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Beyond Bling

Valentine Day’s jewelry can gift the Earth, too, if we bypass newly-mined metals to choose recycled, antique and heirloom jewelry.

Handy Curriculum

The decline in woodshop classes means that many students lack basic manual competence and don’t know how to fix things; learning how leads to jobs.

Genuinely Greenwashed

Hidden tradeoffs, outright fibs and more good reasons to look twice at “green” claims before plunking down our money.

Tagging Toxins

A new web site offers up-to-date information on toxic chemicals that might be lurking in food, baby products, furniture and other items we buy.


A Washington company has stopped selling bamboo clothing after a federal report found little if any bamboo in labeled products.

Second Verse

Paraguay children that live off the waste in landfills have turned garbage into music and are playing around the world.

Fare Sharing

Using phone apps, progressive urban commuters can now stand at bus stops and catch rides from solo car drivers that need two more people to zip through a high occupancy vehicle lane.

Fashion Freedom

Following a tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh, clothing retailers are beginning to open up about the overseas origins of the clothes they sell.

Wear It Well

Pioneering California programs such as “Grow Your Jeans” connect an eco-network, from fiber producers at the sheep farm up through clothing makers and consumers.

Cowabunga Dude

To counter the typical throw-away polyurethane surfboard, “heirloom surfboards” are being built of salvaged woods and organic resins, designed to last for decades.
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