As a nation, we love our cars. America invented the drive-in restaurant and drive-in bank. NASCAR racing is one of the fastest growing spectator sports, and car magazines have millions of subscribers. We love our cars so much, we have more of them than we do drivers. We also love big cars, and are buying as many light trucks as passenger automobiles. The result is that the U.S. is the largest per-capita consumer of oil and the largest per-capita producer of global warming gases.
Creative Ways to Give Your Holiday Paper Use the Cut There’s nothing like the holidays to really crank up the paper frenzy. And a frenzy it is: 20 years after the advent of the computer age, Americans use more paper than ever. Though we constitute only five percent of the global population, we consume 30 […]
Natural Alternatives Promote Healthy Kids The birth of a child gives parents a very big and happy incentive to make organic choices. Business is booming for today’s growing contingent of environmentally responsive companies selling eco-healthy children’s products. © Hain Celestial group Perhaps the most natural—and healthiest—choice a new mom can make involves breastfeeding. And despite […]
Where’s the Beef? Today’s Fake Meats Bring You the Taste — But Not the Health Risk — Of the Real Thing
Ground round, bacon, pepperoni, deli ham… not since the Bradys’ daily roast have Americans of all backgrounds embraced meat with such careless abandon. But flip over a package of Yves Breakfast Links or Lightlife’s Smartdogs and you’ll find something missing: the cholesterol, the saturated fat, and, yes, the meat. Courtesy of Turtle Island Foods More […]
Tensions Mount Over Organic Labeling of "Hydrosol" In 1988, when she was just 29, Diana Kaye was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The aggressive disease is one of the fastest-growing forms of cancer and has been linked in various studies to exposure to toxic chemicals. Kaye enrolled in an experimental chemotherapy program and eventually recovered, although […]
Want to Buy an Electric? Get Ready to Hurry Up and Wait If you are lucky enough to live in the state of California, you can-today-visit a car dealer and drive home in a brand-new, road-ready electric vehicle (EV). If you live anywhere else, the pickings are pretty slim. Although strict new Clean Air Act […]
Eco-Friendly Furniture That’s Beautiful and Functional If you were to dissect a typical living-room couch, you’d likely find an environmental disaster: a frame made of unsustainably harvested wood treated with formaldehyde and varnishes that can pollute indoor air; unrecyclable foam cushions dosed with flame-retardant chemicals that accumulate in fish when released into the environment; and […]
When one or two insects visit your home, they seem like obnoxious guests. And when an invasion occurs, your first reaction may be to call the exterminator or spray something noxious. But insect infestations aren’t always as bad as they seem, and there are numerous options that don’t involve the purchase of toxic pesticides.
Without batteries, more than 500,000 Americans would not have woken up on time this morning. Nearly 150 million would be stuck in traffic with dead engines. And 400 million would be talking to themselves on their dead cell phones. From pacemakers to wristwatches, the human dependency on a battery-powered life has never been greater. Consumer electronics products are predicted to reach a record $99.5 billion in sales this year, an increase of 3.5 percent from 2002, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. While the number of portable electronic devices is on the rise, it is often the more environmentally harmful batteries that provide the power. A major problem with batteries is not so much the batteries themselves, but inefficient use and disposal by confused consumers.