Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios

Public Open Space Plaque

San Francisco is full of hidden garden oases and public patio gems thanks to a little known program promoting called POPOS or Privately Owned Public Open Spaces. That is, many highrise buildings in cities have public ‘parks’ or public space …

The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business

Green Business Cities

Green business is big business, and more and more companies are adopting eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Here’s a roundup of five American cities leading the way in green business: Austin, Texas The Texas capitol boats more than 206 parks, 26 …

Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again

recycled plastic produce bag

There are a lot of great choices out there for reusable grocery bags, but Bag Again has created a recycled plastic mesh bag perfect for produce and bulk foods. Not only does it hold it, but you can wash, rinse, …

Best Electric Motorcycles

Electric motorcycles are starting to pop up everywhere now. The technology is here, and like the Tesla did for electric cars, the designs are starting to get sexy. A handful compete for top honors in the Zero emissions division at …

Revolution Movie Review

After his previous documentary film Sharkwater, I was excited to see what documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart came up with next. His newest movie is titled Revolution and continues on where Sharkwater left off, expanding on the environmental threats and troubles …

Save the World with Bee Keeping

Bees are wonderful little creatures. They are dancing social venomous kamikaze insects that make sweet nectar (sweet sweet nectar). Not only that, they are also depended on to support many of our agriculture systems, so without them we could have …

Trader Joes Red Palm Oil – Is it Good or Bad

Trader Joe’s recently came out with an Organic Red Palm Oil (also known as African Palm Oil), which seems to have replaced their popular Organic Coconut oil, but it poses the question: is this a good thing? Palm oil has …

Natural Burials and Biodegradable Coffins

natural coffin forest

A while back I wrote about eco-burials, and it appears that the conversation has been building. Most recently I’ve seen posts from artists coming up with new ideas like the Tree Capsule, the Bios Urn and the Mushroom Burial Suit …

Cork, Cats and a Panda

sustainable cork harvesting

As many of you know, I am a big fan of the multiple uses of sustainable cork. Beautiful, versitile, and sustainably grown and harvested, cork really is a super material. I recently was contacted by some great folks at the …

Roses for Valentines Day – Lots of Cash For A Rash

toxic roses

Roses for Valentines Day? Could be an expensive, and toxic gift! Yep, you may be shelling out quite a bit of cash, and ending up with a rash on your sweetie pie. While Valentines Day may bring out more roses …

tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion

You may not realize it, but a lot of clothes these days are made in Cambodia. Take a look at your clothing tags, and I’m sure you will find quite a few naming this South East Asian country. With all …

Glenwood Garden Specialty Food Market

The other day I received a wonderful gift box from Glenwood Garden, a social issue focused market carrying local handmade and sustainably produced foods. Kind of like a modern and sustainable alternative to the Hickory Farms style gift baskets, except …

Best 8 Bay Area CSA and Produce Delivery Services

Compare California Bay Area CSA and local produce delivery services hand selected from The Chic Ecologist editors. Having actually used these services ourselves, we have had great experiences with the following. Feel free to add your favorites in our comments …

Cricket Flour – A Sustainable Protein Source

cricket protein flour foods

Whether you are Paleo or just looking for a more sustainable protein source, insects can be the answer. Eating insects to supplement one’s protein is nothing new, many cultures have been doing it for centuries. In fact 80% of the …