Latest Elizabeth Royte Stories

2008-09-08 06:00:11

By Linda M. Castellitto In perhaps the biggest marketing coup since DeBeers convinced consumers that diamonds are the must-have gemstone for lovebirds, beverage companies have transformed water from a free, simple thirst-quencher into a colossal moneymaker. In fact, sales of bottled water have surpassed those of milk and beer, Elizabeth Royte writes in Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It. And although soft drinks are still No.1, water isn't far behind. Gone...

2005-07-12 15:55:00

NEW YORK -- Author Elizabeth Royte went on a yearlong pilgrimage to "Garbage Land," trekking through landfills, paddling through trash-filled waters and smelling sewage treatment plants -- all just to find out what happens to the things that people throw away. Inspired by environmental campaigns, Royte started in her Brooklyn home, tracking the path of everything from recycled paper to discarded computer parts and the septic sludge she flushed down the toilet. She chronicled her quest in the...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.