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Trash becomes treasure for this freegan

We've written about freegans many times before, but this video shows exactly what kind of treasures are sometimes thrown out with the trash:

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From Pork to Poke

Eat your hat Tried to go whole hog, but still have leftovers? Haberdash over to this site to save your bacon. Because "one always looks neat, in a hat made from meat." Crop of the Kreme Put a spring in your step with these grass-lined flip-flops, created by Krispy Kreme to give stressed-out workers a walk in the park. They'll grow on you -- just donut forget to water them! Death is like a box of chocolates Pushin' up daisies? Sleeping with the fishes? Stone-cold dead? Burning in hell? These eco-coffins have you covered. Off road One down ... millions …

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Common, EPA-OK’d insecticides causing health problems

More than a quarter of all significant pesticide-related health problems reported to the U.S. EPA in 2007 involved a class of insecticides deemed safe by the agency, says a new report from the Center for Public Integrity. Naturally occurring pyrethrins and their synthetic counterpart, pyrethroids, have been touted as safe alternatives to nasty organophosphates. In the past decade, they have increasingly shown up in pet shampoos, roach killers, carpet cleaners, and more. EPA data for 2007 reflect 1,030 reported incidents involving pyrethrins and pyrethroids -- more than any other class of insecticide -- compared to 261 in 1998. CPI "uncovered …

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Sixty seconds to make climate matter

Create a video for our next president

If you had 60 seconds to talk to our next president and other political leaders about climate change, what would you say? Well, get your speech ready because the Climate Matters Video Contest is offering that opportunity to 10 lucky videographers. They're accepting submissions on Vimeo until September 22, and the top ten most-viewed videos will be featured during an October event for the media, Congress, and both presidential campaigns. They'll also be featured on major media sites including HuffPo and ThinkMTV. Need more incentive? A panel of judges including actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and the producers/directors of 11th Hour will …

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Gossip whirl, video

Gossip Girl, Traveling Pants stars encourage recycling

Spotted: B and S mugging for the camera. The cast of the CW's Gossip Girl are forgoing bottled water in favor of bringing their own mugs to the set. And stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Penn Badgley appear in three short eco-ads, below: In other celeb news you can reuse, Alexis Bledel of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is promoting the travel of your old pants (specifically jeans) to New Orleans for recycling into insulation. I won't say green is the new black, but maybe Blake Lively, who stars in both, is the next NatPo ...

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Green Olympians

Meet the eco-activist athletes who’ll be competing in Beijing

Photo: Mansoor Ahmed/WireImage LeBron James, U.S., Basketball The Cavaliers' superstar forward LeBron James not only passed Olympic muster this year, but also met SpongeBob SquarePants' approval. The two celebs have teamed up as part of Nickelodeon's Big Green Help campaign aimed at encouraging kids to go green.

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More on 'lazy locavorism'

Edible landscapes can outgrow the elite

Monday's New York Times had a great opinion piece about My Farm's Trevor Paque -- the same guy recently profiled in the Times' Style section. In fact, I had to look twice to make sure it was the same T. Paque because the two articles emphasized such different aspects of the urban CSA mission. Kim Severson, in the style piece, describes it thus: Call them the lazy locavores -- city dwellers who insist on eating food grown close to home but have no inclination to get their hands dirty. Mr. Paque is typical of a new breed of business owner …

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Getting to the meat of the matter with Boston chef Jamie Bissonnette

Jamie Bissonnette. In my most recent article, I described my experience attending a hog-butchering workshop led by Boston chef Jamie Bissonnette. He mentioned during the workshop that he had been a vegan when he was younger. I wanted to find out more about what would make someone change his eating habits so dramatically, so I set up an interview with Jamie to talk about the influences and experiences that led him to follow a different path than the one he set out on as a young man. After settling into a comfortable seating area near the bar at KO Prime, …

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Always an ethical bridesmaid ...

Tips for bridesmaids wanting fair-trade frocks

As if the list of bridesmaidsy duties (party-planning, dress-bustling, photo-posing, tear-wiping, etc.) isn't long enough, finding an ethically sourced, eco-conscious, and, um, attractive frock for the occasion is no piece of (multi-tiered) cake. Today, The Guardian addresses this very dilemma: One of my dearest friends will be getting married next year and has asked me to be her bridesmaid. I would like to make sure that the dress is ethical both in its fabric and the way its been made. I also want to get something I could wear again so nothing too 'bridesmaidy' -- and I don't want to …

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Artificial turf found not harmful to children

Artificial field turf does not expose young children to harmful levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission concluded Wednesday. "Our message is: go out and play," says a CPSC spokesperson. Because it's durable, easy to maintain, and doesn't require pesticides, synthetic turf has increasingly replaced grass fields across the U.S. Manufacturers insist that the lead that gives the green "grass" its color cannot leach out or become airborne; however, concerns about turf toxicity came to a head in the fall when New Jersey officials found worrisome lead levels in a handful of fields. But the CPSC found that …

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