Articles By: Amy

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day

Mark your calendar! November 27, 2009 is Buy Nothing Day. Yes, I’m aware that it’s Black Friday. I know that the sales will be amazing. I won’t be participating. Will you join me and others all over the planet by spending your day doing something – anything -other than consuming? You can’t buy anything. Nothing. [...]

Upcycling Barbie

Upcycling Barbie

On the way to the bus stop Friday morning, my 10-year-old was going on (and on) about how she no longer likes Barbie. She hates her. Problem is, she has a very large box full of  Barbies, accessories and various stuff. Even if I let her little sisters pick over and help themselves to what [...]

Journey to the Eco Restroom

Journey to the Eco Restroom

I thought that being the mom of three little girls meant life would be all roses, tea parties and ballet. Well not really. I imagined that they would not have a fascination with all things toilet related. I thought I was off the hook. I was so wrong. Early on I had to make a [...]

In Home eco-Meter Tracks Daily Use

In Home eco-Meter Tracks Daily Use

Cutting back on electricity use can seem simple enough, but have you been able to track exactly what is working (and saving) and what isn’t? It’s mostly guesswork. You do everything you can in a given month to reduce your consumption and when the bill arrives you attempt to figure out how much you saved [...]

Cloudy with a Chance of Bacon

Cloudy with a Chance of Bacon

It’s not  just plain ordinary bacon. There’s a chance of brown sugar glazed bacon in my weekend forecast. Now, I’ve been a vegetarian on and off and on again for close to 10 years, but this stuff makes me fall of the wagon with a thud. This recipe is absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t lie to [...]

The Foliage Ride

Every year, since I first learned to drive, I received a special birthday request. “All I want for a gift is a ride to see the foliage,” she would say. “You choose where to take me.” We started by exploring the quiet roads of Westchester County, New York. Eventually, our rides took us as far [...]

When Vegan Shoes Went Chic

When Vegan Shoes Went Chic

For as long as I can remember, the image of the vegan and their shoes has been the same. Do all vegans want to wear practical shoes? Is that why so few designers jumped on the vegan train to create cruelty-free footwear? Less than 5 years ago, the choices were so slim, that vegan boots [...]

Budget Friendly Eco-Fashion

It looks like my days of whining over the price of eco-fashion may be coming to an end and I couldn’t be happier! I used to be able to complain that organic cotton costs more, hemp clothing can break the bank and designer bamboo is perfectly pricey. If bamboo linens can make their way on [...]

Postive Energy at Elithis Tower

Postive Energy at Elithis Tower

The  first positive energy office structure was unveiled this week in Dijon France, to the amazement and delight of renewable energy lovers worldwide. A 54,000 square foot structure, Elithis Tower produces more energy than it consumes and is touted as the most environmentally sound building ever created. The design team sought to eliminate waste of every [...]

Soles 4 Souls Shoe Recycling

Soles 4 Souls Shoe Recycling

I’m a shoe person. I’ve always had an obsession about what I put on my feet. This leads me to make (often) unrealistic shoe purchases and my shoes go unworn. They sit in my closest collecting dust. Not very wise (or green) of me, I know. So now what do I do with them? According [...]

Fizzys Lunch Lab

PBS KIDS is launching a fun new addition to their online educational collection. Fizzy’s Lunch Lab is a playful web only program designed to encourage healthy eating habits. The priority? Laughter is key. Funny characters, brief video clips and interactive games will keep kids coming back for seconds – in a good way! To encourage [...]

1000 Green Supers for NYC

New York is known for so many wondrous things. Green and clean? Well, not quite. Not yet. And the city’s building supers? Yeah. Sure. We know them by their infamous cracks. New York City Mayor Bloomberg has decided to aggressively green up and educate 1000 of the city’s supers over the next year on energy [...]

Climate Activist’s Choice Awards

Forget about Oscar. Who needs all that Hollywood hoopla anyway? The Climate Activist’s Choice Awards lets us choose our favorite short video of the year. There’s no red carpet, no paparazzi and no fur wearing celebrities to aggravate you! The Environmental Defense Action Fund asked filmmakers to create 30 second shorts explaining how carbon caps [...]

Understanding Single Stream Recycling

A few years back, I took my girls to The Garbage Museum, in Stratford CT. Don’t worry, I take them to all kinds museums and this one sounds much worse then it really is. It is actually quite amazing. I learned so much from watching the process of recycling and was completely disgusted by the [...]

Pennies For The Planet

Pennies For The Planet

The upcoming educational fundraising campaign by the National Audubon Society will allow families, classrooms and businesses across the nation to make a substantial difference in preserving wildlife. Pennies for the Planet is program for motivating children to learn about and actively participate in protecting biodiversity by allowing them to collect change to support their favorite [...]