Biking and the City

I am a consumer and I would like to know more about transportation alternatives. I am interested in trying to start biking but I haven’t. I don’t really understand the investments my city seems to making in bicycling. They keep building lanes where nobody seems to be using them. LEARN: how the transportation alternatives came […]

Zero Energy House – Green Renaissance

It’s time to rethink energy in the buildings
Anders Nyquist

A completely off the grid home in Sundsvall, Northern Sweden, created by by Anders Nyquist, Eco Cycle Architect.

The video shows the materials used and why. It even has grass growing on the roof — not only beautiful but part of the insulation and cooling system for the water. It’s not a design mansion for rich people: it is aimed at everyone.

Most of us strive to leave “our mark” on the world. But, lately, the trend is to leave as little a mark as possible on our environment. Imagine a home that is not just energy efficient, but doesn’t have a single energy bill in its mailbox. The idea of a Zero House is a very simple and appealing one – a well sealed building, well insulated, that supply electricity and heating produced and supplied the right way. It’s really a question of attitude.

Van Jones on Environmental Justice and why this matters to each of us

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch – Van Jones – Environmental Justice

A great environmental justice talk about the price poor people pay for us to have so much disposable plastic. But we have CHOICE: we can choose not to use disposable plastics, we can choose healthy products. As an example, if we follow that little water bottle along its way, when it winds up not being properly recycled and what that means, we know we can shift our habits for safer, healthier products, like refillable bottles.

ecogal Vote with your dollarsThe entire talk is very informative but also gives us real solutions we can apply right here, right now, from our small vantage point. Because we are all on one planet. Eventually we will breathe the air and suffer from pollution coming from the rest of the planet. To solve the problems we must join forces.

In order to trash the planet you have to trash people, but if we create a world where we don’t trash people, we can’t trash the planet. Ecology and social justice can become a single concept to base our choices on.

A whale, plastic and an incredible story

Notice the plastic of the fishnet shing in the sun, as they cut it more and more away from the dying whale,that was completely trapped and couldn’t move anymore…

Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

Read more about how our plastic waste in the ocean is affecting marine life at

Before the days of plastic, when fishermen dumped their trash overboard or lost a net, it consisted of natural materials — metal, cloth or paper that would either sink to the bottom or biodegrade quickly.

But plastic remains floating on the surface, the same place where many genuine food sources lie — and can remain so for 400 years. Plastic is durable and strong — precisely the qualities that make it so dangerous if it reaches the ocean.

But how would a syringe that a diabetic uses make it into the ocean? If plastic objects make it into the main sewer system (say, by being flushed down the toilet, or carried by the rain into a street drain), and the water treatment plants are overwhelmed by excessive rain, then those floating objects can float right out to sea.

Did you know that a plastic soda ring can take up to 400 years to biodegrade?
What you can do:
  • Look for alternative materials or avoid excessive packaging when deciding on purchases. Use paper bags, milk and juice in cardboard, and cloth diapers. Insist on paper bags and glass bottles.
  • Recycle. Many communities currently offer pick-up recycling programs for #1 and #2 plastics. Other forms of plastic may be accepted by a local recycling business. If your community doesn’t have a recycling program, contact your city or town hall to request one.
  • Educate others about the problem of marine debris, enhancing “voluntary compliance through awareness.”
Challenge of the month - Quit Plastic Straws

Challenge of the month: quit plastic straws

As you can also see in the video Plastic Paradise – Where Can We Go From Here plastic is a huge environmental problem and really harms the ecosystem, but what can one do? This is where the ecogal Challenge of the Month comes in: we invite you join us in avoiding single-use plastic straws, it’s […]

Plastic Paradise – Where Can We Go From Here

There is a very compelling documentary to watch: Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Watch the trailer:

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer from Angela Sun on Vimeo.

Midway Atoll

Midway Atoll

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents.

In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagine…

Find out more and get the movie at Plastic Paradise — The Movie

In this TEDx Talk, Heather Troutman dives into the plastic problem, and what we can actually do about it, very simply and succinctly explained, a great watch to get the skinny of what the documentary explores at length.