Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

What Do Cruelty-Free Fashion and Grapes Have In Common?

Italy, renowned for haute couture and sumptuous wines, is home of the first company that produces leather from grapes. Vegea manufactures sustainable and cruelty-free leather with remnant parts of grapes after wine is made. Founder Gianpiero Tessitor is an architect and designer who studied vegetal fibers in 2014 to determine which plant-based materials could be processed into eco-friendly products. He concluded that Wineleather could be created using fibers in grape skins and seeds. This wine byproduct will delight eco-conscious clothing designers. Step aside, sommeliers: the fashion industry is appreciating grapes now, too. After grapes are pressed for wine, the remaining skins, pulp, seeds, and stems are called...

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Forced Baby Panda Separation From Mom Is Latest Zoo Cruelty Controversy

Is conservation of endangered species in zoos more about publicity and visitors than species survival? Numerous organizations have studied conditions at zoos and concluded that captive animals do not live happy or healthy lives. PETA, Captive Animals, Global Animal, Animals Australia, Huffington Post, Slate, Vegan Peace, and many other organizations and publications have researched the practices of zoos and concluded that the facilities are inhumane and exploitative. Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would in the wild. Polar bears have one million times less space. Sadly, they suffer when trained to perform tricks. They exhibit stereotypic behavior...

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New Skyscraper Farm Will Feed A Village

Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are suffering from a famine that affects 20 million people. According to eVolo magazine, over 40 percent of people living in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. In the last three decades, absolute poverty has been reduced from 40 percent to 20 percent worldwide. Unfortunately, the green revolution including clean energy, fertilizers, irrigation, and high-yield seeds that doubled grain production between 1960 and 2000 on other continents has failed multiple times in Africa due to limited markets, bad infrastructure, civil wars, and an ineffective government. The eVolo magazine presents and discusses architecture embodying technological advances,...

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These 5 Innovations may be Our Best Weapons Against Deadly Drought

According to UNESCO, 663 million people worldwide do not have access to potable water. Fortunately, scientists across the globe are developing ways to remedy and prevent droughts. The effort is a race against global warming, which increases droughts as water bodies evaporate. Also, extreme weather conditions like flooding threaten our ability to keep the water supply clean. The good news is that scientists have developed some impressive drought-fighting weapons: 1. Pulling Water From Air Scientists at MIT have invented a new “miracle box” that pulls water from low-humidity air. The prototype is a box made of material that looks like fine sand....

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Around the World, Renewable Energy is Taking Over

The way to stop global warming is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to embrace sustainable energy. Thankfully, many countries are converting their energy to solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and other clean energies. As this trend continues we can halt the damage that greenhouse gas emissions are causing. Further, we may be able to reverse global warming with carbon capture methods that converts CO2 into stone or baking soda. An interesting clean energy success story occurred last year in Germany. Customers were briefly paid to use energy because renewable sources produced more energy than the country needed. Countries suffering...

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