Sunday, November 8, 2009

Secrets of the Season

From the bean of Green Bean.

Photo of my son's toes courtesy of photographer, friend and blogger extraordinaire, Jess Nichols.

With the holidays hot on our heels, many greenies are thinking about what to buy. Or not to buy. Simple Mom offers a list of 10 Clutter-Free (and earth friendly) ideas for kids. Mnmlist, on the other hand, suggests 7 Ways to Avoid Buying New Stuff.

If the holidays and winter have you thinking about restocking your wardrobe, be sure to take the ethical clothing pledge (via Sono-Ma):

"I pledge to only wear clothing that is one or more of the following:
1. Pre-loved
2. Handmade (preferably by me)
3. Reconstructed
4. Made with ethical / environmentally friendly materials
5. Made by a company with strong ethical policy & workers' rights

* Companies with environmentally friendly practices (such as cutting down on waste/energy/water) get brownie points
* If I get one little inkling of sweatshop labour, I'm outta there!
* Above all though, I think the most important thing is reducing the amount of things we use in the first place. Not purchasing ANOTHER piece of clothing just for the sake of it is the biggest statement we can make."

Of course, if you're too busy enjoying the Recession to think about the buying, that's okay too. That's right, I wrote "enjoying the Recession" because more and more studies are finding that people are enjoying the Recession and everything it has given them - like realizing what really matters in life. I tend to agree.

I also tend to agree that there are some things that we have to purchase. Like food and staples. When that happens, make sure you are supporting who you think you are supporting - with Eco-Salon's write up of The Stories (and Money) Behind 10 of Your Favorite Organic and Natural Brands (via It's Not Easy Being Green). Good things to know so that you can avoid the ever-present greenwashing - something Eco Yogini rants about when it comes to "compostable" coffee cups.

Oh, and no segue whatsoever but did you hear that Ireland banned GM foods? Yup!

Last but not least, why do we write? Why do we do all these little things? The reusable totes and water bottles? The composting? The carpooling? The reused clothing and the pared down holidays? We all know that personal environmentalism doesn't matter, right? It's all about big industry and politics.

Or is it? The New York Times argues otherwise and highlights the tangible benefits of individual changes - nearly 8% of emissions. And blogger bud, Ruchi over at Arduous argues that "Yes, This Is Important" - seeing personal changes as a gateway to social change.

Now that you've embarked on personal environmentalism, dip your toe into activism by asking the President and the EPA to stop the mountain removal at Coal River Mountain - a potential windfarm site - and feel proud of yourself for speaking up.


Daisy said...

Yes, personal actions make a difference. Each individual inspires another...and another...and so it goes.

aasi said...

You look great now...
expert witness


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