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Ten Things (for a good green start)

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Tao, Carrboro, NC

With the flood of green news and ideas out there and growing, it can at times be hard to keep your priorities straight as a consumer. Here’s a quick glance cheat sheet from

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY: styrofoam anything, paper towels, bleached coffee filters, teak and mahogany, chemical herbicides/pesticides, chemical household cleaners, PVC plastic toys, plastic utensils, farm-raised salmon, rayon

8 BODYCARE TOXINS TO AVOID:  mercury/thimerosal, lead acetate, nanoparticles, placenta, hydroquinone skin lightener, phthalates, petroleum by-products, fragrance

10 FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS TO LOOK FOR:  tea, chocolate, bananas, sugar, rice, vanilla, clothing, wine, olive oil, coffee

10 OF THE WORST CORPORATE CRIMINALS TO AVOID:  Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Monsanto, General Motors, Dominion, Citigroup, Shell Petroleum, McDonald’s (To learn what they are doing wrong – and how you can stop them – go to, click on Responsible Shopper.)

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BUY GREEN:  Paint (no or low-VOC), paper, light bulbs, appliances (Energy Star), fruits and vegetables (organic, local, in-season)

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