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6. Vegans save tons of water, literally.

Water fit for drinking is not a luxury – it is a necessity, and much of it is wasted through meat production. It takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Consider, too, that 60 percent of American waterways were polluted, and the major reason is animal agriculture. As vegan activist and actress Alicia Silverstone said in her book, The Kind Life, “One 16-ounce steak uses the amount of water you need for six months of showers! Holy cow!”

7. Factory farming is cruel.

Animal activist Bruce Freidrich summed up the realities of our farming situation perfectly: “The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems.

Saving the World One Bite at a Time

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein.

Looking to make a positive change in your diet? Go vegetarian, or better yet, vegan. It’s one of the most powerful ways to improve your life, health and wellbeing of other people, animals and the planet.

In the spirit of National Vegetarian Month, here is Part I of 10 reasons why going green (the veggie kind) is good for you:

  1. To Lengthen Your Life

An apple a day keeps the doctor away while following a plant based diet can lower your risk of certain cancers, heart disease and obesity. A comprehensive China Health Project study found that people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risks of cancer, heart attack and other chronic degenerative diseases. And, a British study that tracked 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 meat eaters for 12 years found that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases. So much for the old-fashioned notion that we need meat to be healthy. Fact is, the opposite is true.

  1. A Healthier Heart
The Green Cheapskate's Guide to Buying Used Bikes

Fall in New York provides the perfect temperature for biking through the city, across bridges and to your favorite neighborhood resto. Autumn also offers the perfect time of year to purchase a bicycle. If you're looking for a brand-new two-wheeled ride, most bike shops often discount their inventory to make room for new year models.

And, with many-a avid bike riders upgrading their wheels, cheapskates can find real deals on used bikes at thrift stores to boot. We're talking bikes for $25-$50 a pop that might've cost between $250-$500 at original retail cost. Of course many of them are vintage bikes from the 1970’s and 80’s, the likes of which you can’t buy today at any price. One major plus next to their modest priced satisfaction and green appeal is their typically ultra stylish too.

The Super Hot T-Rex

It’s Spring! The sun is finally out for more than a few hours at a time, trees, however few in the city, are bursting back to life, and the streets are full of spring dresses and pasty shoulders, finally seeing some action after months of hibernation. Just when we finally thought we could stop huddling around our radiators hoping for some warmth, the most awesome heating device in the world was created. We know your eyes are still adjusting to the light, but feast your eyes on the coolest radiator ever the be invented: The Super Hot T-Rex.

This conceptual radiator was designed and created by Art Lebedev Studio. Founded by Artemy Lebedev, this Russian studio is known for its offbeat and quirky designs and is dedicated to industrial and graphic design. The studio has already created some strange and really cool household items, but this T-Rex skeleton might just take the cake. The Thermosaurus is made of cast iron and is installed like a normal central-heating radiator. It’s even energy-savvy due to the distribution the cast iron skeleton creates.

Ryo Shimura's Environmental Awareness in Art

Believe it or not, our interests as children have shaped our careers, politics, and the passion we feel for certain causes. Just a quick look at our childhood heroes, favorite books, TV shows, video games, and other activities can say a lot about the person we grew up to be. Ryo Shimura found inspiration at a young age and a growing interest in the environment thanks to a single statue of a hippo he loved as a child. As a child the bronze statue of a hippo in a local park fascinated him, and as he grew, he learned about the great decline in hippo population. He also learned the unfortunate fact that much of it was due to poaching.

Taiwan’s Floating Garden

Design competitions are all about finding the most innovative, beautiful, and sometimes most environmentally friendly concepts to shape the way we look at structures. Design affects entire cities, states, and countries for years to come. Phases like the Art Deco movement survive years after its creation because of its beauty and historical significance. The Taiwan Tower Internation Competition painstakingly went through hundreds of entries recently and chose a design by Tokyo-based architect Sou Fujimoto entitled The Oasis to build at the Taichung Gateway Park.

The Electric DeLorean

It seems like it’s been a big week for Back to the Future fans. Not only are we one step closer to the hoverboard, but the DeLorean is on its way back with a few upgrades. The rare and coveted car is one that’s been sought since its limited production and untimely death. Car lovers and movie lovers value the DeLorean and its winged doors as an icon.

The DeLorean Motor Company in Humble, Texas is stepping up its game, after a long and rocky history. Their goal is to take the DeLorean even further into the future than its movie counterpart. In Back to the Future’s future, the DeLorean runs on garbage and waste to be energy efficient. The DeLorean’s revamp in reality runs entirely on electricity. It’s a project that’s been a long time coming, inspired by the Tesla. The retro car aims to be an entire revamp--decked out with the latest in electric car technology. While the outside is the spitting image of the original, the inside is a purely modern piece of technology.

The Glass Greenhouse Lamp

It’s hard to make gardening a hobby in a big city. Tiny window sills are one of the only place a plant can get sun in an apartment, and that’s only if your apartment building allows it. Forget flowers, it’s nearly impossible to even nurture a few spices or a Chia pet. For the eco-savvy, those trying to save a few dollars, or those who love cool decoration, a solution has cropped up. “Glasshouse", created by designer Kristýna Pojerová, is a tiny green house for those without the space for one.

The pretty little orb also happens to double as a pendant lamp. The orb goes over a lightbulb, using its heat to create the humidity and light needed to support plant life. The opening in the center allows people to reach in to water and tend to herbs. It ventilates so that the plants air well and also allows for the light to pour through. The miniature green house makes use of heat waste from the lightbulb as well.

The Latest Craze: Zombie Caterpillars

According to a new study by Science, caterpillars are turning into zombies, otherwise referred to as "gypsy moths." (Though zombie sounds way cooler.) Apparently a virus takes over their minds and causes them to climb to treetops (before they're naturally ready) where their bodies turn into liquid goo and drip in a horror film-like manner to the ground below. That's right everyone, it's not raining men --it's raining zombie caterpillars. As explained in the abstract: