It’s nice to know that on trendy Sheinkin Street in Tel Aviv, where many new clothing stores last only a few months, the Shtaim second-hand clothing store – a store with both an environmental and social conscience – has been able to thrive since 2001. Located at 38 Sheinkin the store was opened by two […]
We’ve seen how environmentalism can be applied to studies of literature, but what about Torah learning? While our Eco-Rabbi is one example that it’s possible to view Torah from an environmental perspective, there are other paths to environmental Torah learning blossoming all around us.
“Embrace the fabulousness of green living” Green Chic – Saving The Earth in Style by Christie Matheson Don’t believe it is possible to remain stylish while going green and living a simpler, more planet-friendly lifestyle? Then this book is for you – writer Christie Matheson has aimed her new book precisely at this target […]
Well we have looked at the cloth nappy issue: now for the ultimate in eco-friendly baby practices – let’s go nappy free. No rubbish and no washing! You can’t get greener than that. So how does it work? Well it’s as simple as it sounds, your baby is nappy free. Elimination Communication (EC) is the […]
All the life of a sloth. Karin talks about all she knows on the Slow Food Movement. Have you ever had the pleasure of watching the life of a lazy sloth? In Costa Rica on the Pacific shore near a busy surfing village, I rented a room in a small hotel for a week. There […]
In previous stories we covered baby food and nursery furniture. Next on the list are those beautifully packaged and very enticing creams, soaps, lotions and wipes, which us as new moms are bombarded with and sometimes feel that our children will not survive without. Baby toiletries are one of our biggest pet hates, they are a waste […]
Food is never something lacking at Jewish celebrations, but, like most things in life, their environmental footprint keeps expanding, whether the factory-farmed chicken that ends up in the soup pan, or the throwaway plastic cutlery destined to spend the next few centuries in a landfill site. Our friends at Jewish eco-NGO, Hazon, have devised a […]
Rothschild Boulevard has always been lined with trees, but anyone walking on Rothschild Boulevard between Bezalel Yafe Street and Yavne Street during the past couple of weeks may have noticed a special influx of greenery. Lined in the center of the boulevard, this collection of trees is a special site-specific installation by Israeli environmental sculptor, […]
You read about it here first on Green Prophet. Now watch the vid. Tel Aviv’s Naomi from Abu Yoyo has found an ingenious way to recycle city banner adverts. She makes bags, wallets and book covers and sells them back to media companies. Ingenious, no?
Next time you find yourself wandering through the Wilderness of Zin, Trekking in Timna or lost in Lahav Forest, spare a thought for young Christopher Johnson McCandless, whose dreams of tramping to Alaska foundered in 2003 when he died trapped in an abandoned bus on his way there. He was trapped in the sense that […]
By controlling the shape in which trees grow, the Israeli company Plantware creates products that are made of living trees. Their vision is to turn living trees and maybe the whole world “into a new building material, making effective contributions to the ecosystem,” they say. We are thinking giant treehouses for everyone! Plantware aims to […]
This weekend the Young Israeli Art Fair, aka Fresh Paint, comes to Tel Aviv with an extra splash of green. The showcase for up-coming, independent artists has a special installation curated by environmental NGO, EcoOcean. The Green Project will showcase environmental art that, the organisers say, “identifies art as an integral part of our environment, […]
Here is a great book for all gardeners and garden lovers who want to go that wee bit further and work with the earth and plants in a truly green way. Joe Lamp’l has filled his new book, ‘The Green Gardener’s Guide’ with tips and actions that every gardener or green-conscious citizen can take immediately […]
Israeli clothing company Bagir outfits about 1 in 6 UK men. A fraction of those men are set to become more chic with Bagir’s Eco-Gir, a suit made from 100% recycled materials, 30 PET plastic bottles. The company is also set to become the first in the world to label its products with a carbon […]
“I can’t wear that! It’s SOO last season.” Instead of trying to eternally keeping up with the Hiltons why not create you own fashion? Well, now you can! Project Dlaat (Project Pumpkin) is an environmental-social project. Its purpose is to promote recycling by providing second-hand clothing and channels the proceeds to different social purposes.
We here at Green Prophet are all about writing about the environment, and so we were very excited when an ‘environmental writing residency’ opportunity cropped up and landed on the desk today, and eager to share this with our readers. An organisation based in Minnesota, USA is giving writers and artists the chance to stay […]
Cardboard solutions upcycle wasted materials into portable cradle. So being an ecomum, buying new furniture for my daughter is not really my style, but when something like an EcoCradle comes along I am seriously tempted and definitely recommend this as the eco-guilt-free solution for parents or grandparents who would like to buy new furniture. To […]
They’re up, then they’re down. Up, then down. The story with the billboards along the Tel Aviv Ayalon Highway is a bit of a yo yo. Activists fight to have them taken down for polluting our collective consciousness and then advertisers win the battle and the billboards are up again. That’s why we excited to […]
Every morning I feel oneness with nature and my creator when I go to my green city garden just outside my front door in Tel Aviv. There I watch my passion fruit vine grow with tenacity; every morning I check its small tendrils racing to catch the sun while it reaches out to clasp any […]
For some reason my mother always hated hanging plants. And clutter. And collecting things. And although I admire her from here to the moon and back – and learned a great deal from her as well, especially in the taste department – it took one Israeli design student to question her authority. Well, not really […]
Eco-Mom Sophie started the debate on cloth diapers (or nappies as she calls them – it must be a UK thing). She continues her argument for why parents should switch over to cloth. Stinky khaki buckets aside, her arguments are in favor of making this earth a little bit greener. “The Cloth Nappy Reigns” It […]
It once happened that a farmer was removing stones from his field and putting them onto a public thoroughfare. There was a certain pious person who challenged the farmer: “Why are you taking stones from what is not yours and putting them onto what belongs to you?” The farmer just laughed.
One of my fondest memories of my childhood is going out to explore the new world the day after a big snow. I can still remember vividly how the snow would hang off the trees, the pristine white fields so bright that they blind you if you look at them directly. I always felt […]
Jerusalem art students tried their luck recently at weaning Israelis off their addiction to plastic bags at the city’s Machane Yehuda market.Green Prophet recently reported on ‘Plastic for Free’ phenomenon of nylon-binging in Israeli shops, so it’s welcome news that their new shopping bags are not only eco-friendly (made from cloth instead of plastic), they’re […]
Our readers have also been asking about organic gardening during the shmita (or Sabbatical) year in the land of Israel. Are there any loopholes around the halacha? What does shmitta mean? We love the idea of shmitta. The biblically ordained one year out of seven when the land is left to lie fallow (this applies […]