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 […]

May’s Thneed Winner: Nine condiment packets for one burger, corn dog, and fries?!?

During the past year, I’ve joined countless people around the world in telling drive-through cashiers to “skip the straw.” It’s one of many things — big and small — we can do to discourage the use and waste of single-use plastics. Cashiers’ reactions to my request have improved remarkably. They’ve gone from “say what?” to “um, OK,” and sometimes I even […]

Billboards in Space? The April Thneed Trophy Winner

Traditionally, Environmental Action’s Thneed Trophy is awarded to a product or service that, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ invention in The Lorax, is “something that everybody wants, but nobody needs” and that’s bad for the environment. But this month’s winner is something that very few people want, nobody needs, and would blight a part of the environment most people wouldn’t […]

Thank you for standing up for the planet this Earth Day.

Thank you for standing up for the planet this Earth Day

We have some great news to share about our work to save monarch butterflies and put the planet over plastic this Earth Day. We were able to hit our $15,000 fundraising goal! The generosity of supporters like you will enable us to keep standing up for wildlife and wild places, including: Putting the planet over plastic by working to put a […]

This month’s Thneed winner: Should “flushable wipes” really be flushed?

The modern drive to “give me convenience or give me death” can be found even in the most intimate corners of American life. For example, take the act of, shall we say, human posterior hygiene (aka butt-wiping). While Europeans (especially those in the southern part of the continent) commonly use bidets to minimize the need for paper wipes, Americans have […]

February’s Thneed Trophy goes to: Plastic bottled water from your local water source.

Image credits: Staff It’s bad enough for the environment that more than 400 billion plastic bottles will be used this year for water. It’s even worse that 70 percent of those sold in the U.S. won’t be recycled. The rest end up in landfills or in tiny pieces scattered across land and water, where they’re unwittingly and often fatally consumed […]

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Stop mining from spoiling the Boundary Waters wilderness.

Help protect beautiful lands and waters around Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.       The Threat to the Boundary Waters Healthy forest torn up and replaced with roads and tailing ponds. Mining waste pouring into pristine lakes and waterways. Vulnerable wildlife disturbed by constant light, dust and noise. That could be the future of Minnesota’s beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness if we don’t […]