Not all plastic is bad. Plastics have made lifesaving surgical and water filtration equipment possible, and they've been molded into integral components for solar panels, personal computers, and other devices that make our lives possible.
But our use of "stupid plastic" (single-use items destined for our landfills) is out of control. Follow along on our blog as our… Featured Articles:
The average American uses nine personal care products every day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients. Many are linked to cancer and other serious health effects.
This issue of the Green American points you toward the healthiest products, explains the US system for reviewing the chemicals in body care products, and dives into strategies for making green living more… Featured Articles:
9 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products
Caring for Children and Elders, Cooperatively
Our Interview With the Makers of the Oscar-Nominated Short "Sun Come Up"
When we wrote about the city of San Francisco's recent cell-phone radiation precautions in the Nov/Dec 2010 Green American, not all of our readers and members were thrilled. And not all took the warnings seriously.
So for the Jan/Feb 2011 issue, we decided to tackle the subject in depth. Editor Tracy Fernandez Rysavy says she expected to turn up "inconclusive evidence… Featured Articles:
To curb the climate crisis, increase national security, and avoid economic disaster as peak oil looms, it's time to accelerate energy efficiency.
Green America's simple, doable proposition is this: Let's each cut our energy use by 50 percent in the next five years -- just ten percent per year. Sound ambitious? The city of Juneau, AK, nearly reached that threshold in just… Featured Articles:
First Steps to Efficiency
More Steps to Efficiency
10 Easiest Ways to Cut Your Energy Use in Half
Save More Energy at Home
Energy Efficiency: The Magic Bullet
Community Investing Banks and the Economic Crisis
Passive House, Aggressive Savings
A Power Primer: Electricity 101
How is Our Electricity Generated in the US?
Why Josh Barclay and Green America Say: "Efficiency First!"
You walk into the grocery store, wanting to buy some Granny Smith apples for a pie you're planning to bake. You find there are two types -- organic apples from across the country, or apples from a local farm that uses chemical pesticides and herbicides. Which do you choose?
It's a conundrum we've all faced at one time or another; in this issue, our editors consult with… Featured Articles: