Green News & Opinion

12 Articles by Rachel Sarnoff

Boycott Vogue! The Anachronistic 'September Issue' shows us how far we've come

“There’s always a way to wear fur” --Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, American Vogue “Anna is the most powerful woman in the U.S.” --Andre Leon Talley, Editor-at-Large, American Vogue “Nobody was wearing fur until Anna put it on the cover in the ‘90s.” --Tom Florio, Publisher, American Vogue Are you ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in September 2009, about Art & Culture, Celebrities, Children and Families, Consumerism, Design, Economics, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media (1 comment)

Post-Katrina Environmentalism in New Orleans: Can I Get An Organic Sno-Ball With That?

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, www.ecostiletto.com I spent last week with my family in New Orleans where people still feel the wake of Hurricane Katrina. That was five years ago but there are areas where the city looks like some kind of Potter-esque villain pointed a wand and waved ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in July 2009, about Art & Culture, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior

If the U.S. Won’t Ban Dangerous Pesticides in Our Markets, It’s Up to Us to Ban Them from Our Homes

 Yes, you can get away with just buying organic milk and meat products. Yes, an organic apple is twice as expensive as conventional. Yes, there’s a reason they call it Whole Paycheck. But then you come face to face with the truth: Unless you’re buying organic, your food ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in July 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families

Alicia Silverstone: Body By Vegan

A friend of mine forwarded me a recent pic of Alicia Silverstone the other day. The subject line was simple: Body by vegan. And yes, it got my attention. Because even though I try to work out two or three times a week, there remains that stubborn five pounds of ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in June 2009, about Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Celebrities, Consumerism, Education, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior (1 comment)

Lessons my Father Taught Me (And What I'm Trying To Teach Him)

My dad likes old cars, albeit tuned up with tires full for optimal performance. He can't pass a sock sale without buying five pairs, although he has drawers full of them. And he recently discovered Sam's Club, where he likes to buy my children lots of plastic toys ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in June 2009, about Children and Families, Education, Finance & Money, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Philosophy & Religion, Recycling

Ban the Crackberry!

Last weekend I packed up the chemical-free bug spray (gotta love that citronella scent), zinc oxide sunscreen and four reusable shopping bags full of organic food and set off on a camping trip with six other families from my kids' school. "Camping" is really a euphemism-the cabins we booked were ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in June 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Computing, Health, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior

What Sucks Energy, Wastes Money, AND Harms Our Planet?

There's a vampire in my house and it's not related to my seven-year-old's mild obsession with "Twilight." (No, we didn't let her watch it.) Actually, there's a collection of vampires. A veritable coven, in fact. These vampires live in forms we all recognize: Power strip ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in May 2009, about Consumerism, Emissions, Energy Saving, Lifestyle & Behavior (4 comments)

Safer Sudsors Still Swine-Flu Free

The swine flu scare is under control but you're still probably sudsing up more than usual. And well you should: As your best defense against sickness, the CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 15 to 20 seconds. Note: they didn't recommend antibacterial ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in May 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution (2 comments)

What Costs More Than Gas, Is Potentially Polluted, and Puts Chemicals In Your Kids?

Recently a dozen high school students in California were taken to hospitals after getting sick from drinking Aquafina bottled water.  Despite the fact that manufacturer Pepsi insists its water undergoes a seven-step purification process, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Steve Zermeno was quoted on Fox News saying the bottled appeared ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in May 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Art & Culture, Consumerism, Food, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Water

On the Hunt for Eco-Friendly Denim That Doesn’t Make My Butt Look Big

I've always been a bit insecure in the butt department. Not that my posterior is particularly gigantic, but in the words of the fashion magazines that I devoured as a teenager, this was my "problem area." I've long outgrown those mind-warping glossies and accepted that not all of ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in April 2009, about Art & Culture, Consumerism, Economics, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior

Cheetos Vs. Carrots: (Not) Fighting to Feed Kids Healthy Food

My kids are sick of healthy lunches. They don't want organic soybean butter and Farmer's Market fig jam sandwiches, they want Lunchables: crackers, processed cheese, salty disks that pass for lunch meat and a whole lot of chemicals wrapped up in a plastic box. My son just confessed ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in April 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Food, Lifestyle & Behavior, Organic (1 comment)

Can Going Green Help You Shop Less?

I've always been a pretty sustainably-minded person. My father is a professor at UCLA whose specialty is Native American literature; I grew up going to pow-wows and taking cross-country trips to the Badlands. My nickname in college was, embarrassingly, "Flower." But, like most of us, my eco-focus stopped at ... keep reading

Written by Rachel Sarnoff in March 2009, about Art & Culture, Children and Families, Consumerism, Economics (4 comments)

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