Tag Archives: Environment

Kangaroo Rats are Desert Ninjas

I saw this on Instagram today and couldn’t believe how fast these rats are. I always saw them hopping around when we lived in Arizona and felt sorry for them having to contend with the rattlers but now, after watching this a few times, I can’t imagine how the snakes ever get a meal at all. What you see the first time through honestly won’t make sense until they show you the slow-motion capture. Prepare to be impressed.

Desert Rat link: https://instagram.com/p/BX1RGc8ABvY/

Precious Waste: Reuse of plastic bags

Michelle Baggerman, I swear I did not make that name up, says that the commonly used method of recycling plastic bags requires more chemicals and produces toxic emissions so she developed her own. She demonstrated how she first used a drop spindle and then a spinning wheel to make the plastic into a form of fiber that can be used for attractive textiles. Watch the video to see what she has created and the impact her idea has had on sustainable industry in one small area. The links below are her company websites and blog.


Emma Watson: Changing the world one dress at a time

As Professor Lupin said, she is clearly the brightest witch of her age. Watson has resolved that all of her red carpet appearances incorporate sustainable fashion. In the case of the Met gala, this means that the majority of the fabric used in her gown was made from Newlife, a yarn made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic bottles; and the detailing on the bustier was made with organic silk and cotton. The gown is also made from separate components that can be mixed and matched so that they can be worn again, you know, like how we wear normal clothes. And it looks awesome, 10 points for Gryffindor!

Click link for video: Emma Watson: Changing the world one dress at a time – CNN.com