Celebrate Memorial Day with a Delicious Eco-Vegan Cookout

Memorial Day Weekend officially opens the summer cookout season. All across America, outdoor grills are being readied for the backyard barbecue season’s inaugural event.

Take advantage of the long weekend to prepare healthful, compassionate and eco-responsible meals for family and friends.

This Memorial Day, choose a meatless menu. It can be one of the most important choices you can make for your health and the health of the planet. Continue reading “Celebrate Memorial Day with a Delicious Eco-Vegan Cookout”

Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes

Perfect Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the winter festival of lights is celebrated by Jews around the world and begins this year when the first candle is lit at sunset on Tuesday, December twelfth this year.

An eight-day festival marked by the lighting of brightly colored candles commemorates the rededication of the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches in which a different candle is lit to mark each consecutive night, the primary ritual on Hanukkah.  Continue reading “Five Tips for a Green Hanukkah – Recipe, Vegan Potato Latkes”

Fabulous, Festive Holiday Roast ~ Economical, Eco-Friendly and Compassionate!


At this time of year we are reminded of the many blessings we enjoy and encouraged to show compassion for others.  For vegans, this includes non-human individuals and Mother Earth. The Holidays are as much about feasting and compassion as they are about gift giving and this amazing roast is as easy to put together as it is absolutely delicious!

Hosting a meatless meal this year will withhold support for the cruel animal products industry, and save money while saving the planet. Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable Continue reading “Fabulous, Festive Holiday Roast ~ Economical, Eco-Friendly and Compassionate!”

Mechaly, Cruelty-Free Handbags, Stylish, Eco-Friendly and Affordable

Not long ago leather was synonymous with cutting-edge fashion, popular with rock stars, artists and bohemian types. Consumers these days are more aware what goes into the production of goods and the impact it can have on the environment.

Transforming animal skin into leather requires massive amounts of energy and a noxious combination of lethal chemicals. Eighty percent of the leather produced worldwide is chrome-tanned (chromium is considered hazardous by the EPA) adding to the already toxic mix of mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, oils, dyes and finishes, often cyanide-based used in the tanning process. Continue reading “Mechaly, Cruelty-Free Handbags, Stylish, Eco-Friendly and Affordable”

Green Barbecue Tips

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet.

Charcoal Grills:

Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air. The smoky flavor in charcoal comes from charred wood and contributes to deforestation. Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust bound with a type of glue and may also contain limestone, sodium nitrate and coal dust.

Lump Charcoal

Lump charcoal is made from natural hardwood and will generally produce far less ash. Natural wood charcoal will light very easily and does not contain fillers and are therefore free of chemical pollutants. Continue reading “Green Barbecue Tips”

Art Imitates Life in the Hollywood Film, The Guilt Trip

EarthScents aromatherapy enhanced household cleaning products are safe, effective and planet friendly. So safe, in fact you can drink it!

The Guilt Trip, a new movie starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogin is a comedy film about an inventor who has created an eco-friendly household cleaning product so safe, in fact you can drink it.

Imagine you are Steve and Patricia Hess, the creators of just such a product line and you are out for an evening at the movies. This road trip with a Jewish mother comedy begins and the subplot unfolds as the son makes his product pitch to retailers across the country.

Steve Hess, “It was like us, only without Barbara Streisand. I was really pleased to see that Hollywood is taking note of the terrible risks associated with toxic chemicals common in household cleaning products. I hope the film will help bring attention to this important issue” Continue reading “Art Imitates Life in the Hollywood Film, The Guilt Trip”

Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable

Industrialized animal production has had a dramatic impact on society, human health and the environment.

Modern animal husbandry is a major factor in water pollution, contributing animal waste, antibiotics, hormones and a witch’s brew of chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides from feed crops.

In the final decades of the twentieth century, almost five million family farms were replaced by large-scale manufacturing operations.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency these concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) confine thousands of animals in a single facility and generate a staggering 300 million tons of waste annually. Continue reading “Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable”

Mercury Testing Recommended Before Pregnancy

Recent testing of mercury concentrations in three national brands of canned tuna found that “55 percent of all tuna examined was above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s safety level for human consumption.” And the problem appears to be getting worse.

Previous studies in 1993 and 2004 showed concerning levels of mercury contamination in canned tuna, but not as high as it is now. VIDEO: Which brand of tuna has the most mercury?

Given the average level of mercury pollution found in canned tuna, researchers suggest that your average nine year old would exceed the EPA limit, even if they only ate one can of tuna every 6 weeks!

They conclude: “These results indicate that stricter regulation of the canned tuna industry is necessary to ensure the safety of sensitive populations such as pregnant women, infants, and children.” Continue reading “Mercury Testing Recommended Before Pregnancy”

Studies Find Mercury Levels Increasing in U.S.


A government study published in 2009 revealed widespread mercury contamination of fish tested in streams across the U.S.¹ In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey tested more than 1,000 fish from nearly 300 streams across the nation from 1998 to 2005.

Every fish tested showed traces of mercury and a quarter of the fish tested had higher amounts of mercury than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems safe to eat. Fetuses, infants, and young children are at greatest risk for harm from mercury, which can damage developing brains and nervous systems.

“This study shows just how widespread mercury pollution has become in our air, watersheds and many of our fish in freshwater streams,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. “This science sends a clear message that our country must continue to confront pollution, restore our nation’s waterways and protect the public from potential health dangers.” Continue reading “Studies Find Mercury Levels Increasing in U.S.”