There’s lots of environmental news out there. In a new feature on ecochick, I’m going to be bringing you some of my favourites of the week to let you know what else is going on in the world of green living.

Green Daily has posted a useful guide to Green Spotting: A Field Guide to Environmental Types. “…In the 21st century, green has gone mainstream. The weather is getting weirder, the kids are pissed about inheriting a steaming ball of toxic sludge from their parents, and the ex-hippies are retiring from corporate life and rediscovering their treehugging roots. Yep, nowadays, there are all kinds of ways of being eco-friendly without ever strapping on a pair of sandals. Below, a few of the more common species of modern greenie. Read more…

The Budget Ecoist knows that even when we think we’re not using lots of paper, we are. Receipts! Receipts for purchases, for bills, for taxes.. ai yi yi. But they come to our rescue with a guide on how to Organize your receipts greenily. “You can recycle your receipts along with the mixed paper recyclers either at home or the office. But what about my taxes? My files? My obsessive little piles I keep in the corner to comfort myself that “I purchase, therefore I AM!!!!” OK, well, let’s talk about bookkeeping, taxes and the like. The obsessive little piles…well, just stay strong. Read more after the link.

Inhabitat and several other websites had the news about Apple filing a solar patent. This is exceptionally cool news: Apple just filed a patent to infuse their hand-helds and computers with a thin film of solar cells, paving the way for a new generation of gadgets with battery life boosted by the sun. The patent approaches the prospect from every angle, with schematics to stack photovoltaic cells beneath the entire surface of their portables – including the screen! Not only is this ecofriendly, it would also be an excellent way to extend the sometimes unsatisfying standby battery life on Apple gadgets.

Sustainablog has your back in the event of unemployment, food shortage or just plain adventurousness, with this handy Field guide to dumpster diving. For as long as our unsustainable society insists on wasting edible food, there will be people, mindful of this tragedy, to remediate it. They are known as “dumpster divers.” Dumpster diving is a sustainable act — again, as long as our society insists on being too wasteful for sustainability. The food is there, and it is headed for a landfill. What is the logical thing to do?. Read more!

Alexis Madrigal, Science and Green Tech writer at Wired Magazine, did a very cool presentation at the 2008 Webvisions Conference. His slides on How the Internet is redefining environmentalism are posted, talking about environmental challenges and how the internet is changing the ways in which we can change the world.

And finally, the gang at EcoGeek were delighted to discover that close to nine in 10 women (88 percent) say they’d rather chat up someone with the latest fuel-efficient car versus the latest sports car. Read more in Apparently Eco-Geeks get all the girls!

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