Oh boy. Must we take a step back for every step forward? We made real strides in water conservation with ultra low-flush toilets–that really work– last decade. But what’s new for 2014 could turn the home toilet into a water waster yet again. Sensory flush, or “touchless,” flush toilet kits are now available to the … Continue reading
Shoes, whether we wear them to complete a look or simply to outfit our dawgs for the activities of the day—or a combination of the two—with our concern devoted to fashion, function and comfort, perhaps we don’t give enough thought to the shoe’s undeniable gift of attraction. Shoes can track small amounts of just about … Continue reading
I can’t stand throwing stuff away. I’ll stockpile things in my garage (to a point) confident that eventually I’ll discover a way to recycle or repurpose them. Case in point, I have a growing pile of torn denim jeans that may be beyond repair, but they have great potential for a second life. In fact, … Continue reading
I’m reading a manuscript that puts plastics into three categories, the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly plastics are things that are unnecessary and avoidable because substitutions are easily found in the marketplace. Imagine a world where we eradicated the demand and manufacture of ugly plastics. It would be a much different world—a better world—than the one we current live in. Watch this video and see what I mean.
At my house the acorns are starting to fall and I’m wearing sweaters again. Before too long I’ll be putting away the outdoor furniture and taking down the clothesline. I’ll be back to drying laundry inside by this time next month, but I don’t mean my dryer will be doing double duty. I have an … Continue reading
Three coal export terminals are being proposed in the Pacific Northwest. If approved, every year more than 100 million tons of coal would pass through communities from Montana all the way to the coast. The environmental impacts from coal dust—and increased rail and barge traffic—to air, land and water quality have the region fighting hard to kill the projects. But coal export plans won’t just impact those directly affected along transportation routes and in cities with coal terminals. The world will pay a price. Watch this video and spread the word. If you live in a city with an upcoming public hearing, please attend if you can. Submit a public comment if you don’t or can’t. And read up on the impacts of coal export plans. Powerpastcoal.org has a good NEWS section.
This short video provides an overview of what GMOs are and their biological, environmental and economic impacts.
Climbing into a hot car that has been baking in the sun is no fun. Makeup can instantly begin to melt, bare skin can burn upon contact with vinyl, fresh clothes will become soaked with spontaneous body perspiration and driver and passengers alike can turn cranky. What would any normal person do under these circumstances? Blast the air … Continue reading
Doug, a subscriber, sent me this question: Environmentally, is dry ice or water ice a better choice when camping?
Great question, Doug, and not so easy to answer! Dry ice is made from carbon dioxide (CO2) obtained from the waste gases of chemical processes (such as from the production of ammonia), from the combustion of … Continue reading
Buying juice in frozen concentrate form–a mere 12 oz. in size– saves on packaging compared to ready-to-serve juice packaged in, for example, ”half gallon” cartons or jugs. Each will yeild a similar amout of juice, but the former packaging option uses a fraction of material compared to the latter. However, reducing packaging waste isn’t our only consideration when we … Continue reading