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!