Trees that Sequester the Most Carbon

Hundreds of trees in a forest.

Several factors influence a tree’s capacity to sequester carbon, including its growth rate, lifespan, and the density of its wood. While fast-growing trees with dense wood tend to sequester more carbon over a shorter period, it’s crucial to consider the ecosystem context. This understanding is key to identifying the most suitable trees for specific regions […]

7 Tree-Planting Strategies for Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Woman’s hands planting the tree, holding soil for tree plant.

Often, the most effective strategies for reducing carbon footprint are the simplest. It’s important to remember that a straightforward solution to a complex problem can indeed make a significant difference, even if our brains sometimes struggle to comprehend this. While there may not be a single solution to the complex issue of climate change, it’s […]

Eco-Friendly Materials: Mushrooms in Construction

A cracked cap polypore fungus grows on a tree trunk in Indiana.

Using mushrooms in construction may sound insane. But a remarkable trend is emerging in the construction industry: the use of mushrooms as building materials. Yes, you read that right. Mushrooms are those humble fungi we often associate with culinary applications, yet they are finding their way into the very foundations of our built environment. This […]

Eco-Friendly Materials: Bamboo

A field of bamboo trees.

Bamboo, a versatile and renewable resource, is rapidly gaining ground in the pursuit of sustainable and eco-friendly construction practices. From structural elements to interior finishes, the benefits of using bamboo in construction and home improvement projects are diverse. In this article, we’ll delve into the various advantages of bamboo and how it is transforming the […]

A Guy Eats a Bat, Now I’m Unemployed

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That’s the punchline of a meme my friend posted on Facebook. Even though the intermediary was likely a pangolin, instead of a bat, this funny-not funny meme poetically describes what some already know to be true—that we are all interconnected. Food choices are complex in that they are rooted in tradition, culture, and what brings each […]

An Open Letter to Starbucks

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I do not understand… why, Starbucks, do you charge a premium for plant-based milk beverages? Who are you protecting in the dairy industry that keeps you going against your own self-interest and the interests of your consumers? Is there a conspiracy or just poor, out-of-date judgment on the part of those who make pricing decisions? […]

Creating Doubt Breed Inaction

Man holding a sign that reads "save our planet".

Previously, I’ve written blog articles about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and why a plant-based diet is more sustainable. Since those articles were published, the EAT Lancet Commission—a group of 30 leading global experts—published a portrait of an “ideal” diet to support human health and stay within the boundaries of planetary viability. The authors conclude: […]

5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Will Improve Your Life

A silhouette of a man standing on top of a mountain with arms raised.

Excerpt from The Plant-Based Workplace: In 2007, as part of a routine wellness checkup, I learned that I had high cholesterol and early signs of plaque building up in my arteries. The carotid artery scan report noted that I had the arteries of a 46-year-old, yet I was only 35. My doctor wanted to put me on […]

The Demise of the Brazilian Amazon

Recently cut and burned rainforest turned into a cattle ranch in the Brazilian Amazon, where cattle ranching is the biggest cause of deforestation.

In a previous blog post about food and climate change, I referenced a 2015 paper published in the Geophysical Research Letters that showed, using high-resolution satellite images of forest cover, there was a 62% acceleration in net deforestation in the humid tropics from the 1990s to the 2000s. On November 23, 2018, the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment reported that deforestation […]

Is Starbucks Underreporting its Greenhouse Gas Footprint?

Two Starbucks coffee cups sitting on a table next to a plant.

Starbucks has been my go-to spot when I travel. My favorites are their oatmeal, Pikes Place drip coffee with soy milk or, when I feel like splurging, a coconut milk cappuccino. Starbucks’ global presence and consistency of products and experience bring a sense of dependability and comfort to millions of consumers daily. But while they […]