There’s a lot of talk about greening your closet these days. With cotton production accounting for 10% of the world’s insecticide use and 25% of its pesticides, choosing alternative fabric options like organic cotton, hemp or bamboo can send a powerful message to the conventional cotton industry. But as Rachel Sarnoff, CEO and Founder, EcoStiletto.com, […]
The subway billboards are stark, stunning and attention grabbing. Against a black backdrop, bright yellow letters shout: "Burning coal is the dirtiest way we produce electricity." "There are no homes in America powered by clean coal." "CO2 emissions from coal-based electricity are greater than emissions from all the cars and trucks in America." The video version […]
Explosives and giant machines are destroying Appalachian peaks to obtain coal. In a tiny West Virginia town, residents and the industry fight over a mountain's fate. Read all about it in this excellent article in Smithsonian magazine.
If you're one of those people who want to "go green" but think they can't afford it, meet Sue H. of Dewitt, Virginia. This "One in a Million" grandmother of two has found that shifting her spending to products and services that offer the greatest environmental benefit actually saves her money – especially when it comes to […]
I love the fizzing freshness of seltzer. But I hate buying water, especially if it’s in a plastic bottle but even if it’s bottled in glass. Hence my delight at using the Soda Stream, a counter-top sized carbonator made by Soda-Club whose handy CO2 cartridge infuses my water with all the fizziness I want – but […]
Whether you're wrapping up your holiday shopping or browsing for general household goods, take advantage of online coupons to save you big bucks on green gear for yourself, family and friends. These three blogs specialize in linking to coupons for green products and services. NOTE: not every item on every site will be "green." Read […]
In their eagerness to cash in on consumer demand for eco-friendly products and services, many companies are calling their goods "green" despite their decidedly un-environmental qualities. When you shop, these 5 steps can help you distinguish what's green from what's being greenwashed. 1) Read the label. Look for meaningful claims, not words like "natural" or "planet friendly" that […]
I love surprises, so using some kind of wrapping adds to the fun of giving the present. Otherwise, why not just throw the gift at the giftee and say, "Hope you like it!" What I hate is seeing so much beautiful paper just being ripped up and tossed aside. Honestly, these days, it's a little […]
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