A Sound Idea — Forest-Friendly Instuments Make Sweet Music. Greg Gaylord, a self-employed drum maker, works with wood almost every day. The lone owner and operator of aptly named Drum Solo in Novato, California, Gaylord spends his waking hours laboring over the many intricacies of his handcrafted snare drums.
Saving Heirloom Seeds for a Sustainable Future Kent Whealy is saving the Earth, one tomato at a time. Known in seed circles as America’s godfather of the heirloom seed movement, Whealy is the founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to systematically collecting and preserving heritage seeds from the past. Whealy started […]
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 […]
The Small Gas Engine Is an Environmental Nightmare Most summer weekends, a few million people use them to mow lawns, trim hedges, blow leaves or cut up firewood. Millions more use them to buzz over waterways and lakes in jet skis or motorboats. In the winter, people in the colder climates roar along snow-clogged residential […]
Natural Alternatives to Toxic Coloring Agents I was born to be a redhead, but that’s not the color I got. The first time my hair dried to the glorious shade of red on the box of dye, I was hooked. I’m not alone: more than 50 million women in America dye their hair on a […]
A Sun Worshipper’s Guide to Natural Summer Skin Care The sun has long been worshipped as a mood enhancer and an energy uplifter, but when it comes to your skin, there’s definitely a love-hate relationship. On one hand, skin needs the sun’s rays to receive and synthesize vitamin D. Moderate sun exposure has even been […]
Banning the Biters With Natural Insect Repellents The common mosquito is, at first glance, a pathetic creature. Weighing, on average (and on an empty stomach), less than two milligrams, it's laughably small. It's so fragile even the slightest breeze can send it spiraling into oblivion. A human, when irritated, may crush it effortlessly between his […]
Has Online Retail Spawned a New Orgy of Consumer Spending? Shopnow.com captures the lure of e-commerce in its motto, “The shopping is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Indeed, online revenues, which last year totaled $4.5 billion globally, are expected to jump to $14.8 billion by next January. Two years after that, according […]