Cities are funny places. We need buildings and roads, concrete and density, but crave green spaces. And once that green space is gone, it’s pretty hard to get it back. But imagine if there was a way to transform a concrete corner in to a pop-up park? There’s pop-up stores, so why not pop-up green spaces to remind us all of the importance of nature not only to our communities, but to our souls?
There’s lots of interesting eco-news floating around out there this week, including what’s happening with BPA liners in cans, a new portable solar panel product launch, and Oysters!
I grew up rural. Country. Farmland and woods. You could see our closest neighbour’s house, but it would take you 10 minutes to walk there. I spent my youth prowling through woods, building fantasy castles on ponds with moss and leaves and stones. I could escape into the farmer’s fields surrounding our house for hours on end, or walk through the forest building stick forts to hide in. And I still miss it today. I still love forest walks, seeing dappled sunlight on a clearing or smelling the rich peppery ferns in a grove. I still know which plants make the best ceilings for houses (Queen Anne’s Lace flowers in an igloo shape = totally magical) and which berries are safe and not so safe to gorge on. (more…)
Picture it. You’re sitting by the pool with a tall mojito on a hot day. You of course have a hat and sunscreen because you’re sun savvy. And if you’re eco-savvy, you also are in the shade because you don’t want the glare to blank out your tablet screen since on your tablet, you have access to almost every magazine you could want, right at your fingertips. Oh, this part isn’t a fantasy, by the way. It’s super easy. All you have to do is download the Next Issue app. Then, right there, you’ve got it all. (more…)
You all know that 4 weeks ago we were wearing our parkas, right? But the good thing about time is that you can’t stop it, and eventually summer will come whether you’re a Stark or not. But you know it’s definitely spring when you see the latest Environmental Working Group’s Annual Guide to Sunscreens. As always, the EWG helps us cut through the overwhelming amounts of misinformation out there (no, coconut oil is not a safe alternative to sunscreen, thanks) and ranks sunscreen safety based on their ingredients. Are they made with good, organic, non-harmful ingredients, or are they basically a cancer-causing petrochemical apocalypse in a bottle? (more…)
Oh, winter. You are just refusing to leave, aren’t you. Can’t take a hint. Although at this point it’s not a hint, it’s an outright invitation to leave. But leave it will, and soon it will be time for outdoors, for beaches and parks, for sunscreen and hats. I promise!
So it’s time to stock up. Honest.com has a quick sale on – 50% off select spring essentials: sunblock lotion, sun hats, swim shirts with code SUNNYTIMES. This offer runs from March 26, 2015 through March 29, 2015. And seriously, check out how adorbs their summer gear is, like this kids’ UPF 50 Swim Shirt or these hot hats! (more…)
There’s so much out there for the Holidays, but it’s really important to me to give something that people will love. Otherwise, it’s wasteful, and waste is a drag. Plus, knowing that your loved one is enjoying your gift is just the greatest feeling. The best way to ensure you’re giving something someone else will love? Knowing you already love it yourself.
Clothes are fun. Oh my, clothes are fun. But as a busy mom slash businessperson, I also need clothes to be functional.
LNBF (Leave Nothing But Footprints) generously shared a few pieces of their Fall/Winter collection with me. This is really exciting for a few reasons. 1. New clothes wooo! 2. Ecofriendly clothes wooo! 3. Holiday shopping time wooo! But the question really was, does LNBF stuff stand up to the promise? Ecofriendly and comfortable? Stylish and durable? (more…)
I grew up in the country. The first home I remember was surrounded by farmers’ fields – cows grazing, haygrass blowing in the wind. I became a city dweller many (many) (ssshh) years ago. And I’ve always loved the city. But even in the middle of the bustle, I’ve always sought out green space. I love the energy of the city, but finding a green oasis or even getting completely out into the country reminds me: being constantly surrounded by people and concrete is disconnected from what actually keeps us alive. Fields growing food. Animals grazing. Watersheds cleaning away the toxins we spew in to them every day. Vast forests scrubbing clean the air we breathe. (more…)
The calendar says that the new year starts on January 1. But for me, the new year always starts in September. It’s in my DNA, now: new grades, new classes, new schools, new homes, new beginnings, new lives. For me, it has almost always started in September. (more…)