Are Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Opportunities Right For You?

If you want to take part in protecting endangered species from becoming extinct, then participating in wildlife conservation might be just the thing for you. Volunteering for such projects means you get to lend a helping hand to endangered species under threat of human activities or influences. You can care for domestic and exotic wildlife while you save species from extinction due to things like loss of habitat.  These conservation projects usually happen at dedicated rescue centers where you help care for abandoned or injured animals. Activities you might participate in include things lik...

Concealing Water Tanks: Hiding An Outdoor Eyesore While Collecting Rainwater

Water tanks concealed with awesome paintings
Having a water tank on your property can be a huge boon to your water independence. It can be a source of water in emergencies, or just a way to cut down on your water bill through rainwater harvesting. For those conscious of the appearance of their lawn, one of the major concerns is concealing their water tank. With a bit of creative spirit, this can be a fun project. Storing water can prove something of a task. To really get a significant capacity, you'll need a fair amount of space to install a water tank. They usually go outdoors, where some find them less than pleasant to look at. But ...

Startup Company Transforms Medical Waste Into Water Filters For Those Who Need Them Most

NUFiltration Water Filter Being Used in Ecuador Disaster Relief
In a world of staggering economic inequality, the phrase "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has never rung more true. With a bit of forward planning and the right materials, all sorts of objects that appear to have reached the end of their useful life and are headed for the landfill can be re-purposed and transformed into something else. That's exactly what a new Israeli startup company called NUFiltration is doing. With a bit of entrepreneurial spirit and some water filtration know-how, NUFiltration is upcycling medical waste that was previously regarded not only as worthless but ...

How Much Water Does It Take To Make Our Food? Water Consumption Infographic

How Much Water Does It Take To Make Our Food Infographic
Have you ever wondered just how much water goes into the food stuffs we eat everyday? In addition to the water you consume directly from drinking it throughout the day, all of the food you eat contains a considerable amount of water. Not only that, the process of growing your food -- no matter what it is -- takes massive amounts of water. This is something we explored here at Hydration Anywhere before in our in-depth feature Where Does All The Water Go? Analyzing World Water Usage For Clever Ways To Save. In that article, we talked about how reducing food waste is one of the major ways an...

Could These Tiny Plastic-Eating Caterpillars Hold The Answer To Our Trash Problem?

Plodia interpunctella Caterpillars Eating Polyethylene Film
Plastics are incredible. They are one of the most fascinating and useful inventions of the modern world. The keys I am pressing right now to type these words are made of plastic, the pen I used to take the notes for this piece was made mostly of plastic, heck, you may even be holding a piece of plastic in your hand right now in order to read this article. We just can't get enough of it. According to the New York Times, as much as 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year, with less than 10% of it being properly recycled. This creates a problem on a truly staggering scal...

Where Does All The Water Go? Analyzing World Water Use For Clever Ways To Save

Where Does All The Water Go? Cartoon Earth Graphic
Trying to wrap your head around figures for world water use is a truly mind-boggling exercise. The scale is simply too vast to relate to our everyday lives. You rapidly encounter astronomical figures like million gallons per day which are just the kinds of basic mathematical tools we need to begin understanding the sheer amount of water used globally. According to statistics from the USGS, the United States alone used a massive 355,000 million gallons per day in 2010, with this accounting for only a fraction of total water usage worldwide. So where is it all going? What is it doing? Some us...

The Many Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

Is it safe to drink rainwater?
Despite the fact that rainwater remains one of the world's primary sources of drinking water, for many people living in modernized areas the idea of rainwater harvesting has become somewhat divorced from everyday life. From the earliest parts of humanities history with settlements, rainwater collection has been a vital and essential tool. Today this remains as true as it did for our ancestors: the range of benefits to rainwater collection can be great. Yet despite that, rainwater harvesting has fallen so far from our everyday lives that many believe it to be illegal. This is (mostly) untrue - ...

Could Plasma Activated Water Be An Eco-Friendly Solution To Chemical Pesticides and Disinfectants?

Plasma Activated Water Article
If you were to compile a list of all the ways in which we use water, you would probably only get a fraction of the way done before you realized that, unequivocally, water is the most useful substance known to man. Let's take for granted (as we usually do) the fact that it is life's most necessary ingredient. Even if it wasn't, we'd still be using water in all kinds of ways. In machinery, manufacturing, and sanitation - just to name a few areas - water is put to innumerable uses. Whether it is cooling down the engine of a car, being converted to steam to drive giant turbines and provide electri...

Illuminating Documentaries On The World Water Crisis You Can’t Afford To Miss

Tapped Bottled Water Documentary Movie Cover
Fresh water is the vital resource without which no life on this planet would be possible - yet the amount of this unequivocally essential element grows more scarce each year. With human activities increasingly polluting fresh water beyond recoverable means through industrial and agricultural pollution, and with corporate and government interests working to privatize and commoditized the most valuable ingredient for life, increasingly water scarcity becomes more and more of a problem across the globe. The impacts of this scarcity and decreasing availability of fresh water are felt most direc...

“The Water-Wise Home” Book Review: A Great Guide To Sustainability

The Water Wise Home How to Conserve Capture and Reuse Water
Water is, without a doubt, our single most precious and useful resource. Proper management and care over our water usage and supply is a vital human skill necessary for sustaining our way of life. Taking a unique and in-depth approach to water conservation, water collection, and hundreds of similar and related topics, the book "The Water-Wise Home: How To Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape" is a truly wonderful and illuminating read. While there are plenty of DIY plans for water conservation methods and tips available for free on the internet, in The Water-Wise H...