Dealing with Chemicals and Other Household Hazardous Waste
By Jonny Finity
Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes any product that is poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable. This includes automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides, paints and stains, and many common household chemicals.
You can easily identify hazardous products by reading product labels. Look for key words […]
By George Harvey
The United Nations (UN) has observed World Environment Day on June 5th every year since 1974. Each year, the UN chooses a theme for the event to focus the attention of people worldwide on some specific problem that needs to be addressed. This year, the UN’s theme is “Beat Plastic […]
Cooperatives have two centuries’ experience building sustainable and resilient societies. Credit: International Co-operative Alliance.
By Fran McCrae
On July 7, 2018, the world will celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC), an annual observance of the contributions of cooperative enterprises to sustainable development.
To appreciate the significance of the IDC, it is important to […]
By Jessie Haas
According to Walter Jehne of Healthy Soils Australia, hydrology governs 95% of the heat dynamics of the planet. That is water, cooling us and the earth, managed by plants and the soil carbon sponge.
Image: Flickr/Ryan Thompson
We humans have been oxidizing the soil for the last 10,000 years as we […]
Painting by Gabriel Tempesta
By David Fried
Does this seem too good to be true? It is too good, but it is also true.
One of the magical things about planting a fruit tree is that you dig a hole and plant it, and if it likes its spot, it can […]
U.S. farmers will soon plant up to 180 million acres of corn and soybeans coated in neonicotinoid pesticides, a combined landmass nearly twice the size of California. (1, 2)
But neonics harm the bees that make much of our fresh food production possible and offer no significant benefits in terms of crop yields. (3, […]
Some plants are just naturally ready for changing climate, and many of these can be grown in colder areas if they are kept in pots and brought indoors or into a greenhouse for the winter. Some have the added advantage that they find few pests in our area.
A friend […]
Church Members Commit to Reducing Their Personal Carbon Footprint
George Plumb is pictured on the left along with a helper, Dan Jones, while one of the church members signs the pledge.
By George Plumb
Carbon emissions keep on rising! What we need now is for humanity to change their lifestyles, so that we live […]
By Jonny Finity
As a species, we often take for granted our superiority to the rest of the animal kingdom. We point to the great cities we have built; the mechanical systems that we have engineered; the enormous problems our magnificent brains have enabled us to solve. And yet…
Reminders of humanity’s success are easy […]
By Susan Inglis
When people first hear of our organization, they often ask, “What is sustainable furniture, anyway?” I usually explain that there are many different possible answers to the question, and I am happy to take as much time as they have in elaborating! But time is precious. In a nutshell, […]