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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Reusing Old Shoes


SHOE planterI recently came upon this awesome article about reusing shoes as planters, pretty much the best idea since literal flower beds. As someone who often takes the dirtier, messier, less sensible path to wherever I’m walking, I’m skilled at speeding up the process of wearing out shoes. When they finally become too broken to use for foot housing, it’s easy to just buy a new pair, move on and forget about them. But the truth is, not wearing shoes anymore doesn’t have to mean goodbye. Turning them into planters sounds like one of the most fun and creative sustainable ideas I’ve ever come across. To give it a shot, there are a few steps (sorry) you can take to prepare. Continue reading

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Saving Honeybees


image1A while ago I wrote about the return of the western bumblebee and the efforts one could take to create a more welcome environment for bumblebees to thrive. As it turns out, the problem with bee scarcity may extend to more than just those under the prefix of bumble. As reported by Time Magazine, honeybees, otherwise known as pollinators of apples, watermelons, cucumbers, and more, are dying in numbers these days due to the harms of pesticides. Continue reading


Return of the Western Bumblebee


12588The Western Bumblebee has been declining in population since 1998, and hasn’t been seen in Washington state for over a decade. Until recently, that is, when the bee was seen by one Megan O’Donald, as reported by The Seattle Times, in a park northeast of Seattle. Though the cause of the bumblebee’s long absence is unknown, it seems to be connected to the development of commercial bumblebee-breeding programs, these bees being the only native pollinators for tomato plants. Continue reading