Despite laws & activism, the old computer that you recycled responsibly may still end up in the developing world, according to the film Terra Blight.
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After several weeks of the annual press release barrage, I generally agree with David Quilty’s assessment of marketing efforts surrounding this event… and his claim that “we cannot shop our way to a cleaner planet.” Like David, I’ve gotten those same press releases… and, by and large, ignored them. On the other hand, people do […]
Whereas many Americans simply can’t get enough shopping and continue to accumulate piles of material possessions, I simply love to scrounge through the things I already have to do just the very opposite – get rid of stuff. It’s incredibly refreshing! Many people live in overly large homes with spaces brimming with personal belongings. Material […]
As you might imagine, we have a lot of debates among ourselves within the green movement… some in public, others behind the scenes (and, yes, often over beer). The topic of green products tends to come up a lot these days, and it’s one that can lead to some heated discussion… isn’t the recent focus […]
Deep down, you know what you need to do. Deep down, it’s obvious that this isn’t the life we were meant to live. We didn’t evolve over millions of years to wreak new levels of havoc on the world year after year and sink further and further into unhappiness at the same time.
As Thanksgiving, aka “Turkey Day” to most Americans, draws near once again, supermarkets across the country are offering free turkeys as holiday promotions. The deal, of course, is that when you spend X dollars in the store, you get a free turkey to feed your family on Thanksgiving day. This enticement not being enough, the […]
In a previous post, I listed five of the best things I think you can do in order to live a sustainable lifestyle. Now, here is the top five list. #5: Leave the Plastic Plastic probably has not shown us it’s true face yet. We think it’s convenient, useful for many things, and cheap. But […]
A comment on one of my posts last week gave me the idea of writing on the relationship between Christianity and the environment. Generally, when we think of this connection, many of us think about the “Religious Right” and their strong conservative beliefs and anti-environmental policies. What is at the root of Christianity, though? Can […]
My favorite radio station is usually giving the news every morning just about the time I’m making my boys’ lunches. Lately, I’ve been flipping the station as soon as I hear the news start. It’s a variation on a theme each morning. The Dow is down. One bank or another is failing. The government is […]
Perhaps no one knows better than I do what it means to take individual responsibility for my environmental impact. For those of you familiar with my blog, you know that for the past three months, I have been trying to live 100% environmentally sustainably within urban Pittsburgh. A formidable task, indeed. In Robin Shreeve’s provocative […]
A new study titled Green AMPlified is aimed to “uncover how the growing ‘Green’ movement is impacting the way consumers perceive, evaluate and talk about companies and brands,” according to Anastasia Toomey of the AMP Agency which conducted the study of 18-49 year olds in April of this year. The results of the study are […]
When the spirit of carpooling meets capitalism, what do you get? Of the possible answers, one new green one is Earth Aid Group Buys from the folks at Earth Aid Enterprises. This interesting concept brings green consumers together in order to harness their collective power and “leverage,” as it were, for large-volume discounts on eco-friendly […]