New Research Connects Plastic with Climate Change

photo: by Olivier Poirion for BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45043989

“One of the great tragedies of modern society is that we have politicians cherry-picking science in the interests of their own social, cultural, political and religious belief systems, and that’s the beginning of the end of an informed democracy…If your belief is not based in objective truth then maybe you should not be creating legislation based on it.” That’s Neil deGrasse Tyson on climate change. This is how plastic is connected. [Read more…]

Can Starbucks Straws Solve The Plastic Problem?

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The decision to eliminate Starbucks straws by 2020 is making headlines. But is it a step in the right direction? Because they can be made of so many different types of plastic and don’t include an identifying “chasing arrow” symbol, straws aren’t typically recycled. Americans use 500 million every day. So eliminating Starbucks straws seems like a good thing, right? Well, maybe. [Read more…]

Solo Cups Are Styrofoam?

red solo cup made of polystyrene aka Styrofoam on polluted beach

photo: Metro Waste Authority (mwatoday.com)

From coffee cup lids to straws, cutlery and cups, polystyrene and “Styrofoam” products are everywhere. Even SOLO cups are made of 100% polystyrene plastic—the same plastic that’s in a Dunkin’ Donuts foam coffee cup.

Yes, really.

In honor of #plasticfreejuly, I’m sharing more information about the growing problem of plastic polluting our oceans. And “Styrofoam” is a huge culprit. [Read more…]

Plastic: 4 Facts You Should Know

seahorse plastic earbud

photo: National Geographic

Have you heard the stats on plastic? One million plastic bags used every minute around the globe. Three million water bottles used every hour in the United States. Five million straws used every day in America. Plastic production increased 2,000 percent from 1964 to 2014. More than 300 million tons of new plastic produced annually and less than 10% recycled.

Plastic overconsumption is affecting our environment—and our health. Reports show that eight million tons go into the ocean each year (the equivalent of a garbage truck full every minute) and that if we don’t do something about it, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

In the last two years that I’ve spent focused on this issue, I’ve come to understand the bigger picture about plastic pollution—and what we can do about it. If you care about climate change, your health or animal welfare, you need to know these four facts about plastic. [Read more…]

The Truth About Mercury

mercury batteryAt IKEA a few weeks ago, I picked up a few things. Candles, a few Beskuren, some replacement Ivrig—you know, the usual essentials. And AA batteries, better known as Aklalisk in IKEAland. When I got those home, I took a closer look at the label where, to my surprise, I found that it listed “0% Mercury.” Do most other batteries contain mercury—and if so, what else? I decided to find out.  [Read more…]

Healing Heartbreak Through Yoga: Mandy Ingber

mommy-greenest-mandy-ingber-yogalosophy-photo-600Like all of us, I’m no stranger to heartbreak. And I’ve always used exercise—particularly yoga, over the last 20 years—to get me through. So when I read about yogi-to-the-stars Mandy Ingber’s new book, Yogalosophy for Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy, I knew I had to talk to her. “Heartbreak is a universal experience,” she writes in this amazing book, the second in her New York Times best-selling Yogalosophy series. “In this moment of truth lies the opportunity to find action-oriented ways to love yourself.” This idea—that events which challenge us can also inspire critical growth—really resonated with me. With surprising perspective provided by yoga clients like Jennifer Aniston and Brooke Shields, Yogalosophy for Inner Strength is a twelve-week program that focuses on physical and emotional health with the goal of transitioning through grief to joy. Mandy took time out to connect with me in this exclusive interview. [Read more…]

Turmeric for Health

turmeric root and powder against white backdropEveryone seems to be mentioning turmeric for health, these days. And it’s not just about a spice that you put in your curry. A proud member of the ginger family, turmeric is said to be an immune system builder and powerful antioxidant. I got the scoop from Randi Ragan, holistic well-being expert, founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa and author of the brand-new book A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind and Spirit. This beautifully-illustrated book is chock full of recipes, teas, tonics, exercises and daily practices—including instructions on how to make an easy turmeric for health tonic, which I’ve included below. All are designed to reduce stress, avoid illness and improve wellness. Interested? I’ve got two copies to give away! [Read more…]

What’s Made Safe? Amy Ziff Explains

made safe product labelWhat an honor! I grabbed Amy Ziff in the press room of Expo West for this quick interview about her brand-new endeavor, Made Safe. The organization’s goal is to “ensure that goods are made entirely from ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm as determined by scientifically recognized lists from around the world.” Pretty cool, right? Because we all know that what’s listed on–or left off of–a product label doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story about the ingredients that are in it. Made Safe vets those ingredients and actually tests products (in some cases), so you know that a cleaning, beauty or household product that features the Made Safe label is, indeed. How does it all work? I got the inside scoop from Amy herself. [Read more…]