Back to School: 1974 vs. 2010

Sometimes I find myself bemoaning the plastic world we’ve created and wishing we could go back to a time before our disposable culture got the better of us. It's a simplistic point of view for sure, as I realized last night while reminiscing about my experience growing up in the 70's. No bottled water. Fewer disposables. But were things really better back then or just different? ...more

and the world goes much changes, doesn't it?more

Time to Bag the Bags

We've all seen images of birds and fish, with plastic grocery bags in mouth. Disturbing indeed, and don't think this is propaganda from PETA. Plastic bags are entering our food chain through oceans, rivers and the stomachs of wildlife. The toxins they carry are nearly impossible to eliminate as we don't really know how if ever they break down naturally....more

I just took over 300 plastic bags to the recycling center. I'm not joking... over 300! It was ...more

Back to school shopping goes "low-impact"

Back to school shopping was a ritual when I was growing up. Let's be honest, I loooooved getting new clothes, despite the fact that I was typically allotted one new shirt, one new pair of pants and shoes if and only if I had outgrown the last pair. Meanwhile - and this was the torturous part of this whole ritual - it appeared that my female classmates had all been given keys to the car, mom's credit card with a $10K limit and full run of Nordstrom's. Now, I have two boys who are fashion-unaware and quite content with hand-me-downs from friends....more

The Most Important Thing You Can Do For The Planet

If someone asked you what was the single most important thing you could do to protect the environment, what would you say? Reduce energy consumption? Bring your own grocery bags to the store? Drive less? Eat less meat? There are all kinds of steps people take in an effort to go green. But what's the most important? ...more

1. Reproduction: replace yourself and that's it.
Lisa Hymas of Grist says the greenest thing ...more

The All-Purpose Cloth Napkin

We don't use cloth napkins as much as I think we should. It's a work in progress. ...more

Living Nicely: I'm usually so much "Nicer", but BP is starting to mean "being p----d"!

I had a lighthearted, upbeat post forming in my head when I woke up.Then I read the paper......more

Cheapest, Fastest Oil Fix? Pump Up Your Tires!

If you have a car, stop whatever you're doing and go check the air pressure of your vehicle's tires....more

How to Separate "Green" from "Greenwashing" When You Shop

In their eagerness to cash in on consumer demand for eco-friendly products and services, many companies are calling their goods "green" despite their decidedly un-environmental qualities. When you shop, these 5 steps can help you distinguish what's green from what's being greenwashed. ...more