Jack Johnson Is Sailing In Search Of Plastic Smog

Realted: The Only 4 Smoothie Recipes You’ll Ever Need FACT: Humans worldwide use upwards of one trillion plastic bags each year. “An hour of trawling in some of the bluest water I’ve ever seen, and look at that,” Johnson said, peering into the sieve. The Oahu resident surfs around the world, wherever he’s on tour. […]

Why You Should Pee On Your Plants

Your #1 Choice For FertilizerRecent scientific studies have shown urine is a safe and very effective fertilizer for cabbage, beets, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and pretty much anything else you want to grow. Urine boasts a nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K) ratio of 10:1:4, plus more modest amounts of the trace elements plants need to thrive. The nutrients in […]

5 Bees You Don’t Need To Be Afraid Of

PHOTOGRAPH BY IGOR VOROBYOV/GETTY Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three mouthfuls of food and drink we consume—a big job for such little creatures. There are roughly 4,000 species of bees native to North America, many of which are far more efficient pollinators than imported European honeybees. But many of these native bee […]

Food That Tastes Better With A Touch Of Mint

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SASSY-KITCHEN.COM   If you’ve ever planted mint, you know it grows like wildfire. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of this fragrant herb, take advantage of your bounty with a variety of recipes from these nine food bloggers. Then, pat yourself on the back for making the most of a plentiful […]

What Happens In Your Flower Beds When You’re Sleeping

Gardens are beautiful during the day of course, but they can be serene, even magical places at night. To make the landscape really shine in the twilight hours, you want to plants that do their best after the sun is down. Here’s 13 beautiful plants that will make your night garden great. 

How The West Taught Us To Save 6,615 Gallons Of Water In 1 Week

Luckily, native grasses, herbs, and wildflowers not only use very little water but also don’t need to be mowed. If ripping out your whole lawn and replanting with unfamiliar plants sounds drastic and expensive, start with sections. For example, if you have bushes, a sidewalk, or a driveway, remove a foot or two of lawn […]

The Day We Go Into Ecological Debt Is…

This is the concept behind Earth Overshoot Day, the day that international sustainability think-tank The Global Footprint Network calculates we’ve used up all the resources our ecosystem can replenish within a 12-month period. In order to come up with this number, the planet’s biocapacity (in global hectares) is divided by humanity’s ecological footprint, or demand […]

It’s Not Too Late To Plant These Veggies In August

PHOTOGRAPH BY LANE OATEY/GETTY   When the heat brings an end to the harvest of lettuce, peas, and many other cool-weather crops, it’s time to compost the sun-scorched remains of those spring edibles to open up garden space for the next round of vegetables. Before selecting your crops, calculate the number of growing days left […]

5 “Health” Foods That Are Totally Unhealthy

As you do your weekly shopping, trying to find that sweet spot of healthy and convenient, the food choices in front of you can be overwhelming. And while you have the best of intentions, many packaged foods sound healthier than they actually are. Below are five common foods that often disguise themselves in the healthy […]

How To Make A Healthy Banana Bread

Serves 20 1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla6 egg whites3 cups unbleached flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup skim milk2 cups mashed bananas1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind3/4 cup sunflower seeds 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-by-4-inch no-stick loaf pans; set aside. 2. Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and […]