Behind the Greens

GOING GREEN

  • Great Expeditions
    Photos: Ground Truth Trekking Documenting the Changing Ice-Scape on Alaska’s Lost Coast—With the KidsHusband and wife scientists Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick do not go on vacations. Their day-to-day lives are an adventure—with a Mongolian yurt lacking running water or a toilet in remote Seldovia, Alaska, serving as home to the couple and their two […]

MONEY MATTERS

  • The Power of Proxy
    Shareholders Use Their Votes Via the Power of the Proxy to Help Companies Go Green

EATING RIGHT

  • Going Nuts
    Many restaurants now include nuts in many different dishes, especially salads and desserts. And with the recent low-carb craze, nuts have been recognized as nutritional protein powerhouses that are great for snacking. Many children today don't just respond to nuts with a sniffly nose or scratchy throat; they are literally deathly allergic. In fact, nut allergies are among the most deadly; they cause 100 to 200 deaths every year, mostly in children and adolescents.

HOUSE & HOME

  • From Landfill to Living Room
    Salvaged Building Materials are Catching On In 1976, Dr. Dan Knapp quit his teaching job and started hanging around the dump in Lane County, Oregon. On a mission to rescue reusable items, he rooted through tons of trash, undaunted by the landfill's “No Salvage” signs. “I thought that [prohibition] was kind of silly,” he says, […]

BEHIND THE GREENS

CONSCIOUS CONSUMER

  • Pretty in Plastic
    Pleather is a Versatile, Though Controversial, Alternative to Leather Just when you were getting used to "fake" meat, faux fur and drinking milk from a plant, along comes "pleather," also known as "plastic leather." Before you hit the runway in your new non-leather jacket, however, you should know why some environmentalists still prefer hides or […]

TOOLS FOR GREEN LIVING

  • Toys for Thought
    While it's not possible for parents to completely tune out the directives to buy, buy, buy, they can make their purchases from companies that share their values. We've discovered several worthy sites online.