Staff Monkies

G Living Staff Monkies

A powerful army of dark green juice guzzling monkies on a mission to infect the billions of drones scouring the internet, with the "G" virus.

Media Watch | Good Morning America Show Us The Pacific Garbage Patch

America and the world are finally waking up to the massive trashing of the oceans. About a year ago, we posted our first story on the problem and since that time, it has been picked up everywhere. First on Oprah and now on Good Morning America. Lets hope all this exposure will mean something. We know we can see the actual surge of traffic to gliving.com, as the shows are seen in each new country.

Good Morning America: The world’s largest trash dump doesn’t sit on some barren field outside an urban center. It resides thousands of miles from any land  in the Pacific Ocean.

Bottle caps, soap bottles, laundry baskets and shards of plastic are just a few things that float in the ocean’s vastness. Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the “dump” is composed mainly of plastic, which isn’t biodegradable.

Instead, the plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces in the patch that extends thousands of miles, from California’s coast to China. Charles Moore, who discovered the trash heap by accident in 1997 when he was sailing the Pacific, collects samples of the growing garbage bin. Some of his samples have contained six times more plastic than plankton.

“It is like a minestrone and … a lot of the vegetables are plastic,” said Moore, who stages regular trips to the garbage patch for research.

Video after the jump

good morning america 01 Media Watch | Good Morning America Show Us The Pacific Garbage Patch

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

San Francisco Gets the Grease

kitchen oil 02 San Francisco Gets the Grease

San Francisco launched project Greasecycle just before Thanksgiving, a free citywide effort to collect and recycle fryer grease from the city’s restaurants. The city will collect the grease, turn it into biodiesel and power the city’s vehicles with it – including buses and firetrucks. The benefits for the city are twofold: they get an almost-free fuel source that burns cleaner than traditional fuels and they solve the illegal grease-dumping problem. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, illegal grease dumping costs the city about $3.5 million annually by causing “heart attacks” in the sewer system – congealed grease clogging up the works. The city also plans to start picking up household cooking grease in the near future, reminiscent of WWII era bacon grease collection (but back then it was used to make bombs).

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Fabien Cousteau Joins Oprah For A Show On The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch stretches from the coast of California to Japan, and it’s estimated to be twice the size of Texas. “This is the most shocking thing I have seen,” Oprah says. Where did this trash come from? Marine biologists estimate that about 80 percent of the litter is from land, either dumped directly into waterways or blown into rivers and streams from states as far away as Iowa.

Like his grandfather, undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau has devoted his life to exploring and protecting the world’s oceans and sea life.

Many of those affected by the enormous garbage swirl—like sea birds, turtles and beluga whales—can’t speak for themselves. “They get caught in these nets, or they swallow some of these bottle caps,” Fabien says. “Killer whales, which are kind of our mirror, our canary in the coal mine, so to speak, are ingesting all sorts of things that are affecting their health.”

pacific garbage patch oprah Fabien Cousteau Joins Oprah For A Show On The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Elephants Unwelcome In South Africa And Are Marked For Death

elephant surge 01 Elephants Unwelcome In South Africa And Are Marked For Death

South Africa looks at their growing population of Elephants as giant rats who need to be controlled. This giant rat population has now been official marked for death and the shooting season is open for all the big game hunters out there. The good old times are back, right? How crazy is this? Can South Africa really be sliding back down the wrong side of history? They seem to be very short sighted when it comes to cleaning up their country and improving the lives of their human and animal populations.

Elephants live in very complex family groups. Killing family members at random is not only cruel, but destroys the natural learning and maturing process for the surviving members. When the oldest largest members are killed, they die with vast amount of knowledge, the younger generation needs, to survive. It’s even been shown in studies, younger elephants seem to go a little crazy from the anxiety of not being guided by senior members of the family.

elephant surge 02 Elephants Unwelcome In South Africa And Are Marked For Death

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

New Cinepolis Headquarters Jump Starts Green Mexico

cinepolis 02 New Cinepolis Headquarters Jump Starts Green Mexico

Coming soon to a building near you: green! Starring: rooftop gardens! Natural lighting produced by: low-emmissivity glass! And introducing: natural ventilation! All helping to reduce the building’s operating costs by a glamorous thirty percent. And that sexy hilltop site won’t need a facelift — the architects, KMD in San Francisco, will only disturb ten percent of it during construction to reduce the impact it has on the natural landscape.

That’s hot — in an environmentally responsible sort of way.

Talking about the new headquarters for Cinepolis, the sixth largest movie multiplex chain in the world. It won’t make its debut in Los Angeles or New York. It’s not an innovation for a super-green city like Portland or Chicago. The Cinepolis Headquarters is a little further south, in Morelia, Mexico.

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Enamore Lingerie Brings Out Your Inner Jezebel

lingerie organic 02 Enamore Lingerie Brings Out Your Inner Jezebel

Listen up, gentlemen. Here’s a gift both you and your eco-conscious girlfriend can enjoy. Sexy lingerie made from sustainable fabrics. Nice for the skin and nice for the environment. Everyone wins.

Just in time for Christmas comes Enamore’s line of environmentally responsible nightwear. The aptly named Jezebelle set features a sexy range made from luxurious lemon soy and organic cotton. The camisole and matching shorts evoke their intended lustfulness on their own, but I would suggest adding the optional eye mask and garter (each sold separately).

lingerie organic 01 Enamore Lingerie Brings Out Your Inner Jezebel

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Sienna Miller | Scandal-Free Superhero?

sienna miller 02 Sienna Miller | Scandal Free Superhero?

According to Sienna Miller (via Global Cool), it takes only a minute to save the planet – and you don’t have to wear a cape and tights. All you have to do is turn down your thermostat one degree and recycle your cell phone.

The actress, who shot to fame as Jude Law’s betrothed during his sleeping-with-the-nanny scandal and then caused a did-she-or-didn’t-she? scandal of her own on the set of Factory Girl, has put all of her various public embarrassments behind her and teamed up with Global Cool and Vodafone UK to encourage people to help combat climate change.

sienna miller 01 Sienna Miller | Scandal Free Superhero?

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Electrum Spyder | Electric and Elusive

electrum spyder 01 Electrum Spyder | Electric and Elusive

The Electrum Spyder sounds too good be true. And, it turns out, it is. For the second year in a row.

First unveiled at last year’s AltCar Expo in Santa Monica, this super ambitious 100% electric sports car was slated to be sold via the company’s website after its premiere at the expo. A year later, the car reappeared at the same event but not on the road.

While this year’s model hasn’t changed much, the company that makes it (Universal Electric Vehicle) has. In fact, according to Autoblog Green, they’re now closer than ever to making the car a reality.

electrum spyder 02 Electrum Spyder | Electric and Elusive

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Smart For Two | Not the Solution But Closer

smartfortwo smartcar 01 Smart For Two | Not the Solution But Closer

This car is no concept. It’s real and you can reserve one now – if you want.

Unfortunately, with all the alternative fuel cars out there these days, I’m not sure the ForTwo is the way of the future. Smart, an offspring of Daimler, boasts about its earth-friendly production — and the small car idea is definitely overdue (use only what you need), but the ForTwo is neither fuel efficient nor practical enough to catch on.

Smart, once reviled for the first generation bouncy, boxy kitsch cars, has improved its design according to The Truth About Cars, upgrading the suspension, wheel base and gear shift. The overall size has grown by a few inches, as well, but there isn’t enough there to make me want one. If I’m going to drive something with only two seats, it needs to be either super-efficient or a Ferrari – not a boxy little car that would get eaten up by even the smallest SUV. The ForTwo gets only about 40 mpg – a good bit less than an average hybrid – and it’s certainly not viable for family outings.

smartfortwo smartcar 02 Smart For Two | Not the Solution But Closer

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

T-Bone House | Designed For A Porsche But Greener

t bone house 03 T Bone House | Designed For A Porsche But Greener

Who would have thought an homage to a Porsche could come in a Green package? Certainly not me. But the T-Bone house, erected in the town of Waiblingen, Germany, is exactly that. Built by Zlatko Antolovic and Alexander Wendlik’s architectural practice COAST, the house was designed to showcase the client’s love of his 1974 Porsche Targa.

The house earned its name for the so-called T-shape form of the building. Rising above glazed infills on the ground floor to a large horizontal cross section above, the home gives sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. One of the glazed infills houses the open “living room in the landscape”, which has large windows on each of three sides, while the other clear glass area is the home of the 1974 Targa.

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Stella McCartney | Do Famous Footsteps Make Great Footwear?

stella mccartney 01 Stella McCartney | Do Famous Footsteps Make Great Footwear?

What do you get when you mix a pop icon with a celebrity animal activist? If you’re lucky, you get creative force with a firm consciousness. But did Stella McCartney inherit the best of two impressive gene pools?

Following the creation of her first garment at age 12, McCartney’s signature style of sharp tailoring with sexy femininity began to emerge, eventually earning popularity among celebrities, like style icon Kate Moss, and eco-worshipping fashionistas worldwide. In keeping with her lifelong vegetarian lifestyle, Stella’s lines eschew leather and fur. She also has a co-partnership with Adidas and designs her own skincare and fragrance lines, both of which are strictly organic.

stella mccartney 02 Stella McCartney | Do Famous Footsteps Make Great Footwear?

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Volkswagen Viseo | Competition For the Roadster?

viseo vw 01 Volkswagen Viseo | Competition For the Roadster?

It’s too bad Volkswagen retired the term “Fahrvergnügen”. Back in the 1989, when this strange word blared loudly from the auto manufacturer’s TV and print ads, a German acquaintance told me it loosely translated to “fun driving”. (He also told me I was mispronouncing my German surname, but my Americanized ancestors are to blame for that.)

Of all the great VWs out there, the one that looks the most fun to drive is the new Viseo. Design-wise, this sports car runs the Roadster right off the road. Or rather, it would – if it existed beyond the concept stage.

On the heels of an internship at Volkswagen, German design student Marc Kirsch created this coupe for his diploma project at Braunschweig University of Arts. “Expect something unexpected,” is Kirsch’s answer when I ask him to describe his creation.

Unexpected, yes. In fact, the forward-thinking electric three-seater, inspired by the works of internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, is an aesthetic marvel. “The target,” Kirsch says, “was to create a visionary concept car, shaped and based on the Calatravian motto of ‘dynamic balance’. I was very much inspired by his main conceptional and visual influence.”

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Find us on Google+