Green Stars / Ethical Consumer competition

The Ethical Consumer logo is shown, which consists of the words "ethical consumer" in green font. The prize for this Green Stars Project contest: a subscription to Ethical Consumer, the UK nonprofit that’s one of the best resources on ethical consumption. The challenge: write a review of any product, company, or local business and include a Green Stars rating for social and environmental impact.

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 – sustainability and social responsibility

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

Ethical Consumerism, Part 10 – Green Stars rating criteria

Ethical consumerism Green Stars ratings for peanut butter cups, cheese puffs, and laundry detergent

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

Ethical Consumerism, Part 5: Why we need User-Generated Ratings.

5 gold stars on top of 5 green stars

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.

Daily Footprint, #23 – Lunch in Santa Barbara and Dunsmuir, CA

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