The Better World
Posted on July 17, 2011
Today was a pretty normal Sunday. Woke up, hit the ‘Bucks, oatmeal, Trader Joe’s, run, dinner.
For dinner I combined these Koya organic soba noodles with some veggies and toasted sesame oil.
Made pre-run, and then packed it up for dinner later/lunch tomorrow.
For dinner, I put the noodles over a bed of organic arugula, broccoli slaw, and the last of my pea shoots. 😦
Right before dinner I ran a very slow four miles. It’s preeeetty, preeeeetty, preeeeeetty hot out (Curb, anyone?).
So a few days ago, my lovely friend Bridget (who will one day be president / take over the world), sent us a little care package. Over Fourth of July weekend she was telling us about the book The Better World. Since she is the coolest friend ever – she sent us a copy.
Summary: “This is the only comprehensive guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers available. It contains over fifteen years of comprehensive research distilled into a pocket-sized, shopping-friendly format, ranking every product on the shelf from A to F-turning your grocery list into a most powerful tool to change the world.”
It was so interesting reading about which companies are responsible, and which companies are big jerks. It ranges from egg companies to hotels. For the most part the ratings fall where you would expect, but there were some surprising ones.
For example, Aveda did really well in many of the categories such as cosmetics and hair care. I don’t feel like Aveda does a lot of marketing touting their environmentally friendly practices so I was surprised to see that they scored so high. Talk it up, Aveda! I’m impressed.
For the “20 Best List,” Seventh Generation hit the number one spot. The cool kids following are Method, Organic Valley, and Clif bar. “20 Worst List” #1 spot is awarded to Exxon-Mobil followed by Kraft, Wal-Mart, and Chevron-Texaco. To get the rest you’ll have to check it out.
I would highly recommend this book. It’s also in a pocket-size so that you can carry it around with you! See? Now you can know which of your favorite toothpaste companies have the highest disregard for social responsibility, and have paid the most to Washington lobbyists.
Thanks Bridge – you’re the bomb.com.
(Excuse my weird 7th grade compliment-slang slip. It’s 10:45, and way past my bed time. Night!)