Posted on April 30, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Besides scratching, there's a dark side to using regular non-stick cookware
Non-stick cookware has been around since 1938. Since the 1960’s, the technology behind it has pretty much remained the same.
But there’s a dark side to non-stick cookware. Unbeknownst to consumers, it contains two seriously toxic chemicals: PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). Classified by the EPA as a “likely human carcinogen,” manufacturers must eliminate their use by 2015.
GreenPan is a non-toxic, healthy, non-stick cookware line that offers a simple, safe alternative.
Filed under: Green products, Health concerns | Tagged: cancer, carcinogenic, CO2, EPA, ergonomic, green, GreenPan, healthy, Home Shopping Network, non-stick cookware, PFOA, PTPE, recycled, respiratory issues, technology, Thermolon, toxic chemicals, upcycled | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 28, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Much has been written about the anticipated large solar array in the Mojave Desert, and the unexpected problems posed by the native population of endangered desert tortoise, the official reptile of the state of California.
While that is still being sorted out, SolarReserve, a Santa Monica-based company, is working on a different type of solar project.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: carbon capture, coal plant, Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, desert tortoise, endangered, environmental, Las Vegas, Mojave Dessert, molten salt, nuclear power, photovoltaic, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, solar, solar thermal, SolarReserve, Sonoran Desert, technology | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 27, 2012 by Debra Atlas
As consumers demand more of companies in their green practices, more companies are scrambling to embrace sustainability. One of the biggest ways to do this is by being able to boast that they’ve produced zero waste, or at least are making great strides towards achieving that goal.
The environmental group Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) have created a zero-waste resolution proposal which they hope will lead to a universally recognized definition of zero waste.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: Earth Summit, energy, environmental, global warming, green, health, landfills, natural resources, Recycle Away, recycling, Rio-20, sustainability, UN, waste-to-energy, zero waste, Zero Waste International Allianvce | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 23, 2012 by Debra Atlas
With Earth Day and Spring finally here, many of us are scurrying to get our gardens ready for planting.
If you’re looking for chemical-free organic products, Growers Secret has what you need.
Filed under: Green products, Making a Difference | Tagged: aquifers, B corporation, biomass, Earth Day, farmer, fertilizers, gardens, Growers Secret, hydroponics, Maui Land and Pineapple, non-GMO, OMRI, organic gardening, organic products, petrochemicals, Plant with Purpose, recycled, recycled plastic, spring, triple bottom line, waste management | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 22, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Volunteers help plant and restore a salt marsh in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Since 1900, Louisiana has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline. In just the past 50 years, more than 1,500 square miles of coastal Louisiana disappeared. The state could lose an additional 1,000 square miles of land by 2050– an area roughly the size of Rhode Island.
Since the oil spill of 2010, there has been some marshland die-off in critical marine life habitat areas like Barataria Basin. Birds and animals flock to the smaller islands of Barataria to mate and give birth. These islands were heavily oiled, resulting also in partial washing away in those areas.
To find out about the restoration efforts and challenges facing Louisiana and its wildlife, see http://bit.ly/I7xs0M.
Filed under: Making a Difference, Oil spill disasters | Tagged: Barataria Basin, Deepwater Horizon, Louisiana, marine life, oil spill, the Gulf, wetlands, wildlife | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 22, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Large numbers of dolphin strandings are part of the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf oil spill
Two years have passed since Deepwater Horizon, the environmental disaster that coated the Gulf of Mexico in oil. The huge oil slicks are gone, as are the heart-wrenching pictures of dying seabirds and littered wetlands. Commercial and recreational fishing has resumed and beaches look pristine once more.
For a deeper look at how much land is still oiled, the surprising impact on marine and wildlife and a view of coastal recovery, go to http://bit.ly/JjfIfw.
Filed under: Oil spill disasters | Tagged: Deepwater Horizon, environmental disaster, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf oil spill, oil slicks, wetlands | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 19, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Mushroom packaging is a green alternative to traditional bubble wrap
Think packaging and chances are bubble wrap comes to mind.
There are other, greener alternatives on the market, including Geami, a honeycomb-looking, paper-based wrapping that’s an effective choice. But a new, more natural option has hit the market that might just capture your imagination.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: bubble wrap, compost, Crate and Barrel, Dell, DuPont, eco-friendly, Ecovative Design, environmental, Geami, green, mushroom, natural, packaging, petrochemical, plastic, polystyrene, renewable, Sealed Air Corp., Sustainable Packaging Coalition, toxic chemicals | 1 Comment »