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  • Green College Picks

    October is the perfect time for your teenager to make the rounds on college tours. But how do you decide which one to attend? Some will go for athletics, academics, or the distance from the school to your home. But what about taking a greener approach?

  • A Peaceable Kingdom

    They nicknamed her “Vegan” in high school. Her conversion happened after viewing the film Peaceable Kingdom, a documentary exploring the changing relationships between farmers and the animals they raise for meat.

    Greta Lorenz’s commitment to loving and supporting all life
    By Cara Lucas
  • Put a Cork in It

    Today, opening a bottle of wine often means giving a cap a quick twist. Easy, yes, but aluminum screw tops—not to mention plastic stoppers—are putting the squeeze on the sustainable, centuries-old natural-cork industry.

    By Kitty Neusteter
  • Get Inspired: Outside The Office

    Though her character, Jan, makes audiences laugh on NBC’s The Office, Melora Hardin takes a serious tone about eschewing consumerism, embracing a greener lifestyle, and bringing back family dinners. Natural Solutions caught up with the actress—and this month’s cover model—who talks about life outside of The Office.

    Interview by Bonnie Siegler
  • Create an Eco-Chic Nursery

    Pick the right paint
    Choose paint with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to protect your baby from breathing in these harmful chemicals, which are commonly found in regular paint. If you opt for a low-VOC paint, choose one with a VOC level of less than 10 mg per liter.

    Know your flooring

    From toys to cribs, harmful toxins lurk in some of the most popular products for children. Here’s what you need to know to keep your baby safe.
    By Jodi Helmer
  • In Your Own Backyard

    The typical patient at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University comes in concerned about the water flowing from her tap, the air she breathes, and the chemicals her kids are exposed to at home. Sound familiar? The list of environmental health concerns seems to grow everyday, along with the clinic’s roster of clients.

    Reduce the toxins in your environment with these close-to-home solutions.
    By Samantha Cleaver
  • BYO To-Go

    Americans toss out enough plastic forks, knives, and spoons each year to circle the equator 300 times. One Styrofoam food container takes more than a million years to decompose in the landfill.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Global Warming's Effect on Your Dinner Table

    New research published in the journal Global Change Biology says that increased levels of greenhouse gases could decrease the nutritional values of several foods—including barley, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, and rice.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • The Green Party

    19 ways to celebrate summer and decrease your impact on the earth:

    Before the Bash

    1. Call or send an Evite to your guests, and skip the cute little note cards. In addition to saving trees, your family and friends will get quicker notice about your party—which also means swifter RSVPs.

    Eco-entertaining made simple.
    By Heather Larson
  • The Great, Green Escape

    You use canvas totes to haul your groceries home, take public transportation, recycle, and maybe even compost. Yet when it comes to going on vacation, you tend to relax your standards, right? Hey, it’s vacation after all. Who wants to think about how many plastic water bottles get tossed or whether a snorkel site’s coral is in jeopardy?

    Easy ways to lessen your impact on the environment when you travel. And 7 destination spots that’ll lessen your impact on the environment when you travel.
    By Nicole Sprinkle
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