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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 […]

Beat Plastic Pollution

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 […]

Celebrating the Contributions of Cooperative Enterprises

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 […]

Fire or Fungi?

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 […]

Plant Once, Harvest Forever

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 […]

Will Agriculture Save the Bees?

 

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, […]

Exotics can be Pest-Free

George Harvey

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 […]

A Pledge to Live More Sustainably

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 […]

Waste is a Design Flaw

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 […]

What is Sustainable Furniture & Flooring, Anyway?

Image: Wikipedia

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, […]