In part two of our interview with Yvon Chouinard, the maverick businessman talks about politics and the irony of living simply in a consumer society. He also rebuffs his brand's "Pata-Gucci" reputation and explains why he's started pouring cheap
The founder of Patagonia started out when he was little more than a teenager, selling his home-forged climbing hardware to "dirtbagger" mountaineers like himself. Although all he really wanted to do was travel and climb, he had a knack for
Want to do something good for the planet? Punch out a little early. Take the afternoon off. Work less. This is the argument of Juliet Schor, a sociologist at Boston College, in "Sustainable Consumption and Worktime
As lovebirds and the lovelorn scramble for dinner reservations and floral extravaganzas, few will stop to ponder about St. Valentine or why his feast day is celebrated with plush teddy bears and giant red-heart greeting cards.
Apparently there is a footwear market known as the "casual after sport shoe" and Terrasoles want to redefine this niche. Some of these shoes (men and women styles) are made with bamboo, recycled polyester fleece and recycled microfleece.
1) Forums user deepcsuf has a burning question for the Forums: "We all know each technology has its pros and cons. What are your impression of solar power? Is anyone on this forum generating their energy from a solar power system? If not, what would push
TreeHugger likes both No Impact Man and Michael Shellenberger (half of the duo that brought us The Death of Environmentalism and its follow-up, Breakthrough); through their separate (and wholly disparate) efforts, they've both helped advance the
"In 1985 there were less than half a million cell phone in the United States. Today there are 233 million." As Bette Fishbein from Inform says that is a "tremendous expansion". A new project entitled The Secret Life of Cell Phones aims to increase
Cheap flights to Europe and beyond are a British addiction. For the price of a sandwich (plus taxes which are often more than the cost of the flight), one can fly just about anywhere for a long weekend ("city
Marks and Spencer, the UK retail giant, already achieved some attention on TreeHugger before with their high profile commitment to the environment, known as Plan A (so named, because there is no Plan B). Now they are taking another step towards
The crystal ball-gazers at Trendwatching.com have come up with eight consumer trends for the eighth year of this millennium in an attempt to pinpoint the movements, ideas and products that will scratch an itch for consumers this year; as with some of
1) Forums user Dave_Michael just produced a video on greenwashing, taking a specific look at the environmental marketing & practices at General Motors. With talk of the Volt and other greener cars, they've generated some pretty good buzz, but are they
Way back in 2006 we started discussing how it was getting harder to hate Wal-Mart, and since then we've seen the retail giant launch campaigns to sell 100,000,000 Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, we've written about the company's commitment to reduce PVC, and
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Stuff has gotten a lot cheaper, but our attitudes toward it haven't changed correspondingly. We overvalue stuff. That was a big problem for me when I had no money. I felt poor, and stuff seemed valuable, so almost instinctively
This small, well-designed little book urges readers to "un-take for granted" the simple, functional items of our everyday life. It reminds us that instead of on-line shopping for last month's have-to-have item, there are products that represent