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by Maria Popova Frédéric Back’s beautiful short film about harmony and the tragic entitlement of our species. French-born artist and activist-filmmaker Frédéric Back got his professional start in Canada in the 1950s, where he was asked to draw still images promoting moving pictures at Radio-Canada’s graphics department. In 1967, his giant stained glass mural entitled L’histoire de la musique à Montréal (“history of music in Montreal”) became the first work of art to be commissioned for the Montreal metro system. All Nothing: Poetic 1978 Animated Allegory about Mankind's Greed All Nothing: Poetic 1978 Animated Allegory about Mankind's Greed
Destigmatize Regifting Destigmatize Regifting by Maria Popova How to give and receive with honesty, love, and no guilt. The season of giving is upon us — a time to receive a lot of stuff we don’t really need from people we care about, give them stuff they don’t really need in return, and do it all graciously, dancing a dance of feigned stuff-needing. But what if we could pass that stuff we don’t really want or need along to someone who might?
Washing your hair every day is not necessary. In fact, by stripping it of its natural oils, you are doing more harm than good. Because hair needs moisture, your locks compensate when washed too frequently by producing an excess of oil, or sebum. The Good Human | Sustainability, Environment, Progressive Politics, Peak Oil, Being Green The Good Human | Sustainability, Environment, Progressive Politics, Peak Oil, Being Green
This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die | Design for Good

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die | Design for Good

You don't find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer. I, personally, would much rather leave behind a tree than a tombstone.
PLANT A NOTION "Going green" doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a difference. The contents of this list might not be new, but they bear repeating.

50 Ways to Help the Planet

50 Ways to Help the Planet