Thinking of Endor

Not to be a downer, but one of the most beautiful places on the planet is burning. Any kid who’s seen Star Wars could recognize this as the forest moon of Endor; many adults will know a redwood forest when they see one. But whatever you call it, this wooded retreat is magic. In fact,…

The last cotton ball

Let’s not strike up a conversation about cotton unless we’re both ready to talk about forced labor in Uzbekistan. Or the drying up of the Aral Sea. Or death to cotton farmers by pesticide. Soft and luscious on the outside, cotton is produced in unsustainable and often cruel ways that have not propelled humanity far…

How to reuse your recycling by making paper

I read Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home a few weeks ago, and that’s when I developed an undying urge to make paper. In the book, Bea Johnson tells the tale of how she decided to make less waste and move towards a trash-free existence. She eliminated most of the paper in her life but her…