OnEarth contributing editor Elizabeth Royte also writes for the New York Times Book Review, which called her "no stranger to the pleasures and perils of chasing errant pieces of plastic and other castoffs to surprising (and often disgusting) places." She's the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It and Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash.
Stories by Elizabeth Royte
December 5, 2013
A forward-looking building in Seattle captures rainwater in a 56,000-gallon underground cistern. And that's all the water it ever needs. How quaint, how Neolithic—and how smart.
November 21, 2013
Anaerobic digestion enlists microbes to gobble up the organic waste that typically goes into landfills. Could it also turn our rotten melons into fresh megawatts?
October 23, 2013
The country that used to take the majority of U.S. scrap now has higher standards, which is helping to improve recycling operations here at home.
September 18, 2013
You make it, you pay. Why should taxpayers foot the bill for recycling all of that wasteful plastic?
September 12, 2013
It’s hard to find a good repair shop nowadays. But when you do … well, as one couple showed, lots of people want to fix things. So why don’t we do it more often?
July 23, 2013
Screw tops and plastic corks are soaking into the wine industry, but real wood is still the better bottle stopper.
June 13, 2013
Energy independence sounds great—until you spend the night in a North Dakota Amtrak station and experience the boom’s dark side.
May 23, 2013
April 23, 2013
March 21, 2013
March 4, 2013
January 10, 2013
In a community that shuns technology and conflict, the intrusion of gas wells shatters tranquility and brings unexpected schisms.
January 4, 2013
November 30, 2012