29 January 2011

Mr. Miyagi's Guide to Ethical Shopping

from "Ethical Shopper," 6/28/09

Over at Planet Green, Matt McDermott describes the approach to green shopping demonstrated by Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid:
  1. Is it reusable?
  2. Is it biodegradable and/or recyclable?
  3. If it's none of the above, don't buy it.
  4. Can you pronounce the ingredients? If not, stay away.
  5. How did it get here? Locally produced is best; after that, ship, train, truck, plane. (Recent studies, though, have shown that the impact of shipping is greater than was thought: More information here.)

Check out Matt's full post for details and commentary.