Guide to this site

An overview of how the Green Stars Project idea works. Individuals write reviews for products or services and include a rating for social and environmental impact on a scale of 1-5 greens stars, Reviews can be posted on any stie.

This site is the main home and information source for the Green Stars Project. The main role of this site is to increase awareness of ethical consumerism issues so that we can eliminate corporate practices that are detrimental to our planet and society. The goal is to encourage you, dear reader, to include a green … Continue reading Guide to this site

Cafes saying no to disposable coffee cups

Hi folks! You know, there are many global issues that we could solve through simple changes in our lifestyle. Getting rid of disposable coffee cups is a good example. There has been a big push to find technological solutions to coffee cup waste, focusing on that plastic liner that makes cups hard to recycle. Designing … Continue reading Cafes saying no to disposable coffee cups

Why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet?

Why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet? The image shows six types of legumes in wooden spoons, against a black background.

Hey Folks! You would think that I’m finished critiquing the Paleo diet after the last post, but I want to focus on one major issue in this post: why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet? Legumes (peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, etc.) are widely considered to be sustainable and healthy sources of protein, fiber, … Continue reading Why are legumes banned by the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet: science, health, and sustainability

Is the Paleo Diet heathy? A 20th century painting of two hunter-gatherers hunting a glyptodon in the Paleolithic era.

In this post I’m going to take a look at the “Paleo Diet” from a few perspectives: Is it based on solid science? Is it healthy? Is it good for the planet? In the last post I reviewed the scientific literature on the impact of low-carb diets on health and found that the evidence overwhelmingly … Continue reading The Paleo Diet: science, health, and sustainability

Are low-carb diets good for you? Sustainability and health benefits of carbs

Are low-carb diets good for you? A photo of various varieties of potatoes in crates.

Continuing on the theme of ethical consumerism and health, I’m going to take a look at the sustainability and health benefits of carbohydrates, and especially on the question of whether low-carb diets are good for you. But there’s a lot of material to cover, so I’m going to first look at scientific studies on low-carb … Continue reading Are low-carb diets good for you? Sustainability and health benefits of carbs

Why you should eat seaweed: sustainability and health benefits

The left image shows the red seaweed dulse growing in blue ocean water. The right image shows crispy dulse on a wooden board.

In this first post on the relationship between ethical consumerism and health I’m going to take a look at the sustainability and health benefits of... seaweed! First I'll cover the sustainability of seaweed and then the health benefits – and one health benefit in particular that made science headlines this month. Sustainability of seaweed I … Continue reading Why you should eat seaweed: sustainability and health benefits

Dean Foods bankruptcy and ethical consumerism

Images of Dairy Pure milk from Dean Foods and plant-based milk from Ripple Foods. Underneath is a graphic showing the ethical rating for these products: 1/5 and 4.5/5 Green Stars, respectively.

Dean Foods, the largest dairy company in the US, filed for bankruptcy this week. Sad news for employees, but perhaps a positive indicator for ethical consumerism. Is the myth of the ethical consumer becoming a reality? (The myth of the ethical consumer refers to the idea that, while many of us prioritize ethical choices in … Continue reading Dean Foods bankruptcy and ethical consumerism

What is ethical consumerism?

A picture of a toothpaste tube, annotated to suggest that 80% of the toothpaste is used in 4 weeks but the remaining 20% lasts for 4 months

To me, ethical consumerism is a pretty self-explanatory term and I think that most people have a good idea of what it means. But it’s worthwhile to take a fresh look at the concept from time to time and address any misconceptions that crop up. So here's a quick guide to ethical consumerism from the … Continue reading What is ethical consumerism?

Daily Footprint, #35 – Tofurky

Packaging for the Tofurky veggie roast with wild rice stuffing

Tofurky (made by the charmingly-named Turtle Island Foods, based in Portland, Oregon) has been around since the 1980s and is still a family-owned company. Founder, Seth Tibbot had this to say about the journey: Armed with my life savings of $2500 and a passionate love for soybeans, I rented a small space in the back … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #35 – Tofurky