Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)
If you’re a stickler for an old-fashioned Christmas, you may be venturing into the woods this year, ala Clark Griswold to chop down your own yuletide tree. Surprisingly, selected nature preserves, state and national forests are open to controlled tree-chopping activities, though you may really have to go hunting for these locations.
If you burn wood in your fireplace during the winter, chances are good that you’re wasting a lot of energy and producing excessive, yucky particulate pollution….Enviro-log, which is created from crushed waste waxed cardboard, promises to burn cleaner than wood. Our tests confirmed that it appears to do just that.
Save those candy bags and wrappers, they’re recyclable.
Terracycle has partnered with M&M’s candies to help stem the flow of candy wrapper trash into landfills.
Looking for some Halloween fun that’s more exciting than bobbing for apples but doesn’t involve the mindless destruction and waste of TP’ing the neighbors oak trees?
Musicians and concert events are increasingly finding ways to keep a greener profile.
Recently the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival organizers in Trumansburg, N.Y., (July 19-22) showed attendees how to sort their trash into recyclable, compostable and “utter trash” containers, something they’ve been doing for the last 14 years, according to promoters.
You know when you invariably get lost on vacation and have that fight with your spouse or travel buddy about which direction to take? Now eco-travelers can have that dispute ahead of time — while they try to navigate toward green lodgings.
Summer brings so many excuses to luxuriate on the back patio with a icy lemonade or a cold beer and a bowl of peanuts.
There’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, the day with unusually good weather, sneak-out-of-work-early day, the Saturday we decide not to clean the house, the evening we invite the neighbors for margaritas…
There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cut flowers, breakfast in bed, brunch at her favorite restaurant, a chick flick night. All these fit the day — and you can even take your mom along!
On Valentine’s Day, we think chocolate, and maybe roses, but, OK…mostly chocolate.
Rich, sweet, velvety, dark, crunchy (or smooth) chocolate. Wonderful, comforting, dopamine-inducing chocolate.
Yet there’s a battle being fought for your chocolate heart; that is, your consumer loyalties.
ell phones and tablet computers may be coveted holiday gifts, but parents should consider the potential health effects of these devices before giving them to children, according to the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) and Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) , two educational groups focused on environmental health…. Manufacturer safety warnings, the groups note, are simply not sufficient to protect children because they were designed to meet a test for a “typical user” who never was typical:
People who do not want to support the cruel and dangerous conditions of industrial meat production, but aren’t necessarily looking to slice meat out of their diet, can find many sources for a better-raised turkey — or ham — this holiday.
Farmer’s Markets and the online seller Local Harvest feature dozens of producers with home-grown flocks that were raised on pasture and treated humanely. These smaller-scale farms can verify that they have not packed turkeys into giant sheds where they were deprived of sunlight and space to move around, as has become the norm in industrial production. (See our story on CAFO: The tragedy of industrial animal factories.)
If you want to act on your concern for the environment and human rights this Halloween, give treats that come from reputable local or Fair Trade vendors.
That could mean foregoing some familiar brands.
Hershey’s, under fire for some time over allegations that it fails to ensure its cocoa sources treat labor fairly, came out dead last this week on the “Get Child Labor Out of Your Chocolates Scorecard” by Green America.
Imagine Halloween without the costumes. What a charmless, dull and possibly dangerous event it would be. Kids Openly Begging for Treats Day could lead inter-generational strife. Marauding Tots Pressing For Candy would be a PR nightmare, and a clunky acronym. You can see how it could get out of hand.
And yet, Tinkerbell, this Halloween costume business sure could use some re-tinkering.
Too many Halloween costumes, not to mention those buckets of plastic spiders, bats and eyeballs, turn out to be single-use items. Those plastic gee-gaws create about 10 seconds of amusement. A costume is good for a night or two.
Planning a low-impact, money-saving Halloween is so much more rewarding than trying to turn some other holidays green. You don’t have to argue with relatives about whether or not to have a turkey, or disappoint the kids with gifts to humanitarian causes in their names at Christmas. All you really need to do is think creatively, get holistic about your pumpkin, maybe dust off the sewing machine and take it easy at the store. Here are our best nine ideas to help you get started.
Travelocity reports that consumers are rating green hotels higher, on average, than their non-green counterparts. When it recently examined the five-smiley face ratings its users apply to review the hotels they’ve stayed at, it found that overall, consumers were smiling more about the hotels listed as green. Consumers gave 83 percent of “non-green” hotels three or more smiley faces, but they gave “a whopping 94 percent of green hotels three smiley faces or more,” according to a Travelocity news release.
Green Right Now Reports
We thought we were done with the Valentine’s Day tips. But then along came these soooo cute little seal and polar bear pictures from the World Wildlife Fund and we just said, awwwww! soooo cute. We had to spread the word.
Tis’ the season to be…conservative? Afraid so. As the economic downturn and the need to better care for our planet converge into a new aesthetic, we are facing an unusual holiday season. We can show we care with holiday gifts that help us all to consume less.
This might seem the antithesis of consumerism, too bah humbug to be any fun. But we think you’ll see that we’re talking about smarter consuming; buying durable goods that cut out the disposables, forsaking chemical-laden items and making some of your own stuff, whether its soda or energy. Read on:
By Barbara Kessler
If you’re planning a traditional Thanksgiving, you’ll be needing a bird. This year, organic and pastured turkeys are more available than ever. Check your local grocery now, and get on a list if need be.
- Local Harvest — If you’re into local heirloom turkeys or other pedigree varieties you may already be too late! But don’t beat yourself up over it, local farmers in Texas have told us that many connoisseurs place their orders months ahead of time. Still, there’s a flock of healthier birds waiting.