On soap-free living

Most people are horrified to hear that Jackie Hong hasn't used soap in 7 years, but she might be the smart one. Jackie Hong hasn’t used soap on her body in seven years. It all started when she met a high school art teacher who told her he hadn’t washed with soap in two decades. [...]

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How much do perfumes pollute?

Soaps, detergents, shampoos and many other personal hygiene products contain mixtures of 'odorous' molecules that have passed safety tests for human health with little or nothing known about their impact on the environment. Researchers at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Institute for the dynamics of environmental processes of the National Research Council [...]

How air-conditioning made America — and how it could break us all

A very short history of cooling Primitive air-cooling systems have been around for eons, from ancient Rome, where the wealthy cooled their homes by circulating water between walls, to 2nd-century China, where the first fan large enough to cool a room was developed (it was powered by hand). The first modern cooling system was invented [...]

100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metric tons of CO2

Roses may be red, but they’re definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to Valentine’s Day, they may want to consider that the traditional flower of love has an environmental impact worse than most other crops. In fact, according to [...]

Make Your Holiday Greener

The Travel Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with the travel industry to integrate sustainable tourism into their business — to protect the environment and create opportunities for local people in tourism destinations. Their annual Make Your Holidays Greener Month, during July, celebrates the locations around the world we love to visit and encourages [...]