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Is Buying Local Always Best?

Is Buying Local Always Best?

Is Buying Local Always Best?

Buying local isn't just for the ethical shopper — foodies have also embraced "local, fresh, seasonal" as their mantra in recent years. But what if you can't always find locally grown food that's also organic? Do you scrub off pesticides from the squash you got at the farmers market, or just skip the market in favor of Whole Foods?

December 12, 2007

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Certified CarbonFree

Certified CarbonFree

With businesses like Google and Dell making noises about their desire to eventually be completely carbon neutral, the non-profit organization Carbonfund.org has developed a certification system for companies that wish to declare their products "carbon-free." The first U.S. food product to achieve this label is Royal Hawaiian Honey, distributed by Tropical Traders Specialty Foods.

December 10, 2007

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The Rise of the Philanthropic Vacations

The Rise of the Philanthropic Vacations

The New York Times recently profiled the rise of the philanthropic vacation, an industry that is estimated to have grown 15 percent in the past two years. Some getaways are more luxurious than hands-on, but all reveal a desire on the part of their participants to connect with people and places they would otherwise only read about or see on TV.

December 10, 2007

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Taking Calendars to Real Nature Time: ECOlogical Calendar

Taking Calendars to Real Nature Time: ECOlogical Calendar

Time to choose wall calendars for the new year, or to purchase a calendar as a nice stocking stuffer. But why just opt for the same, staid, 12-page picture-and-grid calendar that is geared to unnatural or denatured time? The ECOlogical Calendar—now in its fourth year—is a dazzling, sumptuously illustrated, nature-time/knowledge packed uber calendar.

December 10, 2007

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Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

The Ecology Center recently completed testing on around 1,200 children's products in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. More than a third of those products were found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals like mercury, arsenic and lead. Most of these toxic toys are still on the market, with no plans in place to recall them any time soon.

December 7, 2007

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