Ever feel eco-lonely? If you're looking for friends to get eco-motivated with -- or commiserate about eco-woes with -- check out Green Drinks.
What is Green Drinks? It's where eco-minded people go to drink. No, you don't need a special invite -- Enviro-people are friendly like that, especially after a few drinks :)
An estimated 90% of all large, predatory fish are already gone from the world's oceans.
It is so important that we conserve what remains in the oceans, and harvest and consume seafood in a sustainable manner.
To help consumers and restaurants make more informed choices when selecting the seafood they consume or serve, the Vancouver, British Columbia Aquarium has developed programs to help identify sustainable seafood choices.
What does sustainable seafood mean?
Can a non-organic vodka be called green? Low-pesticide jeans called sustainable? Uncertified wood called eco-friendly?
These're the Qs I keep having to ask amidst the slew of semi-green press releases -- and semi-green shwag -- hitting my email inbox and real-life mailbox these days.
I love wine. I really do. And I've drunk a fair amount of it during the weeks since I started my plastic project. But it wasn't until I read this article a couple of days ago that it occurred to me that some of the wine corks I've pulled have been made of plastic!
So why are plastic corks, in addition to all the usual plastic problems, threatening endangered animals? Find out here.
In response to my article on Eco-runners collecting litter in BioBags, an anonymous commenter had this to say:
If you're planning on landfilling non-reusable, non-recyclable materials, there really isn't any point in using compostable bags to do it in. Organic material doesn't compost or properly biodegrade in landfills. It breaks down anaerobically, producing methane.
It would probably better to reuse one of those pernicious plastic shopping bags....
Here is why I still think using biodegradable bags for garbage is preferable to using plastic grocery bags. Read the rest of the article here.
On my blog today, I blogged about a local case in which two young men tortured and beat an alligator, then ate it. They did so in an area where hunting isn't allowed (in a national wildlife refuge no less), and they didn't have an alligator harvest permit. They have pleaded guilty.
A portion of the news article about the case mentioned that some people wrote the judge to request a harsh punishment for the two men because the alligator was "semi-tame."
When electronic devices are left plugged in, electricity can continue to be drawn from the power supply. Anything with an adapter, clock, timer, memory, or remote control continues to use electricity even when the device is turned off. For example, a TV leaks about 6 watts all the time. Referred to as “leaking electricity” or “phantom load”, this wasteful consumption of electricity is rising worldwide as the number of gadgets increase in peoples’ homes. An average home leaks about 450 kilowatt-hours each year or approximately 5% of the annual hydro bill.
If you're buying bottled water for your health, think again. Sure, fresh clean FIJI water SOUNDS nice in the ads -- but what're you really buying -- and really drinking? Here are 10 reasons to ditch the bottle and take back the tap:
The latest fashionista bag's a (semi) eco-friendly, "I'm not a plastic bag" tote designed by Anya Hindmarch, proudly showcased on the arms of Jessica Biel, Keira Knightley, and Reese Witherspoon -- despite the fact that these bags've been shipped from far far away, are not fair trade, and are often sold encased