My account of creating a greener life.

How to choose sustainable toiletries for travel

I will be the first to admit that travel-sized toiletries are hard to resist. What could work better on a long trip than a tiny plastic bottle of shampoo? Who has time to squeeze their face wash into a tiny glass bottle? Admittedly, for my upcoming trip, I bought a bunch of travel-sized cosmetics without…

Greener Reading List

I have noticed a lot more press about climate change and the environment recently. Maybe it’s because of the Green New Deal or the onslaught of natural disasters caused by climate change? Either way, I’m glad that the spotlight is finally on the defining issue of our time. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite…

A backpack to save the planet: United By Blue 25L rift pack review

Finding a product that doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment can be a battle. But finding a product with a net positive impact? That is truly rare! I recently discovered the brand United By Blue and was so impressed by their mission. Their tagline is: “For every product sold, United By Blue removes…

Advice for talking to a climate skeptic

Recently, on a group vacation, I met a few people who had never really learned about climate change. It wasn’t that they didn’t believe climate change was happening, they just didn’t think it was a big deal. Because I care so deeply about the fate of the planet, I knew my conversations with them had…

How to travel more sustainably

I suppose the very short version of this post would say, “Don’t travel. Stay home. Only go as far as a bike can take you.” Buuuut…. For better or for worse, we live in a globalized world, and travel is something of a given these days! Over the next few months, I’ll be traveling a…

Soylent: Is it any better for the environment?

Many of my friends make fun of me for drinking Soylent. If the name sounds familiar but you can’t figure out why, you might be thinking of “Soylent Green,” a science fiction movie named for a drink made of human remains. The Soylent I drink–thank goodness–contains no human remains. The name does capture the science…

5 Incredibly Simple Ideas to Make Your Life Greener

School has started up again and I’ve realized it’s just harder to live a green life when I’m busy with classes, meetings, and so much else. I’ve thought a lot about how to fit green choices into busy days and have tried to distill a few ideas into a list! Carry a bigger bag. This idea…

Is Airbnb the greener choice?

My summer has involved a lot of travel. Unfortunately, much of that travel has been by plane, which means a lot of carbon emissions. (The ethics of plane travel deserve an entire blog post – I’ll have to write about that another time!) When I wasn’t staying with family or friends, I used Airbnb. Admittedly, I didn’t…

Testing Out Insect Protein: Wholi Snacks

Why insect protein? I spend a surprising amount of time thinking about how to feed our ballooning global population. Of course, I do this mostly because I hope to pursue a career in sustainably feeding the world. But it’s an issue that all of us have stock in! While you could look at the food…

How organic produce differs in the U.S. and Europe

I have made a lot of changes to my diet recently in an effort to be more “green.” In general, this means eating little to no meat and buying local, seasonal food whenever possible. Eating greener, for me, does not actually mean eating more organic produce! This comes as a surprise to some people. While…