Category Archives: Causes

Regal Asses

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I read this article the other day and it kinda shocked me. I didn’t realize that my choice in toilet paper had such far reaching implications. I guess there’s more of that then we realize. We use so many products that we know nothing about (where they come from, which sort of labor is used, how it gets here, etc).

According to the Greenpeace website, it takes 90 years to grow a box of Kleenex tissue. It seems really ubsurd to me that we are cutting down 100 year old trees for tissue. In addition, their site says that Kimberly Clark (Scott, Cottonelle) refuses to use recycled paper in their products.

Greenpeace makes a pocket guide, to help you make a more responsible choice, but basically, just buy recycled. Believe me, trees are important enough to make the effort.

Aversion to the Inversion

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Yesterday a few friends and I spent our lunch hour at the clean air rally at the Utah State Capital. The rally was organized by the Davis County Community Coalition (DC3) and in support of  HB 393 which would put a two-year moratorium on new coal fired plants in areas of Utah that are already not meeting federal air quality standards.

My friend Cabot started chatting with a man who he suspected might be in the legislature. It turns out that the man was Rep. Barrus, the sponsor of the bill.  Cabot asked Rep. Barrus how far along the bill was in the process. Barrus replied that it didn’t really matter because the bill had done what it was designed to do, which was bring Consolidated Energy to the table to negotiate their use of petroleum coke as fuel.

According to this site (which I think belongs to DC3), petroleum coke is the waste left over from refining oil and the dirtiest fossil fuel available (much dirtier than coal).  Barrus explained that in the few days leading up to the rally,  Consolidated Energy made a commitment to not use pet coke if they continued with the plant.

While being considered a victory, the community is urged to keep an eye on plans for the new plant. If you’d let to get involved with the cause,  Utah Moms for Clean Air and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment welcome volunteers.

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One for One

I stumbled upon this wonderful company and their wonderful shoes.

For every pair of shoes that is purchased by a consumer like you, TOMS will give a pair to a needy child. According to their site, they have given 10,000 pairs of shoes to children in Argentina and another 50,000 to children in South Africa. Their goal is to donate 200,000 pairs globally.

Besides being a wonderful cause, the shoes are super cool. And they even have a vegan line.

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