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Actions Speak Louder: Eat Less Meat

Article: Actions Speak Louder: Eat Less Meat

We talk a lot about driving less, driving cleaner cars [www.sundance.tv], buying [www.sundance.tv] and otherwise supporting green energy [www.sundance.tv], using less energy at home [www.sundance.tv], eating locally [www.sundance.tv] and more; the list is a long one, and they’re all important, for sure, but one lifestyle choice towers over most of the rest: eating less meat.…

Eating Less Meat: Why You Should and How You Can Do It

Article: Eating Less Meat: Why You Should and How You Can Do It

If eating less meat seems like a trivial idea when it comes to helping save the planet, think again. Check out some of TreeHugger’s more compelling coverage of the concept. 1) Worldwide agriculture, especially livestock production, accounts for about a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions, so it follows that an easy solution is to just…

Designer Spotlight: Q Collection Junior

Article: Designer Spotlight: Q Collection Junior

When it comes to combining rigorous sustainability standards with high-end design, it doesn’t get much better than Q Collection [www.qcollection.com], whom we’ve spotlighted before [www.sundance.tv] for their excellent work. If you’re looking to combine top-notch design with top-to-bottom sustainability considerations, you can’t go wrong with Q, so we’re excited to see that they’ve extended their…

But What About Outdoor Air Pollution?

Article: But What About Outdoor Air Pollution?

If you’ve read the previous three posts this week, you know all about the poor air quality that many of us are surrounded by in our homes [www.sundance.tv] and cars, but what’s the state of the outside air? A quick survey of the past few years will show that, like many things where the private…

Indoor Air Pollution: Not Just for Buildings

Article: Indoor Air Pollution: Not Just for Buildings

As we noted, indoor air quality in your home or office can be 10 times worse than the air quality outside; cause for some concern, for sure, since we spend about 9 out of every 10 hours inside. However, the quality of the air can be much worse where many of us probably spend that…

Avoid Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

Article: Avoid Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

The air inside our homes can be pretty bad for us, as we talked about yesterday, but what to do? We’ve learned a few tricks to keep the air inside your home fresh, clean, and toxin-free. Take a look and breathe easier. 1) A collection of the right plants can help filter your air from…

Breathe Easy: An Intro to Indoor Air Pollution

Article: Breathe Easy: An Intro to Indoor Air Pollution

Pollution from power plants, cars, and other transportation is a well-known contributor to outdoor air pollution, but indoor air pollution is often worse; it can be up to 10 times worse for you than the air outside. Microbial pollutants like mold, pet dander and plant pollen can combine with chemicals like radon and volatile organic…

Designer Spotlight: CJ O'Neill

Article: Designer Spotlight: CJ O'Neill

Reacting against our throwaway lifestyle, CJ O’Neill rejuvenates discarded objects (plates, in this case), creating unique pieces, adding to their stories, rekindling old memories and creating new ones, all while encouraging re-use of materials in innovative ways. This series of pieces (“Feeding Desire”, below and “Heart”, beneath that) draws inspiration from the cities of New…

Point/Counterpoint: C2C Home Design Contest and Construction

Article: Point/Counterpoint: C2C Home Design Contest and Construction

The first (and so far, only) Cradle-to-Cradle home, which we profiled yesterday, caused quite a green stir. Not only did it feature a plethora of green design features, it was architecturally adventurous and forward-looking. It was designed to be built outside Roanoke, Virginia, (in a suburb called Gainsboro) though, and in order for the home…

Cradle to Cradle: The Stuff That Surrounds Us

Article: Cradle to Cradle: The Stuff That Surrounds Us

After reading about a few of the different kinds of products that can be considered “Cradle to Cradle,” you might be thinking to yourself, “It’s great that these products represent a new way of creating things, but, if I don’t buy them, what does it matter to me?” Good question. Aside from thinking it’s important…

Cradle to Cradle, In Real Life: It Works!

Article: Cradle to Cradle, In Real Life: It Works!

“Cradle to Cradle” has gone from a cool-sounding, high-level idea to roadmap to a more sustainable world to practical design manual that is influencing the way that the stuff we use gets designed and built. It may sound a little bit like a pie-in-the-sky goal, an easy-to-say, difficult-to-implement practice, but it’s really happening. Here are…

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Article: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

According to the Dictionary of Sustainable Management [www.sustainabilitydictionary.com], “Cradle to Cradle” is, “a phrase invented by Walter R. Stahel in the 1970s and popularized by William McDonough (pictured below) and Michael Braungart in their 2002 book of the same name. This framework seeks to create production techniques that are not just efficient but are essentially…

Designer Spotlight: Henry Hall Designs' Pure Collection

Article: Designer Spotlight: Henry Hall Designs' Pure Collection

Made from eco-sensible plantation-grown teak, Henry Hall Designs’ Pure Collection [www.henryhalldesigns.com] have classic good looks that will keep your backyard looking fine, while resting easy that your furniture hasn’t contributed to biodiversity loss in Indonesia; you don’t need unpleasant thoughts like that mucking up your summer of relaxation, right? The “Pure Sofa”, pictured below, is…

Less is More (Except When It Isn't)

Article: Less is More (Except When It Isn't)

So, we can all agree that less is more [www.sundance.tv], right? It is — we’ve got some more high-level examples below — except, when it isn’t. What? 1) Okay, first of all, we’d encourage you to keep this in mind [www.treehugger.com]: “The key to sustainability is simply to use less, and the key to happily…

Less is the New More: Mainstream Media Edition

Article: Less is the New More: Mainstream Media Edition

The whole “less is new more” ideal isn’t just another movement destined for the fringe; it’s started to catch on in places other than the blogs and online resources, though the ‘net has certainly helped foster the movement. TreeHugger’s pals at Apartment Therapy have been holding a “Smallest, Coolest Apartment” [www.apartmenttherapy.com] contest for three years…

Less is More: In Your Home

Article: Less is More: In Your Home

If less really is the new more, we all need strategies and examples to embrace this simplified way of living; there’s no reason we all need to go live in yurts to achieve this (unless that’s your thing; we certainly wouldn’t stop you). Here are some of TreeHugger’s favorite ways to embrace the “less is…

Green Living Strategy: Less is More

Article: Green Living Strategy: Less is More

The notion of “ethical” living [www.sundance.tv] and embracing “ethical” design [www.sundance.tv] is not always easy; though in some ways more specific than “green,” everybody has a slightly different idea of ethics or what it means to be ethical. As a natural extension, then, we want to talk about a very concrete strategy for following some…

Designer Spotlight: Sarah Cihat's Rehabilitated Dishware

Article: Designer Spotlight: Sarah Cihat's Rehabilitated Dishware

Making the old new again, Sarah Cihat [www.sarahcihat.com] takes second-hand, thrifted and otherwise discarded plates and redesigns and resurfaces them for a fresh, modern look that extends the life cycle of discarded plates and makes a subtle statement about recycling and reuse. Sarah uses lots of organic and animal forms; combined with soft colors and…

"The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living"

Article: "The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living"

We aren’t sure exactly what Socrates had in mind when he said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” but it just might have been ethical living. If it wasn’t, it sure sums up what we’ve been talking about all week really nicely. So ask yourself if your life is properly examined and check out…

How to: Ethical Man Shows Us How to Live Ethically

Article: How to: Ethical Man Shows Us How to Live Ethically

One of the most difficult parts about breaking in to “eco-action” and incorporating environmental ideals into your daily life is being able to contextualize planet-wide problems down to an individual level. Live more ethically [www.sundance.tv], we say, or think about your carbon footprint [www.sundance.tv]; that all sounds good, and are good goals to have, for…

Translating "Ethical" from Concept to Practice

Article: Translating "Ethical" from Concept to Practice

As we mentioned yesterday [www.sundance.tv], “ethical” goes beyond green to encompass things like animal welfare, labor practices and waste, but how does that translate to real life? Sticking with more traditional concepts of what it means to be “green” can be difficult enough, but ethical doesn’t have to be much different, really. We’ll start by…

Beyond Green — "Ethical"

Article: Beyond Green — "Ethical"

“Green” is a term that gets bandied about far too often these days; it’s become very popular to brand yourself as such, and that’s a double-edged sword: more general awareness is good, but watering down the term to encompass more than it should is not. As education and information about environmental friendliness continues to spread,…

Designer Spotlight: Contraforma’s MW Series

Article: Designer Spotlight: Contraforma’s MW Series

We like it when design tells a story. It’s one of the ways that we, as consumers, can make a more mindful connection to our stuff; when there’s something more to it than just a table you picked up at the mega-mall, you connect to that piece, and it gives you a reason to hold…

Old Faithful: Durability as a Green Philosophy

Article: Old Faithful: Durability as a Green Philosophy

Yesterday, we mentioned [www.sundance.tv] the idea that longevity (and the requisite durability that usually comes with it) is an important (and sometimes easy to overlook) facet of being “green,” using Porsche’s claim that 60% of the vehicles they’ve ever built are still on the road. A nice stat, for sure, but let’s be realistic: we…

Beyond "Green" — Longevity

Article: Beyond "Green" — Longevity

There are lots [www.sundance.tv] (and lots [www.sundance.tv], and lots [www.sundance.tv]) of different ways to go green — check out any and all of the above links, hit the archives [www.sundance.tv] or our Green Guides [www.treehugger.com] for more — but one of the often overlooked considerations is the longevity of our stuff. “Going green” or “being…