The Epic Guide to Ethical Coffee Drinking

I’ve known coffee since I was a baby. My family is a family of coffee drinkers, and my grandfather was known to dip the tip of his index finger in his milk coffee and let baby me taste it. It sounds terrible now, but it was common practice back then, though my horrified mother tried […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]