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.
If you agree that most people don't make the connection between how they eat and the environment, and if you agree that folks who think of themselves as environmentally-conscious should be considering going veg, then vote for my idea!
My last few times around the auto-acquiring block I decided to go with a lease, including my Honda Civic Hybrid I drive now, but it's hard to argue with the contention of Mashable blogger Sean Aune that "...it’s very likely that people will be holding on to their cars far longer than they have in the past."
Seriously, I'm glad there are bloggers who exist to dig this stuff up, because I would never be able to find the time for that kind of research, you know?
Looks like seven of them alone are iPhone apps!
There are apps for tracking gas mileage, tracking driven mileage (for tax deduction purposes I assume) tracking maintenance schedules and visits.
It is fairly indicative of my own laissez-faire attitude that I've had this link open in a browser tab for at least a week but haven't visited a single site or downloaded a single app. I'm fascinated by the research and by the concept, but uncompelled by the act of being anal about this particular thing in my life.
Is this because I have a short-timer's, leaser's mentality?
What about you? How long have you had your car, and which of the Mashable recommendations appeal to your anal retentive soul?
I've been getting my local paper delivered since, well, forever. I like reading the newspaper...every single section, from Sports to Business to Local to Arts & Leisure to the front page. I've certainly noticed a couple of things in the last few years, though:
-That I don't read it daily as I used to. I get most of my breaking news and local tech/business news from online sources. The paper piles up, and usually about once a week I try to get through a bunch of days at once...and I tend to focus on the kind of local news and local cultural pieces that I likely wouldn't have gotten online. People (including my S.O.) tease me about the pile of old newspapers that I swear I'm still going to read.
-The San Jose Mercury, my local newspaper, is going through some obvious tough times and is not the paper it once was. It was once clearly a superior paper to the SF Chronicle. It was once full of great writing and great reporting. It is now a thin, pale version of what it once was, and yet I don't want to let it go.
I noticed that the Merc had inserted something in my paper this past week to convert to a "greener" e-version of the newspaper. Not just links to online stories, but the e-version actually looks like the paper and mimics the page layout of the the actual paper.
Their online sign-up was unclear about how to handle the switch if you already get the paper version, so I did end up having to call, but the bottom line is: I switched!
I canceled my paper paper, and will start reading the paper online.
No more piles, no more ink-stained fingers, no more tactile impact...and probably the only down side: No more reading while I eat breakfast in the morning.
Have any of you done this yet? And do you find you actually read more or less?
According to hippyshopper we have a company marketing the first ever environmentally friendly USB drive. What does it mean to have an eco-friendly drive? According to them:
-It is made entirely from bio-recycled plastics
-It can be recycled when you've finished using it
-The manufacturer will donate 'a portion of all product sales' towards planting trees
-I suppose you can also add that it's water proof, shock proof and dust proof, which will give it a longer life
Looks like it's been around 4 months or so. And their mission is, shall we say, strongly stated as follows:
We are passionate about the environment and dedicated to cutting through the eco-fluff to get to the heart of the new green movement. We think there are a lot of greenwashers and opportunists out there who could care less about actively doing some good in the world, and we’re going to be all over them out here on our blog and in our soon-to-be-released video shows. We think green should be fun and cool, and are in love with the power of sarcasm and snark. Greenwashers and jerkasses of the world: beware. We’re watching.
I'm not sure how much overlap there is between "sarcasm and snark" and actual passion and activism...this site aims to push that envelope.
What I do like is that, unlike so many sites that pretend they're bloggy, but are really quite traditional, they put community right up front where you can see it. Their tag cloud and recent comments are right up top, above the fold.
Now, if they could make it a little easier to find their RSS feeds? I might actually subscribe.
Not so cool is the prominence of their "25 Hottest Girls in Green" feature.
At least give me the hottest people in both genders. WTF?
Like the rest of the HuffPo they are writer-focused, not really community-focused. They don't quite have the celebrity star-power that they launched the original HuffPo with, but at this point the HuffPo has more than established its credibility from a content point of view, so it's cool. I see some favorite eco-bloggers, and just some cool folks writing for them.
The HuffPo Green site is also annoying about finding its feed, mostly because it looks like they haven't added it to their syndication page yet.
So have you checked these two green clearinghouse sites out yet? Are you goig to follow one or the other, or both?
If you are purely interested in the global health and global environment arguments for eating less or no meat, then this is the argument laid out quite nicely and succinctly. (Yes, it does seem completely based on Michael Pollan's work, so I'm not sure how Bittman got his start encroaching on Pollan territory, and I wonder how Pollan feels about it.)
As most of you probably know I, in addition to caring about global health and environment issues, am also a vegan because of animal rights issues, so you can imagine that on that score: Bittman leaves me cold. Which I expound on just a tiny bit over at my vegan blog.
But I also think his arguments may carry more weight or actually change more behaviors than my more extreme views, so watch away, and let me know what you think.
See, originally I wrote that post title at 6:45 when the suckiest thing was that it was 6:45PM, and I had completely let Earth Day go by without a post. And this is a green blog, so I was feeling somewhat ashamed.
But then, my browser decided to freeze, crash and die without saving any of my work. So now the suckiest thing is that. And here it is 8PM, and I'm trying to recreate the beautiful link post I had created :(
So, let's see what cool links had I found:
BlogHer got an exclusive audio interview with former NJ Governor and former head of the EPA, Christine Todd Whitman, in honor of Earth Day. She is still quite involved with the environment, and with trying to get politicans of all parties to take climate change seriously. You can listen here.
In honor of Earth Day Time published what they considered to be the Top 15 Green Websites. (Note, it says "websites" not "blogs.") I think these top lists from mainstream sources are usually pretty unimaginative, and not too well supported. But they are, from a positive perspective, a great place to start!
And if you're looking for a more comprehensive aggregation of green sites, why not visit Alltop's?
Finally, a few weeks ago a company moved into the office across the hall from us. It was Flock, a browser company whose product I had toyed with and abandoned back when it was in alpha. But they're still around despite my premature rejection, and today they launched an "eco-broswer."
So, I'm late to the Earth Day party, but I hope you enjoy one or more of the links I provided above. And since this is a green blog, I hope I can bring Earth Day Every Day, instead of just once a year!
This week at MacWorld there was the usual breathless anticipation about the Steve Jobs keynote presentation. And there was the usual deflation post-keynote, as no speech can ever live up to the fantasies of the most ardent fanboys and girls.
This year it seems like Steve has made more of a splash with eco-bloggers than tech bloggers. All because of the thinest laptop ever, the MacBook Air.
Steve made sure to point out the eco-friendliness of the product himself:
“There’s a few things we’ve done on the environmental side. It’s enclosed in a fully aluminum case — it’s easily recycled, highly desirable by recyclers. It’s our first mercury and arsenic-free display. All of the circuit boards are bromide and PVC free. We’re very happy about that as well… the retail packaging is 50% less volume, this helps a great deal in energy expended in transporting and disposing the materials.”
Do I want one? Well, I'd never mind having any new Apple product, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to sacrifice the speed and memory for the tiny tiny thing...especially at that price ($1700 for the cheapest model...the one nobody will actually want to buy.)
But I wouldn't kick it off my desk for eating crackers,if you know what I mean!