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Hiria: A Garbage Dump Turned Recycling Dream

At 70 hectares big, the Hiria garbage dump is pretty hard to miss.It’s literally a mountain of garbage. Located off of the road connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Hiria is a cautionary tale of consumerism, excess waste, and what happens when you don’t reduce, reuse and recycle. An ecological disaster since 1952 when it first became […]

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Green Action is About Environmental AND Social Change

Environmental and social change don’t always go together in green organizations, but the truth is that you can’t really make green changes without effecting society. Alternatively, some socio-economic groups just don’t have the resources to make costly (yet positive) environmental changes. As Jeff recently pointed out in his reaction to Tel Aviv’s farmers market, it […]

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Brigitte Cartier Creates Baladi Recycled Design

Baladi, a word that Israelis adopted from Arabic, means “national” or “of the country”. It is also the name that French-born Israeli designer, Brigitte Cartier, decided to give her design studio. Her Baladi Company for Ecological Progress takes our national garbage and transforms it into beautiful designs that we can all be proud of. After […]

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Urgently Needed: Intelligent Urban Design

Notice anything strange about this scene? Said Leemor Chandally, who sent us these photos, “I was passing by Rabin Square, when I noticed this situation and had to laugh. A bunch of people were waiting for a bus, but nobody was waiting inside the bus stop, which was obviously brand new. Instead, everyone was crouching […]

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Cotton's Organic Clothes Are Soft on the Environment

Last week we wrote about an environmentally conscious window display in Tel Aviv designed by Shulayim Studio, but the store that the window belonged to – Cotton – is news worthy as well. Cotton started making a limited line of clothes in 1992 with the goal of creating pieces that are unique, comfortable, woman-friendly, environmentally-friendly, […]

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Tel Aviv University Announces New “Supercenter” for Renewable Energy

(Prof. Avi Kribus) Center will explore clean energy production through transformational technologies and unique multidisciplinary approach Natural resources everywhere are rapidly being depleted. Traditional energy sources, like oil, have become hostages to a weakening world economy. The future, it seems, may depend on renewable energy ― new technology that bridges scientific disciplines and commercial opportunities. […]

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City Tree: A Green Oasis in the Middle of Tel Aviv

You wouldn’t generally think of Tel Aviv as a green oasis. A nightlife oasis, yes. A beachy oasis, yes. A trendy oasis, yeah, you could call it that too. But when you’re walking on busy Allenby Street or Dizengoff – the natural environment is probably the furthest thing from your urban experience. But tucked away […]

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Slow Food Farmers Market Comes to Tel Aviv

With the Shavuot holiday coming up next week, harvest and cheeses (okay, mostly cheeses) are on everyone’s mind.  Shavuot is related to ancient grain harvest customs in Israel, making it one of the more significant agricultural holidays in Judaism. And agriculture has a big effect on the environment. Non-organic agricultural practices, such as using pesticides […]

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We met Al Gore and his cowboy boots in Tel Aviv

Those of you who watched Al Gore receive the Dan David Prize last night, either on television or online from Tel Aviv, probably missed one very important thing. He was wearing cowboy boots. (We have proof – check out the footware we pictured above). This, of course, officially makes him my new favorite environmental hero. […]

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Tel Aviv’s Environmentally Friendly Food Festival

Nachalat Binyamin Street in Tel Aviv is famous for its weekly market of local, handmade arts and crafts – a market that is very environmentally friendly. But it is also home to some of Tel Aviv’s hippest bars and restaurants. For the sixth time, these restaurants and bars are getting together for the annual Nachalat […]

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Why Doesn't Tel Aviv's Carmel Market Compost (or Recycle)?

Late Friday afternoon at the Carmel Market in the center of Tel Aviv. Shabbat is approaching, and the “shook” is winding down for the weekend. Vendors are hawking the last of their merchandise, heavily discounted, to the few remaining stragglers. Straining to yell over cantorial Oriental music, the vendors ask each other what time Shabbat […]

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Open Green Houses: Eco-Architecture Tours in Tel Aviv

One weekend a year, Tel Aviv’s architectural treasures open their doors and allow the public to learn about and appreciate the urban environment.  In this unique annual event structures such as historical buildings, private homes, designer lofts, unique gardens, and even construction sites are made available in a project called Houses From Within. This year […]

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Reuse It or Lose It: Green Your Baby

In honor of international Earth Day, which is on April 22nd, we’ll be devoting a series of posts this week to Israeli ventures and businesses that make our consumption a little greener by reinventing used materials.  If we don’t reuse our resources we may lose them altogether, so these green heroes definitely deserve our attention […]

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Reuse It Or Lose It: Read It Again, Sam – Used Books

In honor of international Earth Day, which is on April 22nd, we’ll be devoting a series of posts this week to Israeli ventures and businesses that make our consumption a little greener by reinventing used materials.  If we don’t reuse our resources we may lose them altogether, so these green heroes definitely deserve our attention […]