Earth911 Inspiration: Doing Just Fine

The corner of green building covered in vegetation is seen from below, with a quote from Stewart Brand: "Europeans and Californians use half the energy per person of most Americans, and they are doing just fine."

A sustainable life doesn’t mean an impoverished existence, it creates abundance by eliminating waste. Social change agent and Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, who first promoted the blue marble photo taken by the astronauts on Apollo 17. Brand wrote in Whole Earth Discipline that “Europeans and Californians use half the energy per person of most Americans, and they are doing fine.” Read Whole Earth Discipline: Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary to explore and share Brand’s ideas, which are controversial in the…

18 Delicious Grain-Free Recipes to Boost Gut Health

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You heard it here first—gut health is hot. And though there’s certainly no “one size fits all” path to a healthy gut, many people (self included) are discovering that there is a major link between a grain-free diet and gut health. I know: you might be throwing up your hands saying “But I thought we were supposed to be eating “healthy whole grains?” Well, hate to break it to you, but the world of nutrition recommendations can be confusing annd often require some level of trial and error to discover…

What’s Lyocell Fabric? And Is It Really Sustainable?  – Going Zero Waste

What’s Lyocell Fabric? And Is It Really Sustainable?  - Going Zero Waste

Last Updated on February 22, 2024 You may have heard of lyocell fabric, or seen it on a clothing tag, but what exactly is it? And is it sustainable? Well, in comparison to polyester it is. Most of the clothes we wear today are made from polyester, aka plastic. Polyester is made from non-renewable petroleum (crude oil) that’s extracted from the earth unsustainably.     To create polyester, 70 million barrels of oil are used annually, and turning this oil into polyester fabric releases a lot of toxins into the environment.     On…

What to Know Before Splurging

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We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. If you’ve been the victim of more than a few Instagram jump scares from visuals of skincare girlies winding down with a bionic-looking face mask, you know exactly what this article is about. (And if you’re out of the loop, prepare to go down an exciting beauty tech rabbit hole.) Yes, I too am one of those women who now considers herself the proud owner of a red light therapy mask. But…

Homesteading DIY: Building a Shed with Reclaimed Wood

Homesteading DIY: Building a Shed with Reclaimed Wood

Looking to expand your storage space without splurging on a new shed? Consider making one from reclaimed wood. Not only is it sustainable, but it also adds rustic allure to your backyard. Follow our step-by-step guide to building a roomy shed from reclaimed materials. Follow the steps we recorded when we were tasked with relocating a horse stable to a new site and repurposing the wood salvaged during the deconstruction into a spacious shed. For a walkthrough, check out our video documenting our reclaimed wood shed build on YouTube. Reclaimed…

Toxic Exposure At Military Bases: A Civilian Perspective

Toxic Exposure At Military Bases: A Civilian Perspective

The military is built to keep citizens safe, but often, the environmental hazards associated with military operations pose unseen risks, not only to service members but also to civilians who live on base and in the vicinity. One of the many concerns is the prevalence of toxic substances discarded in these facilities. The health risks for those working on a military base are obvious, but perhaps the risks to nearby civilian populations pose an even greater alarm. Over the last few decades, evidence has clearly shown that exposure to these toxins by…

Spicy Turkish Eggs Breakfast Bowl

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For years, I’ve lived as a self-proclaimed Non-Breakfast Person. Often, I wouldn’t eat my first meal until the point of late-morning hangriness—you know the vibe. I’d scarf down the first thing I could find in a desperate attempt at satiation. But! I have since made a complete 180, and I can safely say: I’m fully on team breakfast. Maybe it’s the appeal of romanticizing a slow morning of matcha and a plentiful AM meal, but now there’s nothing I love more than sitting in my kitchen indulging in the deliciousness…

How to Organize Your Family Calendar for a Harmonious Week

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When my husband and I started to get serious, we went to couples therapy to work on our communication skills. Several of our miscommunications resulted from a need for better scheduling. Our therapist’s simple solution was to start sharing a calendar. So small yet so effective. Now, fast forward to the present day: two kids, more responsibilities, and countless events and extracurriculars. It’s no surprise I was feeling the same frustration from before. Our schedules now included two more people, and I felt that I’d been shouldering the bulk of…

33 Easy Muffin Recipes You’ll Love to Wake Up To

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While I’ve been working on becoming more of a morning person, elaborate plates of French toast or pans of cinnamon rolls still don’t fit into the average weekday schedule. (If you’ve figured out how to make it work, let me know.) I tend to lean more toward quick options with plenty of leftovers, making it easy to find a quick bite in the following days. In the category of quick and easy, muffin recipes have always been one of my top-tier options for grab-and-go breakfasts or afternoon snacks. 33 Muffin…

Best Hand Creams for Aging Hands (Updated for 2024)

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We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. Whoever first noted that you can tell a person’s age by their hands was incredibly rude. Unfortunately, they were also correct. Understandably, our hard-working hands take a bit of a beating. But I just think it’s a fabulous sign of a life well-lived. That said, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little preventative action. With that, let’s see which products made our short list for the best hand cream for aging hands.…