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The Supply Chain Alibi

The Supply Chain Alibi

No company wants to be known for employing children in sweatshops or coating their products in lead paint, but intricate supply chains filled with contractors and subcontractors have helped to insulate global corporations from the responsibility of ensuring that their products are safe and ethical.

February 8, 2008

ChevronTexaco Still Refuses to Clean Up Its Mess in the Amazon

ChevronTexaco Still Refuses to Clean Up Its Mess in the Amazon

Between 1970 and 1992, Texaco --- now a subsidiary of Chevron --- is alleged to have dumped 18.5 billion gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Aside from the damage this dumping has exacted on the ecosystem of the Amazon, the indigenous population that lives in the area has been suffering from an extremely high incidence of cancer in recent decades, with little money and few resources to treat their ill. Justica Now!, a short film featuring Darryl Hannah, documents the fight that is going on to this day to hold ChevronTexaco accountable for these crimes.

February 4, 2008

Americans Overdosing on Meat

Americans Overdosing on Meat

Not all ethical shoppers subscribe to animal rights ideologies that hold the raising and killing of animals for food to be immoral. For many of us, knowing that a cow had enough space to graze, or that an egg-laying chicken wasn't grown in a crowded factory is enough. Others are strict humanists, believing that our moral and ethical responsibilities apply only to ourselves and our fellow human beings. But what if eating meat were just as lethal to our bodies and our planet as it is to the creatures we turn into hamburger?

January 29, 2008

Apple Unveils Thinnest Laptop, Macbook Air: New Green Features

Apple Unveils Thinnest Laptop, Macbook Air: New Green Features

Steve Jobs, head of Apple, walked on stage at the Macworld Expo with a manila mailing envelope that looked like it had a thin corporate report in it. Opening the envelope Jobs took out the new scintillatingly cool, titaniumed-silver Macbook Air. So thin it fits easily into a mailer, and stuffed with features, the latest invention from Apple wowed the audience and reviewers. And even Greenpeace gave some applause to the Macbook Air, as it marks Apple’s furthest step ever in making its computers green.

January 25, 2008

Maker of Windex, Pledge, Drano Launches "Greenlist" Labeling

Maker of Windex, Pledge, Drano Launches "Greenlist" Labeling

The family-owned company, SC Johnson, is fairly prominent in every household’s cleaning and kitchen cabinets—makers of Windex, Pledge, Drano, Shout, Ziplok and other household products. The company announced a new labeling system called Greenlist for many of its products. The labeling system is based on a company analyzing process (patented) that generates an environmental impact summing for each product and helps them adjust the formula.

January 18, 2008

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