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This Week’s Top Eco Stories

May 22, 2012

This roundup was originally published at (5/16/12)

Get the Lead Out (of Your Garden)
It’s that time of year to break out the garden tools and get to work on your gardens. With the out-of-season warmer weather, many of you may have even gotten a jump-start weeks ago! But beware: Many toxic chemicals may be lurking in your garden, and the culprit(s) may surprise you. A recent study found that more than 70 percent of common garden gadgets contained hazardous chemicals.

Hawaii’s Beaches Are in Retreat, and Its Way of Life May Follow
You might consider taking that Hawaiian vacation you’ve been day dreaming about sooner rather than later. According to a recent United States Geological Survey report, most of the beaches on Hawaii, Maui and Oahu are eroding quickly, and have already lost about 9 percent of their beaches over the past century.

What’s the Real Difference Between Cage-Free and Pastured Eggs
These days, there’s no shortage of big brands trying to win us over with catchy slogans, ads and packaging intended to make us feel as if the product were produced humanely and naturally. But how do we really know? Watch this beautiful video, which tells you exactly how to know if your eggs were raised humanely.

Willing to Pay (A Little) More for Clean Energy
A new study out from Harvard and Yale found that the average U.S. citizen would pay $162 more annually to support a national policy requiring 80-percent clean energy by 2035. A summary of this new study can be found here.

How ETSY is Changing the Way We All Do Business
We’ve long been big fans of ETSY here at Recently, I bought all of the decorations I needed for a bridal shower through the site and was blown away by the quality of the products as well as the customer service. By choosing to purchase products from local artisans, we help support a fair economy and we build relationships with producers. There’s a story to each item we purchase, and that means something this day in age.

Saudi Arabia to Unleash Solar by Investing $109 Billion
The desert country is the world’s largest exporter of oil, and has decided to capitalize on their country’s sunshine with plans to invest $109 billion in solar capacity by 2032. King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy said that it plans to turn the nation into the “Kingdom of Sustainable Energy.” “The main objectives of the program is a reduction in oil burned for power production as well as the establishment of a local solar industry and the creation of jobs.”

Must-Pack Items for an Eco Getaway
Taking a long weekend escape soon? Or maybe you’re simply looking for a good sunscreen or swimsuit to kick off the season. Well look no further: Here are a few healthy sunscreens, swimsuits and shades to keep you safe and eco-chic this summer.

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Photo Credit – Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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