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Helena on earth

Danish model plans to go (quite literally) green

Well, this certainly is an interesting way to show how green you are.

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Umbra on reusing bath water

Hi Umbra, My new (to me) house has a somewhat larger than standard bathtub with jets. I rarely have time for a bath, but last night took the opportunity to indulge. I had a nice soak, in water heated by solar energy, but then I had a tubful -- perhaps 50 gallons? -- of relatively clean water that I would like to use on my currently thirsty trees, the only way I can justify an occasional indulgent soak. How can I get the water from my tub to my trees without using a very awkward, cumbersome, and splashy five-gallon bucket …

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Truth in advertising

Norway bans generic green terms from auto advertising

This is funny and kind of awesome: No car can be "green," "clean" or "environmentally friendly," according to some of the world's strictest advertising guidelines set to enter into force in Norway next month. "Cars cannot do anything good for the environment except less damage than others," Bente Oeverli, a senior official at the office of the state-run Consumer Ombudsman, told Reuters on Thursday.

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The green gold rush

All the PR is starting to sound the same

As everyone with a pulse knows at this point, green is hot. Everybody wants a piece of it. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a new green website. Consequently, your trusty blog author is bombarded with roughly five kerjillion press releases a day. And that's a conservative estimate. What's more, the PR releases are starting to sound more and more alike. Let me excerpt two I got just in the last day. One begins: Hi David, Have you noticed that going green is the "new black?" Helping to save the environment was once reserved solely for activists, but …

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From Big Macs to Beauties

Do you believe in tragic? Pledge to fight global warming -- get a Big Mac? That's like handing out SUVs as a reward for taking the bus to work. Except with more special sauce. Frock hunter To honor her father's work wrestling crocs, snakes, and stingrays, 9-year-old Bindi Irwin will enter the jungle of the fashion industry and fight to keep her clothing line from going down under. Good luck, mate, and watch out for the vicious Bitchilus supermodelia. Photo: Serge Thomann / WireImage.com Living off the landfill In what we like to call Survivor: Landfill, a new British reality …

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Wal-Mart’s eco-initiatives turning Arkansas into sustainability hotspot

Attention shoppers: we bring you news of the latest sustainability hotspot, none other than Fayetteville, Ark. Green start-ups are flocking to town, the University of Arkansas has established an Applied Sustainability Center, and the mayor rides an electric bike to work. Why? Because of a certain retail giant whose headquarters lies half an hour away. Say it with us now: Wal-Mart. The mega-store's recent efforts to be green are apparently luring like-minded (and hungry) companies to the area, including ventures that are experimenting with non-petroleum plastic and fuel-efficient shipping. As a result, Fayetteville has begun to market itself as an …

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Inexpensive clothing industry has a big impact on the environment

That $5 T-shirt you're wearing may have been a great find for your wallet, but the impact of such thrifty threads is far-reaching. A globalization-fueled glut of cut-price clothing has inspired many consumers to think of their duds as disposable. It's a phenomenon some are calling "fast fashion" -- the apparel equivalent of fast food. Most fast fashionistas are oblivious to the downsides of the trend, including the energy-intensive, polluting process of creating synthetic fabrics; the fact that cotton fields are heavily water- and pesticide-dependent; the emissions implications of sourcing labor overseas; and the health effects on workers of processes …

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Coca-Cola announces big recycling initiatives

Speaking around gulps of carbonated, corn-syrupy beverage, Coca-Cola executives announced two environmental initiatives this week. By next year, the company plans to redesign its 20-ounce bottle to use 5 percent less plastic, and will open a gigantic recycling plant in South Carolina. Coca-Cola currently recycles or reuses about 10 percent of its U.S.-sold plastic bottles; the company hopes to raise that number to 30 percent by 2010, and has a long-term goal of not contributing to the U.S. plastic waste stream at all. But when can we expect to see Coca-Cola Green, hued with organic food coloring?

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Green celebrity hypocrisy redux

The L.A. Times covers the important debate over whom Laurie David should be dating

Gina Piccalo has a piece in the L.A. Times on the most vital issue facing the nation: green celebrity hypocrisy. It's far more thoughtful and less glib than most discussions of that subject. Still, by the end of the piece I was ready to jump out the window. Somehow taking a serious journalistic approach to the issue just reinforces the fact that it is a vapid, silly distraction. I'm embarrassed on behalf of the environmental movement. A few things I found remarkable: ... in June, [ecorazzi.com] landed some exclusive dish on the movement's reigning mouthpiece. [Laurie] David, "An Inconvenient Truth" …

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Frock hunter

Steve Irwin’s daughter launches Bindi Wear eco-clothing line

Bindi Irwin, the 9-year-old daughter of the late Croc Hunter (R.I.P., mate), has launched her own children's clothing line: The T-shirts, jumpers, swimwear, sleepwear, hats, bags and shoes carry environmental messages. The tags are made from recycled cardboard, the soles on the shoes are made with recycled rubber and 100 per cent of the profits she earns from the clothes will be used to fund Australia Zoo's conservation programs. The clothes are expected in Aussie stores in about six months, and may soon also appear in American department stores.

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