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Scream To Be Green

In Adventures on September 26, 2009 at 12:42 am

Whaddayaknow. My sophomore year roommate also has a blog. It’s called Scream To Be Green. It’s about one of those important modern lifestyle changes–that of being green. More important, it’s about talking about ways that we can make little changes that make a big difference. I can get behind that. Way to go, Waldo.

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Growing green. And then eating it.

In Adventures on May 22, 2009 at 12:32 am

I bought pretty plants last weekend and potted them. Coleus, impatiens and a trailing vine I can’t think of the name of. They’re in the pots on the front porch, so if you stop by they will hopefully still be alive and blooming. I noticed that they were grown at two nurseries–one in Colorado and one in Michigan. I figured it would be hard to buy imported plants. Isn’t that the sort of thing they confiscate at the border? Read the rest of this entry »

Green Marketing

In Adventures on May 1, 2009 at 12:20 am

Speaking of greenwashing, I recently received an email inviting me to participate in an online webcast of a “Green Marketing Summit.”

Join leading marketing experts at the free, online Green Marketing Summit. Experts will discuss evolving consumer attitudes, avoiding greenwash, the impact of the recession, and emerging trends in green trade shows and green branding.

Other highlights of the email included: Read the rest of this entry »

“With eBay, you always save something. Like the planet.”

In Adventures on April 22, 2009 at 12:52 am

Green is the new whatever.

I’m sorta sick of greenness, to be honest with you. It’s important and all, but with my recent hyperawareness of corporate marketing in relation to all things origin, I’m really kind of disgusted by the extent to which corporate America will go to trick us out of our dollars by artificially touting its eco-friendliness. Read the rest of this entry »

CFL stands for Can’t Find Locally

In Adventures on January 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm

When I was at the grocery store I looked for CFLs. That’s Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs. I’ve been hearing lots of friends talk about how they’ve drastically reduced their energy consumption (and, therefore, electric bills) by smart usage—including installing CFLs around the house.

I’ve also heard the rumor that you can’t buy American-made CFLs.

I looked at two brands, and both were made in China.

We’ll see. Fingers are crossed.

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Foreign and Green or Domestic and Consumptive? Discuss.

In Adventures on January 18, 2009 at 10:00 am

1.4.09: I received a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail yesterday and it occurred to me that I may no longer be able to buy stuff from them. Catalogs and online shopping will likely be off limits, because if I can’t tell where the stuff’s from, which it’s harder to do in catalogs, I’ll have to pass.

That’s a shame, because Pottery Barn has some really nice sales.

Their catalog also reflects a trend I’ve found increasingly over the last few days: everybody’s advertising their proud commitment to the green movement, no matter where the products are made. Before the New Year, I bought some stuff from Arhaus furniture and was provided a 100% Jute “green bag” to carry my purchases. The tag read, “100% Jute. Made in India.” That raises another great question: better to be foreign and green or domestic and consumptive? Perhaps no matter how green a jute bag may be, if it was shipped all the way from India it maybe isn’t as green as it hopes.

I suppose that’s the big reason to buy local; it’s greener.

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