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 […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Secondhand Clothes

There’s always a bit of a stigma attached to pre-owned items – be it clothing, electronics, or even cars. Everyone wants the ‘brand new’; the novelty factor really keeps our species excited. But did you know that only about 15% of our textile waste gets recycled? I’m here to tell you that a spankin’ new […]

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 […]

Is NOW the Best Time Ever to Buy an Electric Vehicle? {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’m getting ready to join the electric car revolution now that my old clunker is getting on in age. What’s the latest and greatest? And is now a good time to buy an Electric Vehicle? — Doug Ellis, Sacramento, CA Hybrid-electric cars have […]

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 […]

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 3: Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products

A lot of modern-day health issues arise from toxic products that we use, especially cleaning products in our home. In fact, the latest EarthTalk post was about something closely related: whether we’re using too much sanitizer and not allowing our natural immunity to get stronger. In addition, we also need to think about the damage […]

The Magic of Dirt – ‘Hygiene Hypothesis’ {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: A friend recently told me that when her family stopped using hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes all the time, they stopped getting sick so much. Is there any research backing up this theory, or is it just a “new” wives tale? — […]