Cathy Bradberry

Host, Producer

Cathy Bradberry has worked for South Carolina Public Radio for more than 10 years. Currently host and producer of Earth Sense She started by managing operations on weekends and producing local content. She currently produces a number of daily programs ranging in topics from classical music to recycling and education. She has received a Masters in Education from Columbia College. As Production Manager for Song Travels, Bradberry coordinates all stages of production and corresponds with artists, talent agencies, and studios.

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Looking for a way to spruce up your home without spending a lot of money?  It’s not as difficult as you’d think to redecorate on a budget.  Start by shopping your own home.  Are there items in storage you could reuse?  Think about rearranging furniture between rooms for a new look.  Or move artwork into other rooms for a new color palette. 

Home fires are more common than you think, but many are avoidable when you’re aware of the hazards in your home.  You should never ignore appliance recalls.  It’s estimated that in the US, 150,000 fires each year are cause by home appliances, so do your part to reduce the risk of home fire by keeping your appliances in good working condition.  

Home fires are more common than you think.  Here are some fire hazards that could spell disaster if you’re not careful.  Let’s start with those heated blankets.  They’re great for mitigating the cold winter weather, but you shouldn’t let pets snuggle on top and you shouldn’t pile extra covers on top of a heated blanket – excessive heat buildup could cause a fire.  And remember to turn that blanket off in the morning.  

Gutter Cleaning

Sep 13, 2017

It’s not a fun chore, but if you’re a homeowner, then you should be cleaning out your gutters one to two times a year to avoid moisture build up and mold.  So, put on your rubber gloves, grab your ladder and a bucket, and follow these steps to keep your gutters clean.  Start in the corners or tight spots where debris builds up.  

We see them at work, we usually have them under the sink at home, and they can be found in most public spaces; but have you ever actually used a fire extinguisher?  Could you use one if you had to?  If you have a fire extinguisher at home, keep in mind that you should check it regularly to make sure the pin is still in place and the pressure gauge reads in the “ready” zone – if not, you need to replace it or have it serviced.  

Jazz Up Sweet Tea

Sep 11, 2017

Sweet Tea is a staple in the south and whether you like yours as sweet as can be, or half and half, jazz up your sweet tea by brewing a simple syrup additive.  Try Raspberry vanilla sweet tea by heating one cup of sugar, half a cup of water, half a cup of smashed raspberries and one split vanilla bean until the sugar has dissolved.  

Are you getting tired of watering the grass and spending hours each weekend mowing and trimming?  More and more, people are turning to low maintenance and lawn mower free alternatives like rock gardens and meadows to beautify their landscapes.  Succulent gardens are good in arid climates and require little watering, although you’ll need to consider the sun to shade ratio in your yard if going the succulent route.  

Bug Free Backyard

Sep 7, 2017

Insects are an important piece of the natural food chain, but if the buzzing and stinging in your backyard has you running back inside, use these tips to take back your yard.  Change any standing water (like that in a birdbath or kiddie pool) often- stagnant water is a magnet for mosquitoes. 

Old picture frames are easy to come by- whether you have a box of them in the basement or enjoy shopping for them at thrift stores.  But have you ever considered that those old frames could be used for projects that don’t involve pictures

So, you’ve done some research, you’ve checked into chicken ordinances in your area, and you’re ready to get started.  One of the first steps toward keeping chickens is building a coop.  First, you’ll need to decide what kind of coop you want to build and what your budget might be. 

Rain Barrel Tips

Sep 4, 2017

Water shortages are becoming a real problem across the country, and that’s why many people are turning to the centuries-old practice of collecting rain water as an alternative source of water. 

Solarize SC

Sep 1, 2017

Solar energy is a great eco friendly energy alternative, but for many the price point for entry into residential solar panels has just been too expensive.  With an average of 227 sunny days per year and some of the highest energy rates among southern states, South Carolina is perfectly poised for the transition to solar energy.  Now, a community driven program called Solarize South Carolina is trying to make going solar an easier proposition for many residents. 

Disposable Fashion

Aug 31, 2017

The media has been abuzz recently with the effects of disposable fashion on the industry at large and it’s not a pretty picture.  Many of the clothes we buy are made in sweat shops abroad where working conditions are unsafe and where workers aren’t making a livable wage. 


Our bodies absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin, and children’s bodies absorb 40-50% more than adults.  From parabens to phthalates, sulfates and more, beauty and skin care products contain compounds that can be potentially hazardous to your health

Many of the chemicals we use to clean our homes are banned abroad and when combined with other products can be potentially hazardous to your health.  And because manufacturers don’t have to list all ingredients on their labels, you could be creating a toxic environment in your home. 

By now, media reports and scientific studies have all raised awareness about the hazards of Bisphenol A, or BPA in plastics.  BPA is a chemical which makes plastics clear and tough, but in the human body, it acts like estrogen and has been linked to certain cancers and birth defects in lab rats. 

Plastic Bags

Aug 25, 2017

You may be aware that plastic bags and some plastic packaging are not allowed in many curb side recycling bins and the reason is that these bags get stuck in the machinery that sort your recycled material. 

Green Your Diet

Aug 24, 2017

We often talk about ways to go green on Earth Sense and often these tips can include turning off a light when you leave the room or reusing items to reduce landfill waste, but you can green your diet as well.  Here are five green super foods that will jumpstart your healthy eating plans. 

Fair Trade Clothing

Aug 23, 2017

Have you ever considered where your clothes are made, how the material is sourced, who makes your clothes, or what kind of factory produces them?  Consumers are beginning to realize that it’s our responsibility to choose clothing lines that come from responsible manufacturers

Reuse Old Linens

Aug 21, 2017

Sheets and bedding can be expensive, so if you’ve got some linens that have seen better days, don’t throw them out!  Your veterinary office may accept donations of sheets and towels for pets that have to stay overnight.  And pillow cases are great for re-purposing.

Overnight Oatmeal

Aug 18, 2017

If you find your mornings are too hectic, save yourself a little stress by making this oatmeal the night before.  Combine ¾ cup of nonfat milk, or your favorite milk substitute, half a cup of old fashioned rolled oats. 1/3 cup of blueberries, one teaspoon of packed light brown sugar, one quarter teaspoon of lemon zest, 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 drops of almond extract, and a pinch of salt in a container with a lid.  Secure the lid and shake the ingredients together. 

Kitchen Sink Sins

Aug 17, 2017

Your kitchen sink might seem like a good place to dispose of household waste, but be sure to avoid these kitchen sink sins!  Never send used motor oil or any automotive fluids like antifreeze, or brake fluid down any drain- these should be disposed of at your hazardous waste recycling center.  But cooking oil should also never be poured down the sink.  It can harden in your pipes and cause some very expensive damage. 

As you know, there are many items that are now illegal to throw into the landfill either because they contain toxic chemicals, like oil, household cleaners, or paint and paint thinners, or because they contain heavy metals like batteries, cell phones, computers, and electronics.  The question, then, is how do I dispose of these common items?  Most of these items will go to a hazardous waste drop-off site near you. 

Pampering your skin is always a good idea.  Drinking enough water and using lotions and oils will hydrate your skin.  But if you find store bought products to be full of unknown chemicals, sulfates, and parabens, then try making your own cosmetics.  Here is a recipe for an avocado face mask that will hydrate your skin and restore a healthy glow!  Start with two teaspoons of fresh mashed avocado, add one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon or kefir or plain yogurt.

As you shop for products for your home, you may find many of them contain toxic chemicals.  But many household goods are easier to make than you think.  Here are some things you should stop buying and start making.  Peanut butter is a pantry staple, but many commercial brands have additives you may not want to consume! 

We all have that t-shirt that has been worn one too many times, or a pair of jeans that is on its last leg.  But before you throw out or give away your old clothes, think about repurposing them into items you can use.  With a few modifications, that old t-shirt could become a produce bag you can re-use and enjoy every time you go to the store.  And if you have a large pile of jeans that your family has outgrown or worn out, cut them into long strips and weave a new rug for the family room. 

DIY Compost Bin

Aug 10, 2017

Are you hesitating to start a composting bin because you’re not quite sure how or even where to start your pile?  Here’s a quick and easy do it yourself solution: make your own bin with a large trash can. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Aug 9, 2017

Cold brew coffee makes a non-bitter coffee that’s great for iced coffee drinks and helps conserve energy as well.  It’s very simple to do, there’s less caffeine per cup when cold brewed, and cold brewing allows for a different flavor profile. 

Have you ever considered how long it would take to work off the calories in your favorite treat?  The answer can be quite a shock.  For example, if you were to consume a cheeseburger, you would need to run a little over five miles to burn the equivalent calories. 

Money Stress

Aug 7, 2017

For many people, money equals stress.  In fact, a number of studies have suggests that stress about finances leads to higher levels of physical impairment.  But fear not, there are ways to deal with stress that is caused by debt.