Topic: sustainability

Michelle Duggar Sees Nothing Wasteful About Having 19 Kids—And Why Should She?

Michelle Duggar Sees Nothing Wasteful About Having 19 KidsâAnd Why Should She?

Today on Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan mocks Michelle Duggar’s assertion that there’s nothing wasteful about having 19 kids. For perhaps the first time ever, I’m on Duggar’s side. If nobody else is having many babies anymore—and we’re not—then it’s pretty okay for her to have a whole bunch. We’ve got much bigger sustainability and population problems to worry about than the occasional mega-family. More »

Good at Life: Tool Tells You How Ethical Online Purchases Are

Good at Life: Tool Tells You How Ethical Online Purchases Are

A new tool made by the company GoodGuide can help you make more socially responsible (and healthy) decisions when shopping online. The ‘GoodGuide Transparency Toolbar’ pops up while you shop and rates products on safety, health and environmental issues. Right now, it only works on Amazon.com; but according to GOOD magazine, the company plans to expand the toolbar to Walmart, Target, Google Products and elsewhere, as well as launch mobile apps that consumers can use in supermarket aisles. More »

5 Ways to Be Eco-Friendly While Traveling

5 Ways to Be Eco-Friendly While Traveling

Snow days are like time-outs for grown-ups, except that they’re cold and wet, and you have to shovel the driveway. It might be time to plan a long weekend away to someplace warm. But before you Tweet your travel itinerary and shop for sandals and sunscreen, consider cleaning up your disappearing act. Are you as eco-friendly in a different city as you are in your own? Being aware of the planet is just as important as traveling it. So we asked eco-friendly living expert Sara Snow, host of Get Fresh With Sara Snow and author of Sara Snow’s Fresh Living, for the skinny on five ways to easily avoid committing eco-gaffes while traveling – hopefully to somewhere tropical. More »

A New Dirty Dozen: 12 Toxic Fish to Avoid Like the Plague

A New Dirty Dozen: 12 Toxic Fish to Avoid Like the Plague

Food & Water Watch just released the 2010 Smart Seafood Guide, which names its own Dirty Dozen – just like the 12 fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic. It’s made up of seafood that doesn’t meet at least two of the criteria created by Food & Water Watch, which focused on health issues, socioeconomic impact, and sustainability:

1. King crab: Despite being fished domestically, the bulk of king crab in the U.S. is imported from Russia, and isn’t well-regulated.

2. Caviar from beluga: This coveted species is often overfished and poached.

3. Atlantic bluefin tuna: These fish could be contaminated with mercury and PCB — plus, they’re overfished. More »