environmental impacts of consumer choices

Paper or Plastic…or Neither?

Paul Koretz is a Los Angeles City Councilmember who represents most of the city’s west side (including UCLA) and large chunks of the San Fernando Valley.  And he’s got a proposal that environmentalists love: Hoping to reduce the billions of grocery bags circulating throughout the city, an L.A. councilman Tuesday called for a sweeping ban …


The Great Environmental Christmas Tree Debate

Real or artificial? I haven’t been able to find a full lifecycle analysis of the environmental impacts.  The real trees don’t release carbon when they’re growing, but it does take carbon to get a fresh tree to market every year.  The artificial ones require carbon but only have to be shipped once.  In addition, there …