Behind the Greens


  • An Island Full of Green
    Photos: © Robert Isenberg Aruba’s Parks, Reefs and Wind Turbines Are a Sight to BeholdYou can’t drive fast on the northern coast of Aruba; the roads are narrow and rustic, signs are few, and it’s easy to take a wrong turn. But we were happy to take our time. Driving slow, my girlfriend and I […]



  • Soupersize Nutrition
    Nothing beats the aroma and taste of homemade soup on chilly autumn evenings. These days, however, market leaders like Campbell's are not seeing their customary growth and profits. The reason may be because people are becoming more aware of what they eat, and many no longer consider typical condensed soup—loaded with sodium, and filled with overcooked vegetables, limp noodles and some type of animal-based stock—to be part of a healthy diet.


  • Good Cooking
    When lifelong environmentalists Kim Wells and Bob Scheulen set out to renovate their kitchen in Seattle, they wanted to be both "green and sensible." They were pleasantly surprised at the number of affordable and attractive environmentally friendly options available. As a result, they were able to create a beautiful and functional "green" kitchen for a 10 percent cost premium. Depending on the scope of the project, a kitchen renovation could mean getting new cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances and light fixtures, not to mention paint and finish work.



  • Youthful Skin Comes at Cost to Ocean Food Web
    The beauty industry hits hard on the importance of frequent exfoliation to keep skin looking younger and healthy. Spherical plastic micro-bead scrubbers, no larger than a half millimeter, have been introduced into hundreds of skin care products in recent decades, but scientists are discovering that the ocean food web, and maybe human health, could be imperiled as a result.


  • Tools for Green Living
    Tired of harsh and chemical-laden soaps that are rough on your hands as well as the environment? Try eco-friendly and cruelty-free handmade soaps by Just Soap. Interested in "bicycles, alternative energy and human-scale production," founder Frederick Breeden uses bicycle power to manufacture his 11 deliciously scented 3.5-ounce soaps ($2.60) and large soap balls ($4).