Environmental Stewardship

Being a good steward of the planet is a role we can all take on. It doesn’t have to be daunting or scary at all. Here are various topics to help you start your path towards being a great Earth steward.

plastic bags

Greenwashing Alert: Why Trader Joe’s “Biodegradable” plastic bags don’t help.

Plastics are a huge problem. Once revolutionary, they are now the bane of the planet. We’ve heard about plastic soda can rings choking seabirds for years, but now dead whales wash up on our beaches with solo cups and hundreds of other pieces of plastic detritus in their stomachs. One monumental portion of this issue …

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We support a building more than we do the earth. And that’s okay. – Ecolantis

Image credit: Antoninnnnn, with alterations, Creative Commons License A world tragedy On April 15, 2019 the world witnessed a historic devastation. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France caught fire. The blaze destroyed much of the roof as well its iconic spire. At 8.5 centuries old, the Notre Dame Cathedral represents living history. It was built …

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Plant trees

10 Reasons to Plant Trees around your House

We’ve all heard that trees are a powerful tool to fight climate change. But what are the benefits closer to home? Here are 10 reasons to plant trees around your house. 1. Trees can grow food for you. Who doesn’t want to grow their own food at home? You don’t even have to be a …

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climate change

Solution to Climate Change, Desertification, and Poverty? Silvopasture and Agroforestry.

Climate change is a holistic issue. Its many components are interconnected and dizzyingly complex.  Fossil fuels, greed-based economic policies, uninformed land use practices, inefficient distribution networks, socioeconomic blockades; just to name a few. As such, the solution is also multi-faceted.  Holistic intensive grazing of livestock on managed silvopasture in conjunction with regenerative agroforestry practices combined …

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chestnuts

Chestnuts: A foundation for food security and cultural shift.

If you’ve only ever experienced chestnuts in the well known Christmas Carol, you’re missing out.  This incredible tree has been an important staple around the world for thousands of years. It could easily become the next wheat or corn for the United States, and create an agricultural system that spans generations.  It is a perfect …

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Sustainable Wardrobe Guide: 5 Questions to Ask when Shopping

A sustainable wardrobe is a must in your journey to a sustainable lifestyle. The slow fashion movement and sustainable clothes in general gain momentum daily.  Which is great.  It is often estimated that the textile industry is the 2nd leading producer of waste.  The US alone creates 13 million tons of textile waste a year …

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Buy Quality: A bigger investment upfront equals savings for you and the environment.

The phrase “you get what you pay for” refers to low quality goods bought at a low price.  And we know it has a negative stigma.  It’s just hard to resist the temptation of a perceived bargain. (Not your fault, it’s all mind games.) And it’s true. You do get what you pay for.  Low …

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compost

20 Common Items with a compostable, eco-friendly version.

Humans have created many things that bring quality, ease, and comfort to our lives.  Often, we got so caught up in our brilliance that we didn’t pause to think if something should be made a certain way. Now we find ourselves surrounded by plastics.  They’re everywhere. Our kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms. Grocery stores, schools, …

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cost per wear

Cost per Wear: rethinking the price of clothing.

You’ve decided to create a sustainable wardrobe. Congrats! So you go online, start clicking around for a responsibly sourced and produced brand, and then – AHHH! – the prices…a little piece of you dies and gives up hope. Start by taking a deep breath. This journey is about changing how you think about clothing.  Take …

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