the toxic life

Its the end of week 4 and this week brought a rather startling realization. Before we jump into my week here are there 3 stories that made the interwebs a little more sustainable.

Bill of RightsThe makers bill of rights – the good people at released a bill of rights to safeguard consumer interest. A very interesting side effect of this bill is that it encourages REUSE a very important concept in the sustainable movement. This bill of rights shows the synergy that exists in our environment. (click on the graphic to view full resolution)

Urban Farming – Cuba is the biggest urban farming country in the world, with 90% of produce being grown in cities. The idea of urban farming has been around for a long time now, with successful implementation of the technique visible through out Asia and Europe. It is still rather rare in America, in my small attempt to encourage urban farming take a look at this brief article and picture (farming in a bank vault in Japan), click here and be inspired.

santiago morahan, diseno cartonero, sustentable festival, recycled cardboard design, recycled cardboard furniture, recycled cardboard office accessories, cardboard design, sustainable design festival buenos airesRepurposing Cardboard –  Overwhelming research data shows that average Americans are unwilling to accept “green” resources because they are unwilling to give up the convenience, utility, price and aesthetics of their current products. Here is an attempt by designer Santiago Morahan to repurpose cardboard (scavenged by garbage collectors) into functional, convenient, aesthetically pleasing and hopefully competitively priced cardboard eco-furniture. (pictured: cardboard lights)


As i said earlier, this week brought a startling realization. My hair conditioner could possibly give me cancer. Now its not because i insist on using some no name home brew hair conditioner. Quite the opposite in fact my brand of hair conditioner belongs to a very reputable company and can be found on every store shelf in America.

So how could it possibly give me cancer the answer can be found here just pick a personal care product from your collection and look it up on the site to get a full list of ingredients and their unique properties. Surprisingly all the major brands share a common set of ingredients and with it a common set of potential problems they can cause.

As it must be obvious i refuse to name my conditioner and the parent company because i feel that would be unfair focus on one product. Nonetheless take some time and try the website you will be horrified, guaranteed.

Here are the regular updates.

Unplug: The unplug goal goes very well, successfully turned off all the lights, chargers etc everyday this week without a miss. They all required an active thought but hopefully soon it will be second nature.

Buy Local: No shopping this week but there was an order of pizza from Pizza Hut though i did not check when ordering the box advertised all the products used were “all natural.” I am smart enough to know that “all natural” can mean anything but its at least nice to see them making an effort. Box did not say anything about local produce though 😦

Decline Plastic: Another no problemo, did not buy anything packaged in plastic and reused a glass bottle of tea.

I am going to try another week and if all the above three goals are going smoothly i will probably add another to the list. No such thing as too many good habits. 😀

until next time


p.s. – i continue to use my conditioner due to exceptionally dry hair and lack of financial resources to purchase a more healthy and expensive brand. i know its messed up.


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