ethical gifts + sustainable giving + holiday ideas

It’s that time of year again – consumerama-mania. Now I’m not about to say getting gifties isn’t awesome, but getting things you won’t really want or need is so not on. So in an effort to ensure your thoughtfulness is a big hug for the planet, I’ve got some great ideas. Gifts of Hope
Plan Canada and other charities let you buy things like goats, school supplies or even train teachers. What could be nicer than honouring your favourite teacher by helping other people learn. Sure beats getting them more scented candles or picture frames. Bet they already have enough.
Also – Tony from ethical ocean passed on this link which helps you buy green, sustainable products. EthicalOcean And finally, when you are wrapping things up, try newspapers, or use giftbags or even fabric scraps or tea towels that can be reused or recycled. Love people + the planet. Happy ethical holidaze!!!

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food inc. + environment + health + planet

Food Inc. was completely incredible shocking informative important! Wow! I knew that the concept of factory farming was bad, but the level of invasiveness, insidiousness and outright control on the North American diet is ASTONISHING.

Some stats to chew on – there are 47,000 products in the average supermarket. 90% have corn in them!
Cows are fed corn to fatten them up – when they should be eating grass! Being a butcher used to be safe and prestigious job back in the 50s. It’s now one of the most dangerous jobs there is and often done by exploited, undocumented workers since no one else wants to do the dirty work. Factory chickens are raised in five weeks, so quickly their bones don’t form and they can’t support themselves.

And on and on and on.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS is WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE this. Buy local. Buy in season. Buy organic. Don’t eat fast food. Processed food. Packaged food. Your body and your planet deserves so much more.

environmental action

Another shout out to my tweeties who send me great ideas for being a better me.
This one goes to Amanda Golding in the UK for her groovy action in action blog.
Because if not us, who?
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environmental activism

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A shout out to my boyz matt and chris for this new eco-blog. The Green Press is a forum for all things eco-visionary. “voices for a green planet”.
check ’em out

activism + petitions

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Word of the day SLACKTIVISM. So wish I came up with it. It’s making yourself FEEL like you’re doing something to make the world a better place by forwarding an email or signing an online petition or sumthing.
But all yer doing is giving it up to e-pirate marketeers on the high-eeeesss ready to ambush you with stuff you may not want or likely don’t care about. I didn’t know this, but the only real petition is a REAL petition – old skule with paper and signatures and addresses. So it does take more to be more, but isn’t it work it?
In case the link is still wonked out….this is the URL http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp

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