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Week 17: Stop and Smell the…Chemicals?

Have you ever walked into a room only to have your nose assaulted with the overwhelming smells of lavender or fruit from an air freshener or cleaning products?  Well, I hate to break it to you, but those aren't natural fragrances you're smelling.  And all of those synthetic fragrances are getting into our water, impacting… Continue reading Week 17: Stop and Smell the…Chemicals?

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Bioplastics: What Companies Don’t Tell You About “Compostable” Plastic

When we talk about solving our plastic problem, many people turn to plant-based plastic or "bioplastic" as a solution. In theory, these products should be the best of both worlds! They are sold to us as a convenience item that is also "compostable".  But to quote Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word...I do not… Continue reading Bioplastics: What Companies Don’t Tell You About “Compostable” Plastic

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See You Next Week!

Sorry all! No post today! After a very long week, I'm taking the day to binge-watch the Great British Baking Show! However, I still had time to visit the farmers market! I had to share this ingenious upcycle from a company called Echotopia LLC! Diane, the founder and owner of Echotopia LLC, makes zerowaste laundry… Continue reading See You Next Week!

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What Is Environmental Racism?

Today, I want to delve a bit deeper into the social justice side of the environmental movement. Many of us look at the environmental movement through the lens of...well, the environment. We need to keep our oceans and forests clean, we need to reduce global warming, we need to save a whole slew of species… Continue reading What Is Environmental Racism?

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Week 16: The Straw That Breaks the Planet’s Back

When I was a kid, straws were one of my favorite things.  You know those neon bendy ones?  Yeah, those were the BEST!  Now that I am older, wiser, and more environmentally conscious, I've come to realize that straws are not so great.  This single-use plastic is something many of us don't even think about… Continue reading Week 16: The Straw That Breaks the Planet’s Back

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My Hometown Underwater…Again

5/31/18 UPDATE: I'm sad to report that Sgt. Eddison Hermond did not survive the flooding. He was swept downstream trying to save an Ellicott City shop-owner who was stuck in her shop. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers. This is not the article I was going to write this week.  On Sunday,… Continue reading My Hometown Underwater…Again

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Week 15: Get to Know the 5 R’s of Green Living

It's been another busy week!  So I am extremely grateful to have the Memorial Day Holiday.  As I write this, I'm riding the train down to Charlottesville to visit a friend for the weekend.  Since I have tons of leg space and a nice tray-table, I thought I would take the time to go over… Continue reading Week 15: Get to Know the 5 R’s of Green Living

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Week 14: Public Transit by the Numbers

This week, I'm cat/dog-sitting for a friend in the city, which means that yoga has become an obstacle course.  It also means my commute is down to 15 minutes!  But normally it's quite a bit longer!  I could go about this commute any number of ways, but there are always options for making the commute more… Continue reading Week 14: Public Transit by the Numbers

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Is an Eco-friendly Life a Rich Man’s Game?

I find it difficult to think about environmental issues without also thinking about social justice issues.  For example, when talking about eco-friendly, shade-grown coffee, I think it would be a disservice if I failed to mention how shade-grown coffee can provide socioeconomic benefits to communities.  However, I've come to think about the environmental movement in… Continue reading Is an Eco-friendly Life a Rich Man’s Game?

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So…I broke my phone…

Hello lovely people!  So...I broke my phone this week.  I was finishing a climb while bouldering and just....you know...stepped on it.  This poor phone has put up with so much, but alas.  The screen is busted.  Thankfully, one of my tech savvy friends is hopeful he can fix it!  While I wait, I apologize for… Continue reading So…I broke my phone…