Author: Justin Van Kleeck

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Sustainability Spotlight: The Little Grill Collective

Since moving to Harrisonburg, Virginia in October, I have had the pleasure and privilege of patronizing The Little Grill Collective, a historic landmark right in the heart of “The Friendly City.” These have been unusual privileges, too, as I typically shun eating out for several reasons: nearly all restaurants are perilous places for vegans, do […]

November 9th

White-Throated Sparrows and the Return of Old Sam Peabody

Just because I am an admitted “nature lover,” that does not mean I have an equal affection for everything in and about nature. Who does? I mean, does anyone really love mosquitoes? Cockroaches? Hurricanes? Natural pests and disasters aside, there is one thing about nature in particular that is always hard to love or even […]

October 26th

Bubbla Air-Inflated Packaging: A Safer, Greener Way to Ship

Foam peanuts are the Devil. Evil incarnate. Darkness made visible. Senseless brutal waste embodied in a horde of impish, malevolent, noxious, toxic minions spilling out of boxes, bags, closets, basements, attics, trashcans, landfills. A wicked wind is blowing, and those infernal foam peanuts are riding it across the land, across the sea, across the Earth. […]

October 11th

Autumn Is the Time for Persimmon Pickin’!

When autumn, lovely autumn, swings round these here parts once again, so many things start to fall: leaves, acorns, pine cones, temperatures, humidity levels… Although spring and summer get the most credit as seasons for bountiful harvests, autumn has its bounty, too. Amongst nature’s many freely offered wild edibles, we finicky humans have overlooked a […]

October 8th

Opt Out of Credit Card Offers to Reduce Junk Mail

Sure, the American (and so the global) financial market is an absolute mess right now, largely because of dodgy credit and lending practices by major financial institutions. Sure, millions of Americans (and people across the globe) are buried in debt, be it a mortgage or a maxed-out credit card. Despite these ominous signs of an […]

October 1st

Acorns Keep Falling on My Head

Autumn brings with it many things to look forward to. An end to the dog days of summer. The return of migratory birds like the white-throated sparrow and junco, the specific species varying by location. Earlier sunsets and later sunrises. And of course the changing of the leaves. Ah, yes, the changing of the leaves. […]

September 27th

Human Industry and Human Responsibility in the Life of Gaia

James Lovelock’s Gaia theory, that the Earth is a single living organism, has been invoked countless times by environmentalists. In their uses (and abuses) of it, the theory becomes evidence for humanity’s connection with nature and so our responsibility to treat nature with care. In fact, Lovelock is anything but an “environmentalist” in the traditional […]

September 24th