Daily Footprint, #30 – Sustainable and Ethical Cat Litter

Walnut shells are shown next to Naturally Fresh brand of cat litter while a bentonite clay strip mine is shown next to Ever Clean litter.

Hi folks! I’m going to take a look at the social and environmental impact of cat litter, which provides a good example of why we need user-generated reviews. I think that most people want to make ethical choices, but researching the sustainability of something like kitty litter never quite becomes a priority. Green stars reviews … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #30 – Sustainable and Ethical Cat Litter

Daily Footprint, #29 – Refrigeration

Four -80 degree freezers that use sustainable refrigerants

Project Drawdown brought together experts in several fields to come up with a ranked list of solutions to climate change and, somewhat surprisingly, refrigerant management was #1 on that list. This applies mostly to air conditioning (AC) units and any form of freezer/refrigerator. Starting in 1989, under the Montreal Protocol to reverse damage to the … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #29 – Refrigeration

Are Kind bars socially responsible?

A Kind bar: dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt variety.

Back in 2014, Fortune magazine wrote an article, Why Kind bars are suddenly everywhere, which opened with this paragraph: Kind Healthy Snacks’ founder Daniel Lubetzky had a modest ambition when he started the company in 2004. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Lubetzky says he wanted to bring more kindness to the world in the … Continue reading Are Kind bars socially responsible?

Survey – What’s the Most Ethical Laptop?

Kitten sits on laptop keyboard and touches screen with paw.

In my last post, I covered two major brands of laptop – Apple and ASUS. I probably got a little overheated when discussing Apple and deviated from my normal detached scientific voice 😉 So I figured that it would be good idea to ask for your input by having a quick survey on laptop brands. … Continue reading Survey – What’s the Most Ethical Laptop?

Daily Footprint, #28 – Laptop

My goodness, it has been a long time since the last Daily Footprint post – November!  Who can even remember November in this dizzyingly accelerating society? And where were we on this epic voyage through a typical day? Last we’d heard, our protagonist with no name (Suggestions welcome! Leopold Prufrock? Kathryn Earhart?) whiled away the … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #28 – Laptop

Laundry Detergent, Part 2: Homemade versus Commercial (Biokleen)

In the last post, I took a look at laundry detergent pods, concluding that they are a step backwards in terms of environmental impact. I believe that there are a few detergents that deserve a high Green Stars rating and that supporting one of these is a happy medium between the extremes of buying one … Continue reading Laundry Detergent, Part 2: Homemade versus Commercial (Biokleen)

Daily Footprint, #27 – Laundry Detergent, Part 1: Revenge of the Pods

Summary: Laundry detergent is as effective as it needs to be and yet is constantly being reinvented for marketing purposes. Any further improvements in detergent should be made on the fronts of sustainability and social impact. Instead, the major detergent makers focus on minor tweaks to improve aesthetics or convenience, addressing first-world problems rather than … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #27 – Laundry Detergent, Part 1: Revenge of the Pods

Daily Footprint, #25 – Ethical Investing

You’ve reached that mid-afternoon slump in your typical day at the office and are trying to come up with something to do that doesn't involve completely skiving off. Then the idea comes to you – check your retirement funds! Few things cheers you up more than thinking about financial freedom, and it also qualifies as … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #25 – Ethical Investing

Daily Footprint, #24 – Sustainable Water Filter

I got a request from S., author of A Misplaced Pen blog, to cover this topic (thanks for the suggestion!). I don't use a water filter at the moment, partly to reduce waste and partly because (like Mulder) I want to believe. In my case, I want to believe that safe water is provided for … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #24 – Sustainable Water Filter

Daily Footprint, #22 – Potato Chips, Part 2: Packaging

Apparently it became all the rage in mid-19th century Saratoga Springs, NY, to carry your potato chips around the spa town, munching along the way. (See part 1 for the dubious origin story.) As restaurants and vendors began selling potato chips around the world they often packaged them in waxed paper bags. Modern bags are … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #22 – Potato Chips, Part 2: Packaging