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BlogNews (December 12, 2011) You might think that the byproduct of burning coal -- which is laden with arsenic, selenium, mercury and lead -- might be bad for the environment and human health.  And, since a giant coal ash impoundment in Tennessee burst three years ago, causing…
community investing, green living, toxins
BlogNews (December 5, 2011) November is over, which means Plastic Mondays have come to an end. That doesn’t mean that the Plastic Challenge is over. I plan to continue the good habits I’ve learned or reinforced during this challenge, and I’ll continue to work on getting more…
plastics
BlogNews (November 28, 2011) I just have to say, I think my favorite part of this whole Take the Plastic Challenge has been interacting with all of you Green Americans in the comments section. Thanks for making my attempt at changing my plastic-centered habits a fun learning…
plastics, recycling
BlogNews (November 23, 2011) Those of you who've read through our "Take the Plastic Challenge" Green American have undoubtedly seen several references to the documentary film Bag It inside. In fact, it was this film that coined the term "stupid plastic," which we've adopted…
climate change, plastics, sustainability
BlogNews (November 21, 2011) This article, by Andrew Schein and Kara Turtinen, originally appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of the Green American.    Visit the Green America Web site to subscribe to the Green American. When Tim O’Neil approached fellow Mt. Tabor…
clean energy, green living
BlogNews (November 21, 2011) OK, ladies, let’s go there. (Gentlemen, I’d tell you to look away, but this is important information for the women you care about, too.) Over 12 billion single-use tampons make their way to landfills each year. One look at the feminine hygiene…
green products, sustainability
BlogNews (November 21, 2011) The weekend of November 12 and 13, I traveled to San Francisco to work at our 10th annual Green Festival there.  On the way back to Washington, DC, I traveled through my hometown in Kentucky for a family visit, and I’m only just now arriving back…
plastics, recycling, sustainability
BlogNews (November 17, 2011) As Green America senior writer Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist reported in her "Plastic(-free) Monday" blog post last week, there's a problem with toxic chemicals in our canned food. The problem is bisphenol-A (BPA), a common additive in plastic products,…

BlogNews (November 15, 2011) Happy America Recycles Day! On November 15th, communities across the country are celebrating protecting our planet through recycling. Every day of the year, Green America’s Better Paper Project helps publishers use recycled paper in place of…
green economy, green living, recycling
BlogNews (November 14, 2011) So, it’s been three weeks since the Green America editors started our challenge to purge “stupid plastic” from our lives. The “Take the Plastic Challenge” issue of the Green American should be hitting your mailboxes—or perhaps you’ve already…
plastics, recycling
BlogNews (November 10, 2011) The Obama administration announced today that it has put its decision on whether to build the Keystone XL Pipeline on hold indefinitely (and at least until after the 2012 election).  This is a big victory for all the people across the country who…

BlogNews (November 7, 2011) Most of us are all too familiar with the dangers of bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been used commonly as an additive in plastic products. BPA, which is an endocrine disruptor linked to an assortment of frightening health effects, including heart…
BPA
BlogNews (November 3, 2011) October is a busy time for chocolate sales.  According to The Nielsen Company, Americans purchase an estimated 90 million pounds of chocolate each Halloween. Spreading the word in Niagara Falls. October is also a busy time if you are campaigning…
chocolate, chocolate/cocoa, community investing, fair trade, kids
BlogNews (November 1, 2011) "One company isn’t going to save the world," says Stephanie Schiff, owner of Ecobutterfly Organics. "It has to take place in the consciousness of the people as individuals, over and over, one at a time until the ideas eventually just become part of…
green business, green economy, green living
BlogNews (October 31, 2011) When I started researching plastic bag laws for the “Plastics Challenge” issue of our Green American, I thought I was already aware of how wasteful and polluting plastic bags really are.  After all, I’ve carried my reusable organic cotton shopping…
climate change, green economy, green living, green products, plastics, recycling
BlogNews (October 29, 2011) We just sent our latest issue of the Green American to the printer, so in about three weeks, you’ll be getting “Take the Plastic Challenge” in your mailboxes—or e-mail inboxes, if you’ve signed up to get our publications in digital format. In honor…
plastics, recycling
BlogNews (October 27, 2011) A new Danish study released on October 20 claims that to have found no link between radio-frequency radiation emitted by cell phones and cancer of the brain or central nervous system. What a surprise. I wish I could tell you that this is the last…
community investing, green living, technology, toxins
BlogNews (October 25, 2011) Commenter Maggie D weighed in yesterday, on Plastics Monday,  with the following comment, and we thought her conundrum deserved a proper blog post as a reply:   "My mom lives in the suburbs and I live in the city. We both hate plastic bags but find…
recycling, green living
BlogNews (October 24, 2011) For our first day of “Plastic Monday” posts, I’d like to point you toward an entertaining short film starring Werner Herzog that memorably takes on the the issue of plastic-bag litter:   For more tips and resources for greening your life,…
plastics, recycling, sustainability
BlogNews (October 5, 2011) In its December issue, Consumer Reports magazine bestows its recommendation on the Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' plug-in electric car -- a coveted endorsement from a magazine that doesn't recommend very many American cars.  Already lauded as the…
green technology