Another day, another holiday…a boatload of wine corks left over from your fete. Wine cork crafts may not sound like the coolest way to spend your holiday break, but don’t be deterred: There are some impressively cool ways to use wine corks instead of throwing them out. Plus, it’s a super green way to use your holiday party aftermath, and a lot more fun than taking out trash bags. More
Topic: Green Living
Why do you clean your house? Aside from making it look better, you probably do it to get it free of bacteria and other harmful pathogens that could make you or your family sick. But what if your household cleaning products–the stuff you use to protect yourself from gunk and germs–are also harmful? According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, many of them are. But don’t worry. There are plenty of clean, green alternatives. More
The last time I went to visit my parents, I spent at least an hour out on the porch, picking worms out of nutrient-rich, fragrant soil that my father had collected from his worm bin. And while that may not sound like the best dad-daughter time, it was actually pretty fun–and reminded me that composting with worms is an easy, eco-friendly thing that anyone with even a hint of a yard can do to reduce their environmental impact, boost their garden harvest, and cut down on waste. More
By now you’ve definitely heard that, to cut down on your use of new plastic materials (and your exposure to BPA), it’s a good idea to switch to purchasing more items in bulk, and employing reusable produce bags. And while there are plenty of cute, functional ones available on Etsy and other places online, if you’re even remotely crafty and have some leftover material, you can also really easily just make your own. Here’s a super-simple bulk or produce bag pattern (with directions!) to get you started. More
This weekend, I went on a delightful camping trip in the Olympic National Forest. And while I came back with plenty of great memories (and a few story ideas), I also came back with about a million mosquito bites. Because, even with bug spray and light, protective clothing, I’m just one of those people that get really bitten. So, over the years, I’ve found a few pretty great ways to get relief from bug bites–naturally.
It was, of all things, an article in Men’s Health that made Beth Terry reconsider her consumption of plastic. Full of gruesome details about the Eastern Garbage Patch (a slurry of plastic crap floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that’s about twice the size of Texas), the article featured a photo of a sea bird’s carcass, full of man-made plastic material. That was in 2007. Since then, Terry has done what many Americans would consider impossible–nearly ceased her plastic use and consumption. And, she swears, you can, too. More
The lovely and talented and generally amazing Isabella Rossellini gained a lot of acclaim for her “Green Porno” video series on the Sundance Channel, which illustrated the mating habits of various animals. Now, she’s back at it in a partnership with Burt’s Bees, to help educate the masses and end the colony collapse that is threatening honeybees. It’s both entertaining and educational. It’s edutainment! More
In the era of pink slime and unregulated BPA in everything, it’s not super-easy to avoid chemicals and toxins in the stuff that we buy in stores–especially when it comes to baby products. And while most of us just try to do the best we can to be eco-friendly by compulsively reading labels, some people (read: celebrities) have the means to do something about it…like Jessica Alba, who recently started The Honest Company, a non-toxic, natural line of diapers, baby gear, and cleaning supplies. More
Conservationist. Environmentalist. Eco-friendly. Green. What we call someone who cares about environmental issues has changed over the past few decades, and so have our generational attitudes toward these issues—just not necessarily for the better. Though we ‘Millennials’ may have grown up in the era of recycling and global warming, a recent study found members of Gen Y to be less interested in the environment and less civic-minded overall than members of Gen X or baby boomers were at the same age. More
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card you write, stop. Because while sending and receiving non-recycled paper cards in the mail is heart-warming and traditional, it also contributes to epic amounts of pollution and waste. Instead of sending your seasonal sentiments out on single-use paper, consider adding a little green to your greetings, by going digital or choosing recycled, and recyclable, cardstock. More
Each year, millions of Americans engage in a tradition of giving and receiving, as they celebrate the holidays with an exchange of presents wrapped in colorful paper–and then throw the paper away. In fact, according to the EPA, between shopping bags and gift wrap, we produce about 4 million tons of waste. This year, give the planet a present by choosing to skip the wrapping paper, and opt for wrapping fabric, instead. More
Unless you plan to start a ton of seeds at once, there’s no need to spend money on those big, plastic seed-starting trays (which are wasteful and make it difficult to retrieve seedlings without disturbing the roots) or spring for the fancy bio-degradable peat-moss pots. Just recycle your old oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. More
You probably know that keeping plants about can help purify the air in your home. But did you know that some plants do it better than others? According to The Herb Bible, by Peter McHoy, boston ferns, weeping figs, Areca palms, rubber plants and peace lilies top the list of house-plant air purifiers. More
How are you celebrating this Fourth of July? Flipping some delicious veggie burgers on the grill? Sipping on a little afternoon sangria aptly adorned with cherries, coconut wedges and blueberries? Parading around in your finest patriotic attire?
Whatever your plans for the holiday, you can pledge allegiance to our country by breaking out your red, white, blue…and green, and pledging allegiance to our land, water and air. Yes, you can still fire up your grills and oooh and ahhh over the fireworks – just take a few minutes to nod to Lady Liberty by being a good eco-conscious citizen, too.
Here are five eco-tips to remember More