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Marketing Renewable Energy Products in a deep recession 1° (1 reply)

I have owned & operated a Renewable Energy company marketing PV Solar, Residential-sized Wind Turbines, Solar water-heaters, and Ground Source Heat-Pumps for the past two (2) years. The first year went better than I anticipated and I made a fair profit. This second year has gone slightly better, but I ...

Started by Chris T. in July 2010, about Consumerism

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Kentucky Fried Chicken 9° (9 replies)

Massive excess packaging with a large dirty dye content thrown in, drive throughs 15 cars long Fatty as hell products Underpaid overstressed staff. KFC you have a lot to answer for. A fine example of rampant unchecked commercialism in our open society. My ultimate quarter pack will consist of. 1 ...

Started by John G. in June 2008, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food, Consumerism, Environment & Wildlife, Recycling, Transport

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Musings on science, religion, and Us 1° (1 reply)

I was listening to a lecture/conversation between Wes Jackson of the Land Institute and Wendell Berry this morning and the topic wandered to science and it's mandate. To paraphrase, science doesn't decide what's good, culture does that, within culture religion has largely had a monopoly on that word, that task, ...

Started by C Robb W. in October 2008, about Climate Change, Consumerism, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Food, Philosophy & Religion

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Adam Smith and a Steady-State Economy 4° (4 replies)

"Properly functioning markets allocate resources efficiently, but they cannot determine the sustainable scale; that can be achieved only by government policy." - Herman Daly Human beings are the strangest of creatures. We make observations about our surroundings or about our behaviors, these observations become cast into theory, and then these ...

Started by John V. in August 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Architecture, Consumerism, Economics, Energy Saving

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Green Bed 4° (4 replies)

Hello everyone, I'm on the hunt for a new bed and trying to be as clean and green as possible. Does anyone have any companies or products they would recommend? If anyone's bought a new bed recently tips would be appreciated. Many thanks, Annabel

Started by Annabel Youens in September 2008, about Consumerism

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Pets have to go? 16° (16 replies)

It is a topic that is near and dear to many people, but one that I find often ignored in conversations of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Should Rover go? The amount of natural resources used to feed, water, tend, and accomodate our domesticated pets is staggering. This combined with the ...

Started by Andrew Hunt in July 2008, about Consumerism

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Guilt mitigation 2° (2 replies)

There are a lot of small things we can do to appease our eco-guilt, but are they really effective? Guilt has a purpose: to tell us we're doing the wrong thing and help us correct our behavior. Unfortunately there seem to be far too many things we can do to ...

Started by Charles M. in January 2009, about Consumerism

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A couple of favorite quotes 5° (5 replies)

"Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a renaissance painting to cook a meal." - E.O. Wilson The green economist Herman Daly said we are treating the world "as if it were a business in liquidation". There are those among us, less and less thankfully, particularly in the White ...

Started by C Robb W. in January 2009, about Climate Change, Consumerism, Deforestation

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Home "tiny green remodeling"--what else is there? 8° (8 replies)

I've learned recently that in addition to buying products that are better for the environment (such as energy saving bulbs and biodegradable cleaning products), there are some things that homeowners can do to reduce the environmental impact of our homes. From a friend, I heard about installing grey water systems ...

Started by Lindsey K. in June 2009, about Air Quality, Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Climate Change, Consumerism, Design, Green energy, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Recycling, Solar, Water

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Make that old computer feel like a new one 1° (1 reply)

Apart from fashion goods, nothing in our society gets obsoleted faster than computers. Most computers don't die, they just get too bogged down by modern bloaty software to be as responsive as we'd like and this causes them to end up being dumped in favour of something a bit faster. ...

Started by Charles M. in March 2009, about Computing, Consumerism, Recycling

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