Environment

Bamboo Clothing: Earth’s Favorite Eco-wear

Bamboo Clothing: Earth’s Favorite Eco-wear

Bamboo is known for many decorative features from hardwood floors to feng shui lucky plants. But now these shiny green stalks are taking a new leap into the world of fashion. Comfortable and soft, this new generation of fiber is sustainable and chic. From yoga pants to snarky shawls, these [...]

When You Meet a Moose

When You Meet a Moose

When you first meet a moose, your mind shuffles images through your head. You’d seen elk everywhere in Yellowstone the day before, they were almost like pests, but this beast’s snout was not like an elk’s. The animal was way bigger and taller than a deer, it was – it [...]

8 Knots to Know

8 Knots to Know

Looking to start getting into the sport of climbing? Get started on your knot knowledge with this introductory list of knots and knot instructions: 1. Figure Eight Knot - Maybe one of the most common knots to know is the figure eight knot. This knot is used to attach a climber’s [...]

Interview: Ellis Richard of Park Rangers for Our Lands

Interview: Ellis Richard of Park Rangers for Our Lands

This past Monday, April 29th, a new organization, Park Rangers for Our Lands, came into the public sphere. These are all hard working, Park loving, trail tromping veterans who have a big heart for the lands that they’ve poured their lives into – and they need everyone’s help to keep [...]

10 Reasons to Buy a Wooden Bike Frame

10 Reasons to Buy a Wooden Bike Frame

What better way to celebrate this Arbor Day than to chop down some trees and ride them? One of the newest design ideas sweeping the handmade bike market are wooden frames, and with good reason.  They range from sleek juxtapositions of new technology and old wood design, to glorified bauhaus [...]

From the Laboratory to the Trail: The History of the Nalgene Bottle

From the Laboratory to the Trail: The History of the Nalgene Bottle

A small laboratory equipment company in upstate New York noticed a strange trend sometime in the 1970’s: People were using their polyethylene bottles, originally meant to carry and measure fluids in labs, as water bottles for backpacking. The president of the Nalge Company, the makers of the bottles, went on [...]

6 Ways Tourism is Impacting Antarctica’s Environment

6 Ways Tourism is Impacting Antarctica’s Environment

Antarctica, the vast ice-land, located on the southern pole, is one of the world’s most remote destinations. Antarctica is only home to majestic wildlife, short-term research scientists, and  now some 35,000 annual tourists. Tourists want to see the pristine environment and experience extreme adventure such as skydiving or kayaking. What [...]

The Best Countries for Ecotourism

The Best Countries for Ecotourism

In the 1990′s, ecotourism — the environmentally responsible management of tourist areas located in pristine areas — emerged as a hot new trend. Today, it’s a full-fledged industry — and some countries in particular have excelled

The Bios Urn and Spirit Tree: Dead People Can Be Green Too

The Bios Urn and Spirit Tree: Dead People Can Be Green Too

Let’s face it: preparing for one’s death can be a real hassle. Between planning the estate, delegating power of attorney, and the old ‘whole vs. term’ life insurance debate, it’s nearly impossible to find time for the things that really matter. Like making sure your cremated remains will be able [...]

Shy Tigers and Kung Fu Elephants: An Inside Look at Conservation Biology in Kaziranga National Park

Shy Tigers and Kung Fu Elephants: An Inside Look at Conservation Biology in Kaziranga National Park

Recently, OurAmazingPlanet published a fascinating interview with Firod Ahmez, a full-time tiger-tracker and conservation biologist for Aaranyak, a non-profit organization based in Assam, India. One of his typical work days involves a trip to Kaziranga National Park. This protected area is home to the world’s highest concentration of wild tigers, and other park [...]