When I was a kid, life featured just four noteworthy pieces of high-tech wonder: the phone, a tube TV, a transistor radio and the holy hi-fi. Only the radio was portable. And whatever the family had when you were six was still there when you left for college. Now it all slips in your pocket and becomes an antique before it's out of the box.
Here in the far northern boondocks, my wallet now shrieks in horror every time it sees a gas pump. But $3.84 a gallon is nothing compared to California, where gas is nearly a dollar more. People are driving all over creation trying to shave a few pennies off the price. But what if we could save that cash and more every time we hit the accelerator?
Seventh Generation is working to create more and more products that are sustainable, so it makes sense for consumers to stop and ask, "What do you mean by a sustainable product?" and, "Is it possible to produce products from plants in a sustainable way?"
2X, 3X, 4X… what's with all the Xs in the laundry aisle? Are they something you should get eXcited about? That depends on how eXhausted you get lugging home those big jugs of laundry detergent. And how frustrated you get when you realize a lot of what you're paying for is water.
Say it ain't so! A new study being reported just about everywhere finds (gasp!) that organic foods (no!) are no more nutritious (horror!) than conventional foods (shock!). Media alarms are blaring. Big Agriculture is crowing. Consumers are confused, and just about everyone appears to have forgotten the most important thing of all.
In my house, September 1 is the first day of winter. Or at least the first day of thinking about it. That's the day I start my cold weather to-do list. There's wood to stack, summer gear to put away, and, most of all, a host of things to check to make sure that once the snow starts to fly we don't freeze solid and go broke doing it.
As with many Canadian moms, back to school is the start of fresh new school year and a fresh new routine for my family. As September approaches, my three sons love picking out their favorite lunch items. A few years ago, while researching my first book, Green for Life, my opinion started to change on how my family packed school lunches.
With a teenager, two dogs, and a life that includes lots of time outdoors, it seems like every day is laundry day in my world. I'm sure I'm not alone. Laundry can be all-consuming, and I mean that literally: It eats up time, electricity, water, and other things. So just how are we doing when it comes to doing the wash?