planet saving

Swamp Thing

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We pushed the canoe through a thin channel, marsh grass brushing our elbows on both sides. Jenn was at the front of the canoe,…

Plastic Rap

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One of this year’s goals was to minimize disposable plastic — or as Brad calls it, my War of Plastic Aggression. Knowing plastic is…

Dirty Laundry

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Never underestimate the restorative power of freshly cleaned sheets at the end of a long day. Especially when those sheets have been dried in…

Sun’s Cream (Part 2)

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Researching mineral sunblocks like zinc oxide, two words jumped out over and over: “micronized” and “nano”. Every source of zinc oxide I came upon…

Sun’s Cream (Part 1)

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Hormone disruptors or skin cancer? This is the decision I make everyday when choosing whether or not to apply sunscreen. And for someone who…

Kiss My Glass

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Wait a minute. Columbus recently spent $8.5 million building a new recycling facility where glass is no longer accepted? That’s right. Picking up my blue…

Shelf-ish

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The unused space inside our four fireplaces has driven us to a fiery rage for 12 years. Only, with no actual place to put that fire….

No Scrubs

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Am I the only person who didn’t know loofahs are cucumbers? It’s true. Not only are the young fruits edible, but these fibrous sponges are versatile,…

The Great Purge

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It started with a trip to The Netherlands, gained momentum after reading Root Simple’s “Everything Must Go” posts, and reached a crescendo with Brad’s…