Ethical Shopping News
Whether you go out of your way to buy green products or couldn't care less about the difference between incandescent and LED, chances are you're fed up with the overwhelming wave of green marketing ploys that Madison Avenue has recently unleashed. For those of us who are passionate about spotting and debunking greenwashing when we see it, a new website offers an outlet.
February 29, 2008
The Marine Stewardship Council has for the first time, certified a line of sustainably caught tuna products. American Tuna, which is a small, family owned fishery employing pole and line fishing techniques, offers smoked and canned albacore.
February 28, 2008
The non-profit organization Kiva allows individuals interested in investing in small businesspeople in the developing world to pick individuals and proposals and help to fund them with loans as small as twenty-five dollars. As the loans get paid back you can either withdraw the money or select a new project for funding.
February 26, 2008
Virgin Airlines showcased the first commercial biofuel flight on Sunday, sending a Boeing 747 from London to Amsterdam on a mix of standard jet fuel and palm and nut derived oils. Reactions to the test have been decidedly mixed. Branson, who has developed a reputation for using publicity stunts to raise his own celebrity and the profile of his Virgin empire, received heavy criticism for what many environmentalists see as an flashy and elaborate greenwash.
February 25, 2008
In the ongoing unsafe and negative public relations saga of toxic toys, major toy chain Toys “R” Us recently announced its efforts to reduce the toxins PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic and lead used in the toys they offer for infants and children. The company stated it’s future goal is to have all toys they carry PVC-free, and for now are working to reduce the amount of PVC in their toys.
February 22, 2008