Is Green Consumerism Part of the Problem?

By Jacinta Bowler With climate change an ever-looming anxiety, whole industries have sprung up dedicated to help alleviate the stress. Tote bags. Metal straws. Existing companies are trying their best too: clothing retailer Zara has announced that 100 percent of the fabrics it uses will be sustainable by 2025 while Apple has said it has … Continue reading “Is Green Consumerism Part of the Problem?”

You can find incredible things at a Thrift Store!

If you shop often at your area thrift stores, you will be amazed at the weird & wonderful things you find.  Sometimes you may ask yourself “What is it? What’s it do?  What’s it for?” Often things end up in the thrift stores not because there is something wrong with them – but  because they … Continue reading “You can find incredible things at a Thrift Store!”

Wild by Design – Here’s how to garden for all your neighbors, domesticated and otherwise

By Nancy Lawson Years ago, a colleague was relaxing in his backyard when he heard a noise. Upon investigation, he discovered a stranger heading through an open window and toward his couch. It wasn’t a traditional home invasion, though. The squatter had taken one look at the property and assumed it was unoccupied: Why else, … Continue reading “Wild by Design – Here’s how to garden for all your neighbors, domesticated and otherwise”

Five changes I’ve made because of climate change

By Patty Mochel The scientific data we’ve been getting from the news media reached a pivotal point in the past year – our climate is changing, the natural world is changing and soon we will see consequences of extreme weather events in our own communities. My friends at Green Towson Alliance have talked a lot … Continue reading “Five changes I’ve made because of climate change”

Beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap

By Phoebe Evans Letocha This past year, I vowed to try to find ways to reduce my use of single use plastic. I had already switched from plastic baggies to paper snack bags, so as I finished off a role of plastic wrap in December, I searched for a plastic free alternative to wrap my … Continue reading “Beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap”

Thrifting for the Holidays and Special Occasions

You can find very special things for the special times in your life in thrift stores. Halloween Thrift stores have long been a great source for Halloween costumes- Bell bottoms and disco platforms from the 70’s are a great example of used items you might find. Since thrift stores have come to realize that folks … Continue reading “Thrifting for the Holidays and Special Occasions”

Climate change: stop talking and start doing

By Laura Bankey The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report to the United Nations last week confirming what we at the National Aquarium and so many others in our field already know: Our planet is changing in ways that will soon be irreversible and we must take significant, immediate steps to combat … Continue reading “Climate change: stop talking and start doing”

Thrifting – The Ultimate In Recyling

Thrifting is a great way to minimize waste, save money, and help save the planet. It is estimated that Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person a year.  Thrifting can also be considered a sport. How can I get the best stuff for the fewest dollars? Anyone can dash … Continue reading “Thrifting – The Ultimate In Recyling”