It may be sacrilege to say so, but there’s more to protecting the environment than stopping global warming, especially where women are concerned. I admit this acknowledging that climate change is probably the pre-eminent environmental issue of our time. Melting ice caps, catastrophic hurricanes and droughts, rising sea level, and changing weather patterns are altering […]
When do you use up products you already have, and when do you either try to return them or just opt to throw them away? I got that question today. Here it is in full, along with my answer: "I would like your opinion. Before I heard you on Martha Stewart on Sirius, I was […]
One of the biggest obstacles green consumers — or green "wanna-bees" — face is knowing what’s really "green" and what’s just being hyped, or greenwashed, so businesses can make a buck. A recent poll shows just how confused consumers are. Called Eco Pulse, the national study, which was reported in Brand Week, asked shoppers open-ended […]
As I flew over the Peruvian rainforest, I kept a lookout for flames. I’d heard that, despite international outrage over the loss of millions of acres of trees, the Amazon basin was still going up in smoke. Now I’d come to see for myself, and it didn’t take long. Out the window of the small […]
If you have a car, stop whatever you’re doing and go check the air pressure of your vehicle’s tires. Apart from keeping your car in park, pumping up your tires to their proper "PSI" – pounds per square inch – is the fastest, cheapest way to reduce the amount of gasoline you use. Tires have […]
In the true spirit of the "web," moms who blog about green issues are joining together to launch a blog carnival to share information and resources related to protecting their kids as well as the planet. The brainchild of Lynn Miller, who blogs at OrganicMania, "Green Moms Carnival" will feature submissions around rotating themes related […]
Thinking about buying some handy ‘germ fighting’ dish soap or bathroom cleanser? Think again. In all likelihood, those cleaners contain triclosan, a toxic pesticide that’s marketed as an "antibacterial agent" but is powerful enough to threaten children’s health and pollute mothers’ breast milk. According to a study by researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group […]
Consumer demand for seafood has been depleting fish and shrimp populations for decades. The Marine Stewardship Council has helped protect marine animal populations by creating standards retailers and consumers can follow to choose wild-caught fish from better-managed fisheries. Wal-Mart and Whole Foods are among the retailers that sell MSC-Certified seafood. "Farming" fish and shrimp […]
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