You may have heard by now that bottled water is a waste of money and natural resources. For instance, one-third of bottled water comes from the tap (not pristine rainforests or natural geysers), and it costs 2,000 times as much as tap water. And it takes the same amount of oil and energy resources to supply a year’s worth of bottled water in the U.S. as it does to fuel one million cars. As if that wasn’t enough, now there’s a new waste when it comes to bottling our earth’s most precious resource: organic water. More
Warning: What you are about to read is one serious Easter buzz kill. Yes, it concerns ovum. And no, “free range” don’t mean a thing.
Sorry, folks. But even though you’re trying to do right by animals and the environment by dropping six bucks per dozen “organic,” “free range,” and “cage-free” eggs, you’re not really doing much good. Allow me to eggsplain… More
If I asked you how many food technologists it takes to make a healthy meal, you’d think it was the start of a joke, right? Wrong. Today’s food manufacturers, like PepsiCo and Cargill, are paying thousands of food technologists to develop foods that are healthy and more natural. “What is great for technology is that that is really quite difficult,” said Cargill’s president Kerr Dow at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit last week. “Today all of our scientists are more interested in how do you take natural materials and make them easy to use in food products, which is just as difficult.” The mission is easy to mock (it’s not that hard to eat an apple and some nuts, after all), but the ultimate question is really whether it’s good or bad for consumers. While technology could make more nutritions foods available to more consumers, we’re skeptical that these companies are really pursuing the right answers to our food problems. More
You design your shopping schedule around farmer’s market schedules and pay a premium for organic fruits and vegetables at them, but how do you’re really getting good quality, locally farmed produce? According to a recent investigation by NBC Los Angeles, many farmers market stalls are making false claims about their produce, selling items that weren’t grown locally and aren’t actually pesticide-free. More
San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission gives out free composting soil to their residents, schools, and businesses, to make composting easier. Pretty cool, right? In theory, yes, but test results show that the supposedly organic soil is full of endocrine-disrupting chemicals … More
The phrase “leave-in conditioner” strikes fear in my heart. My hair gets greasy very quickly, so any conditioner that sits on my head all day usually just speeds up the process. Still, I tried Blow’s Light Headed leave-in conditioner (bonus … More
Many store-brand sunscreens are made with chemicals that you wouldn’t want soaking into your skin. So why not make your own sunscreen at home? Not only can you can control what goes into it (and ultimately, into your body), but … More
Get Drunk, the Eco-Friendly Way: Check out The Daily Green’s roundup of organic and sustainable cocktail recipes. Just don’t blame us if you turn one after work drink into two. Or four.
We like Neti Pots, and we like cute, healthy men who are into organic, healthy stuff, but this video of Jason Cairns demonstrating how to use a neti pot for OrganicJar is going too far. We appreciate demos of things, … More
Even Walmart is selling bamboo clothing and textiles, which touts them as an easy, inexpensive way to buy green. Bamboo is the fastest growing wood-ish plant in the world, and most of it is grown organically without using fertilizers or … More
Been busy all week? So have we. But we don’t want you to miss out on anything, so here are links to our top (and favorite) Blisstree posts from last week: 1. Day 1 of BOOTYCamp! With Fitness Trainer Lacey … More
If we could carry flip flops around in our purses 24/7, our lives would be a little bit easier. We’d spare our feet the painful blisters we get from walking in heels; we’d feel less icky in the gym locker … More
Think organic farming is simple and straightforward? Think again, according to this post on today’s Grist.org: Battling the bugs – and the temptation to use chemical WMDs.
We love talking about natural ways to do household chores, because this means our home is one less place where we need to use toxic chemicals. (It does not mean we like to do household chores, however.) And if we … More