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Sting along

Oh, Sting. How I love thee and thy ageless, yoga-chiseled physique. And now that I'm older and grateful for any sane voice that rises above the usual blah-blah-blah media clamor, I also relish your tireless political activism. Sure, I haven't really liked any of your music since that weird but haunting '80s song about the Russians loving their children too ("Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you/I don't subscribe to that point of viiiiieeeeeeew" -- love it). But there must be some reason I perk up every time I see you and Trudi on the telly. And now, just when …

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Ole smokes!

Mexican wrestler dons an eco-justice cape

I know nothing about Mexico's wrestling league -- except that it's the kind of alternate universe where a man in a cape and a silver mask can stand up for eco-justice and not get laughed out of the building. (God bless Mexico!) It seems Hijo del Santo ("Son of the Saint"), of Lucha Libre fame, has declared that he is dedicating a good portion of his spandex-enhanced powers to fighting eco-crimes this year. In particular, he's vowing to battle "the enemies of the sea" (translation: folks interested in hurting gray whales and consuming sea turtles) by touring coastal communities and …

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Letter to Leonardo

Better be ready to prove your eco-cred

Dear Leonardo, You own a hybrid. You talked up global warming on Oprah. And last week, you stepped up to the Oscar mic with Al Gore. But I wonder if you have any idea how much eco-scrutiny you're going to be under now that you're officially first knight to the King of Climate Change? Luckily, you seem up to the challenge -- at least according to gossip columnist Ted Casablanca: Leonardo DiCaprio is superserious about going green, quelle surprise. During a shoot at Smashbox Studios Wednesday, Leo had his peeps place environmentally safe disposable trash cans around the lot, so …

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Mirror mirror on the wall ...

Presenting the world’s most ungreen celebs

Who's the ungreenest of them all? Looks like it's David and Victoria Beckham, who apparently own four homes, 15 cars, and -- like any celeb couple worth its salt -- travel thousands of miles by airplane every year. Here's a thought: After they move to L.A., maybe Leonardo DiCaprio should take them a welcome basket stuffed with a five-year TerraPass, a few Tesla Motors brochures, and an Eco Kettle.

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Conserving a cuppa

Talk about calling the kettle green

Ever since I read the recent Ask Umbra on the most environmentally friendly ways to boil water, I've been rethinking my tea-making strategy. At present, I'm a practitioner of the stovetop method, but lately I've noticed that, unless I'm really really really paying attention, Early Morning Me tends to put the kettle half on and half off the burner. Not so good for the tea, worse for the environment. After catching myself committing this particular conservation crime a couple of times this week, I decided it was time to spring for an electric kettle. Lo and behold, I ran across …

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A clean, green, dishwashing machine

Green diswasher detergents compare well with conventional brands

After a long week of paper writing and spreadsheet wrestling, I've got a looot of dishes to do this weekend. Good thing Consumer Reports decided to issue their list of the best dishwasher detergents this week. And guess what? Two green brands -- Ecover and Seventh Generation -- made the grade. (Sorry, faithful box of Cascade. Time to go!) Seventh Generation also made the list of best conventional laundry detergents. Bonus: It costs 5 cents less per load than one type of Tide. So much for the I-want-to-buy-eco-products-but-they're-too-expensive excuse.

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Vroom for improvement

Tips on being a green driver

I haven't had a car for 11 years. Not because I'm particularly virtuous, but because I moved to Manhattan where there's, um, no place to park one. But my identity as car owner did not go gently into that good night. Before I left Texas for NYC, I fretted almost constantly about leaving my car stereo, my sunroof -- my freedom! -- behind. And now -- well, now I'm fretting constantly about becoming a car owner again. You see, two years ago, I moved to Santa Barbara, and while the public transportation is pretty good during the day, at night …

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More Gore

Really, can you get enough?

Just can't get enough of Al-mania? For your consideration, two Gore-centric anecdotes from the Oscar backstage press room, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly: Please. S'il Vous Plait. Por Favor. Per Favore. Please. Hands shot up all over for Al Gore when he came backstage. What did the international press want to know? Maybe something about how it was to star in an Oscar-winning film? Or how they can help stop global warming? Or how can they fix the wipers on their Priuses? Um, no. Two questioners addressed him as ''Mr. President,'' and it continued from there, with journalists imploring him to …

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Gore a winner ... but for how long?

Laugh. Groan.

And the Oscar-recount jokes keep on coming ...

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The G-list

The pre-Oscar buzz is green, all green

Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Penelope Cruz at the Global Green pre-Oscar party. Photo: Michael Caulfield / WireImage.com Anyone who sneaks a guilty peek at Access Hollywood or Extra after dinner knows that it is officially Party Week in Hollywood. Everybody and her over-pedigreed dog is in town, boozing and schmoozing it up before the Academy Awards on Sunday. So when I scored an invite to the Global Green pre-Oscar party, I was pretty pumped. This is the third year the organization has thrown the blowout, complete with a plethora of hybrids and alternative energy vehicles in the parking lot, …

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