6 ways that scientists are hacking the planet


Our planet Earth is struggling through an historically challenging era, thanks in no small part to the actions of our species. Some scientists have proposed labeling this period as the Anthropocene epoch due to the outsized influence that humans have had on the planet’s ecosystems, especially in the past several centuries. Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions produced by human-created machines View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

1. Make your own recycled gift wrap: 
Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn’t even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled shopping bags or brown kraft paper.  You can also spruce View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Six delicious ways to reuse your Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash
What better way to spend the morning after Thanksgiving than with more of your favorite ingredients? This hash made from brussel sprouts, potatoes, and turkey turns last night’s yummy ingredients into this morning’s breakfast. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 ways you can help people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is battering the Houston area, affecting around 6.8 million people, according to federal disaster declarations. How can you help? Whether you live close to the disaster in Texas or on the other side of the world, here are ways you can support people hit by the storm.

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6 more meaningful ways to spend Black Friday instead of shopping

Thanksgiving is coming for folks in the ol’ US of A, and we have plenty of articles to help you prepare for that, but what will you do the day after? The Friday immediately following Thanksgiving is widely known as Black Friday, and it’s also understood to be the busiest shopping day of the year (at least in some years). The mall will be packed and your Christmas shopping list may be taunting you, but you have other options. We’re not talking about online shopping or discount sales. Instead,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 innovative ways to harvest and harness rainwater

From perennially parched California to unseasonably dry Massachusetts, rainwater is a precious resource in the United States, though it is often not treated as such. Across the impotable oceans, drought rages in East Africa and groundwater systems are stretched to their limits in India. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

5 Ways to Make Your Funeral an Eco-Funeral

Bamboo UrnsJulia McCartney’s passion for people has led her to pursue a writing career with SeniorCare.net. Specializing in Senior Care Living Options, Julia enjoys exploring and writing about important senior care topics.

Funerals and burials often have a serious long-term impact upon the environment. They consume copious amounts of natural resources and cause various types of pollution. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make your funeral more eco-friendly, and like any end-of-life option, you can make sure your preferences are honored with a little advance planning. Some of these options might even decrease the cost of your funeral and burial.

  1. Select a small casket or urn that is made from a renewable resource.
    The Natural Resources Defense Council recommends the use of bamboo urns, and a wood coffin proves more eco-friendly than a fiberglass or metal casket. Biodegradable coffins and urns are available for purchase as well, according to the New York Daily News.

    Some people choose eco-friendly burials because they wish to promote the natural cycle of life and death. When choosing the burial clothing or shroud, it’s more eco-friendly to use simple, biodegradable materials. Avoid using multiple layers. This will help the body to decompose naturally and eventually benefit the cemetery’s plant life.

  2. If you prefer to be buried, choose a burial liner rather than a vault.

    Burial vaults use more concrete or steel than liners and they cost more, according to the Federal Trade Commission. A vault may slow the process of decomposition, but it can’t permanently preserve the body. The law doesn’t require vaults, though some cemeteries do.

  3. Avoid the use of toxic embalming fluids.
    They contain formaldehyde and other chemicals. Natural Resources Defense Council warns that embalming fluids can pollute water and soil. One alternative is to use non-toxic embalming fluids; a few funeral homes offer this option. It may become more widespread as demand increases for eco-friendly funerals.

    Another option involves direct cremation or burial of the body. People don’t view or visit the body; so, embalming fluid isn’t necessary. State and federal laws seldom require the use of embalming fluids, according to the Federal Trade Commission. This method also significantly reduces the total cost of burial or cremation.

  4. Request for the body to be cremated.
    The Natural Resources Defense Council cautions cremation causes air pollution and consumes fossil fuels, but it indicates this method remains more eco-friendly than burial. Only a small container is necessary to hold the ashes, and there is no need for a headstone or a concrete liner.

    Cremation reduces the amount of land devoted to graveyards—cemeteries have both positive and negative effects on the environment. They protect land from development and paving projects, and they allow a few trees to grow as well. On the other hand, cemeteries often use herbicides and gas-powered lawn mowers. They provide relatively little animal habitat.

  5. Take steps to reduce the environmental impact of your funeral service.
    Choose a funeral home which friends and relatives can reach without extensive travel. If some people must travel long distances, consider using a home near an airport or a train station. Recycled paper may be used to print funeral programs and notices.

    Some funeral providers, casket suppliers and cemeteries specialize in providing eco-friendly services, and most funeral homes will permit you to request some or all of these changes. Be sure to avoid homes and cemeteries that impose strict rules on embalming or burial. Finally, remember to ensure that family members are aware of your eco-friendly preferences.

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