Ecological Intelligence: The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy
We buy “herbal” shampoos that contain industrial chemicals that can threaten our...more
Good Guide is evaluating a lot of the chemicals found in the products we use...more
There is a lot of information contained in the book and it could be well used to fuel the fire for...more
Toxins accumulating in the environment and our bodies could be a depressing topic, but the author presents a hopeful message and a vision of how to move forward to improve things.
Some changes have, in fact, already begun using information technology and consumer power. More change is on the horizon to give indi...more
"Finally, are radical transparency and all its incremental improvements enough? The adequacy of perpetual upgrades alone was questioned from a surprising source: John Ehrenfeld, the executive director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. One of the founders of the field, Ehrenfeld fears that in terms of the massive challenges facing our planet, these gradual improvements may be too little, too late. Ehrenfeld points out tha...more
One of the BEST things I learned in this book is to go...more
This book or audio book is a great learning tool for anyone that wants to learn about the products we buy. The purpose of "Ecological Intelligence" is to educate the reader (or listener, in my case) about the things we use, are exposed to, buy and consume every day. Daniel Gole...more
Two years ago, British fashion designer Anna Hindmarch produced the must-have accessory of the season: a bleached, organic cotton tote manufactured in fair-wage factories, subsidized with carbon offsets and emblazoned with the slogan, I'm NOT a plastic bag. But according to Goleman (_Emotional Intelligence_), the people who bought the bag were advertising their ecological ignorance, not their consciousness. In this thorough examination of the inconsistencies and delusions
I picked up this book for a song in the 'closing down' sale of Borders. It sounded right up my alley. I've started it about 14 times and never made it past chapter 7, but today I decided to devote my plane journey to it and I'm glad to say its finally finished.
The premise is simple, we consume too much, we consume wastefully and we consume irrationally. The book doesn't really cover the first point but for the latter 2 it...more
The book provide information on how we can contribute to save the earth us...more
Consider this quote from p. 246: "This informational fix hasbeen a missing piece in the free market system all along, one that holds the promise of en...more
"GoodGuide can evaluate a company's policies, its disclosure of key information on products, and ultimately a company's impacts on consumers, workers, communities, and the environment."
Warning: GoodGuide can eat up a lot of your time....more
He sets out to make the "radical trasparency" of our consumer choice a reality. Beginning with Coca Cola's 1960's Life Cycle Assessment methodology (used to assess the impact of glass and plastic bottles) he show it is not as clear cut as we would like.
That organic pesticide T-Shirt - wonderfully unpolluting -...more
Goleman's thesis seems to be on page...more
The manufactured world has produced incredible variety, luxury and convenience, but at what cost to the environment and to human bodies? Emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman persuasively argues for “radical transparency” about environmental impact. He says that if people could see at a glance the harm that the products they buy wreak upon the earth and human health, they would make ecologically sounder choices. Goleman asserts that such transpare...more
The idea of Radical Transparency gave me another choice in how we might deal with companies and 'the greater good of people/earth' without being greenwashed.
I do wonder if his theory could work, and if certain processes already in place will be pure to the consumer.
I feel this book was marketed perhaps to the consumer, which seems like a small part in the machine, but I would recommend this...more
His main "call to arms" is for people to start taking stock of the environmental impacts of the products they buy.
He notes a website called good guides, which rates the environmental impacts of household products.
There is a lot to take in, and I believe his ideas will be mor...more
Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Busine...more