Sep 16 2010

day 53 {new product #FAIL}

The other day while at my parents place I saw this ad on TV.  I can’t even begin to describe how frustrated this makes me.  Are you serious Kleenex?  Way to breed more germaphobes with weak immune systems, kill trees and produce more waste all at the same time.
Seriously.  Seriously!!  How dirty does one hand towel get after a day?  If you are that paranoid, then change it every day.  I don’t know of many people who only own one hand towel.  And anyway, I don’t know of many hand towels that get as grungy as that ad shows after just one day.
How does a product like this come about, in an age where so many people are trying to get away from disposable everything?
I could go on and on ranting about how utterly ridiculous this is.  But rather than listening to my aggravated babble, go here and read what this website had to say about it: Earths Friends, or just google “kleenex hand towels bad for the environment” and find many other people ranting about it like me.


Aug 15 2010

Day 21: Bikers

Today we went to my brothers place in Vancouver to pick up some old bikes of theirs that aren’t being used.  We plan on being eco-friendly biker dudes.  Umm…well….actually we just don’t want a second car, so Dave needs to get to work somehow. :)


Apr 4 2008

"Environmentally Sound, with Style"

Friday, April 24th, Vancouver Sun–My brother and his wife were featured in the “At Home” section for the house they recently renovated in an environmentally friendly way.

Environmentally sound, with style
Doing less sometimes means doing more for Mother Earth
John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

Everybody wants to do their bit for the environment these days, but it can be a bit daunting if you’re renovating. It’d be great to install solar panels on the roof, put in geo-thermal heating and dump your old energy-gobbling appliances for spiffy new eco-friendly models, but it’s darned expensive.
Still, renovating in an environmentally friendly manner doesn’t necessarily mean you have to install a waste-water recycling system or replace all those beautiful old wooden windows with double-paned jobs. There are all sorts of smaller choices that can add up to a big environmental impact… (read more)