A wonderful interview and profile of Cynthia Hardy in MM. Lafleur. Cynthia talks about travels, her life as a mother, and her role as co-founder of Green School and more. ON FOUNDING A HOTEL… AND A SCHOOL: We started building our house in Bali in 1995, and it was finished in 1997. Then, in the early 2000s, a piece of land just south of ours came onto the market. We didn’t need more space, but we knew that if we didn’t buy it someone else was going to build a hotel there. So we bought it and sat on it for a few years. We knew this really industrious guy from Java, and we asked him to find us some furniture and old wooden houses—traditional ones built in primitive ways, from logs, without panels. We put them up on that land and had the Neiman Marcus buyers come out and stay there. Eventually, we decided to turn it into something that paid for itself, and now it’s a little hotel called Bambu Indah that’s essentially an …
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Repair in one package-free store? It’s happening in Brooklyn, NYC, with the pop-up store run by Lauren Singer and Daniel Silverstein, two trash bloggers who have been on a zero-waste journey for years. ‘Think outside the box’ is the message. The Package Free Shop curates the products they sell to support a zero-waste lifestyle, ranging from reusable coffee cups to compostable toothbrushes. If this store opened a thousand branches across the globe, how much waste could we reduce? Read more about the Package Free project here. If you’re in NYC this summer, go and visit.
A profile of John Hardy in Nuvo Magazine. In Canada, he says, “They’re living a completely unsustainable lifestyle … at the expense of their grandchildren. We’re creating green leaders. Every school [now] is studying green.” The difference at his school in the Balinese jungle, he explains, is that “kids are living green.” Read the whole article and interview with John on the Nuvo website. He covers topics like education, design, conservation, Green School, IBUKU and more.
An update on Peace Boat as they strive to build an eco peace ship— 40-60% off the grid with articulated sails and solar. More good news from this incredible project- they found a Finnish shipbuilding company to collaborate with and realize their dream. “We have agreed with Arctech to build the Ecoship, the most innovative and ecologically friendly cruise vessel ever. We believe this ship will be a game changer for the shipping industry and will contribute to the protection of the environment. It will be a flagship for climate change. We are very happy to work together with a Finnish shipyard, and look forward to exploring clean and sustainable technologies with partners throughout this region, which is known for its environmental leadership,” said Yoshioka Tatsuya, founder and director, Peace Boat. Read more here.
This is amazing- a biological solution for the mess we’ve made? In a paper published in Current Biology on Monday (April 24), Bertocchini and her colleagues described 100 wax worms chewing through a polyethylene shopping bag—the kind that people discard at a rate of 1 trillion per year globally—in around 40 minutes. After 12 hours, the bag was significantly shredded. – From QZ.com
The new book by Dr Gundry is out! The Plant Paradox The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Is it possible that everything you’ve heard about diet, weight, and nutrition is wrong? Dr. Gundry’s second book promises to shatter almost every myth you’ve been told about what makes up a “healthy” diet. “The Plant Paradox” reveals the #1 danger in the American diet: a toxic protein hidden in plants called lectins. Lectins are found in hundreds of common foods, like wheat, beans, potatoes, nuts, and diary. “The Plant Paradox” offers a full list of high-lectin foods, simple substitutions, a step-by-step detox plan, and delicious lectin free recipes. This Program, outlined in the book, has helped thousands of Dr. Gundry’s patients to lose weight and recover from long-standing health disorders.
An incredible story about a young activist who got into Stanford with a unique essay. After completing his Stanford application, high school senior Ziad Ahmed realized an important component was missing amid a flurry of standardized test scores and extracurricular activities: his voice and passion. That’s when Ahmed took a gamble. In response to a question asking “What matters to you, and why?” the teen wrote “#BlackLivesMatter” exactly 100 times. Last Friday, Ahmed received an acceptance letter from the California school and tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. The question was part of a larger application that delved into his leadership roles and included a number of prompts. – Read the rest on NBC
Melati and Isabel of Bye Bye Plastic bags recently made it to Forbes’ Indonesia’s Most Inspiring Women. A huge achievement! The girls saw it firsthand in their favorite local beach, Seseh, which was, as Melati puts it, “swallowed up by garbage.” “When you’re at the beach sunbathing or going for a swim, you’re swimming with plastic, you’re sunbathing with plastic. There’s no escaping it,” says Melati. Those experiences led them, in April 2013, to start Bye Bye Plastic Bags, when they were just 10 and 12. The two girls attend the Bali Green School, which promotes environmentalism, so their campaign was in keeping with the school’s mission. “The question became ‘who’s going to do something about it?’ We thought ‘why don’t we do something about it? Why don’t we stand up for our island?’,’” Melati says. – See more at: http://forbesindonesia.com/berita-1303-isabel-and-melati-wijsen.html#sthash.MIq5t5XU.dpuf Check out their whole story in their TED talk which has had over 1 million views to date:
If you’re into what is going into your body via your food, you have to read Vani Hari’s the Food Babe blog. Some of the most important work she is doing is around Monsanto and glysophate weed killer. A large body of peer reviewed research links glyphosate (which is sprayed on the majority of crops in this country) to cancer, reproductive problems, liver, kidney and skin cell damage, antibiotic-resistance, and more. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer has deemed it a probable carcinogen. One of the biggest sellers of glyphosate, Monsanto, has been colluding with the EPA to keep it on the market. It’s truly outrageous and I’m as angry as you are. She also has great articles on the sugar wars and many of the ‘Big Food’ problems facing the food industry today. Her Investigations page is a great place to start. About Vani Hari Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist, a New York Times best selling author, and was named one of the “Most Influential People On The Internet” by …
Huge amount of press these days on sugar and news about the way we’ve been sold a lie about the white stuff. Will keep adding to this list as more comes out in the press about the ‘War on Sugar”. CNN: South Africa plans to fight obesity with a sugar tax (March 2017) In tackling sugar drink prices, South Africa follows in the footsteps of Mexico, France, Hungary and New York, which have pioneered the strategy. It plans to introduce a 20% tax on soft drinks that will come into force April 1, making South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of obesity on the continent, the first African country to adopt the measure. CNN: What happens to your brain when you give up sugar (March 2017) The connection between the nucleus accumbens and our prefrontal cortex dictates our motor movement, such as deciding whether or not to taking another bite of that delicious chocolate cake. The prefrontal cortex also activates hormones that tell our body: “Hey, this cake is really good. And I’m going …