My Green World’s Blog


Bikes in Rio
May 31, 2012, 12:01 PM
Filed under: Awareness, bike, Cycling, Green, Lifestyle, Slow Life, Urban Mobility

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Bicycle use as means of transport has grown 300% in greater Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is currently estimated that 200.000 people use bikes as daily commute only in the Wonderful City. The recent bike sharing system started succesful, with 500,000 trips made only in April. Also, Rio has the largest cycling network in Brazil, with 270 km of bike lanes. Looks like brazilian are tired of traffic too, hope to see this trend growing massive around here \o/

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Via: Ciclo Vivo.



Victory Gardens Vancouver

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Thinking of starting your own urban farm? Well, those guys (ladies, actually) can help you out – Victory Gardens is a team of urban farmers for hire who can create your residential or commercial space for food production. Aiming to unify people within their communities for a common goal, Lisa, Sam and Sandra are challenging the way our city uses space through urban farming. If you live in Vancouver, you may join their upcoming workshops:

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Container Garden Workshop will teach how to grow tomatoes on June 9th, from 9:30 – 11:00am. Each participant will walk away with a handmade cedar box planted with tomato and basil.

Via: Booooooom and Victory Gardens.



The Veto
May 24, 2012, 5:35 PM
Filed under: Awareness, Green, Nature, Take Action

Many environmentalists around the world are going crazy about brazilian’s new forest code and so should you. Bellow, you can see why Dilma (president of Brasil) must veto this devastating code.

Via Ponto Eletrônico



Are we eating too much?
May 24, 2012, 1:22 PM
Filed under: Awareness, Food, Lifestyle, Slow Life, Take Action | Tags: ,

According to CDC, we are. And we have to edit our diets immediately. Today’s average restaurant portion is 4 times larger than it was in the 1950′s – a 26 lbs (11kg) increase in average weight of the population is surely correlated.

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Considering that, Edited Life sugests some pretty easy tips to keep “the less, the better” like order the smallest portions available, share with your friends, stop eating before you’re stuffed, cut out junkie fast food, etc. We highlighted the Small Plate Movement – try to eat in smaller plates everyday and you’ll get used to eat less and healthier. You can read all tips here.



La Machine du Voisin
May 23, 2012, 8:38 PM
Filed under: Awareness, Lifestyle, New Ideas | Tags: ,

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La Machine du Voisin is a new site in France that aims to connect people who own washing machines with those who need to use them. Since obviously not everyone have a washing machine at home, this platform is now available to simplify the process of laundry. Subscribers offering their machines must add information (what kind of machine, weight capacity, usage fee, etc) meanwhile those in need of one, must enter their city and the site indicates all those listed within 500 meters of their location along with profiles and reviews of their owners.

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Aparently, those Seinfeld-days-are-over: laundries can’t ruin your shirts anymore 😉

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From Springwise.



Wonderwater Cafe Kiasma From 22 May
May 19, 2012, 12:54 PM
Filed under: Awareness, Slow Life, Take Action, Vegetarian

According to We Are Helsinki, clean water is “something that most Finns take for granted”, since many other countries, specially the poor ones, do not have that ‘luxury’. The idea of a carbon footprint is already a familiar concept to many of us, but only a few have heard of a water footprint which indicates the amount of water used to produce food.

Considering that, Helsinki will be hosting the next Wonderwater Café: a pop-up event exploring the relationship between food and water consumption designed to raise awareness of the water footprint, aiming to make us think about the impact of what we eat on local and global water use. The first Wonderwater Café took place in Beijing Design Week 2011. The next Wonderwater Café, Wonderwater Café Kiasma, opens 22 May at Café Kiasma in the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Arts and runs until 16 September and  people can check the water footprint of each dish marked on the menu in liters.

In 2012, more Wonderwater Cafés are planned for London (15 – 23 September during London Design Festival) and Shanghai.

Photo and text from: Wonderwater, Dezeen, and We Are Helsinki.



Young Americans turn away from driving
May 19, 2012, 12:23 PM
Filed under: Awareness, bike, Cycling, Slow Life, Take Action, Urban Mobility

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Alternative modes of transportation has experienced rapid growth among young people in U.S. in the last 8 years, according to a recent research of Frontier Group. Between 2001 and 2010, bicycle use incresed 24%, 40% for buses and 16% chose walking over any other ways of transportation. According to the National Household Travel Survey, from 2001 to 2009, the annual number of vehicle-miles traveled by young people (16 to 34-year-olds) decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles per capita – a drop of 23 percent.

Young’s transportation priorities are very different from older generations: they prefer to live in walkable neighbourhoods with easy access to their routine activities. reflecting the environmental concerns of this younger generation.

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Photos: Bike New York 

From: Ciclo Vivo.