Archive for the ‘My Soapbox’ Category

First Flush Feature

Simple Invention Converts Plastic to Oil

The man in this video and his invention are truly amazing. Watching this video gives me so much hope… yet at the same time it leaves me feeling very depressed and defeated. Watch and then let me explain. Of course the implications of this amazing invention is what gives me so much hope. This could […]

First Flush Feature

Welcome to Plastic Ocean. Would you like fecal bacteria with that?

Two weeks ago I posted an article, A Cry for Help, about a local surfer who collects trash while out surfing.  The images he had of the amount of trash being picked up in the dry season (aka: clean season) were deeply saddening.  Last week, shortly after posting that article, on October 5th we got […]

Plastic in our ocean

A Cry for Help; A Call for Change

Today I wanted to share some photos taken by Benjamin Kay, a science teacher at Santa Monica High School and Santa Monica College.  My friend Ben is asking for help.  Help to raise awareness about plastic pollution and help to change our plastic using ways.  Ben writes: “Thought I’d share some not-so-glamorous photos. I’ve been […]

local vs. organic

Local or Organic?

I can’t tell you how often I am asked the question of local vs. organic?  Or, if I am talking about organics, I hear the statement, “I don’t do organic, I do local.” I’m always surprised when I hear this.  Why should we have to choose between the two?  Well, after some recent traveling I’ve […]

Cell Phones and Cancer

Cell Phones and Cancer: What to do?

The World Health Organization (WHO) caused quite a stir recently when they added cell phones to a list of possible carcinogens. This decision came from a WHO team of 31 scientists from 14 countries after reviewing several peer-reviewed studies.  The evidence isn’t clear-cut YET if cell phones cause cancer, but the WHO wants to rule […]

The Green Girl Next Door & Her Dad

What Dads Really Want for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up on June 19th.  Ads and commercials are starting to remind us of the approaching holiday.  Even blogs are publishing their lists of the best Father’s Day gifts.  Being an eco minded blog, I could easily give you a list of the latest green items that dad may enjoy.  But let’s […]

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Why I Stopped Shopping

In January of 2010 I decided I was going to stop shopping for new clothes/shoes/jewelry/ etc.  Anyone that knew me knew that was going to be a challenge.  Despite being an environmentalist I didn’t admit the connection between the environment and my clothes.  I shopped out of boredom (Macy’s was in walking distance), shopped because […]