Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 187

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In the next few weeks, I should be getting started on some raised bed planters for my backyard, and planting some low drought-tolerant ground cover out front. If you have any advice, please be sure to share it with me! On to the Reads…

Over the years there have been many futuristic inventions or gadgets that we’ve read about, saw on different TV shows or even saw in the movies. So let’s take a look on the environmental side of things and check out a few futuristic eco-inventions that are either very close or already exist.

What is it about Consumerism that irks me so? The way that we as a society, and I’m included in that, have been duped into honestly believing we NEED consumer goods in order to have any worth, in order to fit in, in order to be one of the cool kids because we all know how important it is to be viewed as cool by our peers.

I love pizza. Having lived in Brooklyn, NY for a while I can’t NOT love pizza. I have also recently taking to making bread of all sorts. So in the spirit of DIY neo-homesteading projects I thought an outdoor earth oven would be a perfect experiment. And since we live in Georgia ” home of red clay ” I figured the materials were just out in the yard so why not?

The principle of manufactured demand: If you don’t have a market to sell to, then create one. Use fear and irrationality if necessary – and apparently those at Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Nestle all took the same class because they came up with the greatest manufactured demand scam of all time: bottled water.

For most Americans, tap water, electricity and heating are not only staples of modern convenience — they’re absolute necessities. A small but growing number of Americans, however, have ditched the comfort and convenience of their utilities and chosen instead to live off the grid — unconnected to gas, water, phone and power networks, and, in some cases, making their life from whatever they can grow or hunt on the land.

I don’t think I’m alone in being really annoyed at the amount of senseless waste we generate in our country – and a potent reminder of that waste is a mailbox stuffed full of catalogs and junk mail on a daily basis. It really adds up to a lot of wasted energy, paper, and time. For example, did you know that in the U.S. alone, over 19 billion catalogs are mailed per year? Organize a Catalog Canceling Challenge and Cut Out Unnecessary Catalogs

The folks at Chevron must really think we’re stupid. They think we’ll fall for their ridiculous attempts to greenwash the company’s image, even while Chevron refuses to clean up its oily mess in Ecuador and around the globe. Let Chevron know that we’re not fooled and that we agree oil companies should clean up their messes.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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