Archive | Think About It RSS feed for this archive

Geek out on garbage with us

How Toxic Is Your Garden Hose?

By Liesl Clark One of the cheapest, happiest forms of warm weather play for children is a garden hose with a sprinkler hooked up to it. For our children, it means hours of joyous play. The challenge for us is the knowledge that most hoses are made of toxic chemicals and hence are full of […]

Continue Reading

Get Kids Outdoors

By Mr. Everest We’re in the midst of a national crisis for kids. Studies show most children spend only minutes outside per day. They’re shifting their free time to indoor play with electronic devices rather than using their imaginations and sense of discovery in the great outdoors. I grew up exploring the woods of my […]

Continue Reading

Plastic Bag Pollution On My Birthday

By Finn Clark Today is my birthday and I’m turning 10. I decided to do a good deed on my birthday, since I’ve been around for 10 years now. It’s a tradition in my family: On each of our birthdays we choose how we give back to our Earth in thanks for the nurturing planet […]

Continue Reading

A Trip To The Dentist And The Plastics Therein

By Liesl Clark “Please don’t have him eat candy for a day.” What? I was standing in a dentist’s office, and these were the first words out of the dental assistant’s mouth after my child had some ‘routine’ protective sealant put on his molars. No candy for a day? How about a month or 6? […]

Continue Reading

Garden Glove Love

By Liesl Clark Here’s where to donate a few dollars to our cause. It will truly make a difference for the hundreds of illiterate children picking through the garbage on the streets of Kathmandu. It all started on a bike ride. We kept seeing garden gloves along the side of the road. In fact, we […]

Continue Reading

Bike-spiration: The Self-Powered Transportation Revolution

By Liesl Clark Boulder, Colorado has figured it out and so has Boston, MA. People can put money in a meter and rent a bike to get around the city rather then use any other form of fuel or electric-powered transportation. Boulder’s program, if you become a member, allows you to rent in 15 other […]

Continue Reading

An Ode to Freecycle

By Liesl Clark This week I freecycled 4 things that equalled about 350 lbs of stuff. And I acquired 40 raspberry canes for my garden. The items I got rid of were ready for a new home and all I had to do was put them out by my front door. The items I acquire […]

Continue Reading

10 Toughest Steps to Reduce Your Plastic Impact

By Liesl Clark If you’ve followed our guides to zero waste, which are simple ideas to get you thinking about reducing unnecessary plastics in your home environment, you’re doing really well! But you’ll likely still have plastics in your trash can every day like I do. These are the toughest steps we take to get […]

Continue Reading

Zero Offset Vacation Days

By Liesl Clark Let’s face it: Flying to Florida from Seattle isn’t the most carbon-free activity. But if we want to see Grammy, we have to go to her. She simply doesn’t fly. Once we arrived in Florida, we dreamed up a few activities to help offset the jet fuel burn our family of 4 […]

Continue Reading

Why Reuse Is My Favorite “R”

Grandma Inge’s tip put used coffee grounds in car you’ll be happier I come by my love of reuse thanks to my Grandma Inge, an artist and world traveler who foraged for materials wherever she went, reused almost everything, and threw very little out. Like so many people who have known war or want, as […]

Continue Reading