Green is in, but are we doing any thing?

It seems as if there is almost universal consensus that environmentally friendly policy is the rage, are we actually doing anything about it? An example: Payless has a line of shoes that are “green,” in that they use materials that have less of a footprint on the environment. The Payless shoes are still made in China, a country that has policies that are focused squarely on economic growth in spite of environmental detriments?

I am watching Meet the Press, and I just saw some commercials for NBC’s programming. The NBC peacock turned green and there was a lot of talk about green things to do. That’s all nice and good, but does it really show us if or how GE / NBC Universal is green, as the green NBC peacock clearly implied?

Green awareness is a good thing, but we should strive to go the full distance with our green intentions. In our goal to be more green, we need to extend the dialog to more completely address what it means to a good steward of the environment.


I’ve already gone green. I bought a re-usable shopping bag for a dollar at the grocery store. I don’t really use it for groceries though. In fact, I don’t really use it at all. Maybe I’m not completely green. Maybe a nice chartreuse.

For me, the biggest component of ‘going green’ is buying locally. Items produced locally have a much lower footprint because fewer dinosaurs needed to burn to get it to the point-of-sale.
It’s always baffled me how companies can successfully market items as ‘green’ when they’re shipped over from Asia.
Greenwashing hurts everyone.


I only eat organic vegetables, and rarely drive. I do consume quite a bit of electricity, but in Washington State, anyway, it’s mostly from Hydro. I am super green.

Here here.

Michael Cantkier

When I am done with my crib I hope to be 100% off the grid and growing a majority of my own food. I have a long way to go but I have an end goal in mind.

I’m doing my part by using tampons made of wheat and not shaving my underarms.

Paul, do you remember the days when you would throw a bunch of misc. garbage in the back of your truck and let it “accidentally” fly out on the freeway? And the time you put grass in the recycle bin because you thought it could be reused?

Actually I don’t remember any of that at all, and I believe there is no proof that anything of the sort actually happened.

I seem to remember that as well. In fact, it probably wasn’t more than a month ago that I last witnessed you throwing your fast food bag and drink out the window as we were driving. I could upload some proof to YouTube if proof is what you need.

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