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Edible Flowers: Popular, Cute and Profitable

Edible Flowers: Popular, Cute and Profitable

Washington DC, United States: If I start another business, I’d grow and sell organic edible flowers and microgreens. It sounds painfully yuppie-ish, I know, but microgreens are blowing up because they’re easy to grow in urban spaces, are colorful additions to salads, sandwiches, and cocktails alike, and are packed with nutrients. For better or worse,...

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Washington DC, United States: In politically divisive times, some might be drawn to the idea that the truth is always “in the middle.” That is wholly untrue. While it might be uncomfortable, one side’s arguments are sometimes factually true while another’s are only ideologically true. Global warming isn’t a half-threat; racism isn’t only somewhat of...

The Philadelphia Flower Show: Wonders of Water

The Philadelphia Flower Show: Wonders of Water

Philadelphia, Unites States: The Philadelphia Flower Show is a yearly showcase of world-renowned competitions in horticulture and floral arrangement, massive garden displays, and gardening presentations. According to its website, the Flower Show “introduces the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic and sustainable practices.” I’ve been going to the flower show every year...

Explaining Cryptocurrencies and Why They’re Killing the Planet

Explaining Cryptocurrencies and Why They’re Killing the Planet

While it’s true that all currency is based on arbitrary values, some are more imaginary, and more damaging, than others. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are relatively easy to procure, but they require so much energy to “mine” (more on that later) that they have the potential to significantly damage the planet. These new digital currencies...

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Pennsylvania, United States: The popularity of whole foods and a sustainable lifestyle among the wealthy elite and their subsequent commoditization of the movement are a destructive force within environmentalist circles. Since the beginnings of U.S. environmentalism in the 60s and 70s, popular sentiment held that it was a hobby only for wealthy whites. Subjugated groups...

Is the Future Seen in Blade Runner Sustainable?

Is the Future Seen in Blade Runner Sustainable?

In the opening of the recently released sci-fi film, Blade Runner: 2049, we see the protagonist, K, track down a renegade replicant to his protein farm. On the farm, the replicant grows grub-like insects in water for food. While vegans would disapprove, this seems like a low-impact way to feed the near-future inhabitants of earth....

Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of Empathy

Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of Empathy

Washington DC, United States: New Year celebrations are over-hyped to be sure, with overcrowded bars and over-priced alcohol, but the event serves as a great opportunity to reset and reassess. We set resolutions for physical health, mental acuity, and new adventures, but there’s also a chance for deeper changes, ones that permanently change our worldviews....

Just How Sustainable is Your Christmas Tree?

Just How Sustainable is Your Christmas Tree?

Tall evergreens twinkling against a backdrop of snow are the hallmark of the season, even if you just celebrate Christmas in a secular way. Hailing from factories in China, farms in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, and native groves of fir and pine trees, millions of people buy a tree each year. The...

Gardening In A (Really) Tiny Apartment

Gardening In A (Really) Tiny Apartment

I live in a dorm room that I call a studio apartment because I’m 25. It’s easier than getting an apartment and then furnishing that apartment with all the furniture I don’t yet have while finishing graduate school, but it also requires a lot of creativity to maintain the lifestyle habits I’ve developed over the...