Erin Courtenay

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  • Instant Survey: Sticks and Stones

    August 25, 9:36 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    We TreeHuggers are exceedingly proud of our moniker. Taking a derogatory name and turning around to be a fun tongue-in-cheek title was a first rate choice on our part. These days, being a "treehugger" is cool (at least to those in the know) but times

  • Instant Survey: Conflicted About The New Big Green?

    August 24, 8:30 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    In recent months we've seen an emergence in change-of-heart actions by some of TreeHuggerdom's least loved corporate giants; McDonalds announced a plan to protect Amazonian rainforests and started serving organic coffee; Wal-Mart managed to place itself

  • Roadshow Gets Your Motor Runnin' (On Biodiesel)

    August 22, 4:23 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Tour transport company Roadshow Services is gettin' on the highway with Melissa Etheridge, String Cheese Incident, Pearl Jam, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young using B99 (99% biofuel) to run the tour trucks. In an interview with Pollstar, Roadshow VP

  • Instant Survey: Does Your Local News See Green?

    August 18, 10:34 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Last evening as I was taking care of some housework with the TV going in the background I was stopped short by not one, but three segments on our local news about progressive green projects taking place in our community: a gas station capturing vapors to

  • Project Runway: "Waste Not, Want Not" Challenge

    August 17, 2:48 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Oh, pity those poor designers on Project Runway. With so little experience creating clever couture from repurposed materials, they really seemed to struggle through the latest challenge. In episode 6 the designers were taken on a field trip to Waste

  • Bruce Willis Gets Electric

    August 16, 1:02 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Inspired by his role as a rascally racoon in the eco-toon Over The Hedge, Bruce Willis has decided to purchase an electric car to replace his gas-guzzling vehicle. Explaining his change of heart, Willis said; "I live in Los Angeles and spend about five

  • Nelly Furtado Quilts For The Earth

    August 15, 11:54 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Now that Nelly Furtado is back in the public eye for her critically praised release "Loose," she's got extra star power to lend to her favorite cause - The Land Conservancy (TLC) of British Columbia. Ms. Furtado has teamed with craft mavens Make It You

  • Jay-Z, MTV and UN To Campaign For Clean Water

    August 10, 5:12 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Def Jam President and CEO Jay-Z will be the focus of Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life, an MTV series that follows the rap icon's tour to international destinations affected by the world water crisis. The film project is part of a joint initiative by

  • Livingstones - Softrock Pillowcushions

    August 9, 10:47 AM by Erin Courtenay in Interior Design

    Livingstones pebble and boulder shaped pillows and mega-cushions put their owners between a rock and a soft place. The beautiful gray forms are inspired by the weather-worn rocks found in rivers and tides. Ranging in size from a throw pillow to a

  • Green Burials

    August 3, 6:17 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    The ritual of burying remains is considered to be one of the first indicators of "culture" in human evolution, perhaps meaning that how we bury loved ones is a hallmark of who we are as a people. If so, the recent increase in ecological burial options

  • Instant Survey: Public Transportation

    August 2, 11:02 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    I love public transportation; in theory, in principle and in practice. But often it is the "practice" part that ends up giving the theory and the principle a bad rap. This is most unfortunate, because without public will based on positive experience,

  • Cyclean Pedal Powered Washing Machine

    August 1, 11:48 AM by Erin Courtenay in Clean Technology

    I'd love to refrain from using the pat phrase "clean and green" to describe Cyclean, the pedal powered washing machine, but this thing really truly is. Invented by Alex Gadsen, the Cyclean was born out of frustration with waste and a hankering to

  • Instant Survey: Not Always Easy Being Green

    July 27, 9:20 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    To make choices that are better for the planet TreeHuggers need to be: informed, aware and willing to experiment. Each of which, in the end, make for a life more interesting and more fully experienced, but sometimes it isn't so easy being green. Do you

  • Pure Fun - Organic Cotton Candy

    July 26, 5:58 PM by Erin Courtenay in Green Food

    Step right up boys and girls! Enjoy the delightful sticky, fluffy, tasty goodness of organic, kosher, vegan, fair-trade cotton candy. Yep, Canadian confectioners Pure FunTM make the sweetest of sweet with air-spun evaporated cane juice and natural

  • Midwest Food-Fest Recipe Contest

    July 25, 12:32 PM by Erin Courtenay in Green Food

    Got the gift for grub? Know how to turn a pile of zucchini into a fantastical feast or concoct a gourmet meal from forest-foraged fair? If you can approximate those "pinch of this and bit of that" directions to create a formal recipe, you just might

  • Julia Roberts Gets On The Bus

    July 24, 10:44 AM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    The biodiesel-fueled bus that is. The pretty woman will be helping biodiesel producer Earth Biofuels promote a program to encourage the use of biodiesel in more than 500,000 diesel school buses nationwide. A recent addition to the Earth Biofuels board

  • Robert Redford Announces Green Sundance Channel

    July 21, 1:16 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Grist brings us news that the man who paved the way for Brad Pitt to be celebrated as a hunky-Hollywood TreeHugger, Robert Redford, has announced the launch of Sundance Channel Green. The new channel will "present original series and documentary

  • Bo's A TreeHugger: Soap Star Peter Reckell, the Eco-Celeb

    July 20, 7:31 PM by Erin Courtenay in Culture

    Well folks, this may be funny to some of you - but for schoolgirls like me who spent lazy summer days watching sands through the hourglass - my discovery that "Bo Brady" (as in "Bo & Hope" on Days of Our Lives) is a major TreeHugger counts as pretty big