Mairi Beautyman

Senior Editor / Berlin, Germany

Mairi Beautyman is senior editor at TreeHugger and heads up the Living category, in addition to tackling feature projects for the site.

With a background in literature, art, design, and architecture, Mairi had sustainability hammered in at a young age during a childhood in rural Western Massachusetts. Her dog ate what was in the organic lunch box -- until she embraced her calling. Now she likes thinking about materials that don't stick around, and believes the best green design is also nice to look at. She tends to wander off...Morocco...Indonesia...Nicaragua...for extended surf trips, but usually calls Berlin home.

Mairi is also a regular contributor to Interior Design magazine, and has written for publications including The Huffington Post, A Hedonist's Guide to Marrakech, Wired, Art News, Architectural Record, Slow Travel Berlin, Time Out Berlin, Azure Magazine, and The Robb Report.

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  • Run Your AC on Snow

    August 23, 8:08 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    Browsing HowStuffWorks, we found some tips on how to put those winter snow storms to good use—and cool your house for free in the summer. We don't know how practical this is but an interesting concept. What do you need? A big insulated container

  • Flat TV=More Nuclear Plants

    August 17, 8:23 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Flat screens are a big green no-no (as we've mentioned before). According to a recent article in The Observer, if half of British homes buy a plasma-screen TV, the country would need two more nuclear power stations to meet the extra energy demand.

  • U.K. Locals Rebel Against Wind Power

    August 16, 9:30 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Renewable Energy

    Great Britain could soon have a new wind farm—its biggest yet—but the clean fuel initiative has sparked a controversial and confusing debate. Lewis Wind Power wants to build the farm on the windy north moors of Lewis, the largest island in th

  • Tasty Veneers By Architectural Systems

    August 16, 9:00 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Interior Design

    Architectural accents you actually want to eat. We have a weakness for these (something to do with that primal stage of teething). Architectural Systems, which bills itself as an architectural materials provider, uses rapidly-renewable organic materials

  • Off Sardinia, Island Film Festival Educates Locals

    July 27, 10:10 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Italy has the largest network of marine protected (Marina Protetta) areas in the world, and last weekend, I had the opportunity to check out some of them first hand. Tagging along with Katherine Schwager, a University of California, Santa Barbara

  • No More Amazon Deforestation for Soya, Says McDonald's

    July 26, 11:00 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    McDonald's has agreed to stop Amazon deforestation for soya farming, a huge move for this fast food giant. Used to feed chicken, soya is one of the main threats to the world's largest rain forest, according to Greenpeace. The decision comes after

  • Venezuela Bans Genetically Engineered Crops

    July 26, 10:30 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Chowing down on genetically engineered food? If you live in the U.S. or Canada, chances are that is a yes. What exactly does it do to you? Now there's the gray area... The most recent country to say no to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is

  • Travel Green with Lonely Planet

    July 20, 9:11 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Travel

    Oh Wanderlust! For those fellow restless, yet environmentally-conscious spirits out there, Lonely Planet has a book for you. Code Green: Experiences of A Lifetime is the publishing company's latest reference book, and it contains 82 trips they say

  • Cheap Solar Power From Recycled Auto Parts

    July 19, 9:30 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Solar Technology

    Can auto parts make solar power more affordable? That's what two teams at MIT think, according to an article in the Technology Review, an MIT campus publication. The two groups are each tackling alternative, cheaper ways to solar-base electricity,

  • Adopt an Olive Tree, Reap the Harvest

    July 19, 9:24 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Lawn & Garden

    Last year I gave an aspiring olive farmer a miniature olive tree as a gift. Since he has yet to purchase his acres of farmland I suspect its life was cut short in his Berlin apartment. Italian grove Nudo has a better way to nurture a passion for olive

  • Loveparade Berlin Cleans up with Bottle Charge

    July 13, 9:00 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    In Berlin this weekend, revelers will be raging at what could be the biggest dance music party in the world. The annual Loveparade Berlin, a massive free event featuring the best established and new talent on the electronic music scene, kicks off

  • New Organic Product Line for Babies

    July 12, 9:19 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Green Food

    Babies smell good. Savvy organic skincare product manufacturer Avalon Organics kept this in mind, when it started developing a new baby line. The result is Baby Avalon, clinically tested, hypo-allergenic, paraben free, and 100 percent vegetarian

  • New Green Mag for "Influential" Readers

    July 12, 9:00 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    On August 31, a green magazine produced by New York-based Cottages and Gardens Publications will hit the newsstands with a 50,000 circulation rate. Verdant will be the nations "first sophisticated consumer magazine dedicated to covering all aspects of

  • German News Site Offers Eco Podcast

    July 6, 10:23 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    In many ways, Germany is ahead of the game when it comes to dedication to environmental issues. Want to keep up-to-date on the country's progress and news? Deutsche Welle and nature conservation organization the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have embarked

  • Green Till the End

    July 5, 10:03 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Germany-based design firm Uono has discovered a way to make a casket both green and...stylish? (for lack of a better word). Environmentally-friendly handmade Cocoon, composed of rapidly-renewable untreated jute and natural resin, sports a "new,

  • Update: Bavaria Bear Shot

    July 4, 10:55 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    The bear on the lam in Bavaria, "Bruno," technically known as JJ1, was shot and killed by three Bavarian hunters last week, after a green light from the region's environmental ministry. Shortly before his death, bikers snapped the photo above.

  • Organic Body Polishing, With Sugar Cane

    June 29, 10:55 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Lawn & Garden

    We have already introduced you to organic product line Alba, but the real stand out is the Sugar Cane Body Polish. Yes, this recyclable tub of scrub sloughs away dull surface cells—but the kicker is its moisturizing elements, in the form of

  • New Book on Best Green Products

    June 28, 1:33 PM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    Looking for something that sifts through the massive amounts of green products out there—and gives you the best of the best? Green Design, recently released by Mark Batty Publisher, is a full-color journey through a carefully chosen selection of green

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