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All Riled Up for Wild Things

Headed to the Wild Things Conference going down Saturday, January 31, in Chicago? If so, let's connect—Team EcoMyths is on the lookout for new conservation-loving friends like you.
Headed to the Wild Things Conference going down Saturday, January 31, at UIC? If so, let’s connect—Team EcoMyths is on the lookout for new conservation-loving friends like you.

— by Beth Kosson, Education Director, EcoMyths Alliance

You’ll be able to easily spot our crew (without binoculars) at this year’s Wild Things Conference in Chicago, where we’ll join in the day-long fun as both an exhibitor and presenter.

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Why Plants Are Awesome to Study: A Love Song From a Scientist

— by Jessica B. Turner, PhD candidate at West Virginia University

I haven’t always studied plants. When I was a kid, I thought I’d become a marine biologist or a zoologist. This led to great experiences doing reef surveys in Hawaii, and studying the stress level of endangered wild asses (no joke). It wasn’t long, however, that the siren song of plants called me into the shore.

Today, I am an outdoor enthusiast, amateur baker, and PhD student focused on conservation biology (how humans impact the environment and what we can do about it) and ethnobotany (the relationship humans have with plants).

This is a small 'juvenile' ginseng plant, and it has two leaves (or two prongs) with eight leaflets. (Jessica T.)
This small ‘juvenile’ ginseng plant has two leaves (or two prongs) with eight leaflets—along with healing properties that make it a hot global commodity.

For my day job, I get to study what I consider to be the most interesting plant in the world: American ginseng, a seemingly humble little plant that’s the star of a multimillion-dollar international industry.

People harvest the root of ginseng in the eastern U.S., and sell the roots for hundreds of dollars a pound for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong.

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Home Is Where the Heat Is: 8 Ways to Keep It That Way

There’s nothing like a good ol’-fashioned November flurry to remind us that winter is on its way. And since for many of us, that’ll mean spending a whole lot more time at home, we thought we’d put together some handy tips and tricks for keeping your digs toasty all season long.

 

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Top 5 Easiest Ways to Go Green Now

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In the quest to green your world, every One Green Thing you do matters. Not sure where to start? Try one of these super-easy—yet super-effective ways—to start greening your world, your way.

1. Bring your own mug to work.

Easy peasy, right? And yet, Americans throw out 25,000 Styrofoam cups each year, according to the EPA. Turn the tide, one cool reusable mug at a time. (We’re thinking this sassy EcoMyths mug would do the trick!)

2. Use a power strip. You can buy one on Amazon* for $10.

Why can’t you just turn off an appliance and call it a day? From your coffee pot to your computer, plenty of products still suck power even when they’re not on. The Tripp Lite surge protector strip does the trick. (Psst: for more intel on energy suckers, read the vampire power myth.)

3. Wash your hands of antibacterial soap.

Antibac products don’t get your hands any cleaner than regular soap, but they do dirty up our waterways. Opt for good ol’ fashioned, plain soaps that don’t contain triclosan or triclocarban in its ingredient list. (Read the Antibac Myth for the full dish.)

4. Drink filtered tap water instead of bottled.

Filtering tap water can make it as clean as bottled water—at a fraction of the price. It also reduces our plastic pollution—woot! The type to buy depends on the contaminants in your local water, but here are some good options to consider: ZeroWater pitcher, PUR Advanced Faucet Water Filter, and the Whirlpool reverse osmosis filtration system. Visit EWG to find out what’s best in your area.

5. Go outside, like, now.

Spending time in the great outdoors is simply good for your health. Whether you use your time hugging a tree (which is cooler than you may think!), getting artsy, or just looking more closely at an interesting (not scary) bug, experiencing nature is an important, and fun, first step in greening our world. Oh, and word to the wise: Don’t forget your binoculars.

* These links take you to our Amazon Associates page, where if you buy the product, EcoMyths gets a portion of the proceeds. That’s a two-pointer for your OneGreenThing! See something else you’d like at Amazon? Mark us as your nonprof of choice when you shop at AmazonSmile.