Shopping Your Values: Organic

This is the final article in a six-part series focused on helping consumers choose products that align with their values. Of all the eco-labels, “organic” has arguably generated the most interest. It is also one of the clearest and most consistent certification systems because the USDA regulates it. The USDA…

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Cheat Sheet: Composting

According to the EPA, in 2015, almost 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream was composed of food remnants and yard trimmings. We could significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfills by diverting these materials to another use. Enter: composting. Grass clippings, food scraps, and yard…

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Maven Moment: Icebox Cake

My grandmother’s “icebox cake” was one of my favorite desserts growing up. She made it by layering graham crackers and warm pudding in a pan and setting the pan in the refrigerator so the mixture could set up. After a few hours, the cracker layers had absorbed some of the…

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