Sunday, July 27, 2008

Good Stuff?

My mom is an information freak. She is constantly looking for new ideas, facts and figures, and just plain old cool stuff to pass along to everyone she knows. When she found this information, she knew that everyone needed to read it.

Good Stuff? - A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy, is a handy guide from Worldwatch Institute. Founded in 1974, Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization known around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. According to their website, their research is the gold-standard for sustainability analysis for decision makers in government, civil society, business, and academia. Basically, everyone.

So what kind of information is in this guide? Well, first of all there's lots of good stuff (pun intended). This guide basically answers questions you may have about where everyday things come from, how good something is or isn't for you, and how to recycle certain items. The guide also contains facts and figures (great for my mom), and links that will help make you a more informed consumer.

But maybe you've never asked yourself any of these questions. Well, you should! The environmental and social impacts of products and goods you use everyday should be at the forefront of your mind. Remember, we are all in this together.

Visit Worldwatch Institute and download the Good Stuff? pdf at If you don't want to or can't download the entire guide, you can link to specific topics from this page and read the information online. There is even a section on shrimp - please read this if nothing else.

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