Monday, August 07, 2006


Triangle- a positive magazine for positive people

This is a new magazine that is delivered to "over 10,000 homes and businesses in your area every month". It is very proud of the fact that it is printed on 100% recycled paper using biodegradable vegetable oil based inks, so much so that it declares it on the cover and then again in the editor's piece at the front of the magazine. I'm unclear why this magazine exsists apart from being a green (and seemingly new age) lifestyle read.
One article from The Green Grocers talks about company ethics.
Ecover is owned by the Sorensen group who own Group 4, "the world's second biggest security business". It is poor on environmental reporting and their are concerns with human rights abuses. As alternatives to Ecover products, Bio-D Toilet Cleaner and Earth Friendly are recommended.
Green and Blacks is owned by Cadbury's so that's now a no-go and if you thought that you'd be safe with Divine chocolate then think again as it is part owned by Nestle and L'Oreal. The best ethical choclate now is Plamil.
The Body Shop is owned by L'Oreal which has poor records in human rights and animal testing.
The piece finishes with the tough choices we all make when spending our money. If something is ethical but not fairtrade, travels thousands of air miles or isn't organic, where do our consuming priorities lie?
Some interesting websites include ethiscore and this blog from someone who rejected a consumerist lifestyle for a month.

This ecological thing brings a whole new dimension to shopping. Looking for bargains? “Try this one madam, it reduces your carbon footprint by 1%.” Obviously all very important, but isn’t just typical that I should be born into a time when it is the shoppers who are going to shop us out of a global catastophe! Shopping absolutely bores me to death. In times past one might have been called up to save the world from an evil dictator or asked to apply some clever technological fix, but no, an army of shoppers with cocked shopping bags confronts the forces of nature. I think it would be a pretty tough assignment to make a disaster movie out of it this kind of stuff.
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