to protect its cultural and environmental resources, the Colombian government has been working with tourist destinations to establish rules and protocols, slowly certifying more and more locations for eco-friendly tourism.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Vegan Beauty Product Sales Are Skyrocketing In The U.K.

People are seeking beauty and skincare products that not only make them look great, but help them feel good about their moral choices as well. 

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Scientists Built A Robotic Fish Designed To Explore Coral Reefs

Marine exploration is limited by human capabilities to access small spaces, and approach animals in their natural habitat without disturbing them. An innovative design presents a practical solution—make the camera the size and shape of a fish.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Renewables

This Firm From Israel Is Finding A Way For Landfill Waste To Actually Be Useful

The dream of turning waste into usable plastic isn't just a dream any longer, or so one Israeli company with a very secret conversion process has claimed.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Food

Starbucks Is Offering $10 Million To Come Up With A Compostable Cup Design

Starbucks has been working to find a solution to their coffee cup waste issue. Now, they're letting the public help.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Travel

Portland Pub Replaces Beef With Vegan 'Impossible' Burgers

This Portland restaurant has been struggling to find a way to make sure it has as low an impact on the environment as possible. They finally had to admit they needed to give up meat on the menu.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Community

This College Wants To Be Fossil Fuel Free By 2019

A government mandate has forced the community college system to upgrade their energy systems, but they've actually been wanting to do it for decades, anyway.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Making Toast Is The Easiest Way To Combat Food Waste

One waste battling organization is telling people that instead of letting their bread go stale and musty on the counter, they should learn how to properly preserve food in the freezer.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Home

This 3D Printed House Can Be Built In Less Than 48 Hours

With a far lower price than pre-fabs or traditional house-building, this printer forms homes in concrete on site, according to the plans it's programmed to follow. this could completely change the game for underserved populations struggling to find safe, permanent homes.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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News

This Device May Save Birds Endangered By Wind Energy Towers

As human structures get in their flight paths, there is a more desperate need for a way to protect the birds without shutting down wind energy ventures. These scientists think they have a solution.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Food

New Vegan Beer Hall Brings Plant-Based Bar Food To Boston

In Massachusetts, there are lots of options for vegan food and micro-brews, but this restaurant is combining them in Boston, where plant-based diets don't have quite the same hold over the local population.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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This Beehive Is Making It Easy For People To Start Their Own Apiary

Lots of people want to support bees, recognizing their incredibly important place in our food chain. This company is offering an easier way to start an apiary and become a bee ambassador.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Community

Wales Officially Pledged To Become A 'Zero Waste' Nation By 2050

Wales has been working to reduce waste for years, and is far ahead of almost every single nation in the world. How do they do it? With passionate citizens and government funding.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Renewables

Goodyear Floats Idea For Moss-Lined Tire That Absorbs Carbon Dioxide

This green tire would clean the air and power aspects of the car just by growing and rolling.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Community

This City Processes All Of Its Sewage Through Its Unique Wetlands

A city in India has had a system in place for purifying millions of gallons of waste every day into clean water and fertilizer for fish and plants. The old system is being threatened by encroaching real estate markets.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Community

This Indoor Farm Is Trying To Revolutionize The Growing Process In Sweden

Plantagon is close to finding an economically stable way to grow plants indoors that benefits the building itself.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Community

Bali Organized 20,000 People To Do A Massive Beach Clean-Up

The event is meant to raise awareness about the insufficient waste management system on the island and how single-use plastic is ruining beaches and industry.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Food

This Hydroponic Farm Is Speeding Up NYC's Farm-To-Table Process

Farm One is producing food for restaurants that can be harvested and biked over to your plate in 30 minutes.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Travel

Malibu Bans Restaurants From Giving Customers Plastic Straws And Utensils

The controversial measure will stop businesses from contributing to plastic waste on Malibu's beautiful beaches.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Renewables

The World's First Floating Wind Farm Is Already Changing Green Energy

Floating wind turbines off the coast has been experimented with before, but never at the scale it is at Hywind Scotland. The company who built it believes this could be the design of the future.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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News

Woman Famous For Picking Up Cigarette Butts Reaches Her Millionth Butt

One woman has changed her city's approach to cigarette waste by letting herself be made the butt of a joke and the face of a movement.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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News

This New Material Made From Seaweed May Be What You're Wearing Next Season

"Bioyarn" is a new material that degrades easily and without polluting the ocean with microplastics or clogging landfills with fast fashion waste.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Community

This Debt Relief Program From Leonardo DiCaprio Protects Ocean Life In The Seychelles

The Seychelles is protecting biodiversity in their incredible ocean reefs by protecting their financial future.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Home

This Co-Living Space Is Designed For Women Of Color Breaking Into Tech

SkyLab Boston wants to protect the neighborhood of Roxbury from gentrification while promoting diversity in the tech industry.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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News

Cape Town Introduces New Mascot To Bring Attention To Water Shortage Crisis

In a frightening situation, Cape Town has introduced an even scarier mascot.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Home

This Energy-Efficient Cabin Was Also A Father And Son Building Project

An architecture firm designed a cabin to show what's possible with sustainable building techniques and some family know-how.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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News

60,000 Chinese Soldiers Are Going To Plant Trees To Fight Pollution

China is on a mission to cover more than 30,000 miles of land mass with trees, and they're devoting military resources to the project.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Home

This Company Builds Hives You Can Install In Your Living Room

In an effort to raise awareness about our most important pollinator, the Beecosystem has developed a hive that can support a bee family in your home, right where everyone can see it.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Home

This Tiny Egg-Shaped House Makes It Easy To Live Sustainably Off The Grid

This new prefab has thought of every aspect of off-the-grid living and put it into an easily transported unit that's both beautiful and efficient in its design.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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News

The Queen Of England Banned Plastic Straws And Bottles From Her Estates

The U.K. is making slow moves to end plastic waste through parliament and its Prime Minister, so the Queen is taking action.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Community

Patagonia's New Site Connects You To Local Causes That Need Your Help

The company wants to show that they don't just talk about environmental responsibility and sustainable production—they live it.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Food

Dunkin' Donuts Is Finally Ending Their Use Of Foam Cups

The franchise started looking for a way to switch from polystyrene to paper in 2011. It's taken a long time, but Dunkin' Donuts may no longer be running on foam.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Community

'Plogging' Is The New Trend That Gets You Fit While Saving The Planet

This is something you can do running, walking, biking, or boarding, because garbage is everywhere.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Renewables

Farmers Are Using Flowers To Beat Back Pests Instead Of Chemicals

New and precise techniques for monitoring how flowers impact surrounding crops makes the case for replacing pesticides with daisies.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Travel

This Small Town In Wales Has Gone Completely Plastic-Free

The village of Aberporth has gotten all of its local businesses to commit to ending plastic, after a local campaign merged with a larger awareness of how plastic is harming marine life.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Food

'Detroit Hives' Is Turning Abandoned City Lots Into Bee Farms

This nonprofit organization is helping their community's safety and health, while growing strong beehives. Their tagline? "Work hard, stay bumble."

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Food

This Machine Makes Reusable Coffee Capsules You Can Customize

People have become addicted to pod-made single serving coffee, with disastrous environmental effects. There is a rush now to come up with the most functional, reusable cup model. This just might be it.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Food

Advocates Push For Farmland To Eliminate Carbon Within Its Growth Cycle

Soil is an untapped resource in the fight against climate change, if we could just pay attention to it.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Renewables

New Water 'Refill' Stations Encourage People To Ditch Plastic For Free

City to Sea is an organization that is working to end plastic waste when it comes to drinking water, by simply encouraging people just to ask to refill their bottles. It's working.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Food

Restaurants Are Installing Their Own Mini Indoor Farms To Grow Mushrooms

Smallhold is a group that has combined technology and hydroponic growing systems to get fresh produce to restaurants—because the restaurants are growing their food right in the dining room.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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News

Coral Reefs In Central America Are Finally Getting Healthier

The four countries boarded by the Mesoamerican Reef have banded together to protect this important marine life ecosystem, boosting their own economy in the process.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Renewables

Emmanuel Macron Promises Coal Power Plants Will Shut Down In France By 2021

The French president is taking a big step forward when it comes to clean energy.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Renewables

How This Small Town In Mexico Uses Solar Power For Economic Justice

Ucareo is a small town in Mexico that could be vulnerable to predatory energy companies looking for land to develop. They're taking steps to make sure energy generated in their area will go benefit the community first.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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News

This Floating Hotel Is An Eco-Friendly Winter Wonderland Come To Life

A company has come up with a new way to enjoy the Northern Lights: in the middle of a frozen river.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Renewables

The European Union Is Working To Eradicate Plastic Waste By 2030

Changes in how European countries have been largely dealing with their plastic waste means the government needs to come up with a solution fast. They're turning to recycling.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Renewables

Reforestation Is Becoming A Booming Business

Changes in technology and agriculture have made planting trees easier and less expensive, while changes to the climate have raised demand for the service.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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News

Popular U.K. Grocery Store Vows To Get Rid Of Plastic By 2023

Iceland Foods has been leaning on plastics for its well-known frozen food line in the U.K. They've decided they have the technology to get rid of plastic and make their packaging recyclable—and no excuse not to.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago