Paint strippers containing the dangerous chemicals methylene chloride and NMP have made a lot of headlines lately – most of them negative. However, thanks in part to the Mind the Store Campaign, there is positive news to report. Effective January 1, 2019, a host of national retailers have agreed to pull products containing these harmful chemicals from their shelves. Read More »
When you hear the word “dead zone” you probably have a flash back of that moment when you were in deep conversation with your girlfriend and she kept saying “can you hear me now”? That is a dead zone most of us are familiar with. There is a much more serious dead zone than having no bars on your cell phone, dead zones in our oceans.Read More »
You’ve been invited to a friend’s barbeque. It’s a beautiful summer afternoon, so you decide to ride over on your bike, feeling pretty good about your environmentally conscious decision to leave the car in the driveway. When you arrive at your friend’s back yard, 7.3 miles away, you sit down and enjoy a hamburger. A delicious quarter-pounder.
As it turns out, you could have just driven. In greenhouse gas terms, that hamburger is the same as a 7.3 mile ride in the car.
Now what? If you choose to eat meat, eat less. It's a deeply personal decision, but here are some mighty meaty reasons to choose wisely.Read More »
Did you know the average American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate? This generates a substantial amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
When you make an effort to support local farmers by joining a cooperative called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), you are not only significantly reducing the carbon footprint that your food creates, but the community and local economy will be strengthened and food will be traceable.
This is just one of the many reasons you may want to consider a CSA for your veggies. There are numerous differences among CSAs, so you may want to interview local farmers to find one that will fit the needs of your family.
Here are some key questions to ask:Read More »
It started watching my Dad live with a severe genetic heart condition....
As a kid, I didn't understand it but I knew something was wrong when life started to change. As a family we were fairly healthy - we ate wheat germ, liver, spoonfuls of molasses, and took Vitamin E gel capsules. Processed food was never in our house, but if my dad snuck out and purchased a bag of Fritos or box of Captain Crunch it was gone within an hour. It was not beneath me to hide a box of sugary cereal because I knew with five siblings it would quickly become everyone's snack for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Read More »
Most of us are familiar with the water cycle and the food web, cycles in nature that move substances in a never-ending loop, each stage vital. Think of it like a clock. Each hour, each minute, belongs just where it is. But what if 2:00 disappeared? Eight o’clock wouldn’t happen at the right time and as each cycle with a missing 2:00 progressed, eventually the whole concept would be so off kilter that chaos would be a likely ending.
The Pollination Cycle
There’s another cycle out there in nature that’s just as important and garnering more attention these days and that’s the pollination cycle.Read More »
This month we’re talking about plastics – the obvious places we find them and the not-so-obvious. One of the sneaky places plastics are lurking is in our beauty products. Not in the packaging, but in the products themselves.
Let us introduce you to microbeads, the little balls of plastic that are known for their exfoliation and scrubbing abilities that can be found in your face and body washes, and even toothpaste.
Lindsay Dahl has been working at the forefront of environmental health campaigns since 2004 and is passionate about eliminating toxic chemicals in consumer products through policy and market shifts. She is also a blogger and self proclaimed rabble-rouser so we talked to her about why we should say “no thank you” to microbeads.
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