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I am a globe trotting visual artist who is also vegan. I've been living in Bali for the last few years and am currently in back in Canada learning how to stay warm.

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How Ships Are Recycled

With an object as big as a ship, a recycling method of extraordinary proportions needs to take place.  Ship breaking is a kind of disposal or recycling program that disposes of massive metal ships at the end of their lives.  These monoliths are carefully dismantled until there is not any ...

Transforming Plastic Bottles into Textiles

It is amazing to think that a textile such as polyester fleece is in fact made from recycled plastic bottles and other PET plastic products.  Polyester fleece is a synthetic fabric that is similar in texture to wool, but does not weigh as much. It is also animal friendly, and is a great vegan ...

Will Biomass Fuel Our Future?

There are numerous alternatives to petroleum available but they are still not as popular or available as oil is.  One such alternative is called biomass and like the name suggests, it is an organic material which also happens to be a renewable energy source.  With an oil crisis on the hor ...

Building With Bamboo: A Sustainable Natural Resource

Bamboo has become a popular building material in the west recently, mainly for its looks and durability, but did you know that it is also one of the most sustainable building materials?  This variety of gigantic grass is more than just a pretty veneer or a hard wood floor; it is an extremely s ...

How Is Glass Recycled?

What happens to glass when it is recycled?  This ancient material has been very useful so it is no surprise that we have found numerous ways to reinvent it into new products through recycling. Like plastics and metals, glass goes through numerous inspections and stages before it is transformed ...

Earthships: Sustainable Off-Grid Living

If someone told you that people live in luxury homes made out of rubbish you may not believe them, but it is true in the case of Earthships.  A style of eco-home that has been gathering quite a lot of media attention lately, an Earthship is a self-sufficient building designed and originally bu ...

Cuba's Organic Farming And Sustainable Development

Cuba is best known for its white sand beaches and as a popular holiday destination, but it is also a shining example of self-sufficiency and organic farming.  In fact, according the the World Wildlife Fund's 2006 Living Planet report, it is the only country on earth that has achieved susta ...

Is Algae The Fuel Of The Future?

Who would have thought that something as simple and abundant as algae could be used as fuel?  Algae fuel works the same as way as most fossil fuels.  It releases CO2 when burnt, but 70% less than petroleum-based fuel.  There are hopes that one day it, and other bio-fuels will be the ...

How is a Plastic Bottle Recycled?

We have become a plastic-reliant society of people.  The material is cheap, sturdy and can be produced in mass, but what happens to a plastic product when we discard it?  In the US, it is estimated that 12% of solid waste is composed of plastics, largely comprised of polyethylene terephth ...