From consumer society to maker society

Green (Living) Review

We have been brainwashed into the consumer mentality believing that whatever we need and want has to be coming from some shop of sorts, whether in bricks and mortar or in the virtual realm, and that making things that we need and want to ourselves from natural materials or, God forbid, waste materials, is something only for the very poor in other countries. children consumers DIY green living makers making do

German solar city (Sonnenschiff) produces four times more energy than it consumes

Green (Living) Review

If, in fact, we would change the supply in our homes and would, predominately, use the 12V DC produced by PV panel and small wind turbines, etc. The buildings are also built to Passivhaus standards, which allows the project to produce four times the amount of energy it consumes. If one would consider now adding to a settlement such as this methane gas production and the use of boilers fitted with Sterling engines further energy could be produced.

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Being an Eco Conscious Consumer

Green Living Ideas

As much as we all wish to avoid rampant consumerism, we are in fact consumers and must engage in that behavior to meet our needs. Being a consumer does not mean we need to have blatant disregard for the environment and world we live in however. When consumers care about the environment and make it known, so do the companies they hire and do business with. The post Being an Eco Conscious Consumer appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

6 Steps to be a More Compassionate Consumer.

Elephant Journal

Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Food Green Z ADMIN Food Featured Today Z ADMIN Green Featured Today factory farms GMO labels local produce vegan veggiesThe world of food and the food we eat can be confusing. With nutritionists, food industries, animal welfare groups and environmentalists telling us stories of super.

New report: American consumers want ‘Save the Planet’ over growing economy

Green Prophet

American consumers are more concerned about the planet than steady economic growth, new report. The environment should be an economic priority even if it leads to slower growth, and companies that fail to adapt their business models will face consumer backlash, according to findings of the latest ING International Survey. Many consumers say they already support a movement towards a circular economy by reducing, reusing and recycling products.

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The Fight Over the Right to Produce Your Own Food

Green (Living) Review

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) was initially formed to protect the rights of farmers and consumers to engage in direct commerce, and that remains a major focus of the organization’s work. In recent years, however, FTCLDF has spent an increasing amount of time and resources fighting for the right of people to produce their own food.

Green Consumers Rejoice!

Eco Friendly Daily

When it comes to purchasing eco-friendly items for your home, office, friends and family, perusing the aisles in local stores can be time consuming and confusing. has recently launched a new online auction and shopping website that only sells goods that have been produced without harming the environment. Green consumers have the ability to make worry free purchases without even leaving home.

Community Gardens May Produce More than Vegetables

Green (Living) Review

It has been shown previously that community gardens can provide a variety of social and nutritional benefits to neighborhoods,” says Cathleen Zick, lead author of the study and professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah. That finding was not surprising, as researchers had expected that spouses would benefit from eating food produced in the garden, and perhaps from helping out with the gardening activities.

Disposables, non-durables, soft goods, consumables

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Disposables, non durable goods, soft goods, and so-called consumables, are but different words, all of which have about the same meaning. Examples of disposables, non durable goods, of consumables are: Paper and paper products such as newspaper, magazines, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, wrapping paper, paper bags, post it notes, drawing paper, coffee filters, etc. Manufactures continue to produce the product because people continue to buy it.

Emefcy Funded to Make Bugs Produce Energy

Green Prophet

The organic material in the waste produces power and treated water. Rather than using conventional energy-intensive aerobic processes or methane-producing anaerobic digestion to treat wastewater, Emefcy claims that they can harvest renewable energy directly from the wastewater. Because wastewater treatment is itself an energy sink, consuming an estimated 2% of energy worldwide, this breakthrough is significant.

Erotic produce may seduce you into thinking “ugly”

Green Prophet

Larger supermarkets have – for years – refused to stock bruised or misshapen vegetables and fruit, in part because of government regulations, but also to appeal to persnickety consumers. The ban lift put most irregularly shaped produce on discount offers, frequently up to 40% cheaper then their prettier cousins. They can be sold as irregular, but must be labeled for “cooking,” not as “fresh produce.”

Vegan Wine Making Gains With Consumers

Eccorazzi

As a result, those not interested in making animal products a part of their diet may unknowingly be consuming some of the leftover fining agents. “Our driving philosophy has always been to let the grapes speak, with as little interference as possible, Daniel Schwarzenbach, owner of Blackenbrook winery in New Zealand told the site. &# We are able to produce vegan wine because of the design of the gravity-fed winery and the processes we use.&#.

Two Sides Targets U.S. Consumers With New Ad Campaign

Green (Living) Review

magazine and newspaper publishers to reach consumers with the No Wonder You Love Paper ad campaign. consumers, including 69 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, say they prefer to read print and paper communications rather than reading off a screen," says Two Sides President Phil Riebel. "For example, a lot of people don''t know that 65 percent of paper produced in the United States each year is collected and recycled or that there are now 49 percent more trees growing in U.S.

Dairy producers kill cows earlier to charge more for milk

Eccorazzi

Between 2003 and 2010, farmers could get higher prices for their cows if they killed them off before the were “finished” producing milk (by the industries standard). It’s not a reflection of consumers eating or drinking less milk products. There are laws in place to protect consumers and farmers from profiteering like this, but even the $52 million dollar settlement this suit claimed is nothing for them.

We must consume less. and this not just with regards to energy

Green (Living) Review

We have to consume less (and learn to make do with what we have) rather than wanting more and more and bigger and bigger still. The powers-that-be, however, governments, industry, et al, are trying to convince the people all that we must consume more, more and then still more in order for us all to live better lives. The best way to do something about our consumption is to buy well-made products and that wherever possible from local (as local as possible) producers.

Greenish glass is not putting consumers off

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Jars and bottles that have been made with mixed-color recycled glass do not appear to put off consumers, according to trials on supermarket shelves. Retailers have expressed concern that consumers might find glass with a slight colored tint off-putting but this research carried out by WRAP suggests otherwise.

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Green Consumer Day: Now I have heard it all

Green (Living) Review

A Green Consumer Day is, I guess, all we needed (like a hole in the head). According to the babble from the inventors, I guess, the annual Green Consumer Day is a day intended to build awareness around how even the smallest actions we take as individuals can help – or harm – the Planet. If you have a garden, create and maintain a compost pile to produce organic fertilizer from vegetable and fruit peels, leftovers, egg shells etc, and thus reduce the garbage that is thrown out.

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Food Waste: Are Millennials more Eco-Friendly than other Generations?

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Food Green eco-friendly Environmentalism food food for thought food waste green green consumer millennials ugly produceFood waste isn’t just the immoral issue our parents and grandparents claimed it to be while we were being lectured about starving children. It also has a huge environmental impact.

Green Building Perspectives: Consumer Electronics Association

Green Life Smart Life

For this week’s Green Building Perspectives, we spoke with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $173 billion U.S. consumer technology industry through legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.

Are consumers responsible for the BP oil disaster?

Green Blog

Bonus-seeking executives, corrupt politicians and oil-hungry generals all played a role, but they were only front men for the real villains – consumers. As consumers, we continue to depend on oil in various ways and therefore maintain the oil-hungry system that makes oil companies drill in deep water and undertake other risky activities. “[2]. In a market economy, it is consumers, not businesses, who ultimately make all of the decisions. Consumers aren’t equal.

Can We Grow Safe Produce and Conserve Nature at the Same Time?

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the 1970s, <1% of the foodborne disease outbreaks could be attributed to produce. The most recent estimates, however, suggest that fresh produce is now the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States, responsible for 38% of hospitalizations and 23% of deaths. Fearing litigation, lost sales, and sick customers, large produce buyers quickly created their own farming standards and enforced them by sending auditors to farm fields.

China buys Israel’s largest food producer putting Zionists on edge

Green Prophet

The controlling interest in the country’s largest food producing company, Tnuva, has just been bought by China’s Bright Food Consortium. ” How this Chinese acquisition may affect Israel’s largest dairy and food producer still remains to be seen. Everyone knows that China’s lax laws create products that smart consumers will not want to eat. Sensational food production issues in Israel are covered by Green Prophet.

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Consumer Consequences

The Green Changemakers

Welcome to Consumer Consequences, our interactive game designed to illustrate the impact of our lifestyles on the Earth. It's part of American Public Media's ™ special series, "Consumed," which explores whether the modern American lifestyle is sustainable in the long run. Stay tuned to this site for more "Consumed" content). Learn more about ecological footprinting or about the calculations that underlie Consumer Consequences.

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Wasting Less - A Consumer's Guide

The Green Changemakers

Consumer magazines and organizations can help you make an informed choice. Reuse plastic bags or containers from home for produce and bulk items. Be A Constructive Nuisance Manufacturers and retailers are sensitive to consumers'' preferences. You will reduce your garbage by over one-third and will produce an excellent soil conditioner for your garden. Reduce True waste reduction starts with, well, reduction, the first R.

Washington I-522: News from Organic Consumers Association

Green Living Ideas

Today’s Green News come from the Organic Consumers Association: Read on about 13 Lies about GMO labeling! and Washington’s own PCC Natural Markets all label their non-GMO product lines at no additional cost to consumers. Lie: I-522 is full of arbitrary special interest exemptions that will just confuse consumers. Lie: Consumers don’t need labels to avoid GMOs. A 2009 study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found GMO crops fail to produce higher yields.

Industry benefits from ‘Modernization of Pork Slaughter’ – not pigs, not consumers

Eccorazzi

To no ones surprise, the National Pork Producers Council is gung-ho for it, likely in part to the motion’s potential to increase hog slaughter capacity. The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) would allow FSIS to buddy up with folks in the pork industry under the veil that our pork supply needs more safety inspectors to keep consumers safe.

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Beware: Peppers, Pears and Grapes From Turkey Are Most Toxic Produce In Europe, Study Finds

Green Prophet

Fresh produce stands like this one are popular all over Turkey. Turkish peppers topped the list of “most contaminated” produce in the guide, with an average of 24 chemical substances found in the specimens analyzed. The Food Without Pesticides guide has not been translated into English yet, but when it is, many European consumers may think twice about where the produce they buy comes from.

Weird Nature: Is “Ugly” Produce the Next Big Thing at the Farmers’ Market?

Nature Conservancy - Science

That got me thinking: while unsprayed produce tends to be funny looking, funny looking food is “in” these days ! Unsprayed produce holds many surprises. ” The idea of a totally “natural” apple with no pesticide, no wax or dye, no anything should be appealing to consumers as well. Since unsprayed produce should reduce problems with soil degradation and water quality caused by pesticide use, that could be an appealing way to market it.

Uh-oh…pork producers are using robots to push their propaganda

Eccorazzi

But the real interesting part lies in the boards desperation to get people consume pork more regularly, as if the bacon-craze has somehow slowed. Pamela Johnson, director of Consumer Communications said; “We’re not only talking about special dinners or big parties. We’ve been warned about the possible side effects of artificial intelligence, but not this. Meat + Poultry reports that The National Pork Board has unleashed a pork bot on the world.

The National Trust reveals consumers need a leg up with farming knowledge

Green (Living) Review

Richard Morris, theNational Trust's Farm Manager at Wimpole, said: "Eating lambwhen it's in season ensures consumers can enjoy the meat at its best. Other results highlighted consumer confusion overhogget (a mature lamb between one and two years old) with only 16 percent of respondents aware that hogget is meat from sheep.

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Eat Root to Fruit – The Greenest Way to Use Your Produce

Green Prophet

Let’s look at more ways to utilize all edible parts of your produce – even onion skins. Egg shells must be cooked one way or another before consuming, to kill any doubt of salmonella. Avoid food waste and feel good. Take a look inside the vegetable bin in your fridge. Got a cauliflower in there? Let’s show you how to make two dishes out of one cauliflower. First, detach the leaves and put them aside. Not in the garbage – just aside.

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The National Trust reveals consumers need a leg up with farming knowledge

Green (Living) Review

Richard Morris, the National Trust's Farm Manager at Wimpole, said: "Eating lamb when it's in season ensures consumers can enjoy the meat at its best. " Other results highlighted consumer confusion over hogget (a mature lamb between one and two years old) with only 16 per cent of respondents aware that hogget is meat from sheep.

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Ethanol production consumed 861 billion gallons of water in '07

Green (Living) Review

According to a new University of Minnesota study, producing ethanol from corn requires about three times more water than previously thought. A gallon of ethanol, depending on irrigation practices, might require up to 2,100 gallons of water to produce. While, in areas more suited to corn production, it can take as little as 100 gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol.

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Go paperless, Go Green? Most consumers don’t believe it. It’s time for companies to quit saying it.

Green (Living) Review

Does is make good business sense to continue making unfounded claims about the sustainability of paper (aka greenwashing) if most consumers don’t believe them? June 19, 2013 - Two Sides Blog - As banks, utilities and other types of companies push paperless bills saying electronic communications are “greener” and “protect the environment,” results of a new nationwide poll show consumers just don’t buy those claims.

New, Less Expensive Method For Producing Ethanol Discovered

Eco Friendly Daily

Not only does using a food crop for fuel potentially limit the amount of land available for consumer food crops, it also has been criticized as detrimental to the environment. However, many wish to see biofuels produced from the waste of crops like corn, not the corn itself. The current way in which to produce cellulosic ethanol often involves enzymes which are expensive. Biofuels are a hot topic when discussing alternative fuel methods.

IBM Poll Reveals Consumer Trends Towards Green Power

Eco Friendly Daily

Do you know how the energy you use in your home is produced? In a continuing effort to research the consumer power industry and its trends in the next 10 years, IBM questioned over 1,800 households in six countries about their energy usage during July of 2007. Chances are great that you know which company you purchase your energy from, but most of us never call that company to ask where our specific energy is produced.

New research shows that despite the economic recession, consumers still place considerable value on sustainability

Green (Living) Review

Havas Media unveils Sustainable Futures 09, a research based framework that allows companies to measure, track and connect sustainability to brand value In one of the first indicators since the global economic downturn, Sustainable Futures 09, Havas Media’s new research and measurement framework, reveals that even during these challenging economic times, consumers are not losing sight of the importance of sustainability.

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50% of all Food Produced in the World Is Ending Up As Waste

Celsias

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food.

Pakistan to Produce Gas- By Burning Coal Underground

Celsias

As we start a new year, consider the miserable plight of the average Pakistani electricity consumer. With about 50 per cent less electricity generation capability than the actual demand, Pakistan's National Grid is facing more than a 5,000-megawatt shortfall in power generation, leading to blackouts in both urban and rural areas of the country.

How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer

The Green Changemakers

The story of a T-shirt not only gives us insight into the complexity of our relationship with even the simplest stuff; it also demonstrates why consumer activism—boycotting or avoiding products that don’t meet our personal standards for sustainability and fairness—will never be enough to bring about real and lasting change. He said it wasn''t efficient for Haitians to work on family farms to produce food that could be grown more cheaply elsewhere.

Nissan to start producing all electric e-NV200 van in 2013

EcoFriend

The electric version of NV200 is also being tested on European roads who are the greatest consumers of EVs. They are known to produce all-terrain lorries, vehicles, and vans. Surbhi Sharma: Going electric is the future. Many automobile manufacturers are inventing electric versions of cars to suit the urban needs. An all-electric van by Nissan Motors is being launched globally early next year.

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American Consumers Want Pink Slime Out of Their Ground Beef

Celsias

Yet many beef-eating Americans have been consuming this substance for decades. beef producers are cutting its production, and three major supermarket chains–Kroger Co., Pink slime. It doesn’t sound appetizing. Now, there’s such a controversy about the ground beef filler that several U.S. Safeway Inc., and Supervalu Inc—said they would on longer sell hamburger containing the product. What, exactly, is pink slime?

6 simple, pain-free ways to ditch plastics

Green Prophet

They stitched up simple bags from mesh netting that they take to local markets, insisting on using their lightweight, reusable alternative in place of plastic produce sacks. Sealife consume particles, which climb the food chain ladder, meaning we are eating chemical components of plastics, toxins which our bodies absorb. Design ban plastic reusable market bags reusable produce bags single-use plastics