One day, we’ll water plants with our pee in public restrooms

By Sarah Laskow @ Grist 22 Jun 2011 11:56 AM Everyone remembers that deathless scene from Waterworld where Kevin Costner pees in a jug, filters it, drinks some, then spits the rest into a plant. (EVERYONE REMEMBERS IT, I SAID. But if you’ve been living under a rock, you can watch here -- start around 1:30.) Well, that may soon become a reality. For now, at least, we’re still not drinking processed urine -- on a societal level, anyway; what you do on your time is your own business. But one ingenious conservation junkie has come up with a urinal design that ...

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The great unwashed: Ask Umbra on twice-weekly showers

by Ask Umbra @ Grist 13 Jun 2011 4:59 AM Dear Umbra, My two sons, age 12, shower twice a week, with prompting. I told them most Americans shower daily, and one of them stated flatly, "That's crazy. It's wasteful." Now, I am all for saving water, but I told them it depends on the situation. What is your opinion -- should I respect their earth-loving impulses or, as they begin their teenage years, teach them to pay more attention to personal hygiene? Kathy no city provided ------------------------ A. Dearest Kathy, Well, I'll be. I've heard of ...

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Techo-Leapfrogging At Its Best: 2,000 Indian Villages Skip Fossil Fuels, Get First Electricity From Solar

photo: Nomad Tales via flickr If you ever need a great example of technological leapfrogging in practice, here it is: In the Indian state of Orissa, the state government has decided to electrify approximately an additional 2,000 villages by March 2012. But rather than hook them up to coal-fired power plants, it will be using decentralized solar power. Biomass, wind power and a variety of small-scale hydropower projects are also in the mix. Express Buzz reports that currently there are 395 villages powered through solar, with an additional 205 to be ...

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5 Ways To Reduce Your Energy Consumption

EASY ENERGY-SAVING HABITS (Free!) Don't forget the basics. This simple stuff will save energy -- and money -- right now. 1. Unplug Unplug seldom-used appliances, like an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that contains just a few items. You may save around $10 every month on your utility bill. Unplug your chargers when you're not charging. Every house is full of little plastic power supplies to charge cell phones, PDA's, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets. Keep them unplugged until you need them. Use power strips to switch ...

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Family of Four Grows Their Food in a Swimming Pool

After a family of four bought a house with a unused swimming they decided to turn it into a garden, pond, AND chicken coop. Check out their amazing video:

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