Tips to make your Spring cleaning green

Harsh cleaning supplies can pollute the environment — which can be a problem for people and wildlife alike. Studies show that one common ingredient in cleaners, alkylphenol ethoxylates, cause reproductive issues in wildlife exposed to polluted waters.1 Homemade cleaning products can contain less harmful chemicals, and they’re a zero waste alternative because they don’t require plastic packaging like items from the […]

How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

Are you a pet owner? While you’re working toward a greener future, look for ways to make your pet supplies more eco-friendly. From single-use plastic pet toys to carbon-intensive pet food, our furry friends can have a negative impact on the environment. In fact, in the U.S., pet food is responsible for a quarter of environmental impacts of meat production.1 If you […]

Save pollinators by ditching bee-killing pesticides

Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to garden — but there are some things you should keep in mind to make your garden pollinator-friendly.  Pesticides are a major cause of bee die-offs and contribute to the decline of other pollinators, like monarch butterflies. While we advocate for a ban on the worst pesticides, you can also help by […]

Climate-friendly recipe ideas

Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent.1 So next time you’re cooking dinner, consider your food’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions.  Before meat and cheese-lovers lose faith: You don’t have to totally cut out your favorite dishes from your diet to eat more climate-friendly foods. According to one […]

5 Tips to Reduce Clothing Waste

When you clean out your closet, how many items go in the trash? The average American throws out 70 pounds of clothing each year.1 Unsustainable fashion is causing waste to pile up and contributing to climate change. But we can reduce our overconsumption of clothing and repurpose our clothes to create less waste. Here are our team’s five tips for reducing your closet’s […]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Photo: Shutterstock)

Our path to defending the Arctic Refuge, explained

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last remaining swaths of pristine wilderness in the United States — and we recently won a crucial step in our campaign to defend it from oil and gas projects! Environmental Action has been working to defend the refuge from oil and gas projects, and we just won a crucial step in our […]

October’s Thneed: Forests shouldn’t be wiped out to create tissue paper

Old-growth forests like this shouldn’t be wiped out to create tissue paper. The quality of toilet paper is, shall we say, a topic of sensitive and very personal debate.  One-ply, two-ply, three-ply. Soft, strong. Big rolls, small rolls. Scented, non-scented. Everyone has their own preferences. But I think we can all agree that something as ephemeral as toilet paper — the ultimate single-use […]

A Victory for Bees

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report.1 This news comes after the USDA cut honeybee research earlier this summer. While the temporary suspension will leave a gap in this year’s data, we are thrilled that the USDA has listened to our message and decided not to discount honeybees. Your […]

August’s Thneed Trophy goes to: Exotic animal cowboy boots

Wrapping a threatened species around your feet doesn’t exactly evoke the bucolic “home on the range” There’s something very American, even very back-to-nature, about cowboy boots.  Sure, cowboys helped destroy much of the Plains’ ecosystem, and even today, some of them oppose restoring grasslands for the bison who once roamed them.  But one of the most enduring images of America — admired worldwide […]

Corn cobs on a grocery store shelf, individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

July’s Thneed Winner: Plastic wrapping for corn cobs. Really?

When Mother Nature already provides a perfectly good container, say no to a plastic alternative One of my fondest summer childhood memories revolves around good old Zea mays L. — more commonly known as “sweet corn”. My aunt takes me to a roadside stand in rural Wapwallopen, Penn. to buy a bunch of just-picked ears of white corn. We return to my […]