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

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, #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