Guide to this site

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

Going Public!

A few days ago, I came across a National Geographic competition called Chasing Genius. You can submit ideas for Sustainability, Global Health, or Feeding 9 Billion. I decided to enter in the Sustainability category – it requires only a few paragraphs of descriptive text and a one-minute video. I had it on my to-do list … Continue reading Going Public!

How to Review a Small Business (California by Train, Part 2)

Since I’ve never really gone into it before, I want to say a little bit about how I research and write Green Stars reviews of restaurants, cafés, bars, stores, etc. I did look at Starbucks in a recent post, but smaller businesses are a different kettle of fish since you’re not dealing with a massive … Continue reading How to Review a Small Business (California by Train, Part 2)

California by Train

Last month, I wanted to travel around a bit and write Green Stars reviews of restaurants, cafés, stores, etc. In the end I decided to travel by Amtrak (the semi-private US rail system) after discovering that their California Rail Pass is a pretty good deal. So, I’m going to describe how the rail pass works … Continue reading California by Train

Starbucks Social and Environmental Impact – Poll Results

Helloooo! Last month I took a look at the social and environmental impact of Starbucks and included a poll for you to chime in. Thank you for taking the time to vote; here are the results: Average Rating for Starbucks: 2.3 Green Stars.   (Even if you were to ignore the 1-star votes, the average … Continue reading Starbucks Social and Environmental Impact – Poll Results

Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk, Part 2: Comparison of plant-based milks

Greetings! In this post, I’m going to take a look at the social and environmental impact of several plant-based milks. But since the purpose of the Green Stars Project is to encourage you all to start rating stuff, I won’t attempt to be encyclopedic (not that I could be). Besides, my opinion is just one … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk, Part 2: Comparison of plant-based milks

Like a Boss.

For a change, this is going to be a short post, written in a few minutes. It feels so liberating not having to put a week of research into a post 🙂 Take a quick look at this ad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfHxTqfuZ28 Here's a transcript: *** How do you want to live? As a decent person? Not … Continue reading Like a Boss.

Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk: Cow versus Hazelnut

A lot of people are unsure of what kind of milk to go for these days. Some are moving away from dairy and switching to plant-based milks for ethical and/or health reasons. So I’m going to take a look at some factors to consider when choosing (or making) milk. First, let’s take a look at … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk: Cow versus Hazelnut