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Best of Earth911 Podcast: Globechain Founder & CEO May Al-Karooni On Expanding U.S. Reuse Markets

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Globechain Founder & CEO May Al-Karooni On Expanding U.S. Reuse Markets

We can all take decisive action to protect the environment: reusing goods instead of sending them to landfills. By passing items on to others, whether through family, businesses, or community efforts, we avoid the need for new resources and reduce carbon emissions. Our guest, May Al-Karooni, shares her story about founding Globechain.com, the largest dedicated reuse marketplace in the world, […]

It’s Time To Start Thinking About Net Zero Homes

It’s Time To Start Thinking About Net Zero Homes

An increasing number of cities, counties, and states around the U.S. are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and are implementing mandatory “zero” policies or codes regulating new construction, according to New Buildings Institute (NBI). There is a reasonable path for homeowners who want to shift to renewable energy, efficient heating and cooling, and sustainably built homes. NBI also […]

Cat Owner Conundrum: Can Litter Be Sustainable?

Cat Owner Conundrum: Can Litter Be Sustainable?

Pet ownership is one of those ethically dubious behaviors from a sustainability standpoint — the jury is still out on its overall impact on the environment. What we do know, though, is that pet owners can take steps to reduce their pet’s carbon footprint. Some of these choices are easier than others, like buying pet toys and accessories made from […]

How to Find Ethical Jewelry

How to Find Ethical Jewelry

No one wants to adorn themselves with environmental destruction and human suffering. Unfortunately, there is no universal third-party certification that guarantees the jewelry you buy is ethical. If you’re considering a gift of fine jewelry this holiday season, you need to educate yourself about more than cut, color, and clarity. Considering the environmental impacts and economics of mining, completely ethical […]

Earth911 Inspiration: Like a Tree

Earth911 Inspiration: Like a Tree

Poet Ben Ditmars wrote, “Like a tree, I have stood my ground, not fallen.” If you take a very long view, over generations of forest life that fall, decay, and grow again, even when nature falls, it gets back up. Earth911 inspirations. Post them, share your desire to help people think of the planet first, every day. Click to get […]

Guest Opinion: The Environmental Impact of Lab-Grown Diamonds

Guest Opinion: The Environmental Impact of Lab-Grown Diamonds

Diamonds are diamonds wherever they come from, right? Depends on whether you’re asking a jeweler, a bride-to-be, or someone concerned with the sustainability practices of mining and manufacturing. While it may be difficult to tell a lab-grown diamond apart from a natural diamond, there are some major differences in their origins that might influence the purchase you choose to make, […]

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Obaggo’s Plastic #2 and #4 Recycling Appliance

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Obaggo’s Plastic #2 and #4 Recycling Appliance

This “Best Of” podcast takes you back to the founding of a startup that is still going strong. Earth911 welcomed David New, founder of Obaggo, a countertop appliance that turns a variety of plastic films into recyclable pucks that do not jam recycling center equipment. Recycling in the United States is unnecessarily difficult. Plastic, in particular, is hard to sort […]

8 Ways Activated Charcoal Can Help You Heal & Detox

8 Ways Activated Charcoal Can Help You Heal & Detox

When you think of charcoal, your olfactory receptors may invoke the aroma of skewers on the barbie or a cozy campfire. However, there are miraculous benefits of this chalky black substance. Turns out, charcoal, which is derived from carbon, isn’t limited to cooking or snuggling fireside. Activated charcoal is created through a process that infuses oxygen to create millions of […]

How To Cook Up a Zero-Waste Kitchen

How To Cook Up a Zero-Waste Kitchen

If your family is anything like ours, the kitchen is easily the most used room in the house. With three children, a dog, and two adults to care for, the waste can really pile up if we let it. For our family, part of living a more conscious lifestyle is taking a look at the everyday things in our lives […]