Last week, like every Fourth of July before, the USA celebrated our “birthday” with color-filled bursts of black powder. Fireworks are one of my favorite parts of holiday celebrations like those on the Fourth and New Years Eve. But unfortunately, those glorious pyrotechnic light shows increase air pollution.
Since Earth Day was last week on April 22nd, I (as per usual) did some research on new things happening in the world of environmentally-conscious people. Usually I find articles about new technologies; this year, however, I found an article on a budding genre of films/novels: “Cli-Fi.” Now, as a certified nerd, this has become one of my new favorite things.
Heyy Guys!! Did you know that you can go Green for Prom this year? Whether it’s donating an old dress that’s still in good condition or carpooling with friends, there are lots of ways to do it.
The typical American discards about 68 pounds of used clothing a year. This adds up to two quadrillion pounds of clothing being tossed into landfills by Americans every year. Donating your used clothing helps the environment by keeping stuff out of the landfills.
1)By visiting donatemydress.org, you can help other girls who are in desperate need for a dress. Or if you are in need of a dress before that BIG Day, visiting your local Thrift Store can always help.
2) Carpooling can be a major help too. When you carpool, an average car with a driver and two passengers naturally decreases that number by two-thirds to only 0.37 lbs. of carbon dioxide per person-mile. Taking your car off the road just a day a week will help keep the air clean and helps remove congestion from our roads. I love Carpooling with my girls–it’s SO MUCH FUN!!!! and we save gas.
3) Mining is destructive to the natural environment around mines, creates waste rock disposal problems, and uses harsh chemicals which can be significant sources of waste and harm to workers and nature. If you’re a jewelry lover, here are some other options you can try out. Especially if you’re not a glittery type sparkle person, you’ll probably enjoy some of these eco-prom ideas.
Here are some pics of cute jewelry from these websites: http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/ecoprom-ideas#21
OnAIr says: What do you think of Sherease’s ideas? How else could you green-up the prom this year? Tell us your ideas in the comments!
There’s been a lot of hype about tiny, yet comfortable, sustainable homes lately. And when you take a look at the eight we’ve rounded up for you, you’ll see why. Too cute!
Designers are coming out with all sorts of cool, environmentally friendly products. Here are just a few of the ones we liked:
Who says skateboards can’t get a makeover too? It’s about time!
Onewheel is a new electric skateboard with—take a guess—one wheel!
Here’s just another reason to pass up the highway for MARTA: you can leave those troublesome trousers at home!
There are plenty of cities in the United States nowadays that do have bike share systems. Sure, they’re not necessarily as used as other cities, but WE HAVE THEM. PROGRESS.
But, of course, there are the people that aren’t familiar with their own bike share systems (ahem, Atlanta), and hey let’s face it…some people are just more comfortable with using their own bikes.
So what if we told you that there is a much more convenient way to bike share? And all you need is a little device?
Introducing Bitlock, “the world’s first keyless bike lock”.
Here are a few reasons WHY YOU NEED THIS.
1. All you need to unlock it is an app on your phone.
2. So…you don’t have to remember a code anymore.
3. It’s faster to unlock because it’s all electronic.
4. You can share your bike using the app with your friends when your friend needs a bike.
See that? True friendship.
5. Hence…automatic, personal bike-sharing system!
All the love.
6. Although it’s made for bikes…you can virtually use it on any item you have.
That just about sums it up. Would you get this for yourself? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below!
Yes, biking is perhaps one of the most (if not THE most) accessible, efficient, and eco-friendly ways to travel. But how cool is it when you have over 3000 bikes upcycled into beautiful art?
Yes, I know, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist, set up this beautiful display in Toronto with lights. And it’s a true spectacle. It was the centerpiece for Scotia Nuit Blanche, which is a contemporary-art all-night event.
Bikes have a beautiful, geometric shape, no? And it’s cool that anything can be upcycled into beautiful art.
OnAir: How has this piece inspired you? Does it make you want to bike? Or maybe it makes you want to upcycle. Either way, you’ve got our support! Share your comments below!
We’ve heard plenty of excuses before–people just don’t want to ride the bus. And as transit riders, we understand your pain, too.
In Helsinki, Finland, they have come out with a new bus program called Kutsuplus, and it essentially does all of the things that you complain about regarding your bus commute.
6 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT KUTSUPLUS
1. It’s a personal service as opposed a set schedule with set routes.
2. You can install an app that lets you set your pickup and drop-off location.
3. It’s much more inexpensive than similar services we have here in the United States because it’s a bus, not a cab or a black car like they use for Uber.
4. It’s calculated the same way taxis calculate fees, per kilometer or mile. Which actually makes a lot of sense, and can ultimately save you money.
5. There’s space available for your bike, your stroller, etc.
That feeling when you can stretch out your legs. ^^ Yep.
6. Free WiFi.
Thoughts/opinions/questions/ideas? Share them with us below!