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7 Excellent Reasons to Quit Drinking Bottled Water

We had an extra Green Diva Meg in the house today! Our special guest Green Diva Meghan Van Dyk, the editor of the Daily Record’s Grassroots section was in the studio to help kick off our new weekly segment called, Gettin Local with the Green Divas: Wherever You Are! This segment is sponsored by the Daily Record’s Grassroots section […]

March 13th

The Return of Woodsy Owl

In the 70’s, Woodsy Owl spread the word of honoring the environment with his, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute” message. 2011 marked his 40th anniversary and 2012 marks his return with an animated series. Learn about Woodsy Owl’s new adventures and how his timeless message resonates even louder with a new generation of young eco-warriors.

Hasbro is Greening the Toy Industry

One toy company, Hasbro, has been named a 2011 Sector Leader by Climate Counts which is a non-profit organization which rates corporations based on their efforts to curb the climate crisis. By making sustainability a part of their business plan Hasbro is one company leading the way towards profitability while lowering the amount of harm done to the earth. Here are a few ways Hasbro is Greening the Toy Store.

December 20th

10 Houseplants That Clean Indoor Air

Until recently, nobody suspected there could be anything like indoor air pollution. With the development of technology and the better insulation of buildings in the past decades to save heating costs and to conserve energy, the air indoors gradually grew more stagnant allowing for common household pollutants to accumulate and in turn affect our health.

September 26th

Plastic World (Infographic)

Plastic — can you imagine a day without it? It has come to be a component of nearly everything we buy and use, it seems. On the one hand, plastic has made things possible that might not have been possible. On the other hand, there are a few major problems (at least) with its widespread use….

August 1st

Formaldehyde Listed as Carcinogen

The government issued a warning on Friday about two common chemicals. It also added a botanical to the list of carcinogens. What do these two chemicals do and how are they classified by the National Toxicology Program that issued the report?

June 12th

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Driving in the Bay Area, I am reminded almost daily that smog is a major problem. As news reports highlight pollution levels, I look around at the other commuters and see that the majority of cars on the road are transporting single occupants. On these and other days, we are often encouraged to play our […]

August 30th

An Eco Approach to Eliminating Odors

If you live in a city apartment or in a small home, then good ventilation might not have been part of the architecture. Like many of your neighbors, you probably experience some type of odor problem. It might be from your cat, or from the fabulous fish stir-fry you you prepared a few days ago. […]

May 2nd

Freshen the Air in Your Home

Everybody wants a clean and great smelling home, which is why air fresheners are such hot selling items in hardware stores and supermarkets.  Be careful though, commercial air fresheners are filled with VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that put toxins into the air. There are plenty of natural, healthy ways to keep the air that circulates […]

April 6th

Freshen Up Your Indoor Air

On hot, smoggy, high-pollution advisory days, we are often encouraged to play our part to alleviate the problem by carpooling, taking public transit, or considering alternative transportation like walking and cycling. While so many focus on outdoor air pollution, few realize that indoor air pollution is a major problem. In fact, the US EPA ranks […]

July 22nd

7 Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

It’s never the wrong season to scrutinize what floats into and around our homes.  Spring is an especially important time to look at indoor air quality, since all of winter’s dust is heading out and the dry summer months are just ahead. Here are some simple strategies to help you boost your indoor air quality. […]

March 3rd