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 Shoe Pot

Looking for a small yet sustainable container garden? Why not use your shoe! One man shows Treehugger how he kept his apartment green while living in the city by using his shoes as container gardens.  Treehugger


Waste Less July

GOOD is taking their monthly challenge to greener heights this July by vowing to “waste less.” Each month GOOD takes on a challenge to stick with for 30 days that puts the staff's will to the test. Last month they took on the challenge to go vegetarian. The theme for July is to reduce the waste that they create in order to remind themselves and their community why it matters to reduce waste.  GOOD 

Sweet Treats Sans Palm Oil

Every year the girls strap on their vests and sashes and hit the streets with their pigtails, smiles and cookies.  This year two girl scouts, 15 year old Rhiannon Tomtishen and 15 year old Madison Vorva took a stand against their own cookies because of one ingredient: palm oil. The girls learned that palm plantations in Southeast tropical rain forests are causing orangutans to become endangered. They started an online petition to get palm oil out of the cookies and have collected over 67,000 signatures thus far.  NPR

Follow That Trash!

Lucy Walker, director of “Waste Land” an Academy- Award winning documentary about the Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho (one of the world’s largest landfills) followed her trash to an LA landfill to see exactly what happens to the the items she discards (see video below).  HuffPost