Our Love Affair with Non-Biodegradable Synthetic Chemicals {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them? — Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC PFASs—short for perfluoroalkyl substances—are synthetic chemicals of various formulations (including PFCs, PFOA, PFOS and GenX, among others) that are used widely in various products for moisture and […]

PART 4: How to Banish the Toxins Lurking in your Furniture

It’s almost like a horror movie starring toxins: you, the protagonist, are searching high and low for the dangerous toxins that are making life miserable. You suffer from headaches, breathlessness, and dizziness. You buy organic food, keep your home spick and span, and work out to stay fit. And, yet…you suffer. And you aren’t sure […]

29 Tantalizing Ethical Innerwear Brands That You’ll Love

When Marilyn Monroe said, “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course,” maybe she was on to something. The best outfit to wear while sleeping is nothing. (Not even Chanel No. 5, which is neither vegan nor cruelty-free.) But, of course, not everyone can sleep naked. Which is why we look […]

PART 2: Non-Toxic Clothing

Is you clothing toxic? Well, it could be, depending on where it came from, who made it, and how much you paid for it. What? Read on. The clothing industry pollutes a lot. Right from growing the crops (or the animals) from which the textile is woven – to the final product on the shelf […]

The Ultimate Documentary Guide to Being a Conscious Consumer

I have been thinking about how I can be a conscious consumer. It’s not easy, not when our consumption habits have been made so effortless. Companies and brands want us to buy their products, and they have made it as easy and mindless as possible. A couple of clicks and you’ve purchased that shiny new […]

Week 2: Switch to Glass for a Zero Waste Kitchen

How did Week 1 go? Did you remove all paper napkins and towels from your kitchen? Great! You’re that much closer to a Zero Waste Kitchen. Let’s move on to the very-much-more-toxic item: plastic. And learn how we can switch to glass for a zero waste kitchen. Do we need a reminder about the ill […]

How to Live an Environmentally Conscious Life

Finding out about where things come from has been eye-opening. Wanting to be environmentally conscious is well and good, but where does one start? The internet is vast, and there’s no information you cannot find if you look hard enough. And you should look for information about where the things you use came from. But, […]

Our Plastic Obsession

This is the city I live in. Like most mega cities, it’s unimaginable without the plastic pollution. Its plastic obsession is visible all the time, on every road. Floating around as it’s chased by the wind, wet and dirty as it’s stuck to the mud, dotting every garbage bin in every part of the city […]