Sustainable Living Challenge

Week 18: Fun in the Sun With Eco-friendly Sunscreen

It's that time of year again!  The sun is out, the beach is calling, and so is the sunburn!  If you're like me, summer is a mixed bag.  I love being outside, but I don't tan.  The sun says "bippity boppity boo", and suddenly I look like a humanoid lobster.  But did you know that… Continue reading Week 18: Fun in the Sun With Eco-friendly Sunscreen

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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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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