From The Good Human Archives – August 2007.

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For new readers of The Good Human and for those of you who may have missed them the first time around, here are a few of my favorite articles from a year ago this month. Even I forget about what was written that long ago!

Is It Any Wonder Why Stuff Coming From China Can Be Dangerous? – We want it cheap and we want it today. Pay no attention to where it comes from, who made it, at what cost it gets delivered to our house”¦we just want it. Now. Does it matter if it is covered in lead paint? Not if it is only $1.99 it doesn’t! Do we care if our clothes are coated with formaldehyde? Not if they only cost a few bucks we don’t! It’s all about money”¦get the item for as little as possible and you win!

Do People Get Angry When You Try To Tell Them About Going Green? – I don’t know about you, but I have found that when I talk about my efforts to “go green” it sometimes does not go over that well. Some people think I am being ridiculous in that everything will be fine and why spend extra money on things because they are good for the environment. Using microfiber cloths instead of paper towels, how crazy! Buying shoes made from sustainable materials, what a waste of money! I often get “I wish I was made of money like you”¦must be nice to spend more than you have to!”

What Is Tricolsan And Why You Should Avoid It – Triclosan is normally used as a bacteria killer. Found in tons of products from deodorants to toothpaste to household cleaners, triclosan mainly acts like an antibiotic, trying to kill anything that it comes in contact with. But that’s not the real concern”¦the real concern is that studies have shown that triclosan can combine with chlorine in our tap water to make chloroform gas.

Comparison Test: Honda Civic Versus Honda Civic Hybrid – Seeing as how many people say that hybrid cars are a waste of money, you will never get back the extra expense, and that they pollute just as much as straight gasoline fueled cars, I wanted to check for myself just how different they are from each other. Since Honda makes the Civic in a “regular” and a hybrid version, I figured it would be a good test as they are as similar as two cars can get except for what actually makes them go.

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