The Role of Plastic in our World {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Considering all the well-publicized problems with plastic in our oceans, do you think that plastic has any kind of future? — Lea Mauduit, via EarthTalk.org As much as environmentalists shudder at the proposition, it looks like plastics are here to stay. Most […]

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 […]

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 5: Plan Your Meals for a Zero Waste Kitchen

It’s Week 5 already! I hope the first four parts of this Zero Waste Kitchen series have been helpful. Now that we’ve covered switching to glass and cloth, composting organic material, and segregating waste, let’s attack the primary source of kitchen waste: the food! Learn to plan meals for a zero waste kitchen. “Food is our […]

Week 4: Segregate the Waste in your Zero Waste Kitchen

  This is Week 4, and this week we look at how to waste segregation according to type – so we can either recycle, or dispose of them responsibly. How I’d arranged this Zero Waste Kitchen series is that we first tackle paper, then plastic, and then look at composting organic wet waste. These three […]

Week 3: Compost Your Way to a Zero Waste Kitchen

How did Week 1 and Week 2 go? It’s okay if you stumbled. Eliminating waste materials from our homes is not easy, so cut yourself some slack. Just stay focused on the goal, and remind yourself why you’re doing this. This week, we look at composting. Composting is the most amazing thing ever. It’s that […]

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 […]

Week 1: Go Paperless for a Zero Waste Kitchen

Your kitchen is messy. In every kitchen, you need to do loads of wiping, mopping, sponging, and using kitchen rolls with their seemingly never-ending paper towels is not the best idea. Have you thought about a paperless zero waste kitchen? Mostly from the Zero Waste perspective, because discarded paper is a major component of many […]

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 […]