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Happy Memorial Day!

I can’t believe that Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner!  If you don’t have plans just yet, don’t despair, we’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly metro accessible ideas for a great weekend: Take the Metro to Greenbelt Park in Greenbelt, Maryland for a great weekend of camping, hiking, and biking. Bike and camp … Continue reading

Water, Wetlands, and Washington DC

Did you know that the National Mall used to be a creek?  In fact, much of downtown DC is below sea level, and rests on old swampland.  The next time it rains, walk over to the Tidal Basin and take a look at some of the low-lying areas there — you might find that some … Continue reading

Toxins in the Environment, Toxins in Your Body

I recently attended a fantastic DC EcoWomen EcoHour on environmental toxins and their effects on your body.  I was spell-bound as Heather White, Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, told us that EWG preformed a study on ten Americans and found levels of harmful chemicals in their blood; including: BPA, mercury, phthalates, and triclosan. … Continue reading

Wrapping up the Trash Talk Series

This past month we’ve discussed all things trashy: compost, refuse, plastic, recycling, and pollutants.  We’ve highlighted great regulations that have made a positive and noticeable impact on the environment and communities, and also highlights some great resources to help you reduce your plastic footprint.  Over here at Redefining Eco, we are passionate about the environment, and about … Continue reading

Fishing in the Anacostia: Catfish, Carp and Cancer

Today’s post is written by our guest blogger, Juliet.  The Anacostia River. Though it is quite literally in the backyard of our nation’s capital and provides a natural oasis in our highly developed landscape, it has suffered greatly from environmental degradation. The Anacostia is home to many species of fish and wildlife. However, it is … Continue reading

Trash Talk (The Good Kind)

Thanks to our outstanding guest blogger Juliet for this week’s post!  Juliet is a strategic communications consultant with a strong focus on issues related to the environment and public health. An accomplished marketing and communications executive, she has nearly 20 years’ experience in branding and communications strategies, public relations, social marketing and public awareness campaigns. … Continue reading

Trash Talk: REDUCE Your Plastic Footprint!

Over here at Redefining Eco, we are a pretty environmentally friendly group.  We always bring our reusable grocery bags to the store, and we always schlep our metal water bottles everywhere we go.  But even us treehuggers run into a few hang-ups some times… and I’ve discovered that many of my hang-ups revolve around… plastic. … Continue reading

REDUCE: A Spotlight on Plastic Bags

  In January 2010, Washington DC imposed a 5 cent bag tax for consumers.  One of the first “bag-tax” in the United States, bakeries, delicatessens, grocery stores, drugstores, convenience stores, department stores and any other “business that sells food items” must charge the 5 cent tax on paper or plastic bags; and wow, what a … Continue reading

Everyday Conservation

The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others. ~ Theodore Roosevelt I’ve always thought of myself as a conservationist, but after reading Silent Spring, I am rethinking what that term means to me.  Up until now, I’ve happily tromped through … Continue reading

Reflecting on the American Vacation…

Last week I had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.  The type of day where my SmarTrip card didn’t work, the metro fare machines decided to only accept cash (and nothing smaller than a $20…) and the last train going in my direction slammed the doors shut in my face – with my purse … Continue reading