Myth: Putting Food Waste Down the Disposal Is Greener Than in the Trash

Trash Talk: Are Sink Disposals Good for the Environment? OMG hold your nose! There’s a mystery substance at the back of the fridge, and it’s scaring all the other food with its excessive stink. Now what? Pitching the moldy glob straight into the sink disposal means it can basically disappear from your life instantly, i.e., … Read more

Myth: Hold Your Nose — Composting Stinks!

“Hold Your Nose!”—Said No Real-Life Composter We Talked To, Ever Every nose has its own unique point of view, er, smell—but all are likely to turn themselves up at the smell of rotting trash. Why then would we assault our nasal passages by composting, aka, piling up a bunch of food and plant waste with … Read more

health/food science + tips

  Yes, you can…take a deeper dive deeper into the science behind healthy school lunches, herbal remedies, and more! physical health science + tips hot herbal remedies science Yes, medicine DOES grow on trees (and other plants)! Risks and Benefits of Commonly Used Herbal Medicines in Mexico, L. Rodriguez-Fragoso, et. al., Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2008 … Read more

Myth: ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ Applies to Plastic

Is Smaller Better When It Comes to Plastic Pollution? Small plastic pollution is no game! Teeny weeny plastics are polluting even the cleanest-looking waters—and unsuspecting aquatic wildlife are accidentally gobbling them up. Question is, if the plastic is so tiny you can’t actually see it, does it really matter? When we say microplastics are tiny, … Read more

On the Air: Paper vs. Plastic

In his intro to sustainable engineering classes at Northwestern University, professor Eric Masanet likes to set the tone for the semester by posing the once ubiquitous checkout question: “Paper or plastic?” For many of his eager young students, the answer seems obvious—paper breaks down fast in the environment, is easy to recycle, and comes from … Read more

Myth: Paper Bags Are Greener Than Plastic

Paper vs. Plastic Showdown There’s a new sheriff in town—and plastic shopping bags are taking the heat. With Chicago the latest city to jump on the bandwagon of 160+ other U.S. cities (and potentially the whole of California) in outlawing plastic bags, it’s simple to assume that easy-to-recycle paper bags are the greener choice. But … Read more

Ready-to-Buy Reusable Bags for the Win!

As we recently determined in the paper vs. plastic myth, reusable bags made with recycled plastic are an eco-win—as long as you remember to bring them! So, for those of you looking to beef up your reusable supply, here are a few go-tos made from recycled plastic for your purchasing pleasure.

Myth: You Must Rinse All Recyclables, Or Else!

No Shame in Not Knowing Rinsing Protocol It’s time we had a little talk. Sometimes in life, we have dirty things we want to, ahem, recycle. This can mean we have to rinse containers before recycling them…except for when we don’t. Sound as clear as mud? It pretty much is, considering the need to rinse … Read more

To Rinse or Not To Rinse: A Recycling Mystery Solved

People ask us all the time about recycling. One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is “Do you need to rinse all containers before tossing them into the recycling bin”? We think that’s a great question and have often wondered that ourselves. To explore this issue, today on the EcoMyths segment on Worldview, … Read more

5 Ways to Ditch Paper

Paper Pile-ups, Begone! — by Lauren Topor, multimedia journalist and Arizona State University grad There’s nothing quite like tax time to remind you that paper has a knack for piling up. That’s especially true when you consider that the average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year, nearly half of which ends up unopened … Read more