Articles By: Roberta

Upcycled Chic- Jewelry By Jacqueline Ter Kuile

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Jacqueline ter Kuile has been making beautiful  hand-crafted jewelry for more than 30 years. Precious metals like silver and copper are her specialty.   She has an impressive resume and her work speaks for itself. A look at the photos below will give you an idea of why Jackie’s work is increasingly in demand. What [...]

English Cows, Methane, and Global Warming

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if English farmers can lower their cows’ methane emissions by 40% simply by including linseed in their feed, this is the kind of simple, down to earth measure that it would make sense to employ all over the world. Since it seems that the linseed has some side effects like improved bovine health and increased milk supply , I’m hoping dairy farmers everywhere will soon be including linseed in their cattle feed.

Look Ma, It’s A Bionic Robot Bird

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Smartbird not a toy. It is the latest in a series of bionic robots based on nature’s engineering. Festo’s Bionic Learning Network has been creating technology based on how animals do things for years, in an effort to push the frontiers of engineering and technology towards sustainability and they are doing it very well.

Things Go Greener With A New Biodegradable Pepsi Bottle

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Things may go better with Coke, but it seems they go greener with Pepsi.   Pepsico,the billion dollar international food and beverage corporation, announced last week that it has developed the world’s first totally plant based, petroleum- free, totally bio-degradable plastic bottle.  Petroleum free is a big deal given the amount of oil that goes [...]

17 Dead Baby Dolphins in The Gulf of Mexico

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The mass deaths of birds, fish, crabs and bats may have receded from the news, but they are still going on. It’s calving season in the Gulf of Mexico where dolphins come every year to give birth.  This year so far, according to The Sun-Herald , 17  dead baby dolphins, either stillborn or dead soon [...]

New Ways to Recycle Old Newspapers

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The photo on the left is of a model sampan made by an inmate in an Indonesian jail.  It is completely constructed from carefully rolled up pieces of newspaper.  While there may be less and less newsprint to recycle as the worlds of  journalism and literature go more and more electronic, paper still accounts for [...]

Have A Green New Years Eve In Iceland

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Looking for a really special New Years Eve experience in a clean, green place?  What about New Years Eve in Iceland? Uh, well, make that New Years Eve in Reykjavik, the country’s very hip, very partying, and very green capital.  It probably isn’t the first place that leaps to mind when you’re thinking green New [...]

Out of the Landfill Into the Art World

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Almost anything can become art and these days almost anything does–even old hubcaps. With the help of a number of professional artists and through the vision of one art gallery owner and framer from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, even old hubcaps are making it out of the landfill and into the art world.

Dying Coral in the Gulf of Mexico: Thanks BP

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Just seven miles from the site of the BP oilspill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists aboard the Ronald H. Brown, a NOAA research vessel, have discovered large areas of dead and dying deep sea corals more than 1400 feet under the ocean. The discovery was surprising, if not shocking for the researchers who viewed [...]

Plastic Bag Upcycle From The DIY Diva

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We’ve talked a lot here at Peachy Green about how bad  plastic bags are for the environment and we’ve also  pushed the idea of  re-purposing and up-cycling whatever you can, but it took The DIY Diva to put both ideas together and offer a very cool, easy way to make awesome throw pillows out of [...]

Old Library Books Get New Life

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I love books, especially old books.  Books have always been my dear friends and are tucked away in every nook and cranny of my house, so of course I was enthralled when I came across a library that is giving new life to some old books by repurposing them as furniture– in this case a [...]

New Sculpture from Used Plastic

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Making art from used plastic is the ultimate in recycling, especially when the artist is as talented and creative as  Sayaka Kajita Ganz, a Japanese born sculptress who now lives and works in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Her breathtakinngly original animal sculptures are made entirely from discarded plastic utensils and household objects and they certainly breathe [...]

Organic, Local and Sustainable from Farm to Table in New Jersey

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Local and sustainable are my watchwords all year long when it comes to the food I eat, but summertime is when I totally pig out on local, fresh-picked produce of all kinds.  Not for nothing is New Jersey, where I live, called the Garden State. My part of  Hunterdon County is full of wonderful little [...]

Adopt-A-Bot Is The World’s First Robot Orphanage

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Yes, through Adopt-A-Bot you can give an adorable robot, fashioned from recycled elements a new home, thus enriching your environment and saving an amazing variety of  metal pieces from a future of meltdown or landfill. After a childhood of Lincoln logs and Lego, designer, Brian Marshall, began creating the cunning little creatures from metal parts [...]

Why Nuking the Oil Spill Is Not the Answer

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Over a month ago, Russian scientists suggested that nuking the BP oil spill would stop the gusher and end the environmental damage.  The Russians suggested a surgical nuclear strike and claimed to have used the technique on five of their own oil wells. They even offered to do it for us. In spite of lots [...]