Plastic bag ban headed to Chicago in 2015

Plastic bag ban headed to Chicago in 2015

As convenient as plastic bags may be for grocery shopping, they’re not nearly as convenient on the environment. According to National Geographic, somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Ocean Conservancy counts these bags in the top five items for most likely to litter coasts and waterways around the world. But … Continue reading

Tips to plan a ‘green’ wedding

Tips to plan a ‘green’ wedding

Planning a wedding may be stressful for the bride, the groom and the rest of the wedding party. And it’s not just cringeworthy for the wallet, although Forbes estimates the average wedding is $28,000 – the price of some people’s annual salary. There’s also the issue of trying to make sure all of the guests … Continue reading

History, growth, celebrating Arbor Day 2014

History, growth, celebrating Arbor Day 2014

Trees are a powerful part of environmental well being, and that’s not exactly breaking news. Arbor Day may not have a singular observed day around the world—through most places observe it on the last Friday of April—but it’s one of the oldest environmental holidays still celebrated.                   … Continue reading

How are you celebrating Earth Hour?

How are you celebrating Earth Hour?

Can you go without electricity for one hour? Everyone surely has at one point or another although it was probably the result of an unexpected power loss. This time, however, it’s part of a plan. That plan is Earth Hour, which is taking place this Saturday (March 29) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. If you … Continue reading

Organic cotton is on the rise

Organic cotton is on the rise

Organic cotton is growing, both literally and in terms of worldwide usage. According to a report from EcoTextile News, organic cotton could represent a quarter of global cotton production by 2020. The report states that 933,000 metric tons of cotton was standard-compliant in 2012, or in other words, grown in accordance with sustainability guidelines. While … Continue reading

Feb. 14: Recycle your relationship on V-Day

Feb. 14: Recycle your relationship on V-Day

Valentine’s Day: a great day for many, a lonely day for some, and a last minute trip to buy chocolate and flowers for more than a handful of procrastinating men. Whether your V-Day gifts have been preemptively purchased in January or on the way home from work on Feb. 14, they’re part of over $13 … Continue reading

2013 recycling in review

2013 recycling in review

On Nov. 15, 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation officially establishing that day as America Recycles Day. He went on to say, “I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their reducing, reusing and recycling efforts throughout the year.” … Continue reading