Skip to content Skip to site navigation

Living

Comments

Veganism: All or nothing?

The average American weighs about 170 pounds, eats about 180 pounds of meat, gets about 24 mpg, has about two kids, owns about one-third of a cat or dog, and lives in a 2,350-square-foot home. There are lots of ways to alter your carbon footprint. Depending on your personal proclivities, some ways are "easier" than others. You get to pick what is "easiest" for you. For some, the "easiest" thing to do is not have kids. For others it is to go car-free. Not having cats and dogs is easy for many. Choosing a small, energy-efficient home, condo, or apartment …

Read more: Food, Living

Comments

A look at the Emmy’s eco-efforts

The carpet may still have been red at the Emmy Awards last night, but the entire production definitely had a tinge of green. As reported in Grist List on Friday, the event included a solar panel canopy over the grandstands outside, hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles for transporting stars, locally grown and/or organic food in the catering areas, and a red carpet made from recycled plastic bottles. A short video clip from the show explains how Emmy organizers were able to go green(ish): And before you go dissin' the stars for flying to the awards show (and thereby negating the Emmy …

Read more: Living

Comments

A Grist special series on parenting and health

Got kids? Got thoughts on kids? Come on over to our parenting blog to chat. Among environmentalists, a common rallying cry is to protect the planet "for our grandchildren." It's a lovely sentiment, and a powerful notion -- that the choices you make today affect generations yet to come. But what about the generation spattering spaghetti sauce on your walls right now? In this special series, Grist turns its focus to parenting, offering articles and advice for navigating the increasingly common and confusing environmental health issues every parent faces. As news emerges on everything from toxic plastics in toys to …

Read more: Living

Comments

From Models to Mates

Televisionary From a solar-panel canopy to locally grown catering goods, the stars walking the recycled red carpet on Sunday will be "green with Emmy." And speaking of modeling eco-behavior, Tyra's banking on green as the fashion color of the season. Photo: the CW Network Everybody's surfin' now More than 80 surfers recently got on board with an effort to raise awareness about global warming -- and set a Guinness World Record for the most riders on one gnarly wave. Looks like the surf's up, but will the tide change? Photo: Marcio Rodrigues / Fotocom.net Helena on earth We're all for …

Read more: Living

Comments

U.S. Transportation Secretary blames bikes for decay of roads and bridges

When one rides a bicycle, one is able to transport oneself from place to place -- thus, one might call a bicycle "transportation." But not if one is U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. Despite the fact that 10 percent of all U.S. trips to work, school, and store happen on bike or foot, Peters said in August that bike paths "are really not transportation." She strongly opposes increasing gas taxes to pay for aging infrastructure; instead, she has implied that the 1.5 percent cut of the gas tax that goes to bike paths and walking trails is stealing tax money …

Read more: Cities, Living, Politics

Comments

It’s not that individuals can’t do anything about climate — they just can’t do it by themselves

I've been thinking about this debate over voluntary individual action and its place in the larger fight for sustainability (see here, here, and here). It's missing something. A huge gulf has developed in America between public and private life. This has put green activism -- all of progressivism, actually -- on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, private life has become all but coextensive with consumerism -- what we choose to buy. Shifting consumer dollars around isn't a sufficient solution to any substantial problem. On the other hand, the levers that control the state are out of …

Read more: Living, Politics

Comments

Talking Rain adds organic water flavors

Talking Rain now has four flavors of organic bottled water. Wow.

Read more: Food, Living

Comments

Alex Steffen on individual action in context

The perennial debate over the value of voluntary individual action -- recently revived by Tidwell's piece and the sociologists' response -- reminded me that some of the best, or least my favorite, writing on the subject comes from Worldchanging's Alex Steffen. Like this: And here's the essential break between lite green and bright green thinking: the reality is that the changes we must make are systemic changes. They involve large-scale transformations in the ways we plan our cities, manufacture goods, grow food, transport ourselves, and generate energy. They involve new international regulatory regimes, corporate strategies, industrial standards, tax systems and …

Read more: Living

Comments

Lenders offering mortgages that reward energy efficiency

Shocking news: an element of everyday American life is going green! Yes, now you too can pay off your house with a green mortgage. While many lenders have long had offers of bigger loans and discounts to buyers whose homes meet energy-efficiency standards, such plans are now being marketed more aggressively, and many homebuyers are finding them to be attractive, money-saving deals. So go buy a gigantic house in suburbia! It's the green thing to do.

Comments

Washington Post vets green sporting gear

The Washington Post takes a look at athletic products claiming to be green -- surfboards, sports balls, skateboards, bikes, and snowboards -- and gives a rundown of their eco- and consumer-friendliness from both a layperson and expert perspective.

Read more: Living