• “Stuff” Doesn’t Have to be a Bad Word

    You won’t find many green living advocates admit this, but I like shopping and I like new things – clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchen gadgets, you name it. Even though it goes against most environmentalist teachings, I find it therapeutic and rewarding. And really, I don’t buy all that much that is frivolous. But I’ve realized I could make…


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  • The Hard Truth About Fabric Softeners

    Do you use fabric softeners or dryer sheets? If so, maybe you use them because your mom did. Maybe it’s out of habit because commercials make us feel that we need something more than just detergent. But do we? Sure, they make clothes feel softer, reduce static cling, and add a spring-fresh scent. But have you…


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  • Is Organic Produce Worth the Price?

    I didn’t do much research when I started to prioritize organic food several years ago, but with two kids to feed, I decided I should take a look at the facts to see if organic produce is worth the cost premium. The short answer to my question is yes, the investment in organic…


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  • Why the Earth is not a Charity Case

    Don’t get me wrong. I fully support any event that increases awareness and action around being environmentally-friendly. People come out in droves to clean up parks, they take pledges to reduce energy consumption, they ride their bikes to work. All these acts are great, and I encourage you to participate. But they’re like New Year’s resolutions: most people go back to business as usual within a day or two. …


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  • Detoxing Personal Care Products with Think Dirty

    I started my responsible consumption project with my toiletries. Partially because once I downloaded the Think Dirty App I was completely addicted (seriously, who can resist your own personal barcode scanner?!), and partially because I already try to buy “clean” and wanted to put my efforts to the test. (more…)


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