Welcome to another Green Stars Project friendly contest! The challenge: write a review of any product, company, or local business and include a Green Stars rating for social and environmental impact. The prize: a subscription to Ethical Consumer, the UK nonprofit that’s one of the best resources on ethical consumption.
Peet’s coffee was founded in Berkeley, California, by Dutch immigrant, Alfred Peet, all the way back in 1966. Peet’s changed the landscape of coffee in America, taking things up a few notches in terms of quality and experience. You can imagine what Berkeley culture was like in 1966, when Peet’s arrived on the scene, fueling … Continue reading Peet’s Coffee – sustainability and social responsibility
A common issue that people raise is that they are not sure where to start when it comes to writing an ethical review. Perhaps you would like to join in, but the process of deciding on an ethical rating seems overwhelming? Well, look no further, because informing this process is one of the main priorities … Continue reading How to decide on an ethical rating: Cafés
Greetings! In the next post, I’ll run another competition to encourage you, dear readers, to write a Green Stars review, so please stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I want to take another look at the ethical consumerism criteria that can go into a Green Stars rating. Evaluating the ethics of a product or … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 10 – Green Stars rating criteria
I think it’s worth writing a post to explain why I took the direction of user-generated ratings with the Green Stars Project. There’s a pretty good chance that you take advantage of user-generated content on a regular basis. Perhaps you were just looking up the difference between herons and cranes on Wikipedia, and then went … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 5: Why we need User-Generated Ratings.
Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about cell phones that covered a few social and environmental issues, from repairability and longevity to sourcing of (conflict) minerals. I said I would post an update once I chose a new phone and wrote a Green Stars review, and so, here I am! Based on the … Continue reading Ethical Cell Phone Update: LG Review
I think it’s finally time to call it quits on this epic work day and head home. But wait! It has been a stressful day (/year) and you decide that a drink is in order. Time to head to your favorite pub for a swift half, or whatever’s your poison. But have you ever considered: … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #26 – How sustainable is your local?
Or... More Ethical Reviews of Local Businesses (California by Train, Part 3). Since I’m charting the impact of our voyage through a typical day it seems like we’re definitely overdue for lunch by now (although we’ve been snacking so much that I’m not sure we deserve any). A previous post dealt with how to review … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #23 – Lunch in Santa Barbara and Dunsmuir, CA
Or… Ethical Reviews of Local Businesses (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 … Continue reading Ethical Guide to Restaurants in Davis, CA
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 so far: Average rating for Starbucks social and environmental impact: 2.3 Green Stars. (Even if you were to ignore … Continue reading Starbucks Social and Environmental Impact – Poll Results