The Heartbreaking Environmental Cost of the Federal Shutdown {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Has the recent “border wall” shutdown affected the federal government’s ability to safeguard our air and water quality and otherwise protect our environment and public lands? — Peter Nicholson, via e-mail No one is happy about the recent partial shutdown of the federal […]

How to Live a Low Impact Life in 2019

How to live a low impact life in 2019

Over the past few months, this blog has grown a bit – thank you so much for reading what I have to say – and it makes me feel optimistic that so many people are interested in taking responsibility for our impact on the environment. And wanting to do something about it. My own ideas […]

Where are all the Awesome SUSTAINABLE Outdoor Gear? {EarthTalk Q&A}

Sustainable outdoor gear tents and apparel

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: I hear a lot about Patagonia doing the right thing by the environment, but what about the rest of the outdoor gear and apparel industry? –Doug Pearson, Chicago, IL It’s true that Patagonia has long been a leader in sustainability initiatives. More than […]

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 […]