Photo by permission of The Bird and The Sea
The Bird and the Sea is a new website created by Stefan Hartwig, a partner in Electric Pulp, an interactive design firm, containing an eclectic collection of green news and information by different green websites regarding the environment, sustainability, and leaving a lighter footstep.
What makes this site different than all of the other news portals out there? Think of a big feed reader on one page with thirty green websites lined up in easy to read columns displaying titles of their three latest posts. The backdrop to these posts is a blue idyllic, tranquil background. Easy to read on the eyes and convenient one stop source for green information.
So, how was this website concept conceived? Like many of us, Stefan wanted to give back in some way to make a difference. Drawing on both his wife’s and his love for photography, they decided to create a site to provide free photography and design services to environmental not-for-profit companies in need. However, when he realized the time constraint from his design firm, he had to rethink how he could contribute to make a difference in people’s lives.
Like Stefan, everyone wishes they had more time on their hands. With this thought in mind, and using his design talents, he created a one stop portal of a mix of different quality green content so people read what they want, and thus, could spend less time flipping from one site to another.
How did Stefan decide on the original green group? “Many of the sites are ones that I follow myself, but others were gathered based on a combination of topical searches and blogrolls. The criteria for inclusion were quality of content, posting frequency and whether or not the site has some semblance of a polished design,” he explained. The website lists posts from Treehugger, No Impact Man, Worldchanging, and Lighter Footstep just to name a few.
Future plans for the website is to expand the list of green content. The site has a “feedback” option and Stefan encourages users to submit green sites that they think should be considered for inclusion. Once there is enough content, he is considering categorizing the content so people can easily go the section that most interests them.
Give this website a visit. Think how nice it will be to have only one place to visit for all of your green content needs?