California’s record-breaking drought has created a new generation of greenwashed products that claim they can help ease the water crisis. Meanwhile, these products distract us from enacting real solutions to use water more efficiently and to sustainably manage this precious resource.
Here are my three favorite drought-washed products. Leave a comment below to tell us about products you’ve seen.
When I was younger, my family would take month-long vacations to the Midwest, up to Washington state and down to Mexico. My parents are salt of the earth types who never went to resorts or beaches to relax. Vacations were more like “strenuous holidays,” as John Burroughs would say. One vacation was a road trip from Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington with a stop at every major national park along the way.
Whether it’s our favorite foods, body care products, clothing, cleaning supplies or even weed or pest control products, we all rely on product labels to give us the information we need to make the choices we want. But what happens when some of the most toxic products on the market have labels that lead us to believe they’re safer than they really are? And what happens when our choice as consumers is undermined because we don’t have the basic facts needed to make an informed decision about what we buy or how we use our products?
The land of Old Faithful wasn’t always so lush. Two decades ago, Yellowstone National Park was the victim of defoliation, erosion and an unbalanced ecosystem. But in 1995, everything changed.
Mariana Lo is a litigation assistant with the Northeast regional office in New York, NY.
Mariana joined Earthjustice from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she received the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship. While obtaining her Master of Environmental Management, she worked with the Urban Resources Initiative, supervising a team of six ex-offenders planting trees throughout New Haven.
As we gather for our holiday picnics and parades this 4th of July, we prepare the foods and goodies that represent summer in the U.S. Let’s take a moment to think about where those potatoes in the potato salad came from. What about the corn on the cob and slices of watermelon?