Sep 30th 2017
What is Fair Trade, and Does it Matter in Body Care?
Free Trade? Fair Trade? What's the difference, and what does this have to do with your chocolate, coffee and body care products? When I started making soap and needed to buy oils in bulk, I realized I…Read The Article
Sep 21st 2017
How Dead Plants Provide Life for Birds, Pollinators and People!
Do you cut your flowers back when they're done blooming, or trim foliage to the ground once it starts to die back? (Of course if they're perennials, the plants are not actually dead—they are very much…Read The Article
Sep 6th 2017
Milkweed Species For Your Garden
Milkweeds! These beautiful, lovely smelling plants are the hosts for monarch caterpillars, which can eat nothing but milkweed leaves and young seed pods. Adult monarchs lay their eggs under milkweed l…Read The Article
Sep 2nd 2017
The Magnificent Monarch Migration!
Migrating monarchs! Through wind and rain, around predators and human obstacles, monarch butterflies fly up to 3000 miles in late summer to their wintering grounds in Mexico and California!Most butter…Read The Article
Aug 23rd 2017
Seven Ways to Stop Junk Mail
Junk mail might be one of the most tragic uses of trees, creating unwanted paper trash that clutters mailboxes, recycling bins, landfills and streets. Rocky Mountain National Park. Picture By Daniel…Read The Article
Aug 16th 2017
The Not So Innocent Plastic Straw
Drink box with strawWhen you eat out and order a drink, the drink often arrives with a plastic straw, right? And straws come with the packaging for single-serve drink boxes and other products. Have yo…Read The Article
Aug 9th 2017
How to Protect Birds from Window Collisions
The windows in our living room are shaded by trees, but that wasn't stopping birds from flying into them. Stand outside and look at the windows in your house or office. Birds see the sky, clouds and t…Read The Article
Jul 31st 2017
Sustainability Certification for Wood: FSC vs SFI
Did you know that wood and paper products can be certified as sustainable if they meet certain criteria? Wood-based products can be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable…Read The Article
Jul 26th 2017
Not into Flushing Trees? Choose Recycled TP!
Small everyday choices have big impacts on real ecosystems. The National Resources Defense Council reports that 10 to 15% of deforestation is done to produce toilet paper. This means that thousands of…Read The Article
Jul 20th 2017
Is 100% Recycled as good as it sounds?
The label "100% Recycled" must mean a product is pretty green, right? I always seek out recycled paper products for things like toilet paper, printer paper, etc. A while back, I bought a case of "100%…Read The Article
Jul 13th 2017
Make your own reusable tissues
Here's a simple way to save trees, waste and money. If the idea of using a tree to blow your nose doesn't sit well with you, make your own reusable tissues! It's simple, cheap, upcycles old cloth a…Read The Article
Oct 26th 2015
Jewelweed – a gem for preventing poison ivy rash!
If you're allergic to poison ivy and you don't know about jewelweed, you need to discover this plant! Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) grows in many of the same habitats where poison ivy is found. It es…Read The Article