Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: Day 5: Farmers need love too

    Day 5: Farmers need love too

    October 9, 2010

    Eating local can reduce your carbon footprint and connect you to the people behind your food. Ask your food producer about what's in season, cooking tips, and the true costs of growing a tomato. What have you learned from a farmer? More »

  • Photo: Day 4: Restaurants go green

    Day 4: Restaurants go green

    October 8, 2010

    Eating out tonight? Restaurants can help protect the planet by creating local, organic menus, sourcing sustainable ingredients, composting waste and conserving energy. What do you look for in a sustainable restaurant? More »

  • Photo: Day 3: Eat organic, save a snake

    Day 3: Eat organic, save a snake

    October 7, 2010

    Organic means more than sparing your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes from pesticides. This kind of farming avoids growth hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, and is better for plants and animals. Why do you buy organic? More »

  • Photo: Day 2: Garbage is such a strong word

    Day 2: Garbage is such a strong word

    October 6, 2010

    Almost half of household garbage is organic waste that takes up landfill space and produces greenhouse gases. Composting keeps veggie scraps and other biodegradables out of the dump. Why did you start composting? More »

  • Photo: Day 1: Life without bees means life without chocolate

    Day 1: Life without bees means life without chocolate

    October 5, 2010

    Day 1 of Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table. Pollinators like bees bring us 75 per cent of the food we eat — including apples, chocolate, coffee and almonds. But pesticides and human development are a big threat to bees. How is your kitchen pollinator friendly? More »

  • Photo: Butt out for the planet

    Butt out for the planet

    September 22, 2010

    Flicked out of car windows, stomped out on sidewalks and strewn about our parks and beaches — several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year. If you smoke, there's a new reason to quit. Butt out for the planet. More »

  • Photo: Don't

    Don't "green" Martha Stewart me!

    September 13, 2010

    I've been called the "green Martha Stewart". It has a nice ring to it. But since when is unpretentious craftiness suddenly so exclusive? It's time to bring crafty back! More »

  • Photo: Is your grandma green?

    Is your grandma green?

    August 17, 2010

    My grandma recycles. She keeps a blue bag in her garage full of plastic milk jugs and paperboard. When I first saw this I said, "Go, Grandma, go!" But quickly the whole thing just made me sad. More »

  • Photo: Born pre-polluted

    Born pre-polluted

    July 28, 2010

    The unfortunate truth is we're born this way. Born pre-polluted. It's called our human or chemical "body burden." More »

  • Photo: Are the kids alright?

    Are the kids alright?

    July 21, 2010

    Most kids today know 1,000 corporate logos but can't name 10 plants and animals in their own backyards. Children who spend time in nature grow into adults that care about protecting it. Are we in trouble? More »