Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Eighty Nine.

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Happy Halloween! I am staying home handing out candy to the kids in the neighborhood tonight, but if you are going out, please have a great and safe time out there…

Renewable Energy Has Created 90,000 Green Collar Jobs in Colorado. Who says going green can’t both create jobs AND save the environment?

Suffice to say that the staff of Algalita have discovered that the surface of the ocean there contains six times more plastic by weight than biological matter like plankton. The plastic, it turns out, enters the ocean when it is is washed off the streets of coastal cities. If you eat fish, you eat plastic.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is sparring with a small labor rights group that says it has documented worker abuse at a garment factory in Bangladesh that helps supply the Bentonville-based retailer’s stores. SweatFree Communities says its report is based on interviews with more than 90 workers. Those workers, the report states, cite instances of co-workers being kicked or slapped for minor infractions, including one claim that a pregnant woman miscarried after being kicked by a line supervisor.

My friend Allie has scored a great interview with Tom Larsen from Act 2 – Green Smart, the makers of the messenger bag made from plastic bottles that I reviewed a few weeks ago. They are great bags, I have had one for a while now!

And finally, in the “Wow” category, some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama. Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being “dangerously weak on crime,” “coddling criminals,” and for voting against “protecting children from danger.”

Have a great weekend and please – vote on Tuesday.

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