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 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).
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.
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
In part one, I took a look at some issues to consider when rating textiles from a social and environmental perspective. Here are a few remaining factors to consider, but do make a choice based on what’s most important to you and then share your information with others by writing a “green star” review (of … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #6 – Clothing (Sustainable Textiles, Part 2)
Time to get dressed! Clothing is a huge topic so I’ll just go into one aspect here – choice of textile. Hopefully I’ll go into the other main topics in future posts: the human impact of cut and sew factories and the environmental impact of dyeing and finishing. Since clothing is one of our major … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #6 – Clothing (Sustainable Textiles, Part 1)
Ok – you’ve brushed your teeth and shaved something – now it’s time to jump in the shower and wash (that Trump right out of) your hair. Shampoo Alternatives I have to admit, I’ve always used commercial shampoo (the shame!). But it turns out there are some good alternatives: The No-Poo method is popular: wash … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #5 – Shampoo + Good Guide update
Between the ongoing racial tension around the world, then Brexit, and now Trump, it seems that intolerance is a big theme right now. But our daily routines go on and the best thing we can do is to keep our heads and live our lives in the most harmonious way that we can. So, stiff … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #4 – Soap