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.