Ethical Shopping News
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
Priced at around $29 per unit, the EcoStrip plugs into your computer's USB port and automatically switches off power flow to all devices when the computer is shut down. Even though its price is about double that of most surge protectors, the EcoStrip will easily pay for itself within a year, since many computer configurations waste more than $70 a year when they're out of use.
January 28, 2008
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
Wal-Mart opened its annual meetings to reporters for the first time yesterday, announcing a variety of measures aimed at repairing its image among American consumers. At the center of the reforms are Wal-Mart's health care plan — which is now used by more than half of its retail employees— and a suddenly vigorous devotion to environmental responsibility. CEO H. Lee Scott promised that Wal-Mart will continue to expand its sales of environmentally responsible products and work with its suppliers to strengthen their environmental standards.
January 24, 2008
Whole Foods has announced that it will completely discontinue the use of plastic bags in all of its 270 stores. Although most customers already favor the brown recycled paper bags that the store already offers, Whole Foods is hoping more will opt for reusable bags, completely cutting bag waste out of the equation. The change will take effect on Earth Day of this year, April 22.
January 23, 2008