How Green Are The Products By Tom’s Of Maine?

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Claire Burstein, a writer for Elephant Magazine wanted to know, just how green is that all so familiar brand Tom’s of Maine. Which we here at G Living thought was a fair question. For us, Tom’s is a giant of a brand, similar to what Crest is to the rest of America. So, we thought we should share with you, the answer Claire came up with.

Following article is by Claire Burstein, originally published by elephantjournal.com.

I imagine that many health conscious folks out there naturally reach for Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. It makes sense, right? It’s so readily available, it’s in health food stores and supermarkets alike, it looks good, it tastes good, it’s “all natural” and everybody’s using it. Why wouldn’t it be a good thing? Well, there are some things you should be aware before you buy Tom’s of Maine products again. I used them regularly, until a teacher clued me in on some important details. I was a bit shocked at the vehemence with which he bashed Tom’s of Maine. I’ll spare you that energy. What I would like to do is pass the knowledge on to you and point you in the direction of an alternative.

Firstly, the word “natural” is used quite loosely in the health and beauty industry. Everything on this Earth once came from nature. Even “synthetic” things come from petroleum, which is a natural thing. There are plenty of harmful substances that are sourced from natural things. And there are things directly from nature that are very harmful to humans, such as mercury and snake venom. So, beware of the word “natural”. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Los Angeles Housing Market Is Crashing But L.A. Weekly Finds The Real Disaster

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These days you can’t turn on a TV, open a paper or hit a news site without seeing something about the housing crisis and the banks going belly up. It all sounds so bad, most of us feel like closing our curtains and hope this crisis doesn’t come our way. That might work for Paris Hilton, but for the people who where already on the edge, this crisis is rolling right over them.

Los Angeles and California are in the middle of their own budget crisis and all those people relying some kind of assistance are in real trouble.

Here are some numbers from L.A. Weekly:

  • Minus 78 percent (yes, -78%): That’s the latest massive drop in the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, slashed from $45 million in last year’s city budget to just $10 million this year.
  • 49: That’s L.A.’s bottom-of-the-barrel “housing affordability” rank out of 50 big American cities, with San Francisco ranked last, according to a 2008 survey by San Francisco nonprofit SustainLane.com.
  • $962: Last year’s average cost of renting in Los Angeles, 43 percent higher than in 2000.
  • 10,000 to 14,000: The dwellings built in each year of L.A.’s just-ended boom, mostly in dense, multistory, “luxury” complexes.
  • 330: The number of “affordable units” constructed each year, on average, during the same period, from 2003 to 2006.
  • 7,369: The number of affordable units lost during the same period, mostly through conversions to luxury units but also demolitions related to new housing.
  • 13,713: The net number of rent-controlled apartments and houses lost between 2001 and 2007 to demolition sparked by new construction and, even more often, to condo conversions sparked by the housing bubble’s rush to home ownership.

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BPM G | Green Lifestyle Through A Different Lens

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While living green means making healthier choices for ourselves and for the planet, living “G” is about so much more. As the definitive voice for the modern urban human, the latest collaboration of G Living and BPM magazine takes you up close and personal to the latest in sustainable architecture and brings you functional, sleek and affordable gadgets that will take you beyond the ever-growing edge of off-the-grid living. And that’s only on the first few pages.

It’s beyond in-your-face. It’s in your life. And it’s within your grasp.

For example, did you know there was a company in Venice, California that produces ecologically based sports gear? Arbor Sports rocks everything from the waves to the slopes with natural materials like sustainable bamboo and koa. Not only do they manufacture the hippest, cleanest looking boards and accessories, they guarantee that your inward heelflip will have a conscience.

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Media Watch | Virtual Bike Lane Created With Lasers

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CrunchGear posted about a concept product which would generate a virtual bike lane using lasers attached to the riders own bike. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Media Watch | Ground Breaking For The Largest Solar Plant In Middle East

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Inhabitat today is reporting The super sized green future city in the middle east, Masdar, is breaking ground on the largest solar plant in the region. The solar plant is expected to reduce 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city is being designed by Foster + Partners which have a goal to design the worlds most sustainable city. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Media Watch | Polls Showing Americans Losing Interest In Green Issues

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New York Times today is reporting on a new poll that suggest Americans are less concerned with Global Warming and environment issues.They are preoccupied by the economy and the election of President Obama. Lets hope this effect doesn’t last. The worst thing we could do now, fall back into a non progress position about the environment and the business and technologies we need to become a green planet. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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Media Watch | Western Tree Deaths Blamed on Global Warming

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New York Times today is reporting on a new study that finds rising tempatures and drought are causing trees in the West to die at more than twice the pace the did a few decades ago. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Media Watch | Bloated, Semi Green, New American Showcase Home In Vegas

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I don’t read Popular Mechanics very much, but seems like they are dabbling in green topics these days. Which is great, really, but they always seem to have a little edge about the subject. This latest green article is about a Monster Size Adobe semi-green house, which is the show case house at the New American Home Show. Popular Mechanics writer Harry Sawyers, doesn’t like the house, not because of the green details, but simply because it’s a bloated 8,000 sqft home, advertised as green.

I think Harry is missing the positive side of the bloated house. Yes, it’s big, fancy, expensive, but how is that any different than all the other bloated houses out there? At least now people who own a house like this, also want to buy green mass amounts of Green Stuff. See what I mean? More they want Green, the faster we all head to a green future, in our stylish, fancy, super green, petite houses. So, more power to the bloat house people! Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

A Real Life Whale Super Hero Hayden Panettiere

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Upon seeing a website called “Panettiere’s Closet”, I thought the young actress/activist was planning to make an announcement about her personal life. But according to my favorite news source, Star Magazine, it seems the “Heroes” hottie and Milo Ventimiglia are still going strong.

So, what exactly is in Hayden’s closet? Items she’s worn to award shows (and some still-wrapped items she hasn’t) that she’s selling to aid her “fight to raise awareness about the threats dolphins and other whales face worldwide.”

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The Greenback Effect & Letting the Market Take Care of Global Warming

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Growing up in a capitalist society, it’s hard to understand that some countries don’t rely on markets to make economic decisions.The Soviet Union’s collapse was due in a large part to relying on the government to make all the economic decisions. Well that and the fact that the government owned everything, basically making slaves of their population. But giving all the keys to the corporations isn’t the answer either, which has been made very clear lately.

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Bring on the Green Revolution & Helping Africa Help Itself

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Whereas rising food prices primarily impact the pocketbook here in the West, in Africa and other parts of the developing world, the consequences could mean the difference between life and death. With ever increasing global population adding even more pressure on already scarce resources, what can be done to avert a worldwide catastrophe? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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Which Corporations Are Taking Positive Measures to Reduce Their Climate Footprints?

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Global warming is an issue that affects us all – government, business, consumers — yet who’s going to take the lead in solving it? Apparently, not government. We’ve been waiting ten years for Washington to sign the Kyoto Protocol, but to no avail. Given the government’s reluctance towards environmental legislation, it’s up to consumers and companies to bear the brunt of the responsibility, something ClimateCounts.org is well, counting on. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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