Tag Archives: eco

Do you drink tap water? Think twice.

That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy

Irfan Khan/The Los Angeles Times, via Associated Press

This Los Angeles reservoir contained chemicals that sunlight converted to compounds associated with cancer. The city used plastic balls to block the sun, but nearby homeowners asked why, if the water didn’t violate the law.

The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks — and still be legal.

Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times.

But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000. read more

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NYC Event: Rengade Craft Fair

posted by ebeans

Always too much to spend your money on.

Always too inspiring.

Always worth going to!

Thank jelly they are holding this year’s Renegade Craft Fair in McCarren Park instead of the pool.  Grass, trees, and fly balls…

Renegade Craft Fair
June 6 & 7
Williamsburg, New York City
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Where to donate your yoga mat

I recently inherited a brand new manduka eko lite mat…Never tried one before.  Anyway, I don’t really need more than one mat, so the extra has got to go somewhere, but where?

  • Recycle your mat either upcycles your mat or donates it to a community organization to use as is.
  • With The Art of Yoga Project, your mat goes to a yoga + art initiative for at risk teenage girls.
  • The Mind Body Awareness Project is all about giving at risk and incarcerated youth mindfulness training as a tool to transform their everyday lives.  They need yoga mats!
  • Bent on Learning will transform your mat from a yoga mat, to a tent, to a blanket, to a magic carpet, to who knows what else in its many yoga and meditation classes for NYC public school children and youth centers.

Let’s get this list growing!  Where else can one donate one’s mat?

NY Times: How Green Is My Bottle?

How Green Is My Bottle?
April 19, 2009 By DANIEL GOLEMAN and GREGORY NORRIS

Earth Day is this Wednesday, and all things “green” will be celebrated. But it’s worth asking: how environmentally friendly are “green” products, really? Consider, for example, this paragon of eco-virtue: the stainless steel water bottle that lets us hydrate without discarding endless plastic bottles. Using a method called life cycle assessment, we have evaluated the environmental and health impact of a stainless steel thermos — from the extraction and processing of its ingredients, to its manufacture, distribution, use and final disposal. There were some surprises. What we think of as “green” turns out to be less so (and, yes, sometimes more so) than we assume. read more

Viva La Revolution (the dopest mat ever): On yoga mats p2

Buying one might make you feel like you’re part of a super hip and ethical club.  It might make you feel like you’re not rubbing your lymph nodes against pvc.  Before you go out and buy one, consider what you will do with your old mat.  The most eco-friendly choice?  Buy sustainable the first time.  Reduce. Recycle. Reuse.

PrAna Revolution Mat: the Smell!

prAna Revolution Mat: The Size!

PrAna Revolution Mat: the Construction

PrAna Revolution Mat: Joy!

Harmony mats are fierce

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Kino touts mat in the sunshine state

posted by ebean

In her latest youtube video, Sadie Nardini (just opened the Fierce Club in Manhattan) endorses Jade Yoga’s eco-friendly Harmony mat.

Did Sadie get a free mat out of it?  Maybe.  Does she secretly want to grace the back cover of Yoga Journal while touting a mat on a busy Manhattan sidewalk?  Perhaps.  Whatever.  Anyone who makes sustainable hip is fierce, especially if their hair is inhumanly red.

Guilt-free shoe shopping

posted by eb

Think of eco-shoes.
Images of hemp and cork and ergonomic clogs.
Check out New York’s Sustainable NYC, where going granola is not only in and affordable, it’s crazy adorable… (they have way more in-store than online.)