The Important Story of How Ethical Jewelry Became a Thing

The term ethical jewelry seems so pure and simultaneously glamorous. It isn’t like saying ‘ethical clothing’, or ‘ethical bedsheets’. There’s a certain sense of aspirational reach in the phrase ethical jewelry, and that’s possibly because of the word ‘jewelry’.  What is jewelry, really? Just adornment. It isn’t essential. Different cultures around the world may have […]

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 […]

Cleaning Up Plastic in the Ocean {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are we doing about getting rid of all the plastic floating in the ocean and forming giant gyres far from land? — Jake Johnson, Merrimack, NH Plastic in the ocean is a big problem that first came to widespread public attention in […]

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 […]

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 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 […]