St. Patrick's Day conundrum: Are greenies less honest?

... and by "greenies," I mean green consumers, not leprechauns. That's what two assistant professors at the University of Toronto suggest based on their experiments with students. I'm not so sure....more

Another reason to eat your greens

Are you now, or have you ever been, a consumer of canned food?Yeah, me too.And I was none too pleased when I learned that epoxy-lined cans appear to be our main source of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure. I now avoid most canned food, which is kind of a drag convenience-wise (although it has done wonders for my soup-making skills). Nonetheless, I'm still troubled by the estrogen-mimicking chemical's widespread presence in food packaging and other items (cash-register receipts is my new favorite)....more

No one wants to see your butt, especially birds

Walking to the grocery store the other day, I watched as a man took a final drag off his cigarette and then threw it onto the sidewalk. Sights like that are so common, seldom do they even register in my brain....more

Nudge nudge, think think

On the heels of my New Year's resolution, I'm still pondering the big picture. You could argue, however, that my 2010 pledge represents nothing but small-picture myopia....more

New Year's Evolution

I'm always amazed at how quickly November and December blow by. Life's been so crazy that I never even managed to write a holiday-consumerism-themed post....more

Household-cleaner maker comes clean

SC Johnson, the corporate dynasty behind such well-known brands as Shout, Windex, and Ziploc, has done something a bit radical: it has set up a website called What's Inside that lists the ingredients, and the purpose of said ingredients, in its home-cleaning and air-freshening products....more

Everthing's coming up plastic

Apparently Beth Terry is having more of an influence on me than I thought. Last week I had a copy-editing gig downtown, and since it was already a challenge to leave Mini-Mouth in the care of a babysitter (she's quite prone to separation anxiety these days) and get out of the house on time, I did not manage to pack a lunch. ...more

Would this be a conflict of interest?

I have a blog, Wallet Mouth, about ethical consumerism. Recently, a company that I blogged about (in a positive light) a few months ago approached me to ask if I would write a post on their upcoming blog in exchange for a linkback (no pay). The subject would not be about the company but about its general field, and I would basically be a guest blogger representing an independent voice. It sounds like their blog will feature content both from independent writers about this field and from company employees and users of its service. ...more

i don't see anything wrong with you writing a guest post on a blog that covers a topic of ...more