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This new-fangled ‘Green Thing’ or just the King’s Clothes?

This Green Thing - Brown Paper Bag

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Checking out at the supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologised and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young cashier responded, “That’s our problem today – your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Grocery shops bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we re- Used for numerous things, most memorable besides household bags for rubbish, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school), was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have a lift in every supermarket, shop and office building. We walked to the local shop and didn’t climb into a 300 horsepower machine every time we had to go half a mile.

But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s Terry Towel nappies because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 3 kilowatts – wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids had hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back In our day.

This Green Thing - Wastebin

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Back then, we had one radio or TV in the house – not a TV in every room and the TV had a small screen the size of a big handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Scotland In the kitchen. We blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We pushed the mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

We drank from a tap or fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

This Green Thing - Petrol Pump

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Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their Mums into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s £50,000 ‘People Carrier’ which cost the same as a whole house did before the “green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, Not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances and we didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pub!

But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we Old Folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart arse young person…

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off…especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart-arse who can’t work out the change without the cash register telling them how much it is!

Here endeth the bloody lesson!

It’s Christmas – The Best Time To Think about Ethical Fashion

Pamela Ravasio will present a webinar that looks at clothing manufacturing and pollution and the importance of thinking and buying ethically.

The webinar will take place on Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:30 PM (GMT)

Sign up for the Webinar at 21st Century Network’s Meetup page here

Pamela is a freelance business consultant for ethical fashion SMEs, a market researcher and a journalist. Pamela is further the founder and managing editor of Shirahime (http://shirahime.com), a blog 
that focused on the topic of sustainability in fashion, and which in 2011 won the prestigious ‘Observer Ethical Award’ in the 
category ‘ethical blog’. Pamela has previously given a webinar and organised a meetup on ethical fashion.

A new investigative report from Greenpeace, entitled ‘Dirty Laundry’, profiles the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by the textile industry in China. The investigations focuses on two facilities that were found to be discharging a range of hazardous and persistent chemicals with hormone-disrupting properties. These results are indicative of a much wider problem that is posing serious and immediate threats to both our precious ecosystems and to human health.

In the follow up research commissioned by Greenpeace International (‘Dirty Laundry 2’) it is revealed that clothing and certain fabric-based shoes sold internationally by major clothing brands are manufactured using nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPEs — which are used as surfactants in textile production. They break down to form toxic substance called nonylphenol (NP) which is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain, and is hazardous even at very low levels.

While Greenpeace did only analyse dye houses and brands that are – in the global context – ahead of their peers, the more worrying fact is: the vast majority of clothing brands have no means of telling if and what toxic substances are used in the manufacturing of their collections. And maybe worse: for a vast range of chemicals used in textile manufacturing, the long-term impacts on human and animal health and the environment are unclear, or even unknown, till this very day.

Greenpeace is challenging industry leading brands brands and suppliers to become champions for a toxic-free future – by eliminating all releases of hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and their products. And also governments have a crucial role to play by putting suitable frameworks into place and enforcing adherence and retrospective accountability.

The webinar will take place on Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:30 PM (GMT)

Sign up for the Webinar at 21st Century Network’s Meetup page here

$25K for the Greenest Family in NYC Tri-State Area–special from Shel Horowitz

For those of you reading this in the NYC Tri-State Area, PrincipleProfit author and ethical marketing guru, Shel Horowitz, pushed this my way so I’m pushing it your way!

I am always thinking of you, my readers–so when I saw this in this morning’s Help a Reporter, I stopped what I am doing to tell you about it. I know nothing about this other than what is below, but it certainly seemed worth passing on. If I lived in the Tri-State area and had kids the right age, I’d enter myself.

HARO is a no-charge service that sends reporter queries three times a weekday.
You can subscribe at www.helpareporter.com.

I suggest you respond with two or three bullets and a sentence or two about your qualifications – let them follow up later)–the faster the better.

Please respond to the reporter *using the address in the body of the request* (I wouldn’t mind being copied but if you only send to me, I won’t forward it) with HARO as the first word of the subject line.

Remember–I didn’t write this and can’t answer any questions about it. All I know is what’s below.

18) Summary: CASTING: How green is YOUR family?

Category: Entertainment and Media
Media Outlet: Anonymous
Deadline: 7:00 PM EST – 8 December
Query:

How green is YOUR family? A NYC based media company is casting three families in the tri-state area to enter an eco-friendly challenge! We are looking for outgoing families who are comfortable on camera. Shoot dates will be mid-to-late January for two days in your home.

Here’s the deal! Each family will name one of their children (age 6-10) as team lead, and under the guidance of a green expert, each family will be asked to create solutions to (1) save water, (2) save energy, and (3) reduce waste at home, in their neighborhoods and in their schools. Each family will be compensated; however points will be awarded for each activity and the winning family will appear on Better TV and receive a $25,000 savings bond for their child’s college education.

Does your family have what it takes to win this challenge? Write a brief description explaining why, grab your favorite family photo, and submit to greenfamilycasting@gmail.com

Accurate Writing & More, 16 Barstow Lane , Hadley, MA 01035, United States

Save money with the Eaga ShowerSmart

To help you make savings, we’ve got together with Eaga to help give every home in the UK a FREE Eaga ShowerSmart device that works with non-electric showers.

Your Eaga ShowerSmart is great for your pocket, great for the environment and thanks to this government backed initiative, it won’t cost your household a penny!
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Create you own custom eBook for FREE – Great Wikipedia Resource!

I’ve just come across this great resource via The Social Media Guide. Did you know how easy it is to create an ebook with Wikipedia’s Free eBook Generator? Great idea for a personalised offer from your business or to your family and friends as it gives you the option to pay to have it printed and delivered.

Be Environment-Friendly Help Make This World Better

Disasters have brought in tremendous harm to most areas around the world. The earth is unwell and as time goes by the world is at its worst. I am sure you have seen in the news the numerous worst situations and catastrophes that required a quick aid from all of us as well as proper prevention for more unforeseen calamities that are about to arrive. Air and water pollution, oil spills, earthquake, flash floods and global warming have greatly caused enormous deaths in numerous nations. There are growing new, non-profit organizations that have been positively cooperating with the government to provide the required environmental services and remediation for areas that are afflicted by disasters.

Indeed all these non-profit organizations have been an enormous help yet it is not really enough to solve environmental problems or to have an immediate solution on the situation. What the world needs is the help of all individuals in this world. It is because in our simple ways we can help heal the world.

Simple ways to help make a change:

* Correct garbage disposal

* Recycling

* Avoid the utilization of air sprays as it can result in a great destruction in our ozone layer

* Plant trees

* Help save water and energy

We must not hang around for disasters to come about and suffer its undesirable effect in our planet. We need to try to stop it to happen the best way we could. I intensely motivate each and everyone to join non-profit organizations in their humanitarian advocacies since this can aid a lot not only the damaged areas yet as well as our loved ones and others who suffered unwelcome misfortunes.

Let’s help cooperate with the authorities in order to know what we can essentially do to assist for the remediation of our environment like providing the vital environmental services.

Actively taking part in eco-friendly activities is a tremendous help for the environment, for Mother Nature, for the entire world and for us human beings. We’ll not only experience a lot of friends yet reap the rewards of a clean, healthy and safe environment.

We’re here to pass on the news because some of us are not mindful of the real scenario of our planet. We’re motivating everybody to join in making this world a better place. With the suitable environmental services we can mutually help make this world turn out to be better while not worrying about unfortunate occurrences and outbreak diseases. Let’s make a change, get started in taking care of our surroundings. Begin in your own very simple ways.

Leo Bone is an environmentalist. He is a leader of a non-profit environmental services and remediation group. He agrees that environmental services can help save planet earth.

Mobile Phone-Charging Footwear: Walk (A Lot) To Speak

I truly want a pair of Orange Power Wellies, mostly so I could declare that I am wearing “wellies,” a term we just do not make use of enough on this area of the pond. But additionally because they’re very cute thermoelectric rubber boot footwear which charge your own mobile phone making use of warmth out of your feet. These can come in very handy whenever hiking, camping, or engaging in other activities that lend themselves to wellie wearing yet not necessarily to electrical power outlets.

U.K. mobile rider Orange teamed with green-energy company GotWind to create the shoes which feature an electrical-producing sole that converts feet heat straight into an electrical current. This particular “welectricity,” as they are calling it (geddit?), can be employed to recharge a cell phone, which you connect on to the top of the wellie for the boost.

The prototype Wellington boots will make their debut at the U.K.’s Glastonbury performing arts festival, an enormous open-air entertainment blowout which this particular year runs from June 23 up to June 27. A lot of festivalgoers camp out, making it a smart spot to show off a model eco-friendly kinetic charger. We hope we understood how much the Orange Power Wellies will cost once they hit the broader market.

We all can say for certain that twelve hours of stomping through the festival’s muddy grass with the boots will continue to keep your own feet dry and supposedly provide you with enough energy to charge a cell phone for one hour. Put simply, these wellies have been created for strolling–and you’re going to need to go plenty if you want to chat and text.

We have come upon other kinetic methods of charging gadgets, of course, which includes a “piezoelectric” rubber material out of Princeton and Caltech which generates electricity any time flexed and could one day locate its way into footwear which charge cell phones as well as other mobile electronic digital gadgets as the person strolls or jogs.

Regarding the particular Orange Power Wellies, power is collected by means of the so-called Seebeck consequence, in which a thermoelectric apparatus produces a voltage when there’s different temperatures on each side. The soles of the wellies have a range of semiconductor materials sandwiched between a couple of slim ceramic wafers; when warmth from the feet are applied at the top section of the ceramic wafer and cold is put on the opposite side (from the cold of the ground), electrical power is said to be produced.

This is not the first time Orange has conceived of sustainable technologies for that Glastonbury Festival. This past year, the business revealed a concept solar tent in conjunction with the opening of the actual event.

In case you definitely care about your future, be eco friendly. All of us could do this by choosing eco friendly products and participating in environment friendly activities. We only have one world to exist in so let’s stand up for this!

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