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.


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.

Celebrate National Seafood Month By Making Sustainable Choices

October is National Seafood Month. It’s an opportune time to celebrate the sustenance provided by the sea and also make an extra effort to enjoy sustainable seafood.

Sustainable, or ocean-healthy, seafood means it is fished or farmed in ways that are better for the environment. It also helps save other marine animals we don’t typically fish for – like sea turtles, rays and sharks – that can be mistakenly caught as bycatch.

Need help getting started? Here are three easy tips that you can follow and share with others:

  • Ask grocers and restaurants: “Do you sell sustainable seafood?” It lets them know sustainable seafood is important to you.
  • Buy Seafood Watch Best Choices or Good Alternatives. Download our free app to help inform your purchases.
  • Choose Seafood Watch partners. Find them using the Seafood Watch app and be confident about what you’re buying.

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.


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.

Recycled Brooches of Classic Books

House of Ismay is known as the hub for the gift giver and bibliophile in your life. By recycling original pages of vintage and worn out books, maps, and obsolete scraps, House of Ismay constructs brooches alluding to classic books’ plots, stories and pop culture significance. Featuring John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird among many, House of Ismay gives the consumer an opportunity to buy a substantial, meaningful and beautiful product while minimizing landfill. 


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


Table I made at school. Legs are walnut. Rails and top are pine over which I applied two layers of milk paint (brown under green), giving it its antique crackled look. Milk paint is a non-toxic water based mixture. Early settlers brought this method of paint making to North America more then 250 years ago. I hand carved the leaf handle which, when drawer is closed, mates up perfectly with one of the twigs.

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.