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NOW magazine logoAdria’s been writing the Ecoholic advice column every week in the pages of NOW Magazine since the spring of 2004! To read the latest and to catch up on some of her backlog, check out these links, or visit her column online at NOW magazine.

  • Roll with it: a guide to the best wrap for your weed
    Save the forest for the trees and roll with something that doesn’t burn the planet. SMOKING Don’t get me wrong – this Spanish brand offers some good tree-free options, but its wide range of regular pa …
  • Hemp high
    Taking stalk: Doug Fine on how the planet’s most versatile plant is shaking up farming If you’ve ever met a hemp enthusiast, you’re probably already schooled in the plant’s superpower uses in clothing …
  • With this ring: the wedding band guide
    In the world of “responsible” jewellery, all that glitters isn’t necessarily ethical gold (or silver or diamonds, for that matter). If you’re tying the knot, make sure the symbol of your love isn’t ta …
  • Powering down for Earth Hour: the candle guide
    What will you be contemplating while the lights go out for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29? While you ponder the fate of the planet (and mull over how you can help), make sure your candles are part o …
  • Sea Sick
    Journalist Alanna Mitchell’s journey into global ocean crisis sails onto centre stage   “If all life on land were to vanish tomorrow, creatures in the ocean would flourish. But if the opposite happene …
  • Don’t shoot the messenger: bike-friendly bags
    Neon-orange courier sacs not exactly your thing? Get portability with a bag that won’t clash with your taste for sustainable style. GAP, WALMART Under what conditions was it made? Were persistent perf …
  • Cold-pressed: the olive oil guide
    Drizzled with deceit and a hint of pesticides, too, many olive oils are poor-quality imposters. Which bottles can you feel good about buying? BERTOLLI and FILIPPO  EVOO seems to be drenched in scandal …
  • Sink or swim: the fish oil guide
    North Americans are popping over a billion dollars in fish supplements every year, so you want to make sure you’re not depleting the high seas of threatened species with every pill. SHARK LIVER OIL  S …
  • Slow your roll: The yoga mat guide
    In your quest for inner peace and limber limbs, you may be spending a lot of face time with a yoga mat. But what is that squishy substance under your nose, knees and toes? In your quest for inner peac …
  • This sud’s for you: the handy guide to liquid soap
    Don’t let a sticky subway pole or sneezy co-worker scare you into washing with antibacterial toxins. Health authorities say all you need is plain soap and water. But is your liquid hand soap all it’s …