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I knew my day was going to be good when, immediately upon my arrival to work, I learned that I could spend three minutes and 44 seconds of my morning watching Kelly Hogan (A.K.A. Chewbacca) and Neko Case (a Princess Leia/Spock fusion) sing to me and Ellie Kemper about “a revolution to your hairless post-apocalyptic constitution”—a new vision of the future fueled by “girl power… an actual fuel source with zero carbon footprint. Read More
I’m sure that if you took a peek inside your medicine cabinet, you would find some kind of exfoliator that contains microbeads. Microbeads are, according to NPR, “tiny bits of plastic, [or] small scrubbing components used in hundreds of personal care products like skin exfoliants and soap.” AKA, the little things that scrub off dead skin and gunk out of your pores. Now, the problem is that these little pieces of plastic, known as polyethylene, are “an excellent transporter of phenanthrene, a byproduct of fossil fuel burning that's a dangerous ocean pollutant. Read More
If you’re like me (in that you care about the environment but are typically overwhelmed about how to help protect it) then you’ve probably been feeling guilty since hearing that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting and cannot be stopped. A couple weeks ago, I received a very informative email from Environment America, notifying me that sea levels are due to a rise between 4 and 12 feet, potentially resulting in the eventual submergence of some of America’s beloved sites (such as Miami Beach, Fenway Park, and the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City). Read More
If the Coast Guard gets its way, toxic wastewater from hydraulic fracking may be making its way down New York rivers soon. Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting highly pressurized fluids into the shale rock layers deep beneath the ground. The process is used to extract natural gas that was once unreachable with previous technology. Wastewater is often produced as a by-product of fracking. This wastewater can contain chemicals, heavy metals, and radiation. The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. Read More
Detroit-based singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, who is known for her beautiful work behind a piano, has a new album out which was inspired by Detroit titled Aims. In her graduate studies at the University of Michigan she was inspired to create work that relates to sustainability, the Occupy movement, online privacy and surveillance, and the environment.   The cover features a map of Detroit, with areas of net losses highlighted in orange and areas of net gain highlighted in purple. She draws inspiration from the image, seeing flurries of hope and rebirth within a declining city. Read More
Are you interested in saving the environment?  Do you love watching international short films?  48 Go Green has created the ultimate online international ecological short film festival that celebrates Mother Earth through the arts.  Filmmakers are invited from 130 cities around the world including Vietnam, Paris, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Belgrade, just to name a few, and range from beginning filmmakers to seasoned professionals.  48 Go Green’s filmmaking concept encourages individuals to create a stimulating message through a short film in only 48 hours. Read More
Sometimes artist statements are so damn vague, that they could literally apply to half the exhibitions in a single block of galleries in Downtown Manhattan. However, David James Ross, an expert in social media and business start-ups, has recently begun a new project called Artybollocks, satirizing these very clichés of the art world. The site works as follows: by clicking a button, Artybollocks will spit out a an “artist statement,” which, as the site’s name points out, is legitimate to your interpretation. Read More
If you live in NYC, you’ve probably heard about fracking recently. We blogged about Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon leading a group of high-profile New Yorkers against the practice, a drilling method which can release a bevy of harmful chemicals into our water and air, damaging our environment and our health. It turns out that many of these chemicals are especially detrimental to women; ecologist Sandra Steingraber has even taken to classifying fracking as a feminist issue. One of the chemical compounds used in the fracking process, toluene, can cause birth defects or even miscarriages. Read More
Though it might be tempting to bolt into the nearest Forever 21 on payday to buy inexpensive trendy garb in bulk for some good old fashioned instant gratification, the Slow Fashion Movement urges you to do otherwise. The term, 'slow fashion,' first introduced by eco-friendly fashion consultant and author Kate Fletcher, is representative of both sustainable and ethical practices as they relate to fashion design, manufacturing and consumption, and provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to 'fast' fashion, (i.e. Read More
It's time to start counting down to our Craftacular at The Seed on June 16th and 17th, and what better way than to celebrate one of our awesome vendors? Today in particular we'll be giving a shout out to the wonderful Black Sheep Heap, a custom screenprinting shop working out of New York City. Black Sheep Heap will serve all of your needs for quirky green designs. With slogans such as "Beet the system" and "Avant-gardener," they're the perfect way to show off your affection for the environment along with your stunning sense of humor, all while displaying your unrivaled sense of style. Read More