Category for eco

How to Survive Building a New House

Posted on July 31, 2014

As I mentioned in my What a Year post, we moved into a new house last summer –July 2013 to be exact. Now that we’ve been in the house for one year, things are starting to settle down. I unpacked the last boxes in May 2014. The dust has finally settled and I’m ready to discuss this huge project. In this post I’m going to outline how to survive building a new house, or, how I enjoyed the renovation of ... read more →

Gluten Free Lipsticks

Posted on September 27, 2012

Photo by jwinfred on Flickr

For the most part, I’m a tomboy.  I wear gym clothes just about everyday.  As I sit here writing this, I’m wearing a pair of ratty old sweat pants and my husband’s frayed t-shirt.  I don’t like to wear make up to the grocery store, or anyplace else for that matter.

There is one exception though, where I do go girlie every now and then.  Lip gloss.  Maybe it’s because it’s moisturizing in the deathly dry climate in ... read more →

Mark Bittman’s Soda Tax

Posted on July 25, 2011

Is soda the new tobacco?  That is what I was wondering after I read Mark Bittman’s op-ed piece (Bad Food? Tax It) in yesterday’s New York Times.  In his article (which I tweeted several times) Bittman suggested taxing soda and subsidizing vegetables. Not such a bad idea, right?

Wait a minute.  There will be loads of people who vehemently object to Bittman’s proposed soda tax.  Why?  They will claim that we are creating a nanny state.  They will argue that the ... read more →

Keep Your Hands Off Our Strawberries

Posted on April 9, 2011

Photo by Annabelle Breakey from Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Everybody loves strawberries.  At least everybody I know.  They’re an absolute favorite food in our house.  Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have access to, and can afford organic strawberries.  For those who are not so lucky, sadly, the dangers are many.  First and foremost, a toxic pesticide called methyl iodide is used to grow our favorite berry, and according to John Froines of UCLA, it is “one of the most toxic chemicals on ... read more →

Gas Guzzling Gangstas

Posted on June 5, 2007

The hot topic this summer is fuel economy.

Unless you’re a lobbyist for General Motors, Ford or Chrysler, that is! While Japan is kicking some serious butt with the Toyota Prius (more than a million sold to date), the big 3 are trying to buy their way out of increased mileage standards.

Check out Mark Fiore’s video Innovations in Energy, a hilarious snapshot of energy policy in our country.

The Terminator

Posted on June 1, 2007

I never, ever thought I’d be calling the Terminator an activist, however, Ahhhnold is my new hero. He not only sued the EPA once for failing to implement carbon dioxide regulations, he is now threatening to do so again!

That’s the short of it. The whole story is quite convoluted. The EPA claimed that it does not have the “authority” to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Go figure? Supreme Court told EPA otherwise. In the face of EPA foot dragging, the ... read more →

Product Review: Tube Wringer

Posted on May 7, 2007

I am addicted to my tube wringer. It drives my husband crazy. Even though we have our own toothpastes, I get out the tube wringer and squeeze every last drop out of his tube before I let him throw it away. I use it as well for ointments and other products that come in a tube. I don’t like to waste!

I found out about this from my friend Mary whose husband is a painter. He had one of these metal ... read more →

David Steinman

Posted on May 3, 2007

David Steinman, founder of the Green Patriot movement, is an acclaimed author, environmentalist and health consumer advocate.

Steinman has testified before Congress as an expert witness on the levels of chemical contaminants in the blood of persons eating locally caught fish from Southern California bays. It was his landmark study, published in the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, that led to the historic movement to clean up the Santa Monica Bay.

Steinman is an advisory board member for The Green ... read more →

Lions and Tigers and Lunch Boxes, Oh My!

Posted on April 9, 2007

During the last month, a couple of consumer safety issues featured in the news media caught my attention.

The first was a story in Newsweek which concluded that more than 50% of children’s shampoo contains para-dioxane, a cancer causing agent. Now I know why I wash my children’s hair with plain old warm water; it’s not just because I adore the way they smell like freshly washed puppies after a bath…

The second piece of news was more distressing than the first. ... read more →

Carlo Petrini

Posted on April 3, 2007

The Slow Food Movement was born in Italy in1986 when Carlo Petrini organized a protest against the building of a McDonald’s in Rome.

Petrini founded Slow Food International three years later, renouncing not only Fast Food, but the overall pace of Fast Life. Issuing a manifesto, the movement called for the safeguarding of local economies, the rediscovery of authentic culinary tradition and a sustainable, ecologically aware consumerism.

At the table, Slow Food advocates a return to traditional recipes, locally grown foods ... read more →

Monica Moore

Posted on March 1, 2007

Monica Moore is a founding member of the worldwide organization Pesticide Action Network and has worked on pesticide issues for close to three decades. Although she keeps a low profile, she is a hero in the environmental movement, having received numerous awards, most recently “Advocate of Social Justice” from the Ecological Farming Association.

She co-founded Pesticide Action Network North America in 1984 and was an Executive Director there for over 20 years. She currently serves as an advisor and board member ... read more →

Future of Food

Posted on February 24, 2007

Did you know that farmers are being sued for growing food? Did you know that a company can purchase the genetic “patent” for a seed that has existed for thousands of years? Did you know that one company could eventually “own” all of the seeds in the world and that you could be arrested for planting them in your own backyard?

Multinational corporations are genetically engineering “impotent” seeds, ones that are incapable of reproduction –altering, no, stealing the life-giving energy ... read more →

Bush to Sell Woods

Posted on February 8, 2007

The Bush administration’s federal budget proposal contains a recycled, yet innovative idea. A tree sale! Sell more than 300,000 acres of federal forest land, then use the cash to finance rural schools.

What I like best about this plan? The little Bush can kill two birds with one stone!

Once he finally succeeds in selling our trees, no rural areas will remain. The country will become one big strip mall and those cumbersome rural schools won’t weigh us down anymore. Really ... read more →

Dr. Tyrone Hayes

Posted on February 1, 2007

Dr. Hayes, a professor at the University of California Berkeley, studied the hormone disrupting effects of the pesticide, atrazine on frogs. In reaction to the study’s results, Syngenta, the manufacturer of atrazine, went on a witch hunt to discredit Dr. Hayes and his research.

I have seen Dr. Hayes speak at conferences; he is a knowledgeable and captivating presenter of fairly dry information.
For more on Dr. Hayes and the scary stuff on drug companies read this article entitled US: It’s Not ... read more →