Mark Brandon is the Managing Partner of First Sustainable (http://www.firstsustainable.com), a registered investment advisory catering to socially responsible investors. In addition to Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), he may opine on social venturing, microfinance, community investing, clean technology commercialization, sustainability public policy, green products, and, on occasion, University of Texas Longhorn sports.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

A New Year's Resolution on Thanksgiving Day

Tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year. If you're interested in sustainable living, make this resolution to ask yourself when shopping:

1) Does the recipient really need it? Looking through the phone-book sized Thursday morning paper with all of its circulars, you notice that there are too many one-purpose appliances. This year, I've seen a tabletop s'more maker, a whip cream maker (as if stirring was too hard), and an inside-the-egg scrambler. These are gifts that will be used once or twice and then shelved indefinitely. Yet, the packaging alone requires a substantial resource commitment.

2) Can it be gotten second-hand, and can it be re-used after the recipient has finished with it? Close the loop. If you're getting a computer for your youngster, this person may only need it for low-resource activities like web-surfing and email. Most three-year-old computers can handle this, and it will be much, much cheaper.

3) Can it be obtained from a closer source? Global supply chains require a tremendous expenditure in transportation costs, especially if you're talking about agro-products.

Happy Thanksgiving. For so much, we should be thankful.

-MB

4 Comments:

Blogger Rachel said...


investment newsletter
Investment Securities - Basics of Trust Deed Investing
Want to start securities investing in Trust Deeds - but don't know how to get started?

If you need to secure your retirement, a stock that doesn't return (or downright plunges) can be your worst nightmare. When your money is tied up and not even keeping up with the basic interest rate your savings account would provide you need a change.

Trust deed investors, on the other hand, make money on interest every month. And as high as 10%, outperforming even your best IRA. You can earn 5 times more retirement income than your average savings account can provide with Trust Deed Investment Securities investment newsletter

12:07 PM

 
Blogger nike said...

Truly a nice blog! Thanks for your great work! Wish you a nice day!
cheap ed hardy clothing
ed hardy clothing
ed hardy t shirts
ed hardy shirts
ed hardy men’s shirts
ed hardy boots
ed hardy shoes
ed hardy jeans
ed hardy handbags
ed hardy wallets
ed hardy women’s handbags
ed hardy sunglasses
ed hardy wholesale
ed hardy christian audigier
ed hardy hoodies
ed hardy jackets
ed hardy outerwear
ed hardy jacket
ed hardy swimwear
ed hardy love kills slowly
ed hardy sneakers
wholesale ed hardy shirts
ed hardy shirts for men
ed hardy shirts cheap
ed hardy t shirts for women
cheap puma shoes
cheap sport shoes
ed hardy ugg boots
ed hardy love kills slowly boots
ed hardy love kills slowly
discount puma shoes
nike shox torch
nike tn dollar
cheap nike shox

8:52 PM

 
Blogger DiSCo said...

Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it

to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading..
seslisohbet
seslichat
sesli sohbet
sesli chat
sesli
sesli site
görünlütü sohbet
görüntülü chat
kameralı sohbet
kameralı chat
sesli sohbet siteleri
sesli chat siteleri
görüntülü sohbet siteleri
görüntülü chat siteleri
kameralı sohbet siteleri
canlı sohbet
sesli muhabbet
görüntülü muhabbet
kameralı muhabbet
seslidunya
seslisehir
sesli sex

10:30 AM

 
Blogger Sesli Chat said...

Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it

to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading..
seslisohbet
seslichat
sesli sohbet
sesli chat
sesli
sesli site
görünlütü sohbet
görüntülü chat
kameralı sohbet
kameralı chat
sesli sohbet siteleri
sesli chat siteleri
sesli muhabbet siteleri
görüntülü sohbet siteleri
görüntülü chat siteleri
görüntülü muhabbet siteleri
kameralı sohbet siteleri
kameralı chat siteleri
kameralı muhabbet siteleri
canlı sohbet
sesli muhabbet
görüntülü muhabbet
kameralı muhabbet
birsesver
birses
seslidunya
seslisehir
sesli sex

6:43 AM

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home