The good news is that coffee, as well as providing several health benefits can also be beneficial to the planet. However, as with everything else, the impact of coffee ranges from positive to negative.
I just finished watching Merchants of Doubt and will have to spend the rest of the day trying to channel my frustration into something positive. It’s a great documentary (based on a book by Naomi Oreskes) that investigates the industry-sponsored practice of quashing research or movements that are inconvenient to them. The title refers to … Continue reading Truth, revisited.
When purchasing (and reviewing) appliances it’s useful to know how much energy they consume: it may help you decide between different products and also give you an idea of whether energy efficiency is an important factor relative to other criteria.
Dyeing and finishing aside (I’m considering everything up to the point of raw textile here) there’s not a lot of chemical processing required for natural fibers (cotton, flax, hemp, wool) compared to synthetic or semi-synthetic fibers.
Time to get dressed! Clothing is a huge topic so I’ll just go into one aspect here – choice of textile. Hopefully I’ll go into the other main topics in future posts: the human impact of cut and sew factories and the environmental impact of dyeing and finishing. Since clothing is one of our major … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #6 – Clothing (Sustainable Textiles, Part 1)
I rated Nature’s Gate and Avalon Organic’s 5/5 green stars (they are not perfect but I think they are in the top 20% of shampoo products in terms of impact) and I would rate Clairol’s product 1/5 green stars for social and environmental impact.
So, depending on your priorities, you may want to find soap from a company that doesn’t test on animals and contains simple plant-based ingredients. Soap made from animal fat will have the largest carbon footprint