Is Your Body Wash Killing Fish?

Tweet Pin It Is your shampoo, body wash, or toothpaste killing fish? Not with some crazy new chemical, but something very simple: tiny microbeads of plastic. At some point the companies that make personal care products realized that they could put tiny microbeads of plastic in products like shampoo and body wash to exfoliate or lift […]

Teaching Children about Plastics in the Ocean

Tweet Pin It We love going away with our friends over New Years each year.  To make it more cost effective, we rent a large beach house in the winter.  This year I took four young children on a walk to the beach to collect shells one afternoon.  The children looked for shells and discussed […]

Review EPIC Grass-Fed Protein Bar

Tweet Pin It Ellie and I are attending a conference this weekend – Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. We’re learning a lot about using healthy ecosystems to capture carbon and reverse climate change. One of the techniques several of the speakers have been discussing is the use of intelligent grazing of cattle to restore ecosystems.  They […]

Children’s Book Review: The Green Kids Club

Tweet Pin It I’m always on the lookout for children’s books that reflect my values, so when the Green Kids Club contacted me to review their books, I jumped on it! They sent me the series for free, so I could review them and tell all of you about them. This series is designed to […]

Getting Started Hiking

Tweet Pin It I’ve loved to hike since shortly after I started going to a summer camp at which you hike one or two mountains each summer and then after summer camp, my mother began dragging me up Mt Washington every year. I eventually became known as an expert hiker at camp, and I think it is […]

Identifying Ragweed

Tweet Pin It Are you allergic to ragweed?  Jon is.  According to Wikipedia, Ragweed is a very common allergen.  Just ask around and you’re sure to find people who know they are allergic to it.  But do you know how to recognize it?  It’s a very common weed and I realized recently that I’ve seen it’s […]

Charcoal vs. Propane Revisited

Tweet Pin It Last summer I blogged about the age old controversy: Which is the greener way to grill: Charcoal or Propane? My conclusion was that it matters far more what you grill than how you grill it. Now I have discovered something new and I need to revisit this topic. Which is greener – Charcoal or Propane? […]

Is Poison Walking Around Your Home?

Tweet Pin It When I was a kid we finally sweet-talked my mom into a cat. She kept saying she didn’t want to be responsible for another thing that had to be taken care of, she already had four children. One day a cat started hanging around our house and we started to take care […]

Identifying Invasive Plants: Garlic Mustard

Tweet Pin It Recently I had the opportunity to go out in the woods with Eagle Eye Institute.  They were teaching students from our high school how to identify invasive plants in our area and remove them. This time we were focused on garlic mustard.  Garlic mustard is invasive in North America. It puts out […]

Camping With Friends

Tweet Pin It We love to camp.  We’ve been camping every Memorial Day weekend with the same group of friends since long before we were married. Conveniently, some of our very good friends have children similar in age to ours, which has made continuing to have family outings together easy. Many of these outings have inspired […]