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Dell, GM and others plan to incorporate ocean plastics into supply chains

<b>They also plan to cut their own plastic use significantly.</b><p>Recently, I wrote about a dish soap bottle made from recycled ocean plastic. Similarly, …

How To Make Your Own Super Powered Potting Soil

You can find any number of potting soil mixes in the market, but making your own offers many advantages. For one thing, you will know exactly what …

Plant your loved one in this egg and turn them into a tree after death

<b>The Capsula Mundi burial urn is finally available for purchase.</b><p>When it comes to stories about green burial options, the piece I wrote on the Capsula …

Garden Management: Keeping Up With Your Summer Garden - Organic Garden

Like many gardeners, I’m more of a planter than a picker. I’d rather poke bean seeds into the ground than gather my 10th basket of squash, which …

Tiny 355 sq. ft. micro-apartment is expanded with adaptable mini-loft

While smaller living spaces may not offer much in terms of square footage, they can feel much less cramped if their layouts or changed or even if one …

Here's why more restaurants are banning plastic straws

This is the last straw. If there’s a lesson to be learned from Chicago restaurant group DMK, it’s that little changes make a huge difference when it …

Mushrooms Are Helping Purify Dirty Waters

Shroom-cleaning<p>Let this idea grow on you: using mushrooms to clean up dirty, polluted urban streams. That's what environmentalists are trying in Oregon. Volunteers for Ocean Blue Project, an ecological restoration nonprofit, are placing mushroom spawn in burlap sacks with a mixture of coffee …

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Microbiology

Killing One Owl, To Save Another, Ruffles Feathers

Barred owls are being killed to save endangered spotted owls.<p>To save the endangered northern spotted owl, biologists have begun killing barred owls, a more widespread and aggressive bird that has invaded the former species' territories in the U.S. Northwest. Once a barred owl enters a spotted owl's …

Birds