Can We Still Trust the Forest Stewardship Council?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why are environmental advocates down on the Forest Stewardship Council, given its mission to eliminate unsustainable forestry? — M.P., Raleigh, NC  Environmentalists, indigenous people and others exploited by logging in developing countries rejoiced at the launch of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in […]

The Zero Waste Bathroom: Plastic-Free Period Edition

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The zero waste period is such an important goal, not just for the environment but for our own health. In this post, we’ll look into the scary parts of the “traditional” period products, figure out what the sustainable alternatives are, and chart a pathway to having a plastic-free period! We’ll save some money (oh, yeah!), […]

Environmental Racism and Black Lives Matter

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is there any overlap between the #BlackLivesMatter and Environmental Justice movements? —Jennifer B., Athens, GA There certainly is: “Environmental injustice”—defined as the unfair siting of pollution and other environmental ills in proximity to certain groups based on race or income status—is on a […]

Is Avocado Farming Destroying the Planet?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that my avocado habit is bad for the environment and my carbon footprint? — J. Pilsen, Olathe, KS Compared to other fruits and vegetables that are grown closer to home, eating avocados—most of which are flown in from Central America—can […]

The Best Linen Jumpsuits for Summer

After writing about linen dresses for summer last year, the linen love just went into overdrive. What’s not to love? It’s a lightweight but strong fabric that’s eco-friendly and sustainably produced. It’s perfect for summer (very absorbent), and pretty simple to maintain. And, with temperatures unfortunately getting higher every year, it’s perhaps time to zero […]

Reformation, Corporate Racism & the Sustainability Movement

The world of sustainable fashion and systemic racism powerfully collided this week, when Reformation, with its finger firmly on American society’s pulse, posted its support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Instagram. So far, so good, but then the shocking truth soon came out: despite Reformation’s claims of being supportive of equal and fair […]

What Are We Doing to Slow Deforestation?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: How are we doing in the battle to stop or slow deforestation, especially in the tropics where forests store so much of the world’s biodiversity? — M. Lark, Neptune, IA In short, not so good. Global Forest Watch, a project of the […]

Looking For Eco-Friendly Decking Materials for Your Home?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I am adding a deck onto my house this summer and wonder which decking materials (wood or otherwise) are the greenest? — Bill A., San Francisco, CA As the weather warms up, we gravitate toward the outdoors, and what better way to enjoy […]