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Bamboo hoodie


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Bamboo is a great fiber. It’s breathable, moisture wicking, naturally antimicrobial, soft as silk, durable, and comes from a fully sustainable source. They can even a make a nice looking hoodie out of the stuff!

This hoodie is 70% bamboo, 25% organic cotton and 5% spandex. Perfect for spring.
$42 / by ecodesignz @ bambooclothes.com

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

sunday sermon – are environmentalists wimps?


bicep_1.jpgThis is a guy thing — but why is it that anyone with a deep and abiding concern for the environment is often depicted as less than manly, effeminate or weak? Al Gore was recently attacked by that anorexic pit viper of the right, Anne Coulter, for being a tad rotund and Al’s fight to reduce global emissions has been characterized as both his greatest political strength and weakness. Environmentalists/conservationists are often characterized as “treehuggers”, greenies or impractical airheads. The Ed Begley jokes and references extend from here to Entourage. If you’re too green you must be a little too emotional, impractical, overly intellectual, most probably a communist or at least a socialist sympathizer, and if a dude, a fan of pedicures. Worse still you may be accused of caring more about animals than people.

I myself don’t care to be painted with the wimpy-green paintbrush. There are more than a few hockey playing, baseball loving, hard-driving enviro conscious guys out there who know which end of a gun is which but prefer to aim it at a target than some unsuspecting wolf in the Idaho forest.

Does everyone have to approach their greenness with the same level of intensity and dimension? The environmental movement extends from GreenPeace to Gandhi and everything in between. There’s plenty of room and respect in the green movement for vegans, animal protectionists, deer hunters, sustainability and fair trade supporters and animal rights activists. The world is changing, maybe not quick enough, but it is changing. So maybe it’s time stop the polarizing name calling and finger-pointing (we have enough of that in the political arena).

Not only doesn’t bullying earth-friendly people work anymore but if you push today’s environmentalist you just might get pushed back.

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How to Turn Green – a primer


earth_in_my_hands_1.jpgTrying to figure out how to become green, and knowing where to begin can seem overwhelming at times. There’s a very useful site, SEQL, that offers an action plan — a list of 100 Ways to Save the Environment available for downloading. If the list seems daunting at first glance take a deep breath, and step back. There are probably some items on the list that you’ve already covered, so check off those items. Doesn’t that feel better? You’ve already made some positive headway.

Now pick just one item to follow-up on. Once that mission is accomplished, continue to select one remaining task at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and our greener lives cannot be created overnight. To make it more fun or practical, you might want to enlist a cohort — friend, co-worker, or even one of your youngsters — to Turn Green as a team.

Where to begin? Try clicking here and printing out the list provided by SEQL. Make your friends green with envy. Maybe they’ll start turning green soon, too.

I’m in the midst of Item # 73 — those plumbing projects can be very challenging, but rewarding. Even feng shui philosophy says: leaky faucets means leaky finances too. And we can’t have that. So we’re tightening up, conserving precious water and creating better qi all at the same time. Spring’s around the corner, and a great time for new beginnings. Let us know how it goes.

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