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?
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
Why drive when you can take public transit? This week I'm putting out a plug for riding the bus and using public transit to cut down your carbon footprint!
For some of us, it currently feels like January 107th, but in theory spring is in full bloom! This means it's time to clean the cobwebs out of your hiking boots and get back outside! Many of us love getting outside and keeping our eyes peeled for budding plants, migrating birds, and the occasional toad. But… Continue reading Week 12: Six Citizen Science Projects You Can Join Today
COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE! One of my greatest loves besides chocolate. It's a shame that I'm so sensitive to caffeine that even Decaf can make me a little too excitable. At this point, coffee is a rare treat for me. But if you have a higher caffeine tolerance than I do, this article is for you! … Continue reading Week 11: Is Our Coffee Addiction Sustainable?