Green Design

Renewable Energy from Drinking Water Pipes

New clean energy sources don’t just come along everyday, but a new technology is combining turbines with gravity fed water pipes to generate hydroelectric power. While traditional hydroelectric energy generation is clean, it usually comes with some environmental impacts from interrupting waterways (endangered species, salmon spawning and eco-system health to name a few). This...
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Food and Drink

Is Your Own Tap Water Cleaner than Bottled Water?

It’s possible. The fact is, cities and states have regulations for water quality, unlike bottled water, which can have higher levels of arsenic, bacteria, and other contaminants*. Recent studies of bottled water commissioned by EWG* have found high levels of disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication, including 38 chemical pollutants altogether. “FDA Safety...
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Food and Drink

Greek Yogurt and its Wasteful Whey Secret

Greek yogurt is revolutionizing the dairy industry with it’s thick creamy texture and high protein, but it also comes at a price. Whey waste. Due to the unexpected popularity and increase in production, a glut of whey is being produced with no process of disposal or recycling. True traditional style Greek yogurt is made...
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Outdoor

Injured Wildlife Rescue – My Baby CA Quail Story

Today I was reminded of some of the unsung heros who are always there for hurt and distressed wildlife. Sure there are those shows on The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet where people are pulling boa constrictors and alligators out of backyard pools, but what about your everyday, run of the mill ordinary animals...
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Landscaping

DIY Landscaping, Water Conservation and Stormdrain Runoff Pollution

I love to come up with creative Do It Yourself (DIY’s) ideas to solve issues, and this one is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also beautiful and beneficial! How we landscape can solve a lot of problems with storm water runoff and drainage, helping to recharge aquafirs, filter toxins and generally reduce...
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Opinion

Impact Drugs are Having on the Environment – Marijuana

When thinking about drugs, one doesn’t usually associate an environmental impact with the production or manufacturing process, however, the toll on natural habitat is real. From Marijuana grow operations in our National Forests to prescription drugs in our waterways, modern chemistry and drug production is having a profound impact on our world. Gone are...
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