Anyone who loves gardening and lives in an apartment or house without a big yard knows the disappointment of not having the space available to grow plants. But now, thanks to the increasingly popular “Do It Yourself Vertical Garden,” you can make planters that allow you to capitalize on the vertical space that almost everyone has. These planters are perfect for outside on a balcony or sun deck, or inside in an area with good sunlight. They’re very popular for growing herbs, but you can also add small flowering plants to make it more decorative. There are a number of different methods for making vertical planters yourself: The best approach depends on your personal preference, space, and the tools you have available to you…
Every year in April, hundreds of hikers from all around the world descend on Springer Mountain, where they begin the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine’s Mt Katahdin. Whether you’re a badass thru-hiking backpacker or simply a weekend warrior looking to get away from it all, having the latest outdoor adventure gear can obviously help make braving the elements a lot easier. Check out some of the coolest hiking and camping stuff we’ve tested recently:
GMO Foods have been at the center of global controversy for years. Now, in a rare display of agreement, conservatives and liberals alike are all ruffled up by President Obama’s recent signing of the Monsanto Protection Act.
The act, which was sneakily buried within the new U.S. budget bill, exempts biotech firms from the arm of judicial law, allowing companies like Monsanto to plant genetically modified crops (commonly known as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms). The Act is like a big kiss on the lips from Congress, stripping federal courts of the power to stop the production, growth, and sale of GMO seed crops, regardless of any concerns and criticism.
GMOs have long drawn ire for a variety of ethical and safety reasons, especially concerning safety to the environment and to human health. Currently, the labeling of GMO foods has little to no regulation in the United States. Last summer, major biotech companies spent millions of dollars lobbying against Prop 37, which would have required labeling of all foods made with genetically modified ingredients. Thanks to the defeat of that legislation, the USA is one of the few first-world countries where genetically modified foods don’t require labels.
The annual day of support has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 43 years, with events now held around the world to promote and support the idea that we as humans should protect the environment.
But the truth is that we shouldn’t wait for Earth Day, April 22, to practice environmental awareness and responsibility. “Going green” is a lot easier than you might think, and taking simple steps such as the 40 Earth Day tips we’ve listed below will not only help save the environment, but it’ll also help save you money!