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Plastic Water Bottles Recycled into Back Packs

Plastic Water Bottles Recycled into Back Packs

Plastic Water Bottles Recycled into Back Packs

Makers of day packs, lumbar packs and full-size backpacks are starting to take recycling seriously—crafting entire packs out of 100% recycled PET (plastic polyethylene bottles) material. The supply company Mountainsmith is adding a fully recycled series of packs to its 2008 line.

December 22, 2007

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The Dark Secrets of Sit-Down Chain Restaurants

The Dark Secrets of Sit-Down Chain Restaurants

Nutritional labels used to be found on packaged food, and nowhere else. Now, labels are found on almost everything we eat. McDonalds even prints them on a lot  of its packaging.  But corporate restaurant chains aren't legally required to disclose nutritional information to the public. In fact, this information isn't even available upon request from most of the nation's largest chains like T.G.I Friday's, IHOP, and Outback Steakhouse.

December 21, 2007

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DHL and United States Postal Service Get Highest Marks in Green Shipping Scorecard

DHL and United States Postal Service Get Highest Marks in Green Shipping Scorecard

Shipping packages for business, friends and family leaves an enormous carbon footprint. One little package en route from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, California is part of a great cloud of greenhouse gases in its wake. Choosing a package shipper on the criteria of best-yet green practice just got much easier. Stoneyfield Farm and Climate Counts, a nonprofit that rates companies on greenhouse output, just concluded their rankings for least polluting shippers. At the top was DHL and the United States Postal Service.

December 21, 2007

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Public Citizen Ties Unsafe Toys to "Race to the Bottom"

Public Citizen Ties Unsafe Toys to "Race to the Bottom"

With concerns over toy safety possibly at an all-time high, it would be interesting to take a step back and look at what exactly has changed about toy manufacturing and how that may have lead to companies like Mattel selling children toys made of lead paint and the "the date-rape drug." Public Citizen did just that in a 27-page report released yesterday, tying a decrease in safety to the decrease in wages and maximized profit margins toy companies are finding overseas. From CommonDreams:

December 20, 2007

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Handmade Makes a Comeback

Handmade Makes a Comeback

The online crafts dealer Etsy.com has more than 70,000 registered merchants, offering items like hand-knitted mouse cozies, clocks made from recycled circuit boards, and thousands of different jewelry styles. Whether or not you view D.I.Y. knick-knacks as our best defense against an economy based on disposable mass-produced goods, you can be sure that nothing you buy on Etsy has been made in a sweatshop.

December 19, 2007

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