Elizabeth Royte

Elizabeth Royte

An onEarth contributing editor, Royte is the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, and The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest. Her writing on science and the environment has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's, National Geographic, Outside, and the New York Times Magazine.


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    Flexibility Test

    Plastic-pouch food packaging is showing up everywhere—except at recycling facilities.

  • Trying on Sustainability

    The companies that make and sell most of the world’s clothing insist they want to operate without endangering workers, polluting waterways, or using toxic chemicals. But clean...