Daily Footprint, #31 – Beyond Meat

A package of four Beyond Meat sausages (hot Italian variety)

Hi Folks! In a return to the Daily Footprint posts, I’m going to spend some time looking at plant-based meat substitutes. They are definitely catching on: last year, in the US, sales of meat rose by 2% while sales of plant-based meat-substitutes rose by 24% (and sales rose even faster than that in Europe). Over … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #31 – Beyond Meat

Your Turn – Competition Results, and Repeat!

Greetings, people! Is it just me or is everyone incredibly freaking busy since the year started? In any case, I’m a little late on this post to announce the winners of the last competition to write a Green Stars Review. Of course, life is not a competition and we’re all winners – just wanted to … Continue reading Your Turn – Competition Results, and Repeat!

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

Ethical Cell Phone Update: LG Review

Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about cell phones that covered a few social and environmental issues, from repairability and longevity to sourcing of (conflict) minerals. I said I would post an update once I chose a new phone and wrote a Green Stars review, and so, here I am! Based on the … Continue reading Ethical Cell Phone Update: LG Review

Daily Footprint, #24 – Sustainable Water Filter

I got a request from S., author of A Misplaced Pen blog, to cover this topic (thanks for the suggestion!). I don't use a water filter at the moment, partly to reduce waste and partly because (like Mulder) I want to believe. In my case, I want to believe that safe water is provided for … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #24 – Sustainable Water Filter

Daily Footprint, #22 – Potato Chips

It’s good to get back to the Daily Footprint, charting the impact of our epic voyage through a typical day. You’ve just had a stressful meeting at work with lots of Important People (even Mr. McDougall senior showed up!) and you really feel the need for some comfort food. You know you shouldn’t (especially since … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #22 – Potato Chips

Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk, Part 2: Comparison of plant-based milks

Greetings! In this post, I’m going to take a look at the social and environmental impact of several plant-based milks. But since the purpose of the Green Stars Project is to encourage you all to start rating stuff, I won’t attempt to be encyclopedic (not that I could be). Besides, my opinion is just one … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk, Part 2: Comparison of plant-based milks

Nutiva refined coconut oil review

Here’s another review that serves as an example of how to incorporate both gold star and green star ratings. You can see more examples here. The review below is picked somewhat randomly and, like all our example reviews, it’s not an endorsement or an ad for the product. Below the review there’s some more detail … Continue reading Nutiva refined coconut oil review

Introduction to the Green Stars Project

Welcome! To begin with, here's a quick introduction to the site, which is all about a new idea called the Green Stars Project. The project is the result of years of pondering the following question: How can we best address the issue of corporate power? Specifically, how can we effectively mitigate the social injustices and … Continue reading Introduction to the Green Stars Project