Monthly Archives: November 2010

Say No to Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide!

You may remember last May when many of you (actually over 50,000 people around the state) helped us tell Governor Schwarzenegger that we didn’t want the dangerous pesticide methyl iodide approved for use in California. The primary use of this cancer-causing chemical will be to grow strawberries, despite the large, flourishing organic strawberry industry in [...]

Safe Food Tips for a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Certain traditions of the Thanksgiving meal have a knack for evoking the nostalgia of family and Thanksgivings past.  For me, having that weird Ocean Spray “smooth jelly” cranberry sauce from the supermarket was a must every year when I was growing up.  I couldn’t stand the lumpy kind that my aunt made from scratch.  These [...]

Holiday Shopping Guide for Finding Greener Electronics

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, many consumers have electronics at the top of their shopping lists. This holiday season, the average American is expected to spend over $230 (more than a third of their gift budget) on electronic products, up about 5% from last year. Increasingly, shoppers are asking about green electronics; [...]

Tips for Safe Holiday Toy Shopping

Nail Salon Recognition Ordinance Passes in San Francisco

This month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve legislation created to encourage more nail salons to use non-toxic products. The Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 on Tuesday in favor of the country’s first Healthy Nail Salon Recognition ordinance.  This ordinance is intended to address occupational and environmental health hazards among San [...]

Protect Communities from Toxic Coal Ash

The endless plumes of smoke billowing out of coal power plants across the country aren’t the only polluting by-product of dirty coal—the process also leaves behind massive heaps of ash containing dangerously toxic pollutants including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. That’s right, coal ash contains horrifically poisonous substances—but it’s still not federally regulated as toxic [...]

A Note from the You May Now Rest Easily Department

US Congress member John Shimkus (R – IL) is now pursuing the chair of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.  But that’s just politics and energy and the kind boring stuff that flashes by on C-SPAN as I dance between Fox News and MTV.  Who cares about that? I’m here to tell [...]

Beneath The Unfriendly Skies

The next time you tighten your safety belt en route to see your in-laws, you might want to hold your breath. The National Geographic recently reported that you’re ten times more likely to die from pollution caused by airplanes than you are to die in an actual airplane crash. According to the article, airplane exhaust [...]

Is Your Computer Designed for the Dump?

Have you seen the Story of Stuff? Millions of people have viewed Annie Leonard’s viral web video highlighting the health and environmental impacts of our consumer culture. Now, Annie returns with the Story of Electronics, a new video questioning the “designed for the dump” mentality that encourages constant upgrading of our computers, cell phones, game [...]

Eco-Tip: It’s Hard to Like a Bed Bug

If you had a contest to design an obnoxious critter, the winner might very well be a bed bug. They feed on our blood. They make us itch. They hide out in (or near) our beds, which after all should be places for rest and relaxation. And there’s more. In the US, we’re having what [...]