As I was reading again about Gandhi’s lovely quote—“My life is my message”—and Weil’s sage advice on leading by example, I was thinking about how I always drain my daughter’s water out as she exits the bathtub. It’s just an unconscious, automatic response to what I’ve done my whole life. But how could I waste so much water?
I wish I could pretend that the following statistic surprised me, but it didn't. 77% of people who bought the new iPhone last week were upgrading the iPhone they already had. Apple has done the unimaginable: convinced people to throw away a perfectly good thing, in order to get a slightly newer version of that same thing.
This is an ode to my old cell phone, and to old cell phones everywhere.
I don’t mean, of course, to change them into the color green, like Irish Smurfs or leprechauns, but green in deed—that is, an eco friendly lifestyle. Every time I visit my own parents and witness the paper plates and packaging tossed away, my little heart frowns a little. Of course, it’s easy for me to recycle since my city happily comes to pick it up from my house and makes money off of it; it’s harder for my parents, who live in a more rural area.
I assume you've heard about the hair booms by now. Hair and other natural fibers like feathers and animal fleece are excellent at sopping up spilled oil. After the Deep Water Horizon spill, a non-profit organization called Matter Of Trust began collecting hair clippings to stuff into nylons, to make floating booms that would soak up the oil. But is it even happening? The information is conflicting, to say the least!
And that’s only the tip of the iceburg.
If you think these statistics are disheartening at best, you are right. I just finished watching The Story of Stuff, created and narrated by Annie Leonard. This twenty-minute video is essential for any consumer—particularly anyone living in the United States—to watch.
We're in the shoulder season now, the time when most of us have little to no climate control required in our homes. In the north, it's not cold enough to warrant turning up the heat. And in the south and east, it's not hot enough to turn on the AC.