January 30th, 2012
Recently, I found myself haunting boutiques and natural food markets, looking for a perfume that didn’t float on a raft of toxic ingredients.
This has never been an easy mission. Even though many organic and natural body products have ditched the phthalates, parabens, triclocan, sodium lauryl sulfate, PEG and other unhealthy compounds with names requiring acronyms, many colognes and perfumes remain stuck in chem-land.
January 11th, 2012
This week electronics makers are unveiling their latest innovations at the annual geek fest in Las Vegas, known as the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. As always, manufacturers are launching a flotilla of faster, glitzier gadgets, appliances and design ideas into the world.
And while most of these inventions offer more functions, more style, more bling, with only some homing in on efficiency — green offerings have crept into the mix. That’s because the show’s focus on performance inevitably yields overlap with sustainability. The two can go hand in hand. Here then, are five new greener products being featured at CES destined to brighten our lives…
December 9th, 2011
Non-profit Green America has named Sustainable NYC the winner of the 2011 People’s Choice Awards for Green Business.
The New York store sells green gifts, from organic clothing to Fair Trade jewelry and many other products, both online at at its store at Avenue A and 9th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.
December 6th, 2011
Non-stick cookware, once hailed as a space-age wonder, has fallen into disfavor, as those wondrous non-stick coatings have been revealed to be unhealthy for humans and the environment.
Teflon, and similar non-stick coatings that relied on perfluorochemicals (PFCs), were safe when used as instructed, according to their makers. But these slippery products, which provided a marvelous landing pad for fried eggs, turned out to be amazingly sticky in less positive ways in the outside world.
Scientists say that the PFCs used in these coatings persist as pollution in waterways and landfills. The chemicals have been found in human blood samples and implicated as carcinogenic. No one knows when, if ever, they’ll biodegrade.
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November 21st, 2011
If you’ve got a bird lover on your holiday list, there are many great ways to feather their nest this season.
And we’re not just talking about bird motif coasters or dust-collecting figurines. No, there’s much more you can do to satisfy the bird lovers desire to honor and save our avian friends. Here are a few ideas:
November 17th, 2011
It’s the most wonderful (shopping) time of the year.
Unless you fear being trampled by mall mobs, freezing to death while waiting in line for the 5 a.m. $39 Blu-Ray player special or being tasered during police crowd control maneuvers at the nearby Walmart.
November 17th, 2011
Holidays in the winter mean over-crowded malls and expensive wish lists that are hard to fulfill when trying to keep a green holiday season. One way to keep Christmas green is to try out some recycled shopping.
Stores such as Buffalo Exchange pride themselves on offering high quality, designer merchandise for less money.
November 16th, 2011
The holidays bring many motivations to buy, buy, buy. But beyond the sale prices and must-have items is something greater for consumers to consider, says Saint Joseph’s University sociologist Keith Brown, Ph.D.
November 15th, 2011
Global Green, the American organization that spun off Soviet President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, held its 12th annual Sustainable Design Awards dinner last night, honoring celebrities, groups and products that are driving green design changes.
October 13th, 2011
If you’re looking for quality, organically grown cotton wear for your munchkin, this is one brand that fulfills its name and then some.
October 11th, 2011
There are variety of cloth diapers and diaper covers to fit your needs from prefolds, to fitted diapers, to pocket diapers, and more. You will be making a difference with any type of cloth diapering, but choosing natural fibers such as organic cotton, hemp and wool will be more Earth-friendly when it comes time to discard the diapers.
October 11th, 2011
How it’s green: Around the world, 25 percent of all insecticides and 10 percent of all pesticides are used on cotton. As much as 90 percent of these chemicals are absorbed into the plant, air, soil, water and eventually into our bodies. Study after study has made it painfully clear that children are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure. Neurotoxins in pesticides can attack immune systems, organs, brains and nervous systems.