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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...

Bulk Food Stores: The Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Grocery Stores

Bulk Food Stores: The Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Grocery Stores

Pennsylvania, Unites States: Buying in bulk may conjure the inelegant image of stocking up on cheap toilet paper, but bulk food is not only efficient and modern, but sustainable. It’s the future of traditional grocery stores. Bulk foods are better than packaged foods for three reasons: First, you can buy your produce completely package-free by...

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Pennsylvania, United States: The biggest challenge in small-time elections is getting people to care. The world of local politics is practically alien to national campaigns and advocacy because without the appeal of charming candidates, rallies, and broad national debate, very few people pay attention. But they should. Over the past few months, I helped a...

The Other Shoppes: Discovering Cool Local Businesses At The Other Festival in NYC

The Other Shoppes: Discovering Cool Local Businesses At The Other Festival in NYC

While I was attending The Other Festival at City Point Brooklyn, I took some time to make sure to support the handful of local small businesses vending throughout the festival. I’m fully aware that buying nothing is the most sustainable option, but handmade items (especially those made from reclaimed materials) are like catnip for me,...

Fashion Designer Mara Hoffman: “People Thought I Was Crazy… That I Was Walking Away From Money”

Fashion Designer Mara Hoffman: “People Thought I Was Crazy… That I Was Walking Away From Money”

If you’ve ever met someone whose presence is simultaneously commanding and soothing, that’s the aura of Mara Hoffman. I had the pleasure to sit down with my fellow Aries during The Other Festival and discuss environmental fashion, greenwashing brands, and how young entrepreneurs can start off on an eco-friendly route. Mara Hoffman is is the President...

Sustainable Textiles Spotlight: The Truth Behind Bamboo Fabric

Sustainable Textiles Spotlight: The Truth Behind Bamboo Fabric

In theory, bamboo textiles should be one of the most sustainable options for an eco-friendly closet. Bamboo grows rapidly, needs very little water, fertilizer, or pesticides, and sequesters a large amount of carbon dioxide, absorbing five times more carbon dioxide and 35% more oxygen than similar plants. It’s also naturally regenerating, so harvesting bamboo still...