Send to KindleTweet Scientists in Brazil published a paper in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research noting the potential to use banana peels as part of a water purification apparatus. Gustavo Castro and his colleagues explained that mining processes, runoff from farms, and industrial wastes can all deposit heavy metals, such as lead and copper, into water. But, existing [...]
Send to KindleTweet Retail giant Walmart announced its new commitment to sustainable agriculture that will focus on buying more food from small- and medium-sized farmers and buying more from local sellers. “Through sustainable agriculture, Walmart is uniquely positioned to make a positive difference in food production — for farmers, communities and customers. Our efforts will [...]
Superfood ObsessionWhat: Navitas Naturals has made entrepreneurship and green sexy with their discovery of many new superfoods from Latin America.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: Navitas Naturals is one of those companies you wish you’d started. Why didn’t I think of that? That’s what comes to mind when perusing the extensive array of products offered by this superfood company based outside San Francisco, in Marin County. Thanks to Founder and CEO Zach Adelman, we now [...]
Send to KindleTweet Attacker Kills Kids, Adult At Belgian Nursery On January 23, a 25-year-old man attacked a Belgian nursery and killed two babies and a female childcare provider, The Times online reports. The knife-attacker, who is thought to be a psychiatric patient, had a black and white painted face and first tried to hurt [...]
A Melting Pot Musician Mixing Arabic Sounds, Hip-Hop Beats & Europop EnergyWhat:Scandinavia-based Persian artist Arash is gaining ground around the globe, with a huge following in Russia.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt:ArashBased in Sweden, Iranian singer Arash is gaining popularity around world after just three years on the scene, with a sound that epitomizes the notion of a melting pot. The pop star mixes elements of hip-hop, dance and contemporary Middle Eastern beats for a sound that begs repeating and can be [...]
Send to KindleTweet The latest innovations in the makeup world involve a back-to-basics approach, where renowned cosmetics companies pine nature for powerful plants and fruits, some with natural pigments. Among those companies are Tarte, Aveda and Liz Earle. What all these products have in a common is the ability to do what makeup originally intended—enhance [...]
An Organic Energy DrinkStay Awake With Natural Elements SklyarHaley’s energy drink Essn Energy melds all the latest alternative caffeine sources with a sugar alternative to create a guilt-free jolt.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt:Are you that person for whom coffee means lots of cream and way too much sugar? By the time you drink a 12 ounce cup of coffee, you’ve already overloaded on sugar and added unnecessary fat and calories from the cream, and you can’t shake the soda addiction either. But, you [...]
Send to KindleTweet Unemployment continued in April but at a slower rate, as 20,000 jobs were lost, a marked decrease from the 240,000 lost during the first three months of 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reports. The unemployment rate remained flat at about 5% in April. Employment continued to [...]
Send to KindleTweet The Brazilian government has opened a £10 million condom factory in the Amazon, in the town of Xapuri, which will use latex extracted from the forests to make around 100 million condoms a year, The Guardian reports. The factory will let allow local rubber tappers profit from the rainforest without destroying it, [...]
Send to KindleTweet The Brazilian government has earmarked $360 million to aid thousands of residents in the north fleeing the state of Paraiba, where the River Paraiba overflowed and cracked the walls of dam, killing 15 and displacing thousands, BBC reports. Authorities in the Southeast Asian nation of Burma have ordered an activist to life [...]