How Can We Increase Access to Nature and the Outdoors? {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Are any environmental groups working specifically to increase access to nature and the outdoors? — Mary Pelletier, Macon, GA No one doubts that time spent outdoors in nature is time well-spent, especially in this age of smartphones, tablets and laptops vying for […]

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 […]

How To Effectively Detox Your Body Now

Toxins are, unfortunately, everywhere. So a mission to effectively detox your body involves having a lot of determination and some realization that you cannot detox it 100%. That’s the sad truth of the world we live in.  It’s quite terrifying to learn about the toxins we are exposed to, through our skin, our clothes, and […]

WHY BECOME A VEGAN

This post isn’t about why you should become a vegan or why you must become a vegan. This is about what veganism offers, if you do decide to try it out sometime. Should I begin with my own journey into veganism? Once upon a time, I was a skeptic. I mean I loved animals, but […]

Five Rules for Zero Waste Grocery Shopping*

*To the extent possible! When you’re transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, few things are more challenging than getting the zero waste grocery shopping right. Weekly? Check. Zero-waste? Um, as far as possible. Vegan? Check (of course). Those are my criteria. And how I go about it is quite simple (otherwise I wouldn’t follow it myself). […]

Why Your Mobile Phone Is Stressing You Out

Do you feel sometimes like you’re doing too much? I’ve been feeling like that more and more often. Not because I’m super busy – although I am – but because I have too much technology going on. I check my email on my personal phone, my work phone, my Kindle Fire, my office laptop, and […]

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 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, […]