The Muggle and the Big Ugly Pile of Discarded Coffee Cups

Starbucks recently announced that they are making $10 million in grants available to people with proposals for coffee cups that are compostable and recyclable. So it seems timely to do a post on this dreaded topic. Throughout development, the solution will be open source so others can benefit and innovate on the path towards the … Continue reading The Muggle and the Big Ugly Pile of Discarded Coffee Cups

Ethical Consumerism, Part 4: Mindfulness

Fruit and vegetables with no bags, on a conveyor belt at a supermarket checkout.

Greetings! After 17 months of something pretty close to freedom, I returned to work recently and have had less time for blogging and interacting [insert appropriate emoji to convey my precise emotional response to this. Editor: there isn’t one! System Failure! LOLZ 😛 ]. Being back at work also provides another challenge: how to find … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 4: Mindfulness

Ethical Consumerism, Part 3: The Corporation

In part 1 of this series of posts on the topic of Ethical Consumerism I mentioned the story of how Henry Ford was blocked from doing good things because of the structure of the Ford Motor Company. Well, here it is: In 1916, Henry Ford was paying workers generous wages and had cut the price … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 3: The Corporation

R E S O L U T I O N

Hi folks! Once again, it’s that time of year where we may be lucky enough to be able to slow down and reflect on life. Here’s an interesting post that introduced to me the concept of liminal space, a pause time between what was and what’s next. Liminal space is a time when your routine … Continue reading R E S O L U T I O N

Ethical Consumerism, Part 2: Why is Palm Oil Bad?

In the last post I argued that ethical consumerism can exist under capitalism, and that in fact it’s essential if we want to protect the world from capitalists of the ruthless kind. In this post I’m going to take a look at palm oil in order to illustrate some of the issues that ethical consumerism … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 2: Why is Palm Oil Bad?

Ethical Consumerism, Part 1: Is There Such a Thing?

I’m going to do a few posts on the general topic of ethical consumerism and this first one will address the claim that there is no such thing. You may have seen this online at some point: There is no such thing as ethical consumption under capitalism If you look at the statement from one … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 1: Is There Such a Thing?

California by Train

Last month, I wanted to travel around a bit and write Green Stars reviews of restaurants, cafés, stores, etc. In the end I decided to travel by Amtrak (the semi-private US rail system) after discovering that their California Rail Pass is a pretty good deal. So, I’m going to describe how the rail pass works … Continue reading California by Train

Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)

Here’s the third post looking at the evidence that neonics are harmful to bees. I'm a research scientist and have no agenda here, other than uncovering the truth. In parts one and two I’ve focused on the toxicity of the best-selling insecticide, imidacloprid, to honey bees. But nature is complex, particularly systems like a bee … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)

Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)

OK – here’s part two of an impartial investigation into whether neonicotinoids (neoincs) are harmful to honey bees. I have nothing to gain from a position on either side of this debate and have looked into it with an open mind. If you search the scientific literature there are many papers on the subject but … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)