What You Need to Know About Carpets and Indoor Air Quality

synthetic fibers in our carpets

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I need to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting in my basement. Any tips for finding something new that won’t aggravate my allergies or otherwise pollute my indoor air? — Jasper Manheim, Los Angeles, CA Carpeting is an oft-overlooked culprit when it comes to compromised indoor […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Essential Oils

{OR Learning to Get Natural with your Wellness} Essential oils can be a wonderful addition to your wellness routine, if you learn how to use them correctly. I began this post as a stand-alone one, but then it got really long and I got new ideas. So, this post is now the first in a […]

Five Rules for Zero Waste Grocery Shopping*

*To the extent possible! When you’re transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, few things are more challenging than getting the zero waste grocery shopping right. Weekly? Check. Zero-waste? Um, as far as possible. Vegan? Check (of course). Those are my criteria. And how I go about it is quite simple (otherwise I wouldn’t follow it myself). […]