I’ve been working on a post about unschooling, but it’s taking a while, so for now, let’s take a look at some current happenings and other neat eco-stuff…
TerraChoice just released their new The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, which provides tips to consumers, marketers, and manufacturers about how to identify and prevent greenwashing. Something we can all use! Download the new report here.
In super stupid news, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law on Tuesday to ban happy meal toys in unhealthy kid-minded meals. The law will allow toys to be given away with kids’ meals that have, “Less than 600 calories, contain fruits and vegetables, and include beverages without excessive fat or sugar.” As I’ve said before I’m not on board with this sort of law. Parents, NOT happy meals are responsible for kids’ health. I’m seriously doubting we’ll see any positive results with this lame band-aid solution to the obesity epidemic. Sure I’m glad to see plastic crappy toys banned, but come on people, take some responsibility. Ever heard of telling your kid, “No, you can’t have that gross happy meal“? Like it or not, the new law takes effect on December 1, 2011.
Yet more news about how much tree rock. A new study from the Pacific Northwest Research Station in the US Forest Service shows that some large trees on a front lawn are associated with less property crime and violent crimes. In less awesome news, having many small trees around was found to cause an increase in property crime. Find out which trees best act like superheroes.
Some major companies are cracking down on BPA. According to reports, some of the world’s biggest food companies, such as Nestlé, General Mills and Heinz plan on removing the chemical Bisphenol A from their packaging. Not bad news, although some companies are holding out, claiming evidence about BPA dangers proves nothing, for example, Coca-Cola, who states, “Exposure to BPA through food and beverage packaging do not pose a health risk to the general population.”
CREATIVE GREEN IDEA:
the 5th Annual Holiday Ornament Swap hosted by freshlyblended just kicked off on November 1st. This is a cool way to create and receive lovely handmade ornaments, without having to head to the stores.
What’s new, green and cool that you’ve heard about lately?