Things You Should Never Buy

June 7, 2008

This is a list from of the things that you should never, EVER buy.

The original list can be found here:

Styrofoam Cups – Styrofoam isn’t biodegradable . . it stays in that landfill forever! Instead, buy cups that are recyclable or just buy your own reusable on-the-go mug.

Paper Towels – A waste all over the map. It’s money that you don’t have to spend, and trees that don’t have to be cut down. Buy reusable and washable hand and dish towels instead.

Incandescent light bulbs – They’re inefficient and waste energy in the form of heat. Try buying compact fluorescent light bulbs, which might cost a little more upfront, but last longer and can end up saving you $30 to $36 over the life of each bulb.

Conventional Household Cleaners – These products can contain hazardous ingredients such as organic solvents and petroleum-based chemicals that can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your indoor environment, positing a particular danger for children. The average American household has 3 to 10 of hazardous matter in the home.Instead, look for nontoxic, vegetable-based, biodegradable cleaners or make your own green cleaning products.

Plastic Utensils – They aren’t biodegradable and not recyclable in most areas.
Instead try using compostable food service items. Companies such as Biocorp make cutlery from plant materials such as corn starch and cellulose or carry your own utensils and food containers.

Disposable Batteries – Batteries contain heavy metals that can leach into the environment. Instead invest in rechargeable batteries and an electric- or solar-powered battery charger.

Bleached Coffee Filters – Dioxins, chemicals formed during the chlorine bleaching process, contaminate groundwater and air and are linked to cancer in humans and animals. Look for unbleached paper filters or use reusable filters such as washable cloth filters.

Industrially Raised Beef – Industrial cattle operations are energy-intensive, rely on antibiotics and an unnatural corn diet, and generate polluted runoff and large quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas. Limit your intake of beef and choose meat from sustainably raised, grass-fed cows.

Hair Conditioner – Many hair conditioners contain ingredients like sodium benzoate, benzyl alcohol and tocopheryl acetate that can be toxic or potentially carcinogenic. Try using natural oils like olive, safflower or jojoba instead.

Chemical Pesticides and Herbicides – American households use 80 million pounds of pesticides each year. The EPA found at least one pesticide in almost every water and fish sample from streams and in more than one-half of shallow wells sampled in agricultural and urban areas. These chemicals pose threats to animals and people, especially children. Buy organic pest controllers such as diatomaceous earth.
Plant native plants and practice integrated pest management and plant flowers and herbs that act as natural pesticides.

Excessively Packaged Food and Other Products – Excess packaging wastes resources and costs you much more. Around 33% of trash in the average American household comes from packaging. Buy products with minimal or reusable packaging or buy in bulk and use your own containers when shopping.

Cling/Saran/ Plastic Wrap – Many people don’t realize that cling wrap may be made with PVC. #3 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) leaches toxins when heated or microwaved and it is an environmental problem throughout its lifecycle. Instead store things in reusable containers.

Beauty/Body Care with Phthalates and Parabens – Phthalates are a group of industrial chemicals linked to birth defects that are used in many cosmetic products, from nail polish to deodorant. Parabens are preservatives used in many cosmetics that have been linked to breast cancer though more research is needed. Phthalates are not listed on product labels and can only be detected in laboratory tests. To be safe, choose products from companies that have signed on to the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

High Octane Gas than You Need – Only one car in ten manufactured since 1982 requires high-octane gasoline. High-octane gas releases more hazardous pollutants into the air, and may be bad for your car. Instead, buy the lowest-octane gas your car requires as listed in your owner’s manual. You can also try making your next car purchase a hybrid. Or ditch the car and take public transportation, ride a bike, or walk.

Teak and mahogany – Every year, 27 million acres of tropical rainforest (an area the size of Ohio) are destroyed. Rainforests cover 6% of Earth’s surface and are home to over half of the world’s wild plant, animal, and insect species. The Amazon rainforest produces 40 percent of the world’s oxygen.Look for Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. Try to reuse wood, and buy furniture and other products made from used or salvaged wood.

Farm Raised Salmon – Several studies, including one performed by researchers at Indiana University, have found that PCB’s and other environmental toxins are present at higher levels in farm raised salmon than wild salmon. Pregnant women, women of child-bearing ages, and children should be very careful when choosing fish due to high levels of environmental toxins including mercury found in many fish.

Anything Made with PVC – Polyvinyl chloride, used in everything from shower curtains to residential siding to toys and upholstery, sometimes contains phthalates (to make the plastic softer) that act as endocrine disruptor’s, which interfere with normal hormonal development. Buy products made with natural fabrics and sustainably harvested woods instead.

High VOC Paints and Finishes – Volatile organic compounds or VOCs can cause health problems from dizziness to lung and kidney damage and are infamous for polluting both indoor and outdoor air. VOCs are found in products including paints as well as finishes used for wood, such a stains or varnishes. There are now a wide array of low or no-VOC paints on the market. Look for paints certified by Green Seal, or look for natural paints made by green businesses.

Rayon – Developed and manufactured b y DuPont as the world’s first synthetic fiber, it is made by from liquefied wood pulp. Unfortunately, turning wood into rayon is wasteful and dirty, because lots of water and chemicals are needed to extract usable fibers from trees. Only about a third of the pulp obtained from a tree will end up in finished rayon thread. The resulting fabrics usually require dry cleaning, which is an environmental concern as well as an added expense and inconvenience.

Much of the our rayon sold comes from developing countries, such as Indonesia, where environmental and labor laws are weak and poorly enforced. There is mounting evidence that rayon clothing manufacturing contributes to significant forest destruction and pollution in other countries.

Peace and love



Job Hunting Strangeness, and The Plot of All Plots

April 30, 2008
So today was my job hunting day. Not too fun really. I hate work. Work sucks. I’d rather…well, do anything else to be frank. But my name’s not Frank, it’s Justin. And this is my note. 

I applied to a few different places, places that I would love to work, places that would hate to work but would be easy, and one place where I’ve worked before (not the same store) and felt, at times during that period, that I wanted to jump in front of a moving train. Only problem? There aren’t a lot of trains anymore.

One of these places was Green Earth. I love Green Earth (G.E – ‘Cause I’m cool and hip). It’s got rad stuff in there, all about Buddha and being happy with life. G.E (remember, that means “Green Earth”) even has figurines of fairies and dragons. Anyone who knows me will automatically know that I would love working there. SO. I went up to the counter, to ask quite possibly the most retarded question ever, “Will you take away my free time?” (I didn’t say it like that of course). Two girls, about 19-20 years of age were at the counter. I asked if they had any job openings.

And what happens next? Something that no employee should ever do. They proceeded to…

wait for it..

HIT ON ME! That’s right. I felt…well, actually for about 0.0067 seconds, I was flattered. Then it was awkward. Really awkward. So I ran. Not literally, though in hindsight, that might have been a funny exit strategy…

And just for laughs, and perhaps even more proof that more and more people out there need electroshock therapy, and 18 year old student in Chesterfield, S.C was recently arrested for planning on going to his school with a bomb, blowing the school and himself up, just so he could die, go to heaven, and then, KILL JESUS!

OMG! What the…what the…


I just had a mild heart attack. Wanna read the full story? Of course you do! Go here.

I miss my friends. I miss everybody…

Someone come to Barrie, and hang out with me…it sucks here.

Peace and love


What About Oprah?

March 10, 2008

So, the Vatican release a new list of the 7 deadly sins of our time. Below is the list.

  1. Genetic modification
  2. Carrying out experiments on humans
  3. Polluting the environment
  4. Causing social injustice
  5. Causing poverty
  6. Becoming obscenely wealthy
  7. Taking drugs

I agree with pretty much everything on this list. Except the “obscenely wealthy” one. I DO agree that being too wealthy and not sharing is lame, what about Oprah? This woman is super rich. SUUUUPER rich. Yet, she gives away tons of shit, gives to charities, helps people and everything. Is she still going to hell? The Vatican should edit this list a little bit more.

Maybe they should put “molesting children” on that list somewhere too…just a thought I had.

Peace and love


2 New CDs!!!

February 28, 2008

So, I’m in a really stoked kind of mood, as the kids are calling it these days. Actually, I don’t know if that’s what they say. I don’t know what kids say. As far as I’m concerned, I’m a kid still. So go me. ANYWAY!  I just received two new Cds in the mail today. 

First CD? Paramore, live from the Manchester Apollo. In all respects, this is for my girlfriend, but I’m gonna be stealing it quite often. ‘Cause, quite simply, Paramore is amazing. And you should listen to them.

Second CD? Jimmy Eat World, live from Manchester Academy in England. I haven’t even listened to it yet, and I know it’s good. I just know it. It’s Jimmy Eat World…how could it not be?

Anyways, my dog is looking at me with that longing, lovable look in his eyes that says “throw my green ball please” so I must be off.

Peace and love


Back To B-Dot, and 25 Important Questions

February 19, 2008

So, alas, the amazing weekend is over. BUT! I’m back in Barrie for only 4 days, and then it’s Reading Week. My final Reading Week to be exact. Plus, the 4 days are pretty easy, one being a day off. So basically, I’m a huge slacker in every possible way. Go. Me. Go.

I was linked today to a site/article about the 25 Most Important Questions in the Universe. Check out the list here. As always, basically being funny is it’s main goal, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Hopefully I get a new video up and going in a day or two. Maybe a compilation thing, of all my best videos. I love the kind of stuff. Anyway, Kevin Smith movies and green tea are calling my name.

Peace and love