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
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?
Opinion Time! So...today I have a cold...but on Saturday I had enough energy to make a video! Lately I've been seeing a lot of people on social media posting about something called a Plastic Attack. The idea is that a group of people go into a grocery store, buy their normal groceries, and then take… Continue reading Thoughts on the New Plastic Attack Movement
It is officially spring!!! No, I don't mean that the weather here has suddenly become mild and pleasant. I mean the Baltimore Farmer's Market and Bazaar is finally open again! This past Sunday, my friend Lucy and I made our way to Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore to check out opening day! My family has… Continue reading Opening Day at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar!
There are a million reasons to work towards a sustainable lifestyle. But honestly? One of the biggest reasons people don't realize is that it's great for your health! 1) Fewer Chemicals in Your Life Making my own deodorant means I get to skip out on topping my skin off with parabens, aluminum, and other nasty… Continue reading 5 Reasons a Sustainable Lifestyle is Good For Your Health
HAPPY SPRING EVERYBODY! The East Coast is celebrating the first day of spring with one of our wonderful Nor'easters. So instead of flowers we get 5-10 inches of snow...on top of the ice that already hit. The good news is that I had extra time today to make a video! These videos will be an… Continue reading Making Your Own Deodorant Does Not Make You a “Dirty” Hippie
I'll be honest. Despite what others may think, I am not the energizer bunny. I do not have an endless supply of optimism and upbeat theme songs (although "Be a Man" is definitely #1). Some days I just. Can't. Even. Sometimes I cave and get take out or pre-packaged meals. Sometimes I drive instead of… Continue reading Being an Eco-warrior When You Just. Can’t. Even.
My mother gave me this line to me this morning while making blueberry pancakes for the family. We were out of eggs and she was about to give up on the entire endeavor, but then I pointed out that she could just use applesauce instead. "But I don't want to use applesauce," she responded. And… Continue reading “You and Your Vegan Ideas…”
So...I am a nerd. I think I've already mentioned this, but I'm putting it out there again so no one can say I didn't warn them. In case you're curious, my main fandoms are Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Firefly, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings (I swear that's not the only reason… Continue reading Eco-friendly…nerding?