Greenwashing Your Garbage

February 14, 2009 by Guest Blogger · 2 Comments
Filed under: Ecopolitics 

By Brian O’Quinn

With the growing awareness of our negative impact on the environment, many find peace of mind in consuming recyclable and biodegradable products. Whether picking up dog poop in a corn-resin, biodegradable bag or buying an iced latte in a plastic cup, bound for the recycling bin, you may begin to view trash as something sustainable.

Reduce, reuse, recycle! This EPA slogan describes the hierarchy of importance in responsible waste management. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to throw your “recyclable” waste into a bin than it is to reduce your consumption or go out of your way to wash and reuse. Some people may save plastic grocery bags and feel good about “reusing” them to fill with more trash, but I seldom observe people going out of their way to reuse anything. Recycling, the least effective method of waste stream reduction, is inevitably the most convenient in a culture where convenience is king. Read more


August 5, 2008 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Ecopolitics, Immigration 

During the first three decades of the 1900s there was an intense ecological movement in Germany. It was a movement of youth that promoted a return to the land and opposed industrialization’s damage to the earth. They were called Wandervögel or in English “wandering free spirits”. They practiced and idealized a lot of the same things as modern day environmentalists. But what ultimately became of this movement would horrify most of today’s environmental activists.

Most of these read more