World Wildlife Federation fails luxury brands in “eco-test”

29 11 2007


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A dispatch.

Today, the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) “graded” the top ten holding companies for luxury brands – including Bulgari, Coach, Hermes, L’Oreal, LVMH, PPR, Richemont, Swatch, Tiffany and Co and Tods – on “a scale of A+ to F for their environmental, social and governance performance and what non-governmental organisations had said about them”.

L’Oreal was handed a C+ while the majority of the brands got Ds and Fs. Read the rest of this entry »

Five ways to have an eco-friendly, sexy and tree-loving Christmas

28 11 2007

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Ah, Christmas: it’s the perfect season to be merry, bright and green. But it’s not always easy telling your rosy-cheeked in-laws or your office colleagues, their hands brimming with glossy, yet unsustainable, paper-wrapped gifts, on why you opted to give them local wine wrapped in a burlap sack (“oh, but it’s chic and reusable”). Read the rest of this entry »

Now This: paper made from panda poop?

26 11 2007

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A dispatch.

Outpost Magazine recently published a story about recycling panda poop into paper. Seriously – now THIS is recycling! Panda’s eat massive quantities of bamboo, and lots of it comes out the other end as fiber-rich excrement. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon’s Kindle signals paper-less books and… eWaste?

23 11 2007

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This is cool. Here’s what we tree huggers at Green Printer thought when we heard about the new Kindle, a kind of an iPod by Amazon that could replace your paper books, magazines and newspapers: “woo-hoo, no more trees to make books!”

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos called the gadget, “the most important thing we’ve ever done” which got us thinking that he probably wants to protect all those Amazon rainforests just like us… Read the rest of this entry »

Fake Plastic Trees? Transgenic trees to become an “easier” source of ethanol fuel

22 11 2007

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A dispatch.

Radiohead may be able to touch the fake plastic trees they sang about in the 1990s in the coming years.

The New York Times recently reported on how a group of scientists out of North Carolina State University are looking to turn trees into new energy sources using a controversial genetic engineering process that reduces the amount of lignin, a chemical compound that interferes with efforts to turn the tree’s cellulose into biofuels like ethanol. Read the rest of this entry »

The 3 Commandments of a Top, Green Blogger (and Digg-er)

21 11 2007

A dispatch.

According to The Daily Green featured video clip of top green digger, Andrew Sorcini a.k.a. Mr. BabyMan (he cautions others not to let their girlfriends choose their online nickname), it takes unwavering commitment or, if you like, borderline obsession, to become a top green blogger, or more accurately: a top, green Digger.

Whether or not you agree with his sense of humour, Sorcini is on top.

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Just another silly “Save Trees. Print only when necessary” email signature?

20 11 2007

Video: UNEP – Amazon Deforestation in Google EarthA dispatch.
We’ve become a letter-writing society.Sure, our 16th century relatives may have written and sent a couple of hand-written letters to their loved ones via “dove” (the bird, not the soap brand), it’s us that have set the bar for most letters – electronic ones – sent in world history.

In fact, it’s estimated that 97 billion e-mails whisk through cyberspace every day. And according to GreenPrint Technologies, despite 20th century predictions of a paperless office, Americans use enough sheets every year to build a 10-foot-high wall that would stretch from New York to Tokyo and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Lynda Pasacreta leads the Better Business Bureau’s green initiative

19 11 2007


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Dispatch from the Better Business Bureau of Mainland B.C. (BBB) and Green Printer.

This past week, Wal-Mart’s “gone green” story flaunted the pages of CNN Money and scores of other major outlets. While the mammoth retailer’s CEO showed visible concern (is that a twitch we caught?) with the results of its environmental audit – which came out as a ‘mixed bag’ – analysts around the world begged the question, “has green become the new black?”

Increasingly, that answer is “yes”.

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IBM’s toxic, chemical ink dumping seeps into upstate New York country club

16 11 2007


Toxic inks dump in Lagos, Nigeria, 2007

For many, printing comes across as an environmentally benign industry – just how harmful can cartridge inks and paper be? This week’s investigation from the Press & Sun Bulletin (Birmingham, New York) suggests a darker story about the negative human health effects of traditional printing industry inks. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t make the “naughtiest” corporation list: save endangered forests, use greener paper

15 11 2007


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A dispatch.

Today, Forest Ethics named Sears the naughtiest tree-cutting company of them all, sending out an estimated 425 million catalogs a year – that’s about enough to give each person in the U.S. six catalogues about flannel pants a year – including 270 million Lands’ End catalogs, with paper that comes from endangered forests. Read the rest of this entry »