6 Tiny Living Principles Everyone Should Try

No matter what your feelings are on tiny home living, I think we can all agree that living with less meaningless crap and more of what makes us happy is a pretty good life goal, right? There are several principles to tiny living that we encourage, all of which can be used no matter how big your home is or how much you travel, to free up your space, mind and wallet for the things that truly matter to you.

7 Common Beach Litter Items We Can Easily Eliminate

All I remember learning in school about waste was to look for the little arrow triangle to know if something is recyclable and to cut up the plastic rings soda cans came in so dolphins didn’t get them caught on their noses. We didn’t see what washes up on beaches after storms, we didn’t see what gets caught in grasses and other plants, and we didn’t see what people toss astray out of pure laziness and apathy. There was no stress on the true monumental scale of the waste problem, but based on our regular walks on a 2-mile stretch of beach on the relatively remote Hatteras Island 20 years later, it should have been a critical piece of our curriculum.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

During the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of where we shop and what we buy. That’s why every year we put together a list of our favorite things that match our mission of health and sustainability for people and the world we explore. This year we’ve curated 40+ products we love that are good for you, good for the planet and good for communities in need.

Refugee Relief Efforts in Berlin

In September alone, 12,000 refugees applied for asylum in Berlin–more than the number of applicants from 2011, 2012 and 2013 combined. The city cannot keep up. For that reason, citizens like Murat Adash have stepped in to help their new neighbors by organizing a flea market along with five colleagues and other friends to benefit refugee relief organizations in the city.

Traveling Green with LEED-Certified Buildings [Infographic]

In both travel and our daily lives, we have the power to minimize our environmental footprints by looking for LEED-certified buildings. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality, LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. With buildings in more than 150 countries and territories and six continents, LEED options are accessible to travelers and non travelers around the world.

22 Tips to Reduce Your Water Footprint [Infographic]

Up to 2.8 billion people around the world are affected by water scarcity for one month every year–a huge problem with a simple solution: waste less water. This infographic from shows us 22 easy ways to reduce wasted water and divert used gray water to second and third purposes, saving more than 100,000 gallons of water per person per year from going to waste.

Taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty Course with Project AWARE

This post is a contribution from Project AWARE Foundation written by Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program Specialist. Project AWARE mobilizes scuba divers to protect the ocean planet one dive at a time. Its Dive Against Debris Specialty Course educates divers on how to remove and log marine debris to prevent its detrimental effects on marine life and advocate for policy and prevention around the world. Hannah takes us through her experience in the course.

Spiraling Out of Control: Plastic Buildup in our Oceans [INFOGRAPHIC]

A huge portion of litter on land travels tens, hundreds or even thousands of miles by waterways, ultimately ending up in the ocean–an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter, to be exact. The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is spiraling out of control, literally, as it collects in the five major ocean gyres and delicate marine ecosystems. To shine a spotlight on a problem we can’t see from shore, Custom Made and Ghergich & Co. have created this insightful infographic exploring the dire issue of plastic buildup in the world’s oceans.

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