This site is the main home and information source for the Green Stars Project. The goal of the project is to encourage you, the reader, to consider the social and environmental impact of the products and services you use by rating them on a scale of 1 to 5 green stars. The reviews should be … Continue reading Guide to this site
OK, so where are we on this odyssey through a typical day? Teeth brushed? Check! Dressed? Check! Breakfast? Check! Phone on? Check! Despite having had a peanut butter cup to give yourself a boost, you’ve started nodding off at your desk. It’s time to head out and get some fresh air and a caffeinated beverage. … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #20 – Starbucks: how many green stars?
You know the phrase, third-wave coffee? Yes, it’s kind of irritating, but it’s a useful concept. You could represent the three waves of coffee with the examples of Nescafé instant coffee (first wave), Starbucks (second wave), and a roaster like Counter Culture (third wave), covered in the post on direct trade. This evolution of coffee … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #19 – The Evolution of Peanut Butter Cups
Indulging in chewing gum can have pretty severe consequences. A junior world champion gum chewer by the name of Violet Beauregarde transformed into a giant blueberry after trying an experimental gum during a visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. She had to be juiced by the Oompa Loompas and I’m not sure if she was … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #18 – Sustainable Chewing Gum
Here’s the final post looking at neonics and bees (and beyond). So far I’ve focused on the lethality of the best-selling insecticide, imidacloprid, on honey bees. But nature is complex, particularly systems like a colony of bees that work together as a collective, dependent on nectar and pollen foraged from within a few miles. Their … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)
OK – here’s part two of an impartial investigation into whether neonicotinoids (neoincs) are harmful to honey bees. I have nothing to gain from a position on either side of this debate and have looked into it with an open mind. If you search the scientific literature there are many papers on the subject but … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)
As I'm sure you know, changes in the the honey bee population has been a subject of much debate for the last decade. The chart below from Bee Informed shows that around 23% of bee colonies were lost in the US during the winter of 2015/2016, significantly higher than expected losses during hibernation. But bees … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #15 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees?
Happy Earth Day! As you’ve probably gathered, the Daily Footprint is about evaluating the social and environmental impact of the stuff we use every day. But what if we’re dealing with a special day that requires some kind of celebration? We’ve already had New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, among others, and probably … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #14 – Celebration Day