New App Lets You Take a Pic of Unwanted Junk Mail to Unsubscribe

There are several ways to stop unwanted junk mail from appearing in your mailbox – but this one seems to be one of the easiest. The PaperKarma mobile app lets users submit a photo of junk mail they’d like to stop receiving, and then voila, no more junk mail.

According to Readable, the company behind PaperKarma, around 44% of unsolicited mail in the US ends up in landfills each year without ever being opened. The PaperKarma app aims to reduce that enormous waste and save a few trees along the way. Continue reading

Livia Firth Launches Eco-Fashion Line

Eco-Age creative director, Green Carpet Challenge founder, wife of Oscar-winner Colin Firth, and all around cool green lady, Livia Firth has launched Livia Firth Designs — a luxurious eco-friendly clothing and accessory line.

The philosophy behind LFD is that pieces will be made with “love, fair trade rules, and environmental standards in mind,” and that furthermore, ““LFD has, at its heart, simplicity and glamor and a little bit of playfulness, which should always be part of our life,” Firth said.

Firth is also partnering with Giusy Bettoni’s C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy) to launch the first Green Carpet Challenge Fabric Library. Continue reading

Eco-Vocab: Permaculture

Permaculture: Short for permanent agriculture. The development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

A concept which involves examining and following nature’s patterns. Permaculture advocates designing human systems that are based on natural ecosystems.

Permaculture can exist in everything from a basic garden to housing designs to city systems. A permaculture garden, if designed correctly (that is, mimicking nature) should be self-sustainable. Continue reading

How Green is Starbucks: The Sustainability Report

Starbucks wants you to enjoy a (fair trade) double espresso in the comforts of a LEED certified building that uses less electricity — and then to recycle your cup in a conveniently placed recycle bin. Or better yet, bring your own cup.

These are some of the goals Starbucks hopes to achieve with its annual Global Responsibility Report. Triple Pundit breaks down the green goals the coffee giant reached in 2011 and where they hope to be in the coming years.

Recycling

  • In 2011, customers used personal cups more than 34 million times, almost 2% of all beverages served in global company-owned stores. The goal is to serve 5% of its beverages made in its stores in personal cups by 2015.
  • Since 2008, the company has held several Cup Summits to develop recyclable cups. By 2015 the goal is to serve 25% of all beverages in reusable cups.
  • The company implemented front-of-store recycling to over 1,000 of its company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada, totaling 18% of all its stores in North America. The goal is to have front-of-store recycling in all company-owned locations by 2015.
  • A total 79% (over 2,400) of its company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada recycled cardboard boxes and other back-of-store items. Continue reading

Kyra Sedgwick & NRDC Team Up to Talk Plastic Pollution & Marine Life

Kyra Sedgwick and NRDC’s Leila Monroe teamed up on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the dangers of plastic being discarded into the ocean. Not only does it pollute the waters, plastic is being ingested by fish — fish that can end up on our dinner plates.

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Brita FilterForGood: Music Sustains

Since debuting at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the Brita FilterForGood Music Project documentary “Music Sustains” has been generating buzz online and inspiring music fans across the nation. Jack Johnson even shared the eco-friendly film on his Facebook page!

Fans are teaming up with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monáe, O.A.R. and Guster to make concerts more sustainable. In the short documentary, filmmaker Destin Cretton turns the camera on how passion for music and passion for the planet are leading to positive change.

The Brita FilterForGood Music Project works with fans and artists to make concerts more sustainable by encouraging fans to use Brita® filtered water and a reusable bottle instead of bottled water. To date, the movement has saved more than 360 million plastic bottles from potentially ending up in landfills. Continue reading

Seattle is Growing the Nation’s Largest Urban Food Forest

Located just 2.5 miles outside of downtown Seattle, the ethnically diverse Beacon Hill neighborhood will be home to the nation’s largest (7 acres!) urban food forest.

What exactly is a food forest? It’s just like a regular forest with trees and shrubs but just about everything in a food forest is edible. Eat your heart out, Willy Wonka.

Beacon Food Forest will house fruit and nut trees, berry shrubs and edible perennials. The forest will also include certain plants that attract insects for natural pest management. Continue reading