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How to green your underwear drawer

Go on, green your drawers. Photo: jamelah e. Change your undies, change the world! OK, maybe that's stretching things a bit -- which can't be good for those elastic waistbands. But think about all the times in recent history that underwear has shaped the culture: the 1960s bra-trashing by women's libbers, the infamous 1994 "boxers or briefs" question, the Friends episode where Joey and Rachel "go commando," the 2000 debut of the "Thong Song" -- if nothing else, skivvies grab our attention. But they can also help save the planet. The simple act of buying organic cotton intimates is one …

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Paper mags go green(ish) for one month

The third annual "Green Issue" of Vanity Fair has arrived: Vanity, all is VanityAlthough Madonna graces the cover, the story inside makes no mention of greenness ... including her "eco-song" and headlining gig last summer at Live Earth. Altogether an interesting choice for the "green issue," though I applaud the absence of sweater belts. The cover promises other stories of a greener hue, including: "A Letter to the Next President" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (perhaps an invitation to see his 3D IMAX film?) "Monsanto's Assault on Farmers" (pay attention, Philpott!) "China's Plan to Control the Weather" (um, old news, …

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Chinese miners and our appetite for cheap crap

As the United States has outsourced its industrial base to China over the last two decades, millions of manufacturing jobs have disappeared. But the trend has also allowed us to shed a lot of unpleasantness: industrial waste, air pollution, etc. The move also eased the burden on our electrical grid. The energy needed to produce clothes, electrical gadgets, industrial equipment, etc. no longer comes from our power generators. But greenhouse gases are a fungible substance; coal emissions in China trap just as much heat as emissions in Youngstown, Ohio. And the hazards and environmental devastation of coal mining merely shift. …

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EPA announces new lead standards for renovation of older buildings

Contractors will have to train workers to follow "lead-safe work practice standards" when renovating or repairing older dwellings that house children or pregnant women, according to new standards introduced Monday by the U.S. EPA. The new requirements are an attempt to keep lead out of the bloodstreams of babes, as structures built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. The standards will go into effect in 2010. By the by, the EPA was supposed to adopt lead-safe regulations for renovations in October of 1996. My, how the time flies.

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Umbra on organic vs. natural foods

Dear Umbra, I'm trying to convince my sister that there is a difference between all-natural and organic products, and she doesn't think there is. I'm pretty sure there is a difference, I just don't know what it is. I look at the ingredients of some of the food she buys that she says are "natural" and I wonder how these products are able to claim that! What are the qualifications for something to be labeled all-natural, and how are these products different from organics? Julie Yorkville, Ill. Dearest Julie, You are correct, there is a difference. To speak broadly and …

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Plush toys recalled due to fire hazard

Polar bears soon to be extinct due to risk of overheating!

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Washington Nationals will play in first U.S. green-built stadium

The Washington Nationals will play their baseball season opener Sunday in the first green-built professional stadium in the U.S. The LEED Silver certified ballpark was built on a restored brownfield, and many building materials were produced locally. The stadium boasts efficient lighting and plumbing, drought-resistant plants, a concession area with a green roof, filters to keep stormwater runoff out of the nearby Anacostia River, and proximity to public transit (as well as a shortage of parking). Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch as the Nats take on the Atlanta Braves: President George W. Bush. He's sure to be hit. Er, …

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From Comeback to Cocktails

How I met your popster This week, Britney stripped for charity after a TV appearance, Jon Bon Jovi offset his world tour, and Amy Wino agreed to "say no, no, no" at a new human-powered club. It's official: Green is the new comeback. Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com Bad to the bone saw We're all about the 3 R's -- unless you're in an ER. We don't even want to think about the phrase "recycled catheter." Photo: iStockphoto Can't wait to see it on the racks Forget hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton, the fiber du jour is solar cell. These electrifying outfits …

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Shara chats about animals, organics, and recycling

Check out this video of indie artist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond at South by Southwest as she chats about her love for animals, organic foods, and recycling: My Brightest Diamond at SXSWUploaded by NRDC

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