Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

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.

Only Reconditioned, Pre-owned Items for Sale at This Swedish Shopping Center

Sweden is a pioneer in sustainability; the country boasts a national devotion to recycling, a burgeoning vintage clothing industry, and a widespread affinity for eco-friendly foods. In 2015, the Country Sustainability Ranking study named Sweden “The Most Sustainable Country In The World.” The government of Sweden has committed to reducing green house gas by financing new solar, wind energy, smart grids (an electrical grid using a computerized, two-way communication network), and clean transportation projects with increased carbon taxes on petroleum and diesel fuel as well sales of coal mines and closures of airports and nuclear plants. They use hydropower and biofuels (derived from...

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Truck Tires Recycled into Most Gorgeous Shoes and Purses Ever

Twenty-three-year-old Mabel Stuglo launched the sustainable and humanitarian EcoShoe Project in Ghana in 2013, performing environmental and socio-economic feats by collecting disposed-of car tires, fabric remnants, and other found materials and transforming them into wearable works of art. The business employs disabled artisans who other companies won’t hire, trains them, and sets them on the path to financially independence. Mabel was inspired to build a business utilizing disabled employees after noticing that disabled people were treated unfairly and considered  a burden to their families. Tragically, they are often perceived as having nothing to contribute to society. But in reality, they can blossom...

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Rescue Dogs Make the Best “Ball Boys” at Tennis Games

The marvelous canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog) can be found infiltrating a variety of settings these days: hospitals, schools, nursing homes, airports, pet-friendly offices, pet supply stores, etc. Now canines are retrieving out of bounds balls at tennis tournaments. The Brazil Tennis Open tournament employed shelter dogs as “ball boys” last year, and again this year. The pooches were street dogs rescued from Sao Paulo. The pups love the opportunity to fetch tennis balls, and fans enjoy watching them sprint out onto the court to do their jobs. The dogs were coached for several months so they understood and accepted that...

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Rotating Homes Are Taking Solar Power To The Next Level

Solar power’s sustainability is a gift from nature. It’s clean, and harnesses energy at no cost once the panels are installed. How can solar power be improved? By equipping houses to rotate and follow the sun, thus collecting energy all day long. A Portuguese company called Casas em Movimento (Houses in Motion) has designed rotating solar-powered houses that follow the sun. The rotation concept was inspired by the way sunflowers move with the sun from east to west during daylight, and back to the east overnight. Manuel Vieira Lopes is the founder of Casas em Movimento; his ultimate vision is of...

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Are There Gruesome Ingredients In Your Pet’s Food?

Americans have become increasingly health conscious, scrutinizing food labels for sugar grams, salt content, artificial coloring, additives, preservatives, and other non-nutritious ingredients. But most have no clue that ingredients in their pooch’s food aren’t just unhealthy — they are utterly revolting! Rendering unusable animal parts is defined as cooking raw animal material to remove the moisture and fat. Rendering companies collect fat and bone trimmings, blood, and dead animals from slaughterhouses and farms. They gather meat scraps from ranches, feedlots, restaurants, food stores, butchers, packinghouses, and even euthanized animals — all piled up in their trucks. The by-products include organ fats, offal (intestines...

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