Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Sixty Four.

May 9, 2008
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After the cyclone hit Burma earlier this week, it is estimated at at least 100,000 people have died. Remember Katrina? Remember 9-11? The entire world came to our aid, and now it’s our turn to do something for these poor impoverished people who are getting no help from their own oppressive government. If you have a few bucks, consider donating them to the International Burmese Monks Organization, which is opening the doors of all their monasteries to house and feed the homeless, sick and injured. I sent them some money, and I am sure they could use a lot more. Thanks so much.

We can learn a lot about ourselves simply by looking honestly at how we act. For instance, if you want to see what you value, then look at where you are spending your money. It doesn’t matter what you say is important, it is the results in your life that count.

Following the Organic Consumers Association’s revelations that so-called “organic” or “natural” product brands were actually made with toxic chemicals such as 1,4-dioxane, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has sued numerous companies in the industry that it accuses of using misleading labeling to deceive consumers.

Lots of people feel let down by natural deodorants, but the health risks associated with antiperspirants make it hard to feel okay about using them. Since our discussion, I’ve been trying something new, and it’s been working wonderfully. Yup, it’s me and my baking soda again.

Here are 10 Simple Behavioral Changes That Save Gas. I particularly like coasting whenever possible, but I admit that I find it difficult to stay at 60MPH on the freeway.

The US and Canada came in first and second respectively in a survey which measured the environmental unfriendliness of consumers around the world. The study, conducted for the National Geographic Society, asked people in 14 countries about their lifestyles, including questions on housing, food, and transport, and then gave them a green score on a scale of one to a hundred. Ouch, that hurts.

Climate Counts released its second annual Climate Counts Company Scorecard. They launched the first Scorecard last year with the hope that creating a simple, easy-to-understand ranking of companies would motivate both companies and consumers to step-up their efforts on climate change. And thanks to No Impact Man for assembling a synopsis of the best and worst companies on the list:

The worst of the companies (scoring 5 or less): Amazon, 5; Burger King, 0; Darden (owner of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and other chains), 0; eBay, 5; Jones Apparel Group (Anna Klein, Nine West and many other brands), 0; VF Corporation (Lee and Wrangler jeans and others), 4; Viacom (4), Wendy’s (0), Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and many more), 1.

The best of the companies (scoring 65 or more): Canon, 74; General Electric, 71; Hewlett-Packard, 68; IBM, 77; Motorola, 66; Nike, 82; Proctor & Gamble, 69; Sony, 68; Stonyfield Farm, 78; Toshiba, 70.

Be sure to check out the rest of the rankings at Climate Counts, and try to keep them in mind when out shopping!

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (3)

  1. 100,000 people died?!? That is just surreal to me. It is the equivalent of wiping out an entire city the size of Green Bay, WI or Cambridge, MA! I hope our nation rises to assist these poor people! Of course, it takes each of us individually taking action to make something happen. I’m glad that you highlighted the need here.

    Also, I appreciate the link to my article!

  2. David says:

    Yea, its quite devastating. I wish more people would hear about it – seems the media isnt doing it justice. It’s just sad that when we needed help, we got it, and when the tsunami hit, they got it, but these poor folks over in Burma are not getting as much as they need, and way more people have died over there!

  3. Thanks for including me here David.

    Yes, 100,000 people is a staggering number, but the frustrating thing is that the Burmese government is hampering relief efforts. How can those people live with themselves? Different culture I guess. I just cannot fathom it.

    After returning from a business trip (flying then driving home), I DID keep it at 55 yesterday and just laughed the entire 90 mile trip at the people who gave me dirty looks. What’s everyone in such a hurry for? If I had gone 75 to 85 like everyone else on the road, I would have made it back with enough time to go into work for an additional 30 minutes. As it was, I just happened to arrive back in town at quitting time…. funny thing how that happened. :) And saved a lot of gas to boot!!!