Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 180.

August 27, 2010
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In 2005, the City of San Francisco instituted strict purchasing standards requiring municipal departments to buy products that met certain environmental, health and toxicity guidelines, and have now released their list of more than 1,000 products, like bathroom disinfectants and computer keyboard cleaners, that do not emit greenhouse gases.

April Dávila wondered what it would take to cut the GMO giant (Monsanto) out of her family’s life. She found that it was far more entrenched than she’d ever realized.

It’s widely understood that travel by train is perhaps the most eco-friendly way to get around, other than walking or biking. It’s certainly more efficient and less polluting than flying or driving a car. But what are the other benefits to taking the train, other than fewer carbon emissions?

Used shipping containers are popping up all over as eco-friendly building materials. Since framing can be one of the costliest parts of many construction projects, the shipping container offers more than just a green building solution – it helps save money by providing what’s essentially a prefab structure for architects and contractors to work with.

Yes, the United States has still not made any progress on the piece of legislation regarding the climate that would actually set a price for carbon. China however may be in the process of doing that very thing, the promise that the US is failing to keep.

My first “junk” claim is Josie Maran Cosmetics’ Argan Mascara. I’m picking on Jose Maran Cosmetics to start because of a recent Twitter party that included promoting the products as safe for pregnant mamas, including that they were free of petrochemicals. And while I can’t safe whether or not the products are safe, I can say that many of the products are not free of petrochemicals as advertised.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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