Freecycling: Not Just For Dumpster-Divers Anymore

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or you can call it “freecycling” for short. Freecycling is great because it reduces waste by ensuring that whatever it is that you’d like to throw away can be used again by someone else. In the past that’s usually meant dumpster-diving to find that new wall décor, but thanks to the internet you don’t have to get your hands dirty anymore.

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5 Awesome Things About the iPhone Solar Charger

Is that an iPhone case, you ask?

Why, yes. Yes it is. And what does this iPhone case do? Oh, just charges your phone with solar power, that’s what.

And while that pretty much speaks for itself, here are a few other awesome facts things about it:

1. You can essentially charge from anywhere (anywhere that’s not pitch black, that is). It can unchain you from the wall outlet.

2. Which means you can go anywhere–and do just about anything–without losing power.

 

3. Not to mention that it doubles the battery life of your phone.

4. No iPhone? No problem–they make them for other brands, too.

5. Also, because the solar charger is a part of the case (and not a separate attachment), it’s compact and can work on the go. #win

Would you purchase this for your phone? Tell us what you think in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-iphone-case-has-a-solar-panel-so-it-can-charge-your-phone/

Hack the planet!

Isn’t this like…the story of our lives?

Nerds for Nature is a new organization (well, unofficially) that brings basic technological tools to nonprofit organizations that work for the environment. According to founders of the organization, they don’t wish to make a profit, nor do they wish to become a company or an activist group — they simply want to help these traditional environmental nonprofits find new ways to promote environmentalism.

What else is so cool about them? On their website they have a map of the closest parks as well as gadgets for the environment, like pollution sensors and infrared heat detectors.

What is so great about these guys? They are promoting an idea that we keep saying over and over! Social media, technology, etc. is extremely important in spreading awareness about the environment, and of course making it more appealing to everyone. Infrared heat detectors are pretty cool right?

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Yep.

What are your thoughts and opinions on an organization like that? Do you think OnAir should reach out to them and have a discussion? Talk to us about it in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/living/code-green-nerds-for-nature-pairs-techies-and-enviros-to-hack-the-planet/

School supply shopping can be green too!

School supply shopping…is so fun. I have no idea why — you’re just buying a bunch of stuff that you PROBABLY won’t even use. They’ll be lying at the bottom of your locker, backpack, your bed, etc. But there is something that is just so wonderful about purchasing new school supplies.

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I want AWL OF DAT.

Anyway, here is a lovely list for you all to keep in mind while you shop. Being green should be a top priority for everyone, so we hope this really helps reinforce that.

1. Recycle old printer cartridges – That plastic and e-waste filling up landfills? Not cool. Plus, it’s like $2, so you’re saving a lot of money. Print away, young ones. Well, not too much…that wastes paper…

2. Thrift shop for new clothes – I love this one. Instead of filling up landfills with old clothes (which is a major issue), go to your local thrift store. Plus, ever since Macklemore came out with a song about thrift shopping, it’s actually pretty cool.

3. Buy used books – Because to purchase new ones means more resources being used.

4. Thrift shop for dorm stuff – For those of you going off to college, do you really need that brand new bookcase from Ikea that will probably break anyway? Get a much sturdier (and classier!) one from a thrift store or vintage shop. You’ll also save some money.

5. School supplies are green nowadays – Things like notebooks and printer paper are now recycled. Keep an eye out for these items and be sure to purchase them!

6. Bike to class – This helps the air get cleaner instead of taking your car to campus. ← We obviously like this tip best.

Got any more tips for going back to school the green way? Share them with us in a comment below!

Source: http://www.southeastgreen.com/index.php/seg-features/green-lifestyle/the-greener-life/9229-top-10-things-to-green-your-back-to-school-shopping

Water Power!

Our lives have become so heavily influenced by the use of electronics. In the United States, if you don’t have a laptop or a cell phone, you’re classified as an official weirdo.

Because of this bout of consumerism, especially in the realm of gadgets, it’s really hard for us eco-savvy folks to be completely green. Plus, we love our iPads, we really do.

But what if we told you that you could charge your phone with a tablespoon of water?

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More details on how it works  from the product manufacturers:

At the heart of myFC PowerTrekk is myFC’s proprietary FuelCellSticker technology. Made from foils and adhesives, these FuelCellStickers form a flexible assembly less than 2.75mm thick. Since the hydrogen fuel can be supplied from several alternative sources, the system is “flexifuel”.

The fuel cell inside myFC PowerTrekk is a completely passive system. Without fans or pumps, the fuel cell silently converts hydrogen into electricity via its Proton Exchange Membrane.

The chemistry process is safe, controllable and eco-friendly, and the only bi-product from the fuel cell is a little water vapor. To operate, hydrogen must be supplied to the fuel cell, and the fuel cell must be exposed to the open air.

Generating electrical charge without also generating pollution? Yes please.

Want to read more?  Click here.

What are your thoughts on a device like this? Is it useful or a complete waste of money? Let us know in a comment below.

What is Fenugreen?

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Like we said regarding teens doing big things in our previous post, it seems like everyone is finding ways to make our planet a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable place to live in. This. Is. Wonderful.

Kavita Shukler, has created a “fresh paper” which is used to store food and to maximize their preservation period by inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth. And it’s infused with organic spices to help with the preservation.

Shukler was inspired by her grandmother when she broke the “don’t drink the tap water” rule as a kid in India. Her grandmother prepared a concoction of different herbs and spices for Shukler to drink, and she didn’t get sick. This sparked her interest in the impact these spices have on the growth of bacteria.

This led to this invention called Fenugreen, named after fenugreek, a spice that is commonly used in India.

Inspired? What green traditions (or even things that are just really great, potential green inventions) do you have in your family? Let us know in a comment below!

http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/kavita-shukler-keeps-produce-fresh-with-fenugreen-freshpaper

 

Stay GREEN Mary Rose!

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These are just about some of the most unique and beautiful bracelets I’ve ever seen. Abigail Mary Rose Clark is an exceptional artist that upcycles unwanted, British porcelain teacups into these beautiful bracelets. She sells her work on Anthropologie, and has an Etsy shop under the name of StayGoldMaryRose. Understandably, porcelain isn’t exactly environmentally friendly as porcelain is made of phosphate from animal bones, but it is better to upcycle what has already been created than to create new sources of waste. Right? Plus, she puts bows on them.

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Does anyone else create artwork from unusual and unexpected items? How do you upcycle these items? Let us know in a comment below.

Fashionably Green

Now…I understand that OnAir’s hometown, Atlanta, isn’t exactly one of the most fashion forward cities in the United States. How can we beautify our city and go green at the same time? Here’s an idea:

H&M has lately been putting forth some absolutely gorgeous pieces at affordable prices so we can all look and feel our best. The best part? They have a new line. And it’s eco-friendly.

The name of this new line is called the Conscious Collection, and according to Pix 11, its prices vary from 34.99 to 299.99. According to the same article, celebrities like Zoe Deschanel and Helen Hunt have been seen wearing pieces from this line to promote going green. And it’s very attractive.

This isn’t H&M’s only technique to go green. They’re also setting up recycling bins in every H&M store to recycle old clothing so textiles don’t fill up landfills. Plus, you get 15% off if you do it. How’s that for giving/getting back?

With incentives like discounts, helping the environment, and looking like a million bucks, how can we say no?

http://pix11.com/2013/04/03/trends-with-benefits-hm-is-going-green/#axzz2QdUflVNm

 

Online Shopping: Green it Up!

Online shopping: is it really the greener choice? Even we wondered whether it was the cleaner way to shop. While shopping online eliminates the emissions you’d expend by driving to and from the store, it also often comes with long shipping distances and non-biodegradable packaging. Both are bad news. So, here are some tips to making your online shopping a bit greener:

  • Think about it – when you order something and get it shipped, it’s going to have to make a trip to your house. So if you’re shopping for multiple items, try to order from the same place all at once. That way, your stuff will only make one trip rather than several trips.
  • Pay attention to the practices of the sites where you shop. Major sites, such as Amazon, have begun to use recyclable and sustainable shipping methods. So now you’ll have a choice in buying more eco-friendly.
  • Choose green shipping. If they don’t offer it, in the “special comments” box, ask for your items to be shipped together, if possible. Or for recyclable materials to be used. They might not be able to grant those requests, but you definitely have a right to ask.

There are thousands of online stores to choose from – not sure where to start? Here are some sites that offer air-friendly options:

  • Etsy.com provides various sellers that offer vintage, handmade products. Many are eco-friendly sellers. This site gives you direct contact from who you’re buying from. So, you’ll have the ability to buy from sellers that only ship using sustainable, air-friendly methods.
  • Ebay’s World of Good online store lets you shop from fair trade sellers. The sellers are split into categories and you can choose to only shop from those labeled “eco-positive,” meaning they make and ship their products using sustainable, air-friendly means.
  • Amazon uses TerraPass to calculate their carbon footprint. They also offer combined shipping and have a Frustration-Free Packaging program that uses recyclable cardboard for shipping.
  • For shipping, UPS uses alternative energy vehicles, sustainable packaging, and technology that maps more efficient routes.
  • Of course, the greenest places to shop don’t do any shipping at all! Downloading purchases through sites like iTunes or Amazon (instead of ordering CDs and DVDs) completely eliminates the litter and air pollution factor—it’s très air-friendly! So, although hard copies are still an option, remember that direct downloading is the cleanest, zero-emission way to get your music and movies!

If online shopping isn’t an option, shop greener by carpooling or riding transit to and from the store. (In other words, take friends along. Shopping’s more fun with them, anyway.) And if you drive, try to trip chain by charting a route where you can stop by several stores in one trip.

And don’t forget to log your air-friendly online shopping and cleaning commuting on AirCreds for points and prizes!