It's Not Just the Albatross We Should Worry About: My Cat Eats Plastic

Many of you have seen Chris Jordan’s recent heartbreaking photos of dead albatross chicks on Midway Atoll with bellies full of plastic. And perhaps you have seen, or at least heard how sea turtles eat plastic, mistaking it for the jelly fish upon which they usually dine. Most recently, beached whales have been found with plastic in their bellies. People see these images or read these stories, maybe feel sad for a minute, and then go on about their lives. Albatrosses and sea turtles are creatures most of us don’t encounter on a daily basis. Their fate is sad, but it doesn’t directly affect us. Well, I want to show some photos and relate a story from the Terry-Stoler household that brings the issue of harm to animals a little closer to home. My cat eats plastic. ...more

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Could You Go a Whole Year With Only Five Pounds of Plastic Trash?

What if you were told you were only allowed to generate five pounds of plastic trash this year? And what if that five pounds had to include both your recyclable AND non-recyclable plastic? Could you do it? How would you live? According to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (PDF), the average American generates between 88 and 128 pounds of plastic trash (before recycling) per year. ...more

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The Things I Do For the Environment

I spend a lot of time talking about how weird my family is. Today, I'd like to mix it up and talk about how weird my in-laws are. Specifically, I'd like to focus on my sister-in-law, Meg....more

Five joys of snow

Well, the Copenhagen climate change summit ended with a strong message. That message being 'throw another polar bear on the coal-fired power-station, I don't think the Maldives are quite under yet.' Or alternatively, 'finally, we sealed the deal', if you are the UN Secretary General (planet? which?).  ...more

Feeding Garlic To Cows Might Minimize Their Gas - And Greenhouse Emissions?

Well, I thought I'd heard it all when it comes to fresh garlic.  Scrumptious flavoring component, immune system booster, vampire obstacle, infection fighter, cancer combatant, bad breath creator, cholesterol reducer, etc. However, this one takes the cake - or the cud. ...more

Sizzling party dress (and it's ethical too)

I know I've already given you one magnificent party dress, but as it's the season of goodwill, I just couldn't resist treating you to another one (too kind, you say? Aw shucks, you're making me blush now). Specifically this one from People Tree, whose party dresses are 60% off at the moment: ...more

EcoTrees for Christmas

Instead of buying a live Christmas tree this year form your local store front only to throw it away in a few weeks, try making your Christmas tree choice more eco-friendly.The alternatives that are offered today range from the simple country look to artsy designs; which one you choose depends on the overall Christmas theme look that you are going for in your home. Here we are going to take a look at the non-live and live Christmas eco-tree alternatives that are available today....more

Holiday Buying: More Pressure Today Than 40 Years Ago?

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose only wish was for a Barbie Country Camper. This was 1971. For simplicity's sake, let's call the little girl Beth. Beth had seen the Barbie Country Camper in Saturday morning TV commercials, and she wanted her Barbies to have the fold-out picnic table, pop-out tent, sleeping bags, and camper kitchen. The Barbie Country Camper was the first and most important item in her long list of wants that she secretly wrote and mailed to Santa Claus. And for two weeks before Christmas, she dreamed about the Barbie Country Camper when she went to bed at night.Christmas Eve, she didn't even go to sleep at all. Butterflies danced in her stomach and Country Camper thoughts raced through her head. When Christmas morning finally arrived, she raced downstairs to find under the tree the Barbie Country Camper she'd been waiting for! She raced over to the Barbie Country Camper, grabbed it to her chest, and hugged it. And then she looked at the gift tag."To Fran, Love Santa"WTF? Okay, she didn't say WTF because there weren't text messages in 1971, and she wouldn't have known what F stood for anyway.  But still, WTF? ...more

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The Death of BPA?

MomsRising and other organizations have been working for years to keep kids safe from toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) in food containers and bottles. We've generated tens of thousands of letters to Congress and state legislatures, and sent pages of petition signatures to manufacturers. We've made progress -- but we still have a ways to go!...more