Are We Looking at the Last Days of Skiing? {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: With the onset of global warming, how likely is it that ski resorts and skiing itself might soon become a thing of the past? — Mandy Billings, Provo, UT   Last winter’s low snow year and unseasonably warm temperatures across much of the […]

The Environmental Problem with Coffee {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: I drink a lot of coffee and I’m wondering how bad this is for the environment? And how I can make sure I’m feeding my 3-cup-a-day habit in the greenest way possible? – Denny Mahon, Worcester, MA Everyone wants coffee… About half […]

10 Handpicked Ethical Jewelry Pieces That You Will LOVE

Ethical jewelry pieces are hard to come by. First of all, they don’t usually have a sticker saying ‘ethical jewelry’, and, secondly, not many people who buy jewelry are even aware of the ethical aspects of the piece they’re looking at. Ask them, and they’ll probably go, “WHAT. Ethics and jewelry?!” But, as we mentioned […]

Is the Monarch Butterfly on the Brink of Extinction? {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the Monarch Butterfly is on the brink of extinction? How did we let that happen? — Alex Degeneres, Cincinnati, OH  Monarch Butterfly Losing its Way  While the mighty Monarch Butterfly may not be on the endangered species list yet, […]

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 […]

Our Love Affair with Non-Biodegradable Synthetic Chemicals {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them? — Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC PFASs—short for perfluoroalkyl substances—are synthetic chemicals of various formulations (including PFCs, PFOA, PFOS and GenX, among others) that are used widely in various products for moisture and […]

A Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide of Things That Last

Wo0t! It’s that time of the year when zero waste and second-hand gifts are given, plastic usage is drastically reduced, and animals and the environment are given all the love in the world!  Right?? Sighhh. Well, if it isn’t, then let’s make it.  Here’s a Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide – offering a few ways to get […]

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 […]