With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by recycling discarded fishing nets -- which make up 10 percent of the world's ocean pollution -- into skateboard decks.
An organization that started as one Utah couple making hand-carved wooden toys in their garage for their grandchildren has now grown to make and provide toy cars to over one million children across the globe.
In recent years, artists working on the edge have been busy transforming discarded materials into wearable art. Through exquisite attention to detail, these artisans are able to make finely crafted pieces coveted by museum curators, celebrity stylists and private collectors alike.
Understanding the "life-cycle" of any consumable good offers a fairly accurate sense of how "green" it really is -- basically, where things come from and what happens to them when we are done with them.
OK, it's just newsprint. But we journalists tend to get excited about it. More than 50 million newspapers hit stands and porches every morning in this country (double that in China). A tree falls. Many trees, really--200 million per year, just for newspapers.