This unwanted info (picture me with fingers in my ears singing "la la la") comes courtesy of Greenpeace and their Clash of the Consoles site.
Of course, it's not just the Wii...XBox and Playstation don't fare too well either.
So, looks like the cabinet in our living room that holds a Wii, XBox AND a PS2 is a toxic wasteland. Good thing the cabinet is enclosed by glass doors. What? You say those glass doors won't protect us from squat? La la la.
Numerous sites are out there advising you on how to be greener this Thanksgiving. The advice is sorely needed, since Thanksgiving is among those holidays that most seems to be about over-consumption, not actually giving thanks.
Hey i love the holidays, but pushing away from the table feeling so full you feel sick isn't all it has to be about, right?
So, let's do a quick run-down of some helpful sites:
Of course I need to start with the helpful advice on how to be a vegetarian at Thanksgiving (yes, it can be done!)
A variety of helpful tips that everyone can do without killing themselves...and that's actually one of their tips: Keep it simple. Too often we all want to impress our friends and family so much at the holidays that we overdo it, spend too much...and stress ourselves out. The holidays really are about love and friendship, right?
Hey, I'm all for traditional companies finding ways to go green, but Danny Seo points out a bit of packaging sleight-of-hand with the new Palmolive "Eco", which is really no different than the Palmolive non-eco (except for the fact that it doesn't point out its eco-ness.)
What I haven't been able to find is whether the Eco costs more than the same size non-eco?
I checked out Amazon Grocery and Safeway.com, and neither carries both Eco and non-Eco in the same size. How annoying is that?
Anyway, I don't mind a little update to a product's marketing approach or copy. I only mind if they try to get us to pay more for what what always there.
Found this post by Tea, a foodblogger from San Francisco, outlining the simple ways she tries to make her home and her life greener.
I like the post because it's not by a green blogger, so it's by someone who isn't, ostensibly, thinking about this all the time, and because these really are very simple ideas.
I'll confess it also caught my eye because she features the Pyrex bowls with lids picture here, and I registered for and received these same bowls for my wedding, and do indeed find them to be really useful and a pleasure to use. When I wash them I never feel, as I tend to do with more typical plastic Tupperware-style containers, that I haven't really gotten them quite clean enough.
Tea reminds me of something I've been meaning to do that I just need to do: Take my own insulated mug along when I treat myself to a soy latte at Starbucks. I only have about a million of them, since they are a very popular schwag item at conferences and such.
There are some things that Tea mentions that I've got going on: reusable shopping bags, reusable coffee filter and so on.
And one thing that I have trouble imagining myself ever doing: composting. I'm squeamish, I admit it. What about you? Any composters out there? Am I being a whiny baby?
Anyway: Nice, clear, simple tips. For regular people who care abut the environment. And unless I'm mistaken, shouldn't that be everyone?
I have been feeling guilty about my make-up brushes for six months now. Six months ago I went on the pre-wedding make-up buying spree and spent more on makeup in a day than I probably have in my lifetime. While I was careful to shop with brands that were cruelty-free, I realized after I roused from my consumerism-induced stupor, that I had no idea if my brushes were.
The brushes feature the following earth-friendly components:
*Bamboo handle has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant.
*Synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free.
*Sleek ferrule is made from recycled aluminum.
*Cosmetic case is made from natural cotton and hemp.
According to ecofabulous they are also cheap, and available at places like Walgreens, not just Whole Foods.
Next stop: My local Walgreens, and then a review.
Can they really be as good and good-for-us as they seem to be?
To be totally honest, I'm aware of Danny Seo as a green guru in only the most vague way. I haven't bought his books. If he has a blog, I don't subscribe to it. But I did find this article on Epicurious: How to Throw a Green Party and had to check it out.
The first segment is on food. As I clicked on the link I was skeptical that this article would address the #1 way to go green from a culinary perspective...going veg. Although I was right that Seo provided advice on how to find eco-conscious meat, dairy and egg sources, I will give him props for the final paragraphs:
"When planning your menu, also keep in mind that a lot of green-minded folks are committed to a vegetarian diet (for various moral and ecological reasons, including the idea that "eating low on the food chain" has a smaller impact on the environment). Offer at least one dish that's completely free of animal ingredients."
The Decorating section is a little Martha Stewart-ian in its scope at the start, but then he settles into giving good advice about what kind of serveware is most eco-friendly for groups large and small.
There's more on drinks and party activities, and I have to admit the idea of an "adult" pinata...filled with mini bottles of alcohol among other things, did make me chuckle. The again it requires papier mache-ing, so i doubt I'll be heading down that path at my next party.
I cannot keep up with all the ways modern life is poisoning and harming us...and the planet. But never fear, that's where all the green blogs in my blog roll come in. I learn something new to worry about every day!
Sounds a bit like a domestic chemistry set, providing al of the recipes and many of the materials to make your own natural products. Now, you do end up needing to add some common household ingredients...like oil, vinegar, baking soda and water of course.
There aren't just kits for home cleaning, though, there are kits for your dog, your cat, your baby, your skin. There's a whole range of products.
The Eco-Me site also has eco-tips, eco-news and eco-links, so it is well worth checking out.