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"The Story of Stuff"

"The Story of Stuff"

As helpful as it is to reward sustainable businesses with our hard earned cash, it's sometimes easy to lose focus of the fact that American consumerism is itself, fundamentally unsustainable. In a short film called "The Story of Stuff," sustainability expert Annie Leonard takes a look at how consumption drives the "materials economy," and the havoc this process wreaks on the world.

December 6, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree!

Oh Christmas Tree!

'Tis the season for many ethical shoppers to ponder that most sacred of December 26th garbage pile garnishes, the Christmas tree. Exactly how much environmental harm does growing a tree that will be used as a decoration for a month at the most do? Are there organic Christmas trees, and if so, would it be better to just buy a non-organic tree grown locally than an organic tree shipped in from three states away?

December 5, 2007

150 Global Corporations Release 'Bali Communique'

150 Global Corporations Release 'Bali Communique'

As 180 nations meet in Bali this week for a United Nations conference on global warming, pressure for binding regulation is coming from an unusual source: some of the worlds largest corporations. The group include companies like Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, and HSBC.

December 4, 2007

GE Sugar: Coming to a Store Near You in 2008

GE Sugar: Coming to a Store Near You in 2008

In 2008, genetically engineered (GE) sugar will be available in your local grocer, deli, or supermarket.  Six years after Monsanto pulled its Roundup Ready beets due to pressure from consumer groups and hesitancy from corporations, American Crystal, Kellog, and other sugar companies have announced plans to use GE sugar beets.

December 3, 2007

EcoFish Grows Alongside Market for Sustainable Seafood

EcoFish Grows Alongside Market for Sustainable Seafood

With 75 percent of the world's wild fish stocks already depleted or recovering from depletion, and the eco-harms of farmed fish becoming well known, some environmentally conscious consumers choosing to abandon seafood entirely. Sustainable seafood exists, but finding it it can be very confusing if you're not one to carry around a pamphlet to stores and restaurants.

December 3, 2007

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  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations
  • Racial profiling and discrimination
  • Altria? Formerly known as Philip Morris
  • Weapons-maker. Multiple environmental offender.
  • World's largest oil company--human rights, oil spills and misinformation about climate change