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Food Waste Fuels Climate Change

Food Waste Fuels Climate Change

In the U.S., we’ve become accustomed to excess in every form. The supermarkets overflow with more calories than any one of us could ever need, the shopping malls with more clothes than any one of us will ever wear. But all of that goes unnoticed as we hurry about our busy lives. Who has time […]

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Disappearing Beaches and the Sand Mafia

Disappearing Beaches and the Sand Mafia

Living in a beach town, I’m pretty constantly surrounded by sand. It’s in my hair, clothes, and car after a day at the beach and also in my lectures as a graduate student. It seems like a dull topic to fixate on, but most people don’t realize that sand is an important resource, and we’re […]

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Unplug Yourself

Unplug Yourself

In this day and age, it seems everyone has a technological device. Even kids as young as six years old can be seen on their iPads or tablets or smart phones, constantly updating their own Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook accounts. With such a prominent social media presence, there is often a lot of pressure to […]

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Indoor Plants Part 3: Peace Lily

Indoor Plants Part 3: Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Houseplants that produce flowers can be difficult to find. Peace lily is an exception. Its white flower sits on top of a long stem but the real attraction is the white spathe that surrounds the flower like a Tudor queen’s ruff. This and its tropical foliage make peace lily one of the […]

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Compassionate Choices

Compassionate Choices

In the month and a half that I’ve been vegetarian, the question I’ve been asked the most has definitely been “WHY??” And whenever my family chows down on an In-n-Out Burger or on some bacon, I definitely ask myself that, too. But the other big question has been “What did you watch? Did you read […]

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Indoor Plants: A Life Support System Part 2

Indoor Plants: A Life Support System Part 2

(For Part 1 of Rick Perillo’s blog series on indoor plants, please visit http://greenlifestyles.org/indoor-plants/) Epipremnum aureum (pothos, devil’s ivy, money plant) You have seen this one growing in the waiting room of your dentist. Set against the backdrop of parenting magazines and sounds of dental drills, you did not take notice. But, on the Solomon Islands, […]

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Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden by Thomas Leo Ogren

Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden by Thomas Leo Ogren

The allergy-fighting garden would be a blessing in disguise to every gardener or homeowner suffering from allergies. Thomas Leo Ogren, who has a master’s degree in Agriculture, has dedicated years of research to the study of plants, herbs and trees in the context of allergic potential, and this book is a condensed version of all […]

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Eco Nuts: Laundry Detergent for the Eco-Conscious

Eco Nuts: Laundry Detergent for the Eco-Conscious

Eco Nuts laundry detergent has long been a staple of eco-conscious consumers and those that like to use environmentally friendly products. It also has main street appeal, too. It is priced reasonably, smells great, and does a wonderful job cleaning up clothes — especially those that my busy toddler has covered with food, dirt and […]

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Indoor Plants: A Life Support System: Part I

Indoor Plants: A Life Support System: Part I

“Since man’s existence on Earth depends upon a life support system involving an intricate relationship with plants and their associated microorganisms, it should be obvious that when he attempts to isolate himself in tightly sealed buildings away from this ecological system, problems will arise.” This observation was published in a 1989 NASA report on the […]

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China’s “Inconvenient Truth”? A Review of “Under the Dome”

China’s “Inconvenient Truth”? A Review of “Under the Dome”

China has experienced rapid economic growth over the past decade, but, as a consequence of the expansion of industry and an unregulated dependence on “dirty” energy, many parts of the country have also experienced the negative effects of heavy pollution. While it may be no secret that air quality and other environmental metrics in China […]

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