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Ethical Consumption: “Being an ethical consumer in today’s world requires first recognizing that consumption is not just embedded in economic relations, but also social and political ones. Because of this, what we consume matters beyond the immediate context of our lives.” All of us want to do our part in helping the planet. In this piece, Nicki Cole gives a meaningful overview of ethical consumption, what it means, how to go about applying and living it, and some of the practical dimensions involved.
Hawaii Stays Beautiful: “If you’re heading to Hawaii, or any other tropical paradise, to soak up the sun this winter, you might want to leave the sunscreen behind. It sounds counterintuitive after years of being told to slather on sunscreen to protect our skin from dangerous UV rays, but now research is showing that human use of sunscreen could be seriously damaging tropical coral reefs.” Hawaii’s response to these new findings (ban the harmful sunscreen) is wonderful to see for at least two reasons: First, it helps to preserve priceless coral, and second, it helps encourage ethical entrepreneurs to develop sunscreen products that source more natural ingredients and components; proving once again that necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, an ethical, bio-friendly one.
3D Printed Food: “Imagine hitting a button on a machine to receive a blob of food tailored just for you, precisely calculated for your daily needs based on everything from your sweat right down to your genetic code.” So begins an almost breathlessly positive exploration of CSIRO’s “personalized fabrication of smart food systems” project. I’m all for innovation and research, but when we begin to operate in an atomistic and reductive manner – where we believe that the only value of a particular food are vitamins X and macronutrients Y – we deprive ourselves of an ocean of knowledge whose surface we have barely dipped. A siloed, disjointed view of the world is precisely the opposite of permaculture, which tries to understand synergy through interconnectedness. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. When things like 3D printed food blogs become the common food of humanity, the earth’s environment will be just another annoying inconvenience. And for fun, scroll to the bottom of the article and watch the short 38 second video there. What’s your answer to the question at the end? I know what mine is.
Masculinity and Gardening: “Gardening is gangsta: Mother Nature is gangsta. Being educated, creative and self-sustaining is gangsta. That whole concept was about turning a negative into a positive. If you want to be gangsta about anything, make it about building your community, sharing knowledge.” An interesting and concise profile about Los-Angeles-based community leader Ron Finley – worth a read.
In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute, ably curated by PRI’s editor, Jason Freibergs (thank you, Jason!):
- How To Make A Compost Water Heater
- Benefits Of Evaporation Fridges
- Maximum Unsustainability – The Worst Ways To Ride Your Bike
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That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have comment / reactions / a different point of view, please share below.
Cheers, and have a great week,