Posts Tagged ‘consumer guides’

Great collection of green burial info

Ah, good old Grist.  Too often lost in the modern online cacophony, I’m always grateful for the bits of their work that float to the surface of my info-stream.  This one tackles an asset that totally blurs the tangible/personal line, your own body.  Resilient investing tend to lump most of the body-related stuff into the “personal assets” row: health, career, learning.  But once we die, well, our body gets pretty darn tangible for our loved ones, and this Grist piece, Find out how you can reduce your footprint even after you’ve kicked the bucket, is a great primer on what to do—and what not to do—with your tangible remains.  As they set the stage:

As the sole species responsible for filling the oceans with plastic, pumping the atmosphere full of pollution, clear cutting the world’s forests, and bringing about what could be the sixth great mass extinction, it’s perhaps fitting that when we die, we turn our own corpses into toxic flesh bags that ensure ecological damage for years and years to come. It’s as if someone dared us to come up with the most environmentally harmful burial practices imaginable, and we dutifully complied, stopping just short of strapping vials of radioactive waste to our chests on our way to the grave.

Okay, you got my attention!  So what are my options?  Well, for starters,

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A Wide Variety of Consumer Guides from EWG

Environmental Working Guide has done its homework in producing practical, helpful consumer guides that research and rate numerous everyday items, including beauty products, hair/teeth/skincare, sunscreen, baby products, seafood, lighting, etc. These searchable databases include a wealth of information to help people purchase or use healthier products and foods and avoid the same with unhealthy or even toxic ingredients. See guides.

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Fair Trade certified products features information on the fair trade issues for several key product categories, and links to Fair Trade organizations in many countries around the world. Their affiliated US partner is Fair Trade America, whose website includes a list of several dozen Fair Trade certified products available here.  Another US group, Fair Trade USA, split off from the international group several years ago, and its site features a much larger list of products bearing its own certification label; see FairTradeUSA product guide.

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Green Seal products and services

Green Seal develops sustainability standards (based on life cycle) for products, services and companies. Green Seal offers third-party certification for those that meet the standards. The website includes a searchable database that can be filtered by type of product, broader categories, and manufacturer, as well as keywords. Green Seal also certifies lodging properties, cleaning services and restaurants. See website.

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ULE 880 sustainability standards for manufacturers

ULE 880 sets compliance standards in sustainability for manufacturers. A searchable database lets consumers or investors see what companies have certified products. The database offers the ability to search by manufacturer/brand, product and sub product, specific sustainability standards, and sustainable standards. See database.

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