Environmentally Friendly

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Ecocapsule Self-Sustainable Home

The Ecocapsule is powered by a wind-turbine and roof solar panels, so there is no need to worry about the lack of power as this amazing house has two efficient ways of generating its own power. It even has built-in rainwater and dew collection systems so your toilet, shower and kitchen sink are fully functional at all times.

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Bulletproof, fireproof, environmentally friendly homes are being made from plastic bottles

The streets of downtown Toronto are vibrant and busy at all times of the day. During the day business women rapidly click their heels and talk a mile a minute into their cellphones. Students hustle off to school, their backpacks swaying from side to side and men with ties and briefcases flood the subway. It’s hard to notice anything besides the flashes of color that blur together in your peripherals. At night the streets are calmer – people walk more slowly and everything is in focus. The sides of the road are piled with garbage bags, full of coffee cups and plastic water bottles, waiting to be picked up and taken to the landfill. In between the bags lay the city’s homeless – wrapped up in sleeping bags, boxes and whatever else they have scrounged for warmth.

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Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. Don’t think you can commit to a vegan lifestyle? For every day you don’t eat meat, you can save over 400 gallons of water and reduce your carbon footprint by 8 pounds. Challenge yourself to at least one “meat free” day per week.

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Pollution Sucks Tee by BLACKMAGIKA

This logo was designed in 1989 by a family member in protest of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that happened in March of that year in Prince William Sound Alaska, just east of Anchorage. That spill destroyed ocean habitat in Alaska and has affected BC and the whole pacific coast. We have decided to reprint it using the last known original and have added the printing on the back.

All profits from the sales of this shirt are going to be donated to small shore clean ups on Vancouver Island and if it does well I’m planning to donate to shore clean up efforts in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.

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Kanopi House (Blue Lagoon, Portland, Jamaica) :: A tropical jungle of vine-drenched, 100-foot Banyan trees; soaring chartreuse bamboo and flowering magenta ginger lily descending into a secluded, white sand cove.

Where an elegant, earth conscious oasis of chic-ly appointed, ‘tree houses’ is linked by a winding pathway sliced through a sun dappled rainforest overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

A private shoreline that wraps around a blue lagoon, ringed by an untouched coral reef; purple manta rays gliding through clouds of colorful fish in a warm turquoise sea, glazed in a layer of cool from the mountain stream that flows into, and over, it. Kanopi House is an environmentally friendly hideaway.

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These are pencils made from recycled newspapers, and they’re manufactured by a company called TreeSmart. As the pencils are sharpened, they produce a marbling pattern near the graphite tip.

Here’s a quote from their website: “Whole newspaper sheets are rolled around high quality No. 2 graphite. No toxic chemicals are used in manufacturing and the eraser tips are latex free. A special adhesive formula binds the newsprint together into a cohesive core that is hard as wood. The pencils sharpen easily and last longer than wood pencils.“

See (and buy) their products here:  http://treesmart.com

And here:  http://www.guidedproducts.com/products/treesmart-green-recycled-pencils-24

Plastic bags can take as long as a thousand years to break down in a landfill.

Let that sink in for a second. A thousand years ago, humanity was right smack in the middle of the dark ages (disintegration of the Roman Empire, the height of catholic corruption, public displays of torture for minor crimes, etc.) If plastic bags existed during that time period, many would have just finished decomposing.

The average New Yorker goes through at least 620 plastic bags per year. Because plastic bags cannot be recycled at home, most end up in the garbage or as “urban tumble weeds” blowing around the streets, stuck in trees, and floating in waterways. Wildlife who ingest the bags get sick or often die from suffocation. Not concerned with animal welfare? The fish on your plate has likely ingested and absorbed the chemicals from hundreds of plastic fragments. Bon appetite. 

Is it worth the convenience? Did you really need to bag that single item you just bought? Could you have put it in your purse or pocket? Did your Seamless order need the plastic? Could you have asked for paper instead? Don’t get me started on reusable grocery bags. 

 If you’re still in need of some guidance to break away from the pull of plastic, check out these 10 Life Hacks to Help You Cut Plastic Out of the Picture. 

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Forget plastic bags and bring your own handmade net bag to your shopping and market adventures. Flexible yet sturdy, the crocheted mesh allows the bags to easily fit into small spaces such as pockets or purses and are very durable, being able to hold several pounds of groceries or other goods. 

Not only are these mags environmentally friendly and efficient, but with your purchase you will support the Ocean Cleanup with 7.50EU donated to the cause with each sale. 

Buy a net bag from Pinetjes and help save the environment!

Recipe: Chef Nathan Lyon’s Spiced Catfish Tacos with Pickled Shallots and Chipotle Crema

Emmy-nominated chef and Seafood Watch ambassador Nathan Lyon is touring the country, sharing ocean-friendly dishes with TV audiences nationwide. Check local news show listings to see if he’ll be in your area and get all of his recipes here.

Yield: 4 servings

Pickled Shallots:

  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ pound shallots, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Place shallots in a medium bowl. Heat water, sugar and salt together in a small saucepan until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour over shallots and add vinegar. Stir together. Let sit until taco time!

Chipotle Crema:

  • ¼ cup organic sour cream
  • 1½ teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix to combine ingredients together in a small bowl.

Catfish:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound skinless catfish filets (approximately 6 filets)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided.

In a small bowl, mix to combine the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Pat catfish filets dry with a paper towel. Season the fish on both sides evenly with the spice mix.

Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Heat until the butter bubbles up, turns brown and perhaps even smokes, approximately 2 minutes. Swirl the pan so the butter coats the bottom of the pan.

Gently add three of the catfish filets to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Remove filets from pan and transfer to a paper towel lined sheet tray or plate. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and repeat the process with the remaining fish. Flake the fish into bite-sized pieces.

Assembling the Taco:

  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed through
  • 2 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes, quartered

Smear a dollop of chipotle crema on a corn tortilla. Top with a few slices of avocado. Add some catfish, cabbage, pickled shallot and cilantro. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime. Eat. Repeat.

(Nathan Lyon photo courtesy of Growing A Greener World. Taco photo courtesy of Nathan Lyon.)

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Happy May Day and Welcome to National Bike Month!

Here are a few reasons why Biking is Better:

  • You can stop going to the gym (money saver)
  • You can carry books, flower, food etc (oh yeah)
  • No parking problems (if you live in nyc, you know what’s up)
  • It reduces stress
  • Your heart is happy when you use it (yay)
  • It gives you legs of steel (heck yeah!)
  • You save money on fuel (score!)
  • The earth is happy when you use it
  • You can sing on it
  • Zero emissions (score!)
  • You can carry your bags (buy buy back pain. lol!)
  • No car tax or insurance (yipee)
  • It makes you happy :)

To get tips and ideas on how you can use your bike more this month, or to join a bike challenge, visit Bike League here.

#BikeMonth

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“It is time to ask each other, which side of history you will be on? After twenty-one years of debates and conferences, it is time to declare: no more talk, no more excuses, no more ten year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and take the scientific policies that affect our future. This is the body that can do what is needed.”