Is there Good News in the Swine Flu?

Swine Flu: Some bad news, some profiteers, and perhaps some good new habits!   As the world awaits for the onslaught of the swine flu [porcine flu, aka A(H1N1)], there are going to be evident winners and losers. The losers? … Continue reading

Frightful packaging waste with Canon printer ink cartridges

There are a number of marketing concepts which capture the consumer with a proprietary and branded system that requires regular replenishment of equally proprietary and costly refills. There are two “handcuff” systems with which I am confronted on a regular … Continue reading

The Green Revolution(s) – Gre(at)en Article by Thomas L Friedman

I particularly enjoyed Thomas Friedman’s editorial in the New York Times (or International Herald Tribune) of June 25, 2009, entitled “The Green Revolution(s)”. For those of you are still not inclined to believe in the need to reduce man-made pollution … Continue reading

Starbucks opens eco-store, 50th in France

Starbucks France celebrated last week (July 1st) the opening of its 50th store in the country, with all the Starbucks high brass in attendance.  Located in the Disney Village at Disneyland outside of Paris, this store is the first “eco-responsible” … Continue reading

Permanent Changes arising from the Economic Crisis

Changes? What Changes? The ongoing worldwide economic crisis has created many obvious changes in behaviour, mostly focused on the effects of reduced funds. Whether it is the fear that makes a salaried person “tighten” his or her budget or someone … Continue reading

Henri Meiresonne Presents the State of Recycling in Europe

Henrie Meiresonne, CEO of Fost Plus Belgium and newly appointed President of PRO Europe, gave a speech in Paris on June 22, 2009, regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the Green Dot (“Grüne Punkt” or “point vert“) in France.  Here … Continue reading

Parking Meter Cards in Paris – Way to recycle?

Another Idea for the Environment: Eco-Conscious Parking Cards I have long enjoyed the card machines that you use in Paris to pay for your street parking. Originally, you used coins to pay, then they introduced the prepaid cards (e.g. 10€ … Continue reading

State of the Spam Business: Spam Pollution

State of the Spam BusinessHow many legitimate (non junk or spam) emails do you receive in your inbox? It may come as a surprise to you that only 3% of the world’s supply of emails are legitimate, at least that’s … Continue reading

Obama to bring bullet trains (TGV Shinkansen style) to USA

There are plenty of surprising deficiencies in the US, it being the number 1 world power (still).  I have  written previously about the poor state of education (at the high school level) in the US and the insufficient medical coverage … Continue reading