The hard truth is that even if we were to see a drastic decline in plastic utilization by tomorrow, this wouldn't be enough. The short-term solutions are to capitalize on less wasteful materials that can be washed and reused, but what about the long-term solutions? What are the impacts of the current usage and where are we seeing the repercussions from our actions? Simply put, this is severe, relevant, and happening faster than we can type.
A co-working space in the capital of Portugal is challenging the way offices are designed. Architectural firm Salgascano came up with the idea of filling the workplace with over 1,000 plants, in order to enhance people's quality of life significantly. The result is a tropical eyeful that brings to mind an Amazonian jungle. The natural surroundings give this workplace an inspiring and contemporary feel, while also adding splashes of color and texture to an otherwise fairly blank slate. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits.
We've all seen the rise of corporations and brands marketing the strides they're making to be more eco-friendly. But it's becoming clear that many associations are simply profiting off of trending buzzwords rather than putting ethical decision-making into practice. At For What It's Earth, we're unpacking what greenwashing is and why it's becoming harder than ever to be a smart consumer.
The African continent is vast and unique, with a stunning array of wildlife and nature. It's not surprising then that architects and designers are looking to the natural environment for inspiration when creating infrastructure. Considerable investments in the future of African countries have allowed for some masterful designs that lend themselves to their surroundings. Feast your eyes on some of the most enchanting and intriguing buildings around.
As the world struggles to protect itself against COVID-19, millions of masks and gloves are being manufactured. And unfortunately, they are contributing to pollution, especially in the oceans. Even before the pandemic happened, millions of tons of plastic were being pumped into the seas, and now the problem has been exacerbated. We need to protect ourselves, no doubt, but even though it's hard, we still need to keep up our obligations to the planet.
Vegan bodybuilder Jon Venus is living proof that you don't need to consume animal products if you're looking to put on muscle mass and get ripped. Today's grocery stores offer a wide range of vegan products - you don't need to spend extra money or go far to get green eats. And with rising environmental concerns associated with industrial animal farming, it's clear that we should all strive to eat less meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.
Scientists report that in light of the current global situation, pollution levels are at the lowest they have been in about 80 years. As people stay home, the world has seen a drastic reduction in transport and manufacturing, thus cleaning up the air. We shouldn't celebrate; the outbreak is a tragedy. But we should realize that it's in our power to be more environmentally friendly and do what we can to live greener lives when things go back to normal.
There is a new way of building and it is in the works to happen in Los Angeles. The plan is to create supportive housing for those in need, in Westlake neighborhood of L.A, using shipping container style modules. The whole project aims to not only provide affordable housing intended to provide privacy and safety, but also create a sense of community using a central courtyard. Imagine living in a shopping container!
Big festivals sometimes mean a big mess. But not Coachella. For the last few years, organizers and participants have been trying very hard to reduce the festival's carbon footprint through a series of cool green initiatives. Come have a look at the festival, its history, and the efforts made by many to be as eco-friendly as possible.