This week's challenge may seem a little unrelated to the usual list of topics I talk about on this blog, but it's still extremely important. Too many people look at what is happening our planet and develop a nihilistic attitude. Some people I encounter will ask me, "Well, we're all screwed anyway, why bother?" The… Continue reading Week 19: Stay Hopeful For a Green Planet
Hi all! Sorry for not putting up a post last weekend! I was visiting exotic Minneapolis for friend's wedding and didn't have it in me to write a post. I've also been oddly exhausted lately, so who knows what's going on with that. Anywho! Since I've been so tired lately, I can't help thinking, "Man...being… Continue reading Is Eco-friendly Living Too Inconvenient?
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
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
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!