3 Steps to Avoid Dryer Sheet Air Pollution

wool dryer ballsThere’s nothing quite like the warm smell of fresh laundry. I grew up with that scent, and was taught early on that when doing a load you put the soap in the washer and the dryer sheet in the dryer—I simply couldn’t think about doing one without the other. But because of allergies and asthma in my household, I stopped using dryer sheets about a decade ago. And you know what? My clothes are just as soft. Now new research shows my laundry is safer, too, because of dryer sheet air pollution. [Read more…]

Easy Water Saving Tips to Save You Money

Think you know everything about water saving tips? I just learned some startling facts. Like, the average American requires about 2,000 gallons of water every day. Our consumption of fresh water has doubled in the last 70 years and is projected to increase 25% by 2030. Water saving tips like turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth can save more than 200 gallons per person per month. And there’s ONE simple act responsible for 30% of water usage in the house. Want to know what it is? Take a look!

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Vegan Ice Cream Detox? Sign Me Up! Thanks, @ChalkboardMag!

File this one under only in California. I just discovered a new recipe for ice cream so jam packed with superfoods it’s considered a detox. Seriously.  [Read more…]

Top 5 Yoga Gear Essentials

man practicing bakasana yoga post in yoga gear essential white pants against white backgroundWhether you’re new to yoga or enhancing your practice, eco-focused yoga gear is great to know about. In my 20s, yoga changed my life–helping me to understand that strong was more important than skinny. A few years ago, I became a certified yoga teacher, with a specialty in prenatal, which I taught for a while. Today, if I do a few yoga classes a week, my back doesn’t hurt and stress kind of rolls over me, rather than rocking my entire world. And I still get excited about the cool stuff involved—especially when it’s sustainably made, like these yoga gear essentials.  [Read more…]

House Votes Against 90% of U.S. to Pass DARK Act: Take Steps to #StoptheDARKAct

This week, the DARK Act passed the House of Representatives, despite the fact that 9 of 10 Americans support GMO labeling. Now it’s up to the Senate to block it, so that states’ rights to label can stand. Read more for what you can do today to help #StoptheDARKAct.

Meanwhile, my grandfather ran a bean elevator. I wonder what he would think about Monsanto suing farmers? This video, posted on Facebook by Neil Young, just makes me so sad. [Read more…]

Ice Bucket Challenge Aside, Formaldehyde Triples ALS Risk

Last year’s ice bucket challenge raised more than $100 million for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. But a recent study could be even more valuable, as it determines a connection between formaldehyde and ALS. [Read more…]

Target Projects $1 Billion in #MadetoMatter Sales, Takes on @WholeFoods

I used to spend a lot of time at Target. Especially when you’ve got little kids crawling all over you, the option of snapping them into a shopping cart and trolling the air conditioned aisles for laundry detergent and a kick-ass bikini is especially tempting. Since I shifted to more sustainable shopping habits, my visits to the big red dot have been few and far between, but I like what I’m discovering about the Made to Matter program. [Read more…]

Why California Drought Matters to Everyone, Especially #Fracking

“I don’t even live in California. Why should I worry about the drought?” Here’s one reason why we should all be worried about California drought: Farmers in the state grow most of the food that Americans eat, such as 90% of the grapes, and 95% of the broccoli. And that’s just the biggest crops. Here’s another: The problem isn’t just limited to California drought, it’s also affecting the states of Oregon and Washington–Portland and Seattle both announced drought status in July. And finally–not to freak you out or anything–according to EcoWatch, the California drought has lead to an increase in mosquito borne illnesses like West Nile Virus, and a decrease in populations of river fish like salmon. Scared? Me, too. But along with new gadgets and gizmos designed to save water, there is some good news on the horizon. [Read more…]