In the spirit of Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff video and book and her emphasis on simplifying our lives, I’m happy to be participating in a new community blog carnival called “Spring Cleaning: Get the Junk Out!“ (If you haven’t yet read my post from yesterday, please check out my interview with Annie Leonard and [...]Read the full post.
Do you know your neighbors? Annie Leonard, creator of the viral video The Story of Stuff thinks you should. In fact, she thinks it’s the number one thing we can do to take back our power as citizens and solve our environmental problems. In this interview, she explains why, and insists that all of us [...]Read the full post.
There are environmentalists who eschew pop culture for its crassness, its commercialism, its emphasis on celebrity over authenticity. I am not one of those environmentalists. Sure, our society’s addiction to overconsumption saddens me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited by Lady Gaga or the Oscars red carpet gowns. Last night was the 82nd [...]Read the full post.
Most of us know and are concerned about avoiding the “bad” plastics. Especially when it comes to our food. Polycarbonate, PVC, Polystyrene. But until recently, many people have considered PET, Polyethylene Terephthalate (#1 plastic, the type of plastic that water and juice bottles are made from) to be safe. And while there have been studies [...]Read the full post.
Their names range from the catchy (TaterWare, WheatWare, SpudWare) to the merely descriptive (Compostable utensils, PLA utensils, etc.) And while they are touted as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics, very few of them are actually compostable in a real world situation. TaterWare Take, for example, TaterWare, made from potato starch, of course. Many of the [...]Read the full post.
6.9oz Plastic Waste [5 oz new/1.9 oz acquired prior to June 2007] For some reason, February felt like a very, very long month. Gray drizzly days. And we don’t even get snow here. Welcome to those who are discovering this blog after watching the segment on ABC7 morning news today. Every month I collect and [...]Read the full post.