The Green Minute

Saturdays during Radiolab

The Green Minute with Christal White (of The Green Project) is a brief eco morsel focused on answering nagging environmental questions, explaining the hows and whys of finding the greener path and giving earth friendly advice on everyday topics — simply and sustainably.

Join us each Saturday during Radiolab for a glimpse of green as we highlight recycling events and resources in New Orleans, gain insights on environmental issues, showcase slices of the green life and foster in a more sustainable city.

Produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson.

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New Orleans is a city that has long been known for its amazing cuisine, but not exactly for being the most green. Our recipe for success is delicious, but lacks some very important: environmentally responsible ingredients. Well, leave it to LifeCity to tweak the recipe.

You know the old saying: "If you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile." There couldn’t be more perfect of a way to describe hypermiling. Not familiar with the term? It’s the science and craft behind squeezing every possible drop out of your car's gas mileage.

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It’s summertime and the livin’s easy, but in the South, we know that it’s down right hot. To save money on energy bills, try these tips.

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With the cost of makin’ groceries steadily increasing every day, maybe it’s time for us to revisit buying in bulk.

I’m not suggesting that we all run out to the big box warehouse store for 20 dozen eggs and some snow tires, but rather hit up your local farmer’s markets, food co-ops and grocery stores for beans, rice, pastas, olive oil, maple syrup, honey, flours, soaps, nuts, granolas and even tofu. To find the best local selection, there’s a free app simply called Bulk.  

Styrofoam: Everyone's Enemy

Jun 9, 2013

People who say that nothing lasts forever are dead wrong when it comes to Styrofoam.

Styrofoam (or polystyrene, as the men in white coats call it) is a petroleum based product that will likely outlast us all — and that’s not a good thing. Environmentally it's non-recyclable, and refuses to break down, even when exposed to light. Combine that with the fact that Styrofoam is lightweight and floats, and you’ve got massive quantities accumulating along coasts and waterways around the world, which makes it a health hazard for marine life.

Got too much junk in your trunk? Don't think pants size, think all that unsolicited bulk mail that clogs your box each day. And if you think a little junk can’t hurt, we seriously have a badonkadunk of a problem. Here’s junk mail by the numbers:

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You’ve likely heard the expression “beauty is only skin deep”, but with the estimated 11,000 unique chemical ingredients we are exposed to through our personal care products every single day, the results go way deeper than that. 

The thunderstorms are rolling through, the humidity’s rising, and we all know what’s next… bugs. Ones that bite, ones that sting, ones that just gross you out. Nonetheless, they all have one thing in common: they will do whatever they can to get up in your home and all over you and your precious skin. But, as The Green Project reminded us this week, the simple solution isn't always the best solution.

A lot of New Orleanians will tell you that the glass is half empty when it comes to glass recycling in this city. The question that drives everyone to drink is always ‘when is glass recycling coming?!’

Fact: two-thirds of the processed foods sold in the U.S. contain ingredients from GMOs… but what exactly is a GMO?

GMO stands for "genetically modified organism", and is the result of a lab process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. These foreign genes come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals and even humans — seriously. 

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