I’m happy to announce the winner of the latest Green Stars ethical review competition. Congrats to Willow Croft! Willow wrote a review of Milagro Herbs, a small company that sells organic herbs and skin care products in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can read her full review on her blog. Willow – you win a … Continue reading Green Stars ethical review competition for Earth Day
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?
If you’re a regular on this site you probably noticed that I like to encourage you to practice ethical consumerism. I think it’s not only the best way to improve conditions on this planet of ours but can also be a surprisingly transformative practice. I find it to be transformative in a way that's similar … Continue reading Your Turn!
Hey folks! I’m happy to announce the winners of the first competition to write a Green Stars Review, both of whom happened to write their reviews in blog form. Below that, I’ll describe the next competition, which involves a Glee Gum giveaway 🙂 Winner 1 S. from A Misplaced Pen wrote a review of the … Continue reading Competition Time: Results and Round 2!
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
When my old iPod earbuds finally expired and went to the big Apple in the sky, I decided to search for a replacement that had a relatively positive social and/or environmental impact.
A reasonable place to start is to look at existing ethical consumerism guides and see how different phones rank. The figure below compares phone rankings
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.
In part one I took a look at the trend of gaining independence from large corporations by making our own stuff. Here, I’m going to take the specific example of making your own food bars (i.e., energy bars, granola bars, fruit and nut bars, or whatever you want to call them). Why make your own … Continue reading Energy Bars: Do It Yourself, part two
Here’s another example of how to incorporate both gold star and green star ratings (you can see more examples here). Converse shoes can be recycled Often, while researching a product to write a review, I’ll come across new information that may change my behavior in some way. In this case, I wasn’t aware of the … Continue reading Converse Chuck Taylor High Tops