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Education's Impact on the Environment: And, how you can help.

We found this school with a sailboat painted on it, and thought How Cool! It also got us thinking about Education and the Environment. What’s the connection? Well let’s just say “Education” has an immense impact on how quickly the world can transition to a point of sustainability. There are of course many different types of education we people can get. Schools like the one in this photo should undoubtedly form the foundation of any modern education-- this is where we #learn about formal concepts and knowledge that explain how the world actually works. Your science, your government, your economics, etc. Sadly, in much of the world primary school curriculums are being manipulated to, say, deny Climate Change. This isn’t...

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New Realities: What we learned from Montreal in winter

This past holiday season Albatross traveled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for one of our annual design pilgrimages. We chose Montreal because it typically embodies a strong winter environment that is a heck of a lot colder than coastal California. Winter is a time where there are a great deal of small actions that have magnified impacts on sustainability. For example, we’ve all heard the old: You can save 10% on your heating bill by lowering your heat 1 degree C. It’s actually true. There are many more tricks like this. Montrealers likely know many of these out of necessity (e.g., put film over your windows to stop a draft). There are many other cultural, governmental, and foundational forces present that...

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[Zero] Waste Wednesday (our 6 day Anti-Black Friday Holiday)

[Zero] Waste Wednesday:  The anti-Black Friday? Black Friday has many shortcomings, not least its effect on the environment.  It is the biggest shopping day of the year, the day when the most “stuff” is sold.  Much of that “stuff” is actually superfluous, and quite quickly becomes waste.  For example, the average kid’s toy gets used for only 2 weeks before it becomes waste.  Add to this the fact that Black Friday often exposes us to the worst parts of our Hyper-consumerist economy (YouTube it for examples). Well, we’re saying this doesn’t have to be the case!  Look, we get gifts as much as anyone, and yes, we like showing others we are thinking of them at the holidays too.  But… What if...

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How Safe Are Safety Razors?

Compared to multi-blade cartridge razors that you pull across your skin, safety razors need to glide.  The good news is that this means significantly less skin irritation [and better hair cutting]. But it also means you should be placing a high priority on lubrication before shaving.

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Our idea of the Trim Tab Condition

“Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Elizabeth — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of...

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