Mateo

Where I Live:
The Big Apple
My Green Pet Peeve:
I tend to end relationships with girls that brush their teeth while leaving the water running!
My Website:
http://greenyour.com

Did you know?

Seven million tons of CO2 would be saved each year if all US computers and monitors were turned off overnight, thereby allowing the nation to shut down eight power stations.
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Mateo's Comments

yes!!! the farms are coming back! we are starting to invite people from brooklyn/nyc to start an organic farm in harriman, ny (1.5 hrs north) check it out here... its just getting started.
http://anandaharvest.wordpress.com/

also, i love how suburban lawns will re redefined by farms and might be the solution to our urban sprawl.
http://happyhealthybalance.blogspot.com/2009/08/edible-estates-attack-on-front-lawn-by.html

bubbly girl. maybe you should find a new boyfriend who is aligned with your taste and values. ;)

great upside to the economic downturn! but not sure i share the sadness behind the reason. i rather see people shopping less, than recycling more... just my take. ;)

wow 4kids! sounds like a horrible story. you often get these "green companies" forgetting to be "good companies" first and foremost. if we get more customer complains about Sunshine, we'll be sure to take them off GY.

rosieo, this is an incredibly valuable point. not all organics are equal! and the USDA label is not the #1 authority in non-food items. for people who wish to find truly organic products (beyond crop-based materials used for the product) they would need to look for organic certifications beyond USDA. same will go for cosmetics, personal care products, etc. thanks for sharing your knowledge on gy! any products that you think should be added to this list?

hey bw, thanks for pointing those out! we have terracycle on our site (BIG FANS!) but had no idea about usedcardboardboxes!! brilliant concept! thanks for sharing and keep greenin'!

ouch. sorry to hear that, Lou. if we get other user complains about this company, we will be sure to take them down. Before being green, companies need to be good!

alanh, thanks for pointing this out. we checked out furisgreen.com and did not find it credible/objective enough to use as a resource on our site. however, we also looked into the stat and it does seem that the embedded energy study is fairly dated and we will update this section. ultimately, depending on a consumer's values, fur could be more sustainable than petrol-based synthetics.

if someone knows of a great study or website that settles the fur vs synthetic issue (from an LCA standpoint) please bring it to our attention! thanks.

thanks ethical single for the excellent recommendaiton! we have reviewed your site and have added ethical to our list of eco-friendly online dating. cheers.

Haldane, thanks for that valuable contribution. it does look like the 7% figure is dated. the most credible figure i can find is 3.3% (contribution of aviation sector to global warming) published by WRI and IPCC. check out the link here:

http://www.wri.org/chart/us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-flow-chart

also, great to know that enviro.aero is engaging the public to discuss all the issues surrounding the industry and the solutions ahead!

Haldane, thanks for that valuable contribution. it does look like the 7% figure is dated. the most credible figure i can find is 3.3% (contribution of aviation sector to global warming) published by WRI and IPCC. check out the link here:
http://www.wri.org/chart/us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-flow-chart
also, great to know that enviro.aero is engaging the public to discuss all the issues surrounding the industry and the solutions ahead!

hopefully you don't set the shower timer to 99 minutes!!

how bad is Teflon? this from the Environmental Working Group:

    

“In new tests conducted by a university food safety professor, a generic non-stick frying pan preheated on a conventional, electric stovetop burner reached 736°F in three minutes and 20 seconds, with temperatures still rising when the tests were terminated. A Teflon pan reached 721°F in just five minutes under the same test conditions (See Figure 1), as measured by a commercially available infrared thermometer. DuPont studies show that the Teflon offgases toxic particulates at 446°F. At 680°F Teflon pans release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses. At temperatures that DuPont scientists claim are reached on stovetop drip pans (1000°F), non-stick coatings break down to a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene.“

i like the idea of buying big bottles of everything and using small glass bottles to refill. whether it is my shampoo or laundry detergent, it really reduces the amount of small packaging getting thrown out... if we could only get our refills at the supermarkets!

hahaaa... "but be wary of flushing with less than one gallon."

this is true! you don't want to get greedy with this tip. but i've done this at home and it feels great to turn your old-school toilet into a modern low-flow!

some additional facts i read on Fortune (issue may 12, 2008)
- the size of the US plastic bag industry is estimated at $4 billion/year
- 28 cities in the US ave proposed laws restricting the use of plastic bags
- Bangladesh and Taiwan have banned plastic bags!
- San Francisco now requires retailers with revenues over $2 million to offer only compostable or reusable bags
- 2% of plastic bags used in the US were recycled in 2006 according to the American Chemistry Council.

Good point, Soyka. Vegan/veggie pet food tends to have similar benefits as vegetarian food for humans. Meat is substantially more carbon intensive. And dogs, although they are omnivores, can survive just fine from non-meat products. So you might as well make a low carbon choice for them!