Eat Seasonally – Even in Winter!

root-cellar-vegetables-hm-mdSeasonal eating is easy in summer, when produce at the local farmers' markets is abundant. But in winter, across wide swaths of the U.S., the options tend to dwindle after the fall harvest. But with a little creativity, you can create wonders with those familiar seasonal ingredients – root vegetables, winter squashes, kale and other winter greens, along with preserved foods and maybe some sustainably raised meat.

Conveniently, many winter vegetables are natural health foods – rich in Vitamin CVitamin K and beta carotene that promise an immunity boost at a time when the common cold and the flu are circulating. (more…)

Give to Charity While You Shop Onlin

igive-goodshop-logos-mdThere's no time of year like the holiday shopping season for American expenditures, and online shopping makes up an ever-growing portion of the retail take. For green consumers aware of the environmental impact of their gift purchases, the season comes with a heavy dose of uncertainty, or even guilt: How much is appropriate to spend? When buying for loved ones, how must "stuff" is too much? (more…)

For Year-End Charitable Giving, Remember the Environment

earthshare-logo-mdMany people plan their charitable giving at the end of the year, when the holiday season abuts tax season. And it's also this time of year when employers promote matching programs for employee charitable gifts. Check with your Human Resources department or manager and take advantage of any matching gift programs your employer offers.

If your workplace takes part in EarthShare, making charitable gifts to environmental causes is easy. Making a gift to EarthShare means spreading your contribution among environmental organizations that work for clean air, clean water and healthy wildlife and landscapes, and each organization that receives gifts must meet standards for spending donations responsibly. You can also designate your gift to the specific cause you champion, whether it's oceansrivers or African elephants. (more…)

Blow Your Nose – Without Blowing Away More Trees Read more: Recycled Tissues – Facial Tissues Made from Recycled Paper

tissueIt's cold season and runny noses are making their annual appearance. The most eco-friendly way to blow your nose is to use the old-fashioned handkerchief. However, if carrying a used hankie in your pocket adds a stomach ache to your symptoms, look into the option of purchasing tissues made with 100% recycled paper.

According to the Resource Conservation Alliance, each American uses approximately 800 pounds of paper per year. By using paper products made from 100% recycled material you not only help protect forests by lowering the demand for trees, but you also help lower the formation of toxic dioxins and furans in the environment by avoiding products bleached with chlorine. (more…)

Plant Street Trees to Clean the Air

plantreePlanting trees is good for the environment, good for the soul, good for the local economy... and, it turns out, even better for our health than previously thought.

A recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that trees and other green plants can reduce two key air pollutants eight times more than previously known.

Nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates are two key components of smog and soot, which can damage lungs, make outdoor exercise unsafe and send asthmatics running to the emergency room at high rates. Both pollutants, however, can be reduced by as much as 40% (nitrogen dioxide) to 60% (fine particulates) if trees, shrubs, ivy and even grass are planted in so-called "urban street canyons." Trees, in fact, may be less effective than smaller greenery, since pollutants may be trapped beneath the tree canopy in some cases. (more…)