While bringing your own reusable mug is the least wasteful way to pick up a cup of coffee, paper cups are getting a little greener, too. Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks announced an exciting new product today:Â EarthSleeve â„¢, a new kind of hot-cup holder that will reduce the use of paper, and save as many as 100,000 trees, according to the company. More
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 anymoreâ€”and we’re notâ€”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 theÂ occasionalÂ mega-family. More
I love mushrooms, but I always assumed they were the kind of thing you couldn’t just cultivate on your kitchen counter. The Back to the Roots home mushroom kit, however, uses coffee grounds instead of soil and promises ready-to-eat pearl oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 daysâ€”just place the kit near an open window and water twice a day. More
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
Imagine your next venture out to a local, trendy restaurantâ€”sipping on your Sazerac, some oysters or truffle fries already consumed, and awaiting your next course of sauteed Japanese baby bees. It could happen: According to Dana Goodyear, writing in the New Yorker, â€˜entomophagy,â€™ or eating bugs, is the next big culinary trend in the United States. More
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 Snowâ€™s Fresh Living, for the skinny on five ways to easily avoid committing eco-gaffes while traveling â€“ hopefully to somewhere tropical. More
Food & Water Watch just released the 2010 Smart Seafood Guide, which names its own Dirty Dozen â€“ 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 â€” plus, they’re overfished. More
Go, Walmart! Well, go Walmart Canada. At the beginning of 2010, Walmart Canada convinced 24 of Canada’s largest companies to participate in a sustainability project that would reduce their environmental impact. So far, so good. (via Fast Company)
In an uncharacteristic smart move, BP committed to buying a technology and ethanol plant in Jennings, Lousiana. The plant uses bagasse, the residue from sugar cane processing, to make ethanol, which then mixes with gasoline. The new CEO of BP … More
Earthship Biotecture is a company that builds 100% sustainable homes that deliver their own electricity, maintain temperature, use solar energy, gather and recycle their own water, and grow their own food. Uber-eco-friendly. Recently, the Earthship team took a trip down … More
The International slow food movement, founded in Italy by Carlo Petrini in 1989, isn’t about actually eating slowly (though taking time to enjoy food is certainly part of it). It’s about consuming locally grown food you know is produced safely, … More
As Eco Salon points out, you’d be hard pressed to find a girl who cares about the environment, but doesn’t care at all about how her skin looks. That’s where Kaia Naturals’ Bamboo Facial Cleanser Cloths come in. These eco-friendly … More