Ever wonder how big moneymakers like Citibank save money? Yes, they charge you fees for various banking transactions. A dollar here, a dollar there — it adds up to millions of dollars in revenue when multiplied by their zillions of customers.
When I heard bamboo was the hottest material in natural organic clothing, I had difficulty imagining what it would feel like. I have a bamboo walking stick, bamboo patio furniture, and a friend just put in a bamboo floor – but I just couldn’t imagine wearing it. Then I met a designer from a bamboo clothing manufacturing company. She assured me that if I tried it out, I’d be hooked. So, I tried it out, and she was right. I’m hooked.
Bamboo is a soft, light, comfortable fabric with many unique qualities. There have been those times when my bamboo T-shirt has become my nightshirt, my get-up-in-the-morning-and-jog-shirt (along with my bamboo/hemp blend drawstring pants) and then my off-to-run-errands shirt. Fortunately, most days I have the ‘wear-withal’ to put on my bamboo/organic cotton blend tank top and matching shorts before heading out for the day. In the nighttime I slip into the bamboo/cashmere slinky dress and it’s out dancing I go.
The recent story about Matt Peterson and Brad Pitt’s collaborative efforts to build green apartment units in New Orleans is so unbelievably refreshing, it makes me want to cry. Not only because it’s such a ridiculously brilliant way of double trouble shooting environmental and socio-economic crises, but because I can actually understand what it is that they’re talking about! Brad and Matt are improving the quality of life for low-income victims of Hurricane Katrina using cost-effective and sustainable materials such as non-toxic paints and solar panels.
See and hear Brad talking about Global Earth and how paying for electricity is unnecessary.
Can utility bills really be eradicated just because Brad says they can? It is projected that these residents will be able to cut their bills by 70%. We won’t know for sure until people are actually living in them.
But eradicate electricity bills entirely? Rather than hauling in a team of experts I’ve never heard of, Brad directs our attention to the sun, the water, the wind. If these houses, once completed, do indeed succeed in lowering costs by 70%, no card stacking of expertise will be necessary, as a simple electricity bill would prove the point.
For fifteen years my only address has been a PO box in Hollywood. It’s been over a decade since I lived in Hollywood, but for some reason I’ve hung onto the box. I never get mail at home Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
While it’s been several seasons since I’ve been addicted to “24”, the mere mention of it in the news or elsewhere perks up my ears. The real-time show that depicts Presidential assassins, double-agent co-workers and repeatedly kidnapped family members Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
A piece of happy news: the Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has been taken off the endangered species list. The announcement was made by the Department of the Interior and will go into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. It’s been a long journey 40 years to be exact since the Bald Eagle enjoyed a thriving community. Threatened by poaching and the widespread use of DDT pesticides, their numbers dwindled to a mere 500 breeding pairs, and seemed destined to become extinct. Now they’ve bounced back, with a reported 9,700+ pairs at last count. If you want to see a Bald Eagle up close catch this video for a “bird’s eye” view (literally). And for trivia lovers, I’ve accumulated a few fun facts you can use to impress your friends. Check them out below the jump. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The United Nations issued an alarming wake-up call yesterday: tens of millions of people could be displaced from their homes within the next ten years unless governments revamp their environmental policies to combat growing desertification. The study conducted by over 200 experts from 25 countries proclaimed desertification as “one of the greatest environmental challenge of our times.”
According to the U.N. report, one-third of all people could be potential victims of the desert’s creeping effect. An estimated 50 to 100 million people could be forced to migrate to more fertile lands abroad, inciting a chain reaction that becomes a global social crisis. Imagine a chaotic scene taken from a page out of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.
Desertification also hurts our chances of reversing global warming. We rely on our leafy green friends to absorb the carbon emissions from our vehicles, factories, and homes. Without them, we are jump three steps closer to the global hot seat. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos