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

Daily Footprint, #11 – Ethical and Sustainable Headphones

When my old iPod earbuds finally expired and went to the big Apple in the sky, I decided to search for a replacement that had a relatively positive social and/or environmental impact. I’m not crazy about over-ear headphones – I haven’t let go of that survival instinct where I need to hear at least some … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #11 – Ethical and Sustainable Headphones

Daily Footprint, #9 – Cell Phone, Mobile Network Operators

Like the last post on cell phones I wanted to take a look at phone network operators and see how close I could get to a decision in one day. Also, like the last post, I’m going to start by checking for ethical guides to phone networks. The only guide  I could find (besides Ethical … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #9 – Cell Phone, Mobile Network Operators

Daily Footprint, #9 – Cell Phone (ethical mobile phones)

Now that you’ve made your coffee it might be time to turn on your phone. I know that most people have limited time to research their purchasing decisions, so I wanted take a fairly complex decision and see how close I could get to a decision in one day. I would also like to ask … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #9 – Cell Phone (ethical mobile phones)

Daily Footprint, #8 – Coffee (Part 2, fair trade and direct trade)

Changes in coffee industry over the last few decades are largely due to fluctuations in the commodity market price, the price that the majority of coffee farmers receive. Between 1997 and 2001 the market price for coffee crashed from a peak of over $3 per lb. to a low of around $0.40 per lb. and … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #8 – Coffee (Part 2, fair trade and direct trade)

Daily Footprint, #8 – Coffee (Part 1, Shade Grown).

OK – so we’ve covered most of your morning routine: toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, soap, shampoo, clothing, and your electric kettle. Now that the water is boiled, it’s time for coffee! The good news is that coffee, as well as providing several health benefits can also be beneficial to the planet. However, as with everything else, … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #8 – Coffee (Part 1, Shade Grown).

Truth, revisited.

I just finished watching Merchants of Doubt and will have to spend the rest of the day trying to channel my frustration into something positive. It’s a great documentary (based on a book by Naomi Oreskes) that investigates the industry-sponsored practice of quashing research or movements that are inconvenient to them. The title refers to … Continue reading Truth, revisited.

Daily Footprint, #7 –Home Appliances – How to calculate your carbon footprint

So now that you’re washed and dressed, perhaps it’s time to put the kettle on. When purchasing (and reviewing) appliances it’s useful to know how much energy they consume: it may help you decide between different products and also give you an idea of whether energy efficiency is an important factor relative to other criteria. … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #7 –Home Appliances – How to calculate your carbon footprint