Ask Our Help Desk: Are bioplastics and biodegradable plastics really better?

Ask Our Help Desk: Are bioplastics and biodegradable plastics really better?
How do you know if the ‘green’ disposable plastic products you buy–marked bioplastic, biodegradable, compostable, or bioplastic–are actually safe for our planet and our health? It’s confusing for well-intentioned people. We’re here to help. Plastic is made of artificially created chemicals “that don’t belong in our world and don’t mix well with nature.” After we… Read more »

New Tool for Pest Management: Kiosk at the Ecology Center

New Tool for Pest Management: Kiosk at the Ecology Center
One of our staff attended an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training hosted by the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM). It was a day packed with information on safe and effective methods to manage pests in the garden (like aphids and snails), and home (ants, termites, etc.) One exciting outcome of… Read more »

Tiny Houses with New Avenue Homes, 10/14/14

Tiny Houses with New Avenue Homes, 10/14/14
Tiny houses bring big benefits, from encouraging simple and resource efficient living, to increasing density in neighborhoods. Join us and New Avenue Homes on Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm for an event on the trend of tiny house development here in the Bay Area. Kevin Casey of New Avenue Homes brings over 6 years of… Read more »

Renters, Go Green! Save on Water, Energy, Waste and More, 7/16/13

Renters, Go Green! Save on Water, Energy, Waste and More, 7/16/13
You don’t have to own a house to live comfortably, affordably, and efficiently. With just a little support from community organizations, you can make cost-saving energy upgrades in your apartment, help keep waste out of landfills, green your living space, and save money all at the same time! Learn about all the resources available to… Read more »

Are Antibacterial Products Safe? FDA Set to Review Triclosan

Are Antibacterial Products Safe? FDA Set to Review Triclosan
The FDA has been urged to settle a 40-year-old review of the antibacterial chemical triclosan. Nixon was president when Congress first tasked the FDA to develop guidelines for common antibacterials used in consumer products, but the agency never finalized its draft guidelines. As a result, triclosan was not pulled from existing product ingredients, and was… Read more »