After this past term you’ve probably been second-thinking that plastic cup in your cupboard, drinking from the tap, or touching just about anything in this toxic world.  Well, here is a website that was designed by Dara O’Rourke, a UC Berkeley Professor, that gives ratings to consumer products based on their environmental impact, societal impacts, and general health to the consumer:

http://www.goodguide.com

Very similar to many consumer guides, it allows the consumer a metric with which to compare different products and companies.  This simultaneously encourages change within corporations to produce more environmentally friendly products and informs the consumer about which products to cut from their consumption.

Or, in case you’re in need of a little hope, here is a website/magazine that is a self-proclaimed “Survival Guide to the Planet”:

http://www.onearth.org

It has articles about everything environmental.  I found the letter from the editor in the current issue of the magazine especially profound.

Anyway, happy summer and good luck navigating our toxic world!

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