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Is There a Business Here? Pushing Social Entrepreneurs Out of Their Comfort Zone in Southern Africa

Michael Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Collins Nyamadzawo walked into a rural Zimbabwean school where he was a volunteer and caught sight of two students sitting on the floor, one using the other's back on which to write.

This Company Does Something Cool With Something Most of Us Recycle

Chris Barnes | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Chris Barnes

Most of us see old milk jugs as something for the recycle bin. But for toy maker Green Toys, the plastic jugs become the start of something fun: toys. Green Toys' line -- which ranges from kitchen sets to vehicles piloted by little bears -- is made completely from recycled milk jugs. To date, the company has recycled over 24,000,000 jugs.

Earth Day: A Two-step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

Brian Kennell | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Sustainability is top of mind as this week we mark Earth Day and Arbor Day, tributes aimed at raising respect for the environment. That makes this the perfect moment to note a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that says, "Brands that place packaging" into commerce must take more responsibility for its life cycle impact.

9 Household Items To Start Reusing This Earth Day (And Everyday)

Hometalk | Posted 06.21.2015 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

What may look like an empty cardboard box or a finished egg carton could actually be a stylish bedside lamp waiting to happen! Instead of tossing out those retired boxes, cans, and bottles, give them a new life, by turning them into useful and beautiful household items.

This Dress Is Made Of 180 Plastic Bottles

HuffPost Spain | Margarita Lázaro | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green

The project was born in the summer of 2014. Rosa Montesa, an industrial designer from Valencia, Spain, in her 50s, proposed an idea to her mother: Why...

Artist Restores Rejected Stuffed Animals, Encouraging Others To Embrace Their Imperfections

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts

Artist Nina Salerno has a soft spot for abandoned toys. To her, there is something undeniably lovable about the raggedy critters, with their tattered ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

11 Remarkable Holiday Gifts Literally Made From Detroit's Trash And Abandoned Homes

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Arts

Some people look at the thousands of abandoned, crumbling homes in Detroit and see ruin and despair. Others see an opportunity. Most Detroiters ar...

The Business of Renewable Resources

Brian Kennell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

If businesses adopt a circular paradigm that tracks the environmental impacts of their products throughout their entire lifecycles, we can help alleviate climate change and ensure we have enough natural resources to use in perpetuity.

Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

Brian Kennell | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Recycling is critically important, but it's only one part of a larger, globally emergent environmental paradigm known as the Circular Economy. As we look forward to America Recycles Day, we are reminded that we have so much more to do.

8 Homes That Prove You Can Downsize Your Space Without Downsizing Your Style

Hometalk | Posted 12.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

While a big reno might not be in most people's budgets, small home dwellers can easily turn their tiny havens into the house of their dreams. Want proof? Check these darling dream houses out!

Jonathan Feldman

9 Gorgeous Houses That Prove Your Dream Home Is Also A Green Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green

What is sustainability, and what would it look like in your own home? There are a lot of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, like going...

Designing Modular Garden Blocks for Raised Beds (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

What's it take to turn an initial idea into a finished commercial product? For Doug Holcomb, and two fellow classmates, it was a MBA course assignm...

LA Fast Food Goes Healthy

Reyne Haines | Posted 06.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Reyne Haines

Fast food restaurants are a no no for most health food fans, however one LA restaurant is giving them reason to reconsider.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Not Entirely Confident Playground Turf Is Safe For Children

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.23.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly updated its website in response to a complaint that its public information on artifici...

Old Is the New When It Comes to Recycling

Beth Kobliner | Posted 01.24.2014 | Money
Beth Kobliner

Eventually, I had my own epiphany: Recycling is basically about saving -- and that I understand. For a personal finance geek like me, extending the life of everyday items is music to my ears.

Winter Wonderland: Artisan Gifts for Arctic Wildlife

Zoe Helene | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Zoe Helene

Wildlife needs wilderness -- not just to survive, but also to live freely. These eco-friendly, ethically sourced artisan gifts are inspired by the natural colors, textures and tones of the arctic region's remaining wildlife.

Renewable Resources: We Sorely Need to Develop a Culture that Embraces Them

Michael Zacka | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

What's draining U.S. energy resources faster than any other product or technology? Cars? Lighting? HVAC? Refrigeration? None of the above.

Art for a Cause -- Marrying Creative Passion With Conviction

Hope Gainer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Hope Gainer

Vanessa is an avant-garde artist with a conceptual approach, a figurative touch and a street savvy feel. She tries to convey positive messages through her art and often does so in several different languages.

Reduce, Reuse, Return to School

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Mattias Wallander

As families flock to stores and online retailers to restock on clothing, shoes and school supplies, the less-is-more approach is the one that'll benefit wallets -- and the Earth -- in the end.

Sex, Lies and Garbage

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

A friend of mine -- let's call her Heidi -- has become insomniacal over the increasing amounts of waste deluging our planet. There is no distracting Heidi from her never-ending trash thought-loop. She has good reason to freak out over how much trash we generate.

Gorgeous Cut Newspapers Show Beauty Of Recycling

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 11.13.2012 | Arts

Artist Donna Ruff's intricate and ornate cut newspapers differ from the average art of paper cutting. "I like to cut away or remove parts of pages so ...

More Than Bottles and Cans: The Argument for Mattress Recycling

Ryan Trainer | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Ryan Trainer

Mattress recycling is not without its challenges: The cost of tearing down the mattress and preparing the recyclable materials usually exceeds the value of the recycled material, and there are logistical challenges involved in transporting used mattresses.

Urban Green and the Cost of Progress: A Counterintuitive Book on Sustainability

James Grundvig | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
James Grundvig

In reading Urban Green, growth can now be equated to a ticking time bomb. Something in society and nature has to give. But what?

Matt Sledge

Program Puts Ex-Offenders To Work Recycling Old Houses

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.24.2012 | Chicago

When Tyrone Cotton, 42, was arrested for dealing drugs six and a half years ago, his life almost came to a halt. He lost the beauty shop he had just o...

T-Shirt Blues: The Environmental Impact of a T-Shirt

Mattias Wallander | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Did you know that the t-shirt and jeans you are wearing cost the Earth 2,200 gallons of water, enough to fill a small tanker truck?