Author Archives: Debra Atlas

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Info: Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change - what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.
Awesome May 8, 2015 posted by Debra Atlas

The Shoe That Grows will bring shoes that fit to those in poverty

Young children who live in extreme poverty often have to wear shoes that don’t fit.or go without shoes altogether. The non-profit Because International saw the problem and is doing something remarkable about it. The Shoe That Grows is an adjustable shoe that can grow five sizes to accommodate a growing child’s feet. Adjustable in the front in three places, straps at the front and rear of the shoe alter the shoe’s length, and the rubber sole bends up as needed….

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The Shoe That Grows will bring shoes that fit to those in poverty
Eco Friendly April 24, 2015 posted by Debra Atlas

W Hotels now use sheets made from recycled plastic bottles

There’s way too much plastic in the world and the lion’s share of that is used for plastic water bottles. Too often, those bottles are getting tossed rather than recycled. Thankfully, the W Hotel chain is doing something about that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Kz-8LasKo&feature=youtu.be W Hotels now feature Ekocycle sheets, a brand of sheet developed by Coca Cola in partnership with rapper will. i. am. First introduced in North America on April 13th, these eco-friendly sheets are made from 30 percent rPet polyester,…

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W Hotels now use sheets made from recycled plastic bottles
Eco Friendly March 28, 2015 posted by Debra Atlas

3D printed bricks would cool rooms with water

Warming temperatures are being felt in many areas around the world as drought conditions continue. The answer to how to keep buildings cool while keeping energy costs down may lie in utilizing older technology in a new, innovative way. California-based design studio Emerging Objects has developed 3D-printed porous bricks called Cool Bricks that can be filled with water to lower room temperatures. Utilizing evaporative cooling, an old technology where dry warm air is cool through the use of water evaporation…

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3D printed bricks would cool rooms with water
hmm..interesting February 20, 2015 posted by Debra Atlas

Toyota cars are now being attacked by hungry squirrels – and we’re not kidding!

Toyota may have a problem on its hands. With the company’s increasing focus on using natural and environmentally-friendly materials, they seem to be offering a tempting feast for Nature’s opportunists. There have been several recent reports of Toyota car owners discovering their cars have been vandalized. One report showed a south Florida family’s Toyota Sequoia SUV had two 6-inch panels ripped from the outside of the car. Another, from Croydon, South London, England, found that a Toyota Aygo! sported a…

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Toyota cars are now being attacked by hungry squirrels – and we’re not kidding!
hmm..interesting February 14, 2015 posted by Debra Atlas

The Dom’Up Treehouse – good for the environment but tough on your wallet

If you love the idea of a treehouse and want something innovative and easy on the environment, Dom’Up could fit the bill. This “life tree platform” – invented by Dutch arboriculturist Bruno de Grunne and architect Nicolas d’Ursel from Trees and People – takes the best of tree camping and utilizes Trees and People’s No Trace arboreal hanging system. With its low impact on surrounding trees, Dom’Up is made from galvanized steel and natural wooden flooring. It comes with a…

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The Dom’Up Treehouse – good for the environment but tough on your wallet
hmm..interesting December 20, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

Ocean Spiral – a 21st century underwater city

With the world population slated to reach 9 billion people, housing becomes a real problem. But Japanese construction firm Shimizu Corp has an innovative idea to solve this. Ocean Spiral is planned as an eco-friendly underwater city that would house 5,000 people and be powered by the sea bed. An artist’s rendering shows the futuristic structure divided into three sections. A floating sphere – the “Blue Garden” – will be 500 meters (approx. 1,640 feet) in diameter. It will lie…

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Ocean Spiral – a 21st century underwater city
Awesome December 5, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

New York’s underground Lowline park creates solar innovation

Turning a long-abandoned trolley terminal into an underground park is a daunting task. But this dream is on its way to becoming a reality. The Lowline – inspired by the success of New York’s elevated High Line – was first unveiled as the Delancey Underground Project in 2011. The renamed project has been steadily attracting funds and supporters. As proof-of-concept, a full-scale model was built and proudly displayed. And $155,000 US has already raised to test the innovative solar technology…

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New York’s underground Lowline park creates solar innovation
but is it art? November 14, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

This “tree” lets you charge your cell and gives you wi-fi too

Technology keeps giving us more unusual and amazing ways to stay connected. Israeli renewables company Sologic has created the eTree – a solar-panel “tree” that’s part social enterprise, environmental / ecological sculpture, public space and free wi-fi provider. If that’s not enough, the eTree provides a drinking fountain for humans and pets, shade with a bench for rest and relaxation, and it lights up for nighttime enjoyment. Created for residential and urban areas such as courtyards, schools, universities and parks,…

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This “tree” lets you charge your cell and gives you wi-fi too
Awesome November 7, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

The Quadrofoil – it’s not a fantasy any more

Ever dreamed of flying over the water in a 21st century personal watercraft? Dream no more. The Quadrofoil – the stuff of our imaginations for years – is finally here. This sleek looking, all electric watercraft fully charges in 2 hours. With a top speed of 24 knots. it has a range of up to 54 nautical miles. Powered by industry standard batteries with an integrated battery management system, it can “fly” for up to 100 km on a single…

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The Quadrofoil – it’s not a fantasy any more
Eco Friendly October 25, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

Recycled Denim is for more than just comfy jeans

Old jeans are taking on new lives. Creative minds have used them to make purses, furniture and insulation. Now the Oregon-based company TorZo has created a good looking surfacing product made from 80 percent post industrial recycled denim scraps. “Denim” utilizes a nontoxic acrylic resin infusion process to penetrate the denim board. This produces a hard, durable product that’s resistant to scratches and abrasions. Measuring 2 feet. wide, 4 feet. long and 1/2-inch thick (including a plywood backer board), the…

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Recycled Denim is for more than just comfy jeans
nice idea... October 10, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

Dancing Traffic Light gets more people to stop

Traffic lights are boring. But this past summer in Lisbon, Portugal, a new phenomena helped pedestrians stay safer and have fun too. The Dancing Traffic Light was created by the Smart Company, the same firm that brought us the Smart Car. This light was part of an ad campaign by Smart called #WhatAreYouFor as in For More Safety. This innovative light has been configured to mimic dance moves from passersby. Pedestrians are encouraged to enter a nearby booth, select music…

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Dancing Traffic Light gets more people to stop
nice idea... October 4, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

San Francisco baseball park now features its own growing garden

Gardens are springing up all over the plac -rooftop gardens in New York City and large urban gardens in \cities such as Chicago and Portland. Growing your own fresh veggies has become a national pastime. Now baseball has jumped into the act. The San Francisco Giants now have a 4,320 square-foot vegetable garden behind the outfield wall in center field in AT&T Park, their professional baseball stadium. This is a first for baseball. The space where The Garden is located…

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San Francisco baseball park now features its own growing garden
Eco Friendly September 27, 2014 posted by Debra Atlas

BarkClad – handsome wood siding that’s easy on the environment

Sustainability is fast becoming a standard in the construction industry. Consumers often favor using FSC certified products. BarkClad, a wood siding product that’s Made in the USA, repurposes the bark from trees that have already been cut, utilizing what would have gone to waste. This high quality natural product takes carefully hand-peeled Tulip Poplar bark that’s hand cut on-site from trees that have been sustainably harvested for the furniture and plywood industries. This distinctive and beautiful bark siding is found…

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BarkClad – handsome wood siding that’s easy on the environment