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Life Cycle: Zen and the Art of Producing Chopsticks

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

People have been impressing their dates with chopstick dexterity since the Shang Dynasty. But the throw-away version of chopsticks is a less romantic yet marvelous invention.

Life Cycle: Styrofoam: Mark of the Plastic Beast

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that looks at the life and death of everyday things. Your Styrofoam lunch container of Mooshu pork is labeled with...

Life Cycle: The Birth and Death of Your Bootleg DVDs

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Your cinematic experience leaves its mark not only on your heart, but on the planet.

Life Cycle: Kernels of Wisdom about Popcorn

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that looks at the environmental impacts of everyday things. Fall is upon us, and you've decided to make it a movie...

Life Cycle: Pop vs. Soda? Either Way It's Made with (GMO) Corn.

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that looks at the environmental impacts of everyday things. Last week we talked about popcorn. Chemically flavored...

Life Cycle: Green Wine

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

It's all about how far your wine has been shipped, and the materials used to package it. Aluminum screw-tops are more likely to be recycled than natural corks, and they prevent wines from going bad.

Life Cycle: Burn, Baby, Burn (The Eco Impact of Candles)

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from crude oil. Demand for these products plays into our reliance on fossil fuels.

Life Cycle: Greening the Other White Meat

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Large, corporate pig farms are home to deep vats of untold tons of pig crap, called "lagoons," which regularly overflow or seep past inadequate lining into the earth.

Life Cycle: The Hidden Cost of $40 "Bling Water."

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that looks at the life and death of everyday things. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you. In...

Life Cycle: Think Yoga is Healthy? Not on a PVC mat.

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that takes a closer look at the stuff we use and love. It's the end of class. You're breathing deeply, surrenderi...

Life Cycle: Life After Desk

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Often, the greenest consumer route is not buying new products made with Earth-friendly methods but rather scoring used products made with traditional, possibly heinous methods. Reduce, reuse, then recycle.

Life Cycle: Will You Soap My Back?

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

While the production of soap--or anything, really--has environmental repercussions all its own, the pretty smells in our personal care products have been linked to not-so-fine human ailments.

Life Cycle: Shit Happens

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Despite being chemically treated, sewage water is still rife with birth-control, anti-depressants and other pharmaceuticals we once ingested.

Life Cycle: Smoke 'Em If You've Got 'Em

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Deforestation is the most direct environmental repercussion of the approximately ten gazillion cigarettes smoked in the world daily. Wood is used just about every step in production--to cure tobacco, to wrap the leaves with paper, to box them up with cardboard.

Life Cycle: Java Break

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Next to crude oil, coffee may be our strongest addiction. More than half of Americans fuel themselves with one to four cups of coffee, totaling upwards of 330 million cups daily.

Life Cycle: All That's Fit to Print

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

OK, it's just newsprint. But we journalists tend to get excited about it. More than 50 million newspapers hit stands and porches every morning in this country (double that in China). A tree falls. Many trees, really--200 million per year, just for newspapers.