Malcolm Renfrew: The Non-Stick Man

You may not know what polytetrafluoroethylene resin is, but it’s why the scrambled eggs you make for breakfast slide cleanly out of the frying pan. You know it as Teflon, a miraculous material that remains slick and smooth and resists reacting with heat, electricity, acids and solvents. Teflon is used to coat consumer products ranging from tennis rackets to windshield wiper blades. It toughens aircraft hoses and the space suits worn by astronauts. It’s even protects the cast-iron fence around President Harry …

5 Chemicals You Shouldn’t Have in Your House

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), lots of folks would like us to think about the common chemicals we’re exposed to daily that we may not realize could affect our health. For example, have you checked the ingredients on that antibacterial soap in your shower? Or wondered about the safety of Fifi’s flea collar? The environmentalists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have, and they’ve issued a report called “The Five Stupidest Chemicals That Shouldn’t Be in Your …

Sense of Wonder Contest – Cast your vote on the intergenerational entries!

These are truly some of the most beautiful, touching (and even hilarious) photos, essays and poems I’ve ever seen and read. Considering they’re created by teams of inter-generational partners for the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest makes them even more worthy of your visit to the site…and your vote. (I’m partial to the dance video “Macro Hunt Anthem”, but don’t let me influence you.) Honoring the 50th anniversary of her ground-breaking, society-changing book Silent Spring, this annual contest gives us a chance to …

One Down, The Rest Of My (Long) Life To Go

Guest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. One year ago this month, I heard the words that turned my world upside down. “You have breast cancer.” I’m not alone. At 56, the chances …

Organic, Natural-What Do Eco-Labels Really Mean?

Guest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. There seems to be a rash of articles lately about eco-labeling and how confusing and misleading these terms can be to consumers. Somehow the words “All …