the gap–no, not the clothing retailer (btw, i’m wearing a gap sweatshirt), but ‘the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor.’ vanier wonders: ‘How big does it have to grow before there is an explosion? I do not know. What I do know, however, is that peace will only come as more and more men and women, more and more communities seek to bridge this gap. That is the hope for humanity.’
doha–‘A UN climate conference with nearly 200 countries has adopted an extension of the Kyoto Protocol through 2020.’ too bad canada opted, claiming we could do better. like what?
household chemicals–before the rise of the package-and-chemical industry, we used mainly water, vinegar, soap, baking soda, and for heavy duty stuff, borax. also elbow grease. still can, cuz when you buy a commercial product, you’re buying mostly water, with some perfumes, colours, and surfactants, stuff we pour down the drain. some of it gets cleaned up by our sewage plants, some of it kills fish and other fauna and flora in our lakes and rivers. click this picture too!
we don’t use too many products:
- natura ice melter from home hardware–‘Canada’s best known gardening personality, Mark Cullen’ says ‘I have not tried it, but I trust the brand.’
- our compliments greencare dish soap–‘tjkdlhb’ says ‘For scrubbing pots/pans I use baking soda… that got out marks I thought were permanant in like 30 seconds. I use our compliments greencare right now… it’s the best I could find locally.’
- greenworks from clorox toilet bowl cleaner–Evelyn Lee reported a few years ago that ‘The simple answer is yes. Green Works is a product that can, for the most part, claim truthfully that their product is 99% natural.’
- arm&hammer essentials laundry soap–when it first came out, naturalyst wrote ‘Unless the “perfume” is something vile and toxic, this may be a “green” product….its good news when a mainstream consumer products company puts out an evironmentally friendly, well-priced product.’
- spray ‘n wash resolve stain remover–ooopps, nothing green here. however, rosamond richardson writes in canadian living: ‘Natural, homemade stain removers can be extremely effective. Here are tips on how to remove stains from clothing, carpets, furniture and other household items.’ the david suzuki foundation has green cleaning tips too; and tips on stain removal, eco-labels, and cosmetics as well. bonus!
correction–BREAKING NEWS! ‘Government OK’s foreign bids for Nexen, Progress Energy‘ (not FIPA, yet) with china. this is still funny, if it weren’t so true.
with contributions by sh