The overuse and commercialization of 'green' is really starting to annoy the f*ck out me.

  • Timbales

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    May 16, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    Green green green green green - bull. Going out and buying all new stuff made out of bamboo raised on the other side of the world and shipped here is not eco-friendly.

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    May 16, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
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  • HereNBoston

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    May 16, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    I think its funny how everyone is advertising their efforts for being "green" and "Eco friendly." ... Target has 10 ways of reusing their plastic bags printed on the side of it.. Ikea decided to charge like 5 cents per shopping bag or something to get people to use less bags.. poland spring has been flaunting a new plastic bottle design that uses 30% less plastic... i guess we're supposed to be kissing their asses or something for all their efforts? *rolls eyes*
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 16, 2008 2:26 AM GMT
    Here in Kansas, "Greensburg", the city that got crushed by the F-5 tornado a year ago is to be a "green city".... I'm still not sure what that means. The rebuilding looks like a typical city, whats green?
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    May 16, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    My university is really into the "green" thing, though the school was originally an agriculture college so it makes sense. The cups and silverware in our dining centers are completely environmentally friendly. The silverware are made out of potatoes (though they feel like plastic) and our cups are made out of corn. My friend is a barista and she hates the cups because when you put hot water in it, they melt lol.
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    May 16, 2008 7:49 AM GMT
    Capitalism... *sigh*

    Would you like your eco-friendly organic oatmeal wrapped in plastic in a large definitely not eco-friendly factory somewhere in a cleared jungle now sir?

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  • Bunjamon

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    May 16, 2008 8:34 AM GMT
    I was talking about this the other day with a friend, that using "green" is now just a marketing scam.

    I say stick to shorter showers, recycling, and turing off the lights when you're not using them. Call it whatever you want.
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    May 16, 2008 11:23 AM GMT
    Oh, bosh, I've been green for years.

    I really should brush more.
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    May 16, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidHere in Kansas, "Greensburg", the city that got crushed by the F-5 tornado a year ago is to be a "green city".... I'm still not sure what that means. The rebuilding looks like a typical city, whats green?


    Just newer building materials that happen to have used less energy in their creation as well providing better insulation thus saving on energy costs. It's really just saying were going green by using a newer and more advanced building product.

    Might be a few solar panels or wind turbines. The latter has been springing up around recently.
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    May 16, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    Doesn't matter. Americans will believe anything they hear on television. I saw some coal ads touting the green virtues. Whatever.
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    May 16, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    it's not easy... being green icon_twisted.gif
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    May 16, 2008 2:06 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidDoesn't matter. Americans will believe anything they hear on television. I saw some coal ads touting the green virtues. Whatever.


    Cleaner coal icon_wink.gif

    They've also discovered that they can scrub emissions from coal plants with algae. The green stuff grows off the exhaust from the plant, reducing pollution and potentially providing an easy and less land intensive source of ethanol.
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    May 16, 2008 2:09 PM GMT
    My green pet peeve is people that don't bring their reusable bags to the grocery store. I love how the cashiers at Whole Foods always guilt people "Now you did bring your own bag today?"icon_lol.gif
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    May 16, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    For me, the "green" label (whether it is accurate or not) at least raises the consciousness of people to the fact that where a product comes from and where it ends up may be worth consideration.

    If concern about the future becomes fashionable, I certainly wouldn't start complaining.

    The national debt has indentured future generations. The least we could do is give them a healthy planet on which to toil.
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    May 16, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
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    May 16, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    I'm blue... if I was green I would die.
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    May 17, 2008 9:06 AM GMT
    I like the warcraft Orc version better:

    "It not eezie being gweeen!"
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    May 24, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    Well what did you expect? This is America! We commercialize this stuff here. I find it hilarious Tim that you're so surprised by it.

    Commercialization has benefitted the Green movement but it comes at a price. The price being, you get your message out but in return you sell the soul of your cause.

    That goofy Subaru commercial is my favorite.

    Get used to it, you'll have that.



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    May 24, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    I am with Carlos on this one. Any efforts at being green are appreciated and I will patronize a more green company over a less green one. Ya, a lot of it is a big fat scam (like new, high efficiency plastic windows) but with the world swirling in the bowl I am happy for any little change and marginal effect.
  • Timbales

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    May 24, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    My gripe isn't the push to be more conscious, it's the use of it as a selling tool for something that is not conscious.
  • Gabriel

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    May 24, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    There is a marketing term for this exact thing - it's called Greenwashing.

    see the Wikipedia definition:

    Greenwash (a portmanteau of green and whitewash) is a term that is used to describe the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. The term Green sheen has similarly been used to describe organisations which attempt to appear that they are adopting practices beneficial to the environment.

    Many companies do it, it's up to us, the consumer to do our research and look past the bullshit. Same thing as actually reading nutritional panels on what we eat.
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    May 24, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    What's not to love about it? An entire unassailable moral philosophy based only on meaningless buzzwords. All you need is a whiny catch in your voice, a finger pointing at the nearest plausible witch, and whammo: Instant moral superiority.
    Nobody can call you on the BS because it's all BS to begin with.
  • mcwclewis

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    May 24, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    Yeah. At Ruby Tuesday we decided to "go green."

    the ONLY difference is that we now ask if a customer wants lemon with their water, rather than just giving it to them, because less lemons means less shipping, producing, etc. which will save the environment. Just by lemons. Lemons are the only cause of pollutants in the world now.


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    May 24, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    capitalism is a pretty way of saying greedy. we take our shopping bags to all the stores we go to and usually get clerks asking us what shelf we found them on so they can ring up a price for them. they get confused when we explain and some stores they get fussy and irritable. "everything HAS to go in a bag!"

    we take our stuff out of the plastic bag they huffily filled and leave them there at the register ^_^
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    May 24, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    Trends crack me up. Pinkberry is a good example of how ignorant people can be. It has to be the single most vile slop I've ever tasted but for some reason especially in the LA area people flock to that puke in a cup. Same applies with all this green shit. I have hardwood floors in my home. I was ready to replace my area rugs. The whole concept of green friendly area rugs was so shoved down my throat it made the whole process completely annoying.