Behind the Greens

GOING GREEN

MONEY MATTERS

  • The Environmental Tax Shift
    Polluters Pay More So You Can Pay Less Nobody loves tax time. Not only does April 15 bury you in a mess of paperwork, it's a stinging reminder that the government can take your hard-earned dollars and spend them on activities you object to, like urban sprawl and timber sales on public land. While you're […]

EATING RIGHT

  • Red Fish, Green Fish
    Everything you need to know about seafood ratings, from what the colors mean, to the problems with overfishing, bycatch, farmed and illegally caught fish.

HOUSE & HOME

  • Sleeping Soundly
    Organic Cotton May be the Key to a Good Night's Rest It's easy to feel virtuous using 100 percent cotton bed sheets. What could be more pure than bedding made from a natural product, with no artificial fibers? Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Mothers & Others For a Livable Planet reports that cotton is the […]

BEHIND THE GREENS

  • In Defense of Animals
    Joyce Tischler of the Animal Legal Defense FundJoyce Tischler is a California attorney who co-founded the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a collective of attorneys and supporters who are advancing anti-cruelty legislation, encouraging enforcement of animal protection laws and taking steps to bring the field of animal law into the mainstream. Tischler served as the group’s […]

CONSCIOUS CONSUMER

  • Working Light
    Shortcuts to the Greener Office The most environmentally-unfriendly place you step into all day may be the one in which you spend most of your waking hours. What’s that hostile environment? It’s your office. Think about it. The workplace welter of electronics gobbles watts, the office copier fairly inhales paper, and the air is tainted […]

TOOLS FOR GREEN LIVING

  • Natural Options
    The 10 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic In 1984, Elizabeth Ryan bought a farm in New York’s mid Hudson Valley. The farm and orchard had been managed conventionally for many years, but Ryan decided to severely restrict the use of chemical pesticides. Her farm is now run under a preventive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) […]