Where Have All the Greenistas Gone?

Sorry to all the readers who’ve wondered, “Where are all the new posts on Golden Gate Greenista?!”  Well, it’s been a summer of tremendous life changes.  The unexpected death of my grandfather stopped the creative juices for a while, and then I was thrown into my last semester of graduate school, got engaged, started a […]

Made in the USA: Glass Dharma’s Sustainable Straws

The next time you sip your favorite drink, consider swapping your plastic straw for a sustainable glass one.  Glass Dharma makes straws that, unlike their plastic counterparts, don’t leach harmful chemicals and are reusable. Glass Dharma’s straws are all handmade in Fort Bragg, California.  The company was started by glassblower David Leonhardt, who was inspired […]

Fatal Attraction: The Beauty of an Infographic

This is one of the best infographics I’ve seen on the conventional beauty industry and the types of toxic products that consumers get tricked into buying.  What’s particularly interesting is that it was created by CosmetologySchool.org, which goes to show that the broken beauty system is being taken seriously by future skincare specialists, makeup artists […]

Swipe on Non-Toxic Nail Polishes from Priti NYC

What’s that under your fingernails? Similar to skin, nails are actually quite porous, which makes that new coat of pretty polish – and all its ingredients – seep in deeper than you might think.  Luckily more and more mainstream brands are going “3-Free” and eliminating the three most toxic chemicals from polish blends – toulene, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Take some time today to reflect on the many blessings in your own life.  Write in a gratitude journal.  Say a prayer before the Thanksgiving feast.  Thank someone who has positively impacted your life.  Extend forgiveness to yourself and others. Acknowledge the interconnectedness that binds us to one another and Mother Earth. Giving Thanks?? For […]

Eco Date: Save $$ and the Planet

In the hopes that April showers have truly turned to May flowers, it’s time to take your dating life outdoors.  Trying the latest vegetarian joint or bonding over a biodynamic glass of wine is fine and dandy, but why not get creative and get to know each other in a more natural setting?

A Stapler Without Staples?

Can saving the planet start with a stapler?  Well, maybe.  The designers over at Made By Humans create novel products – from a corn calculator to recycled paper vases – that may seem trivial at first but are actually very smart in design.  Case in point: I discovered the company’s Eco Staple-Free Stapler yesterday, which […]

A Stapler Without Staples?

Can saving the planet start with a stapler?  Well, maybe.  The designers over at Made By Humans create novel products – from a corn calculator to recycled paper vases – that may seem trivial at first but are actually very smart in design.  Case in point: I discovered the company’s Eco Staple-Free Stapler yesterday, which […]

What’s for Dinner?

Not all meat is created equal, finds the recently published “Meat Easter’s Guide to Climate Change + Health” by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  Teaming up with environmental analysis firm CleanMetrics, the two conducted lifecycle assessments of the top 20 conventionally produced, non-organic proteins Americans pile onto their dinner plates.   The major findings: lamb, beef, […]

Turning to PeopleTowels for a New Earth Day Habit

Happy Earth Day, everyone!  Behind all the greenwashing and frightful climate change statistics flung at us today lies an opportunity to simply be thankful for life or, more tangibly, Mother Earth.  For me, the importance of this holiday is realizing how blessed we are, and expressing that feeling in a way that proactively honors and […]